Whilst "In These Shoes?" - my CD to accompany my 'tribute to Kirsty MacColl' show - has not yet been formally launched it has proved popular with my fans and Kirsty's, for which I am both grateful and relieved! Meanwhile the show itself has so far taken on a variety of guises (and set lists!) and has yet to be performed in its entirety, in part awaiting production of a second CD. I've therefore been back in the studio at Pegasus and so far we've recorded five additional tracks, ones the fans want to hear (and I want to sing!!) but I cannot do justice to the playing aspect. So I have had seven marvellous professional musicians, two of whom I hadn't worked with before, record these great (but complicated!) songs. Apart from my vocals, that's now half the new CD ready to go! The tracks sound fantastic and are great fun to sing to even if they've not yet been fully mastered. Oh, and incidentally, we had heaps of fun recording them (even if there were occasional grizzles from the pros "These songs are difficult!" - my response, of course, was "Yes, my dears, that's why I'm getting YOU to play them for me!"). Now I need to chose the final five songs (whittle it down from about 20!) to record and add my vocals.
NEW ALBUMS SUPPORTING MY TRIBUTE SHOW TO KIRSTY MACCOLL ...
The first album in my two CD set is complete, printed and available from my Albums and shop page. "In These Shoes?" comprises 11 tracks from Kirsty MacColl's catalogue (some her own songs, some covers) and a new rendition of my own song "Shoes". The second album is in production and, when complete, I will have recordings of the songs that the live shows will be based around. Songs for this album are being co-produced by me and my dear friend and album producer Nigel Pegrum (Pegasus Studios) of great fame as drummer for the likes of Steeleye Span, the Barron Knights and so on - all very exciting!
VOICE ISSUES ...
As some of you will be well aware I've been suffering from a persistent cough for some time now and this has given me some problems with my vocal cords and therefore, of course, my voice. Numerous
examinations by various Doctors and Specialists have confirmed that there is nothing scary wrong but what the actual problem is has proven elusive. However, earlier this year, following yet another
X-ray type examination one Specialist thinks he may have identified the cause of the cough and I am duly taking pills which should, hopefully, be gradually reducing the problem, eventually to zero. Meanwhile
after a quick visit to another one of those Specialists in Melbourne (good excuse for a weekend in Melbourne!) I have been given exercises to help heal and re-strengthen my vocal cords.
These issues have made me reluctant to commit to major shows for fear of letting down the audience so you can imagine how much I am looking forward to getting my voice back to full strength and reliability so that "the show can go on"!
So ... you have been warned ... I will soon be back in full voice and will be belting out my quirky mix of silly, sad, romantic and rude songs in my 'normal' way - whatever that may be!