The Solo Concerts are an informal mix of songs, stories behind the songs, humour and conversation. I can also lead workshops as 'stand alone events' (for a day or over a weekend) or a shorter, more question and answer based session on the afternoon of a Concert - (on Songwriting / Guitar / Arrangement / Recording / The Music Business in general etc. Just let me know the areas of interest you think will be most relevant.
COSTS - Always happy to discuss costs but as a ballpark guide : For Solo Concerts : £300 + travel at 30p per mile The extra cost for an afternoon workshop before a concert is £50.
THE STOLEN LIVES PROJECT : Presentation (Words/Songs/Music/Video/Images) highlighting the issues of Human Trafficking - can be part of a solo concert or a stand alone event - please email for more information
I need a Piano (I don't bring one) Acoustic or Electric . Anything with a full weighted Keyboard will do.
I do now have a small PA system which is basic but fine for small venues (up to about 300 seats). However, these days many Churches or small Halls/Art Centres already have a very good 'in house' system. Generally, if thats the case I'd prefer to use it (I can send out a more detailed spec of what I need but the basics are outlined below).
If I'm using an 'in house' PA then I need :
2 good vocal mic's - Shure SM58's are always favorites- on boom stands / DI for acoustic guitar / DI boxes/mics or whatever works for the piano / Foldback (1 wedge is OK, 2 is better) / Reverb for vocals and CD player (for music before and after the concert).
Obviously this all needs to go through a Front of House Mixer, Amp and Speakers adequate for the job. It's always best (although I can at a push do it myself) to have someone to run the system on the night.
Lighting is not absolutely essential but if there is some way of lighting the stage area and keeping the hall dark it really helps the atmosphere.
Depending on the event I sometimes project Videos/Images/lyrics which can run from my own Laptop or I can bring on a memory stick for use on another computer.
If using an 'in house' system I need to be in contact with whoever will be in charge of the technical side of things fairly well in advance.
I can send Publicity material (Bio/Photos etc) via e-mail for download and printing if required.