Bound for Glory

When Sister Rosetta Tharp sang, “This train is bound for glory” she was clearly thinking of the day when The Walnuts would conquer Europe in a motorhome. Like Sister Rosetta, we were bound for glory. Finding new friends, playing in beautiful places and meeting kindred spirits who embraced the very essence of The Walnuts; no audience too small, no situation too embarrassing, no island too remote and no music too live.

Here is a taste of the Walnuts live on Nakholmen Island in the Oslo Fiord.

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PRESS RELEASE May 16th 2017

The Walnuts are a group of middle-aged musicians from Berkshire who play Celtic music, Folk and Americana.

Between June 28th and July 4th 2017 they will be travelling together in a motorhome all the way to Oslo and back, to play a series of concerts in aid of Alzheimer’s care and research and in Amsterdam for Hope Beyond Displacement.

They will be stopping along the way for refreshment, and will play music wherever they stop, regardless of whether anyone has asked them to do so. The only way to cease them playing will be to put money into their cake tin.

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Sonning On My Mind

Well it happened and it seemed to be good – Ginny, Simon, Harman, Hannah, Donald, Matt and I pulled it off.

And with the help of Brain, Donald, Kate and the gang it was a success – £1345 raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Blood Cancer, Dogs and Shoes

Seven Songs played a gig for Delete Blood Cancer at a shoe shop on New Bond Street – I’m not abandoning Dementia but this is also an important cause and was thrilled to be involved.

I’m not an expert on Blood Cancer so I asked my friend Mike Dicks who is currently in remission from leukemia to write about Delete Blood Cancer. He did something even better and more wonderful – he made a special Mike & Scrabble cartoon strip featuring a bit of Seven Songs.

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Review of 2015: Leaving the Shed

When I first started out it was because I wanted to support the Alzheimer’s Society who look after carers and support dementia research (find out why in the About section). I also had to come out as a singer and guitarist – I’d been in the shed too long and it was time.

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A Special Evening in Sonning

At the end of November we had a special Seven Songs in Sonning: with 5 other brave friends accompanied me, we played to a crowded village hall of about a hundred local folk.

The music was pretty good (some of it was very good), the food was sublime but it was the amazing crowd of our friends and neighbours that made the evening such a roaring success. Not least because we raised £1350 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Continue reading

50 Seven Songs Sung

I’m just coming up to my 50th Seven Songs gig and I thought it was time for a bit of round up of what’s been happening.

So, I probably sound a bit casual when I mention my 50th Seven Song gig but just to be clear…

50 – F I F T Y times… I’ve picked, strummed and frikin’ yodeled to raise money for charity. It’s  mainly been for the wonderful Alzheimer’s Society but also the RNLI and The Alice Gross Music Trust with my gastronome pals Battenbergbell and SilverScreenSuppers. Continue reading