I've been messing around with music projects for a few years now. Music keeps me sane. I find that playing guitar and singing is so damn difficult that it takes all my concentration, effectively blocking out anything else in my life, any stresses or strains, at least just for a few minutes at at time. I played with a band in London for a few years called John Shorts and the Grinders (yes, really), then a couple of years with another group of players (we never came up with a name), and I now play in a band called Broken Strings, based here in the south of France. We're available to book. Check out our music on YouTube.
The videos here are a small sample, and are just the tracks that I actually wrote. Now I Know is doing quite well, gaining a bit of a following locally. We're planning to go into the studio soon to do a proper recording of that one. The other videos with just text are rough demo recordings intended as a guide for the band to rehearse with, or are just a few ideas I'm working on.
There is one track, This Isn't Love, that was co-written with Keith Digby as a surprise for his granddaughter in Canada. She, Maddie, had written the words as a ten-year-old, and didn't know we'd turned them into a song until she heard this version on Youtube.
Finally, watch this space for two brand new songs, written by Broken Strings fiddle player Brian Spellman, called Candle Flame and Fractured. The first is an epic rock ballad with lyrics about the futility of war, specifically world war one. We're all fired up by it and I'm sure it'll be beaten into shape soon and performed in public. I'll let you know.