2017 marks the release of my new EP, Experiments, so I am aiming to be gigging as much as possible! I’ll be doing acoustic cover gigs as well as original gigs with my guitarist, so there is plenty of choice!
- Acoustic Cover Set – The Royal Scot, Marple Bridge, Cheshire – 14th January at 9:30pm
- East Cheshire Hospice Ladies Lunch – The Bridge Hotel, Prestbury, Cheshire – 2nd February at 12:15pm
- Acoustic Cover Set – The Cheshire Cheese, Gee Cross, Cheshire – 18th February at 9:30pm
- Acoustic Cover Set – Marple Tavern, Marple, Cheshire – 29th April
- Acoustic Cover Set – Platform One, Romiley, Cheshire – 5th May
- Acoustic Original Set at Sunday Sessions – Fab Café, Portland Street, Manchester – 7th May at 7:00pm
- Supporting Inhale – Gullivers, Northern Quarter, Manchester – 13th May
- Original Set at Absent Kelly’s Camden Clique – Proud Camden, Camden, London – 19th May at 6:00pm
- Original Set supporting Art Fan Delay – Hangar 34, Liverpool – 1st June at 8:00pm –
- Original Set at Access to Music’s Summer Showcase – Cinnamon Club, Bowdon, Manchester – 5th June at 7:30pm
I hope to see some friendly faces at all the gigs and check out my Facebook page for details of open mics and radio appearances!
With my upcoming single release in November, followed by the EP release in early 2017, I am hoping to promote my new material as much as possible by playing it live! I have a few live shows booked for the upcoming months and I will also be playing as many open mics as possible, which I will post about on my Facebook Page.
If you want to catch me performing a live acoustic set, you can catch me at these venues on the following dates:
- Winter Wonderland Charity Ball in aid of The East Cheshire Hospice – Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Cheshire – 25th November at 7pm
- Quack Open Mic (Headline Guest) – White House, Stalybridge, Manchester – 28th November at 9pm
- Quack Open Mic (Headline Guest) – The Navigation, Marple, Cheshire – 29th November at 9pm
In April 2016, I was lucky enough to be able to perform at the Fallow Cafe, Fallowfield, as part of the iluvlive Manchester showcase event. This was a really amazing experience for me as it was the first time I had performed my original songs with a a live band. The crowd was so friendly and supportive, so it was the perfect place to debut my newest single at the time, Not Stupid Anymore. I felt extremely privileged to be performing alongside a group of extremely talented artists and to be invited to do such a great event! Below is a video of me performing my first single, Stuck In Limbo, live at the event.
Recently I had the opportunity to go down to London and record two live sessions for an amazing YouTube channel called Reload Sessions! I was lucky enough to get to visit the Google offices and record in the YouTube studios. It really was one of my favourite experiences that I have had since starting to pursue music as career. Everyone involved was so lovely and made me feel so relaxed and surprisingly I hardly suffered from any stage fright at all! I chose to do an acoustic cover of Sorry by Justin Bieber and an acoustic cover of my song Stuck In Limbo and I think it went quite well…. The videos should be up on their YouTube channel in the next few weeks so fingers crossed they have turned out great!
If I’m being honest performing live isn’t something I find particularly easy! The feeling after I have finished singing is impossible to top and just such an amazing buzz…. but the nerves before, for me, are just dreadful. When I was younger I used to get so terrified that I would cry and run away and then have to sing after most of the audience had left! I finally managed to get over this and work my way up to bigger audiences when I was 17, which was great, but then I got nodules and went to uni, so singing took a back seat. Therefore, whilst I have been writing, recording and generally getting my EP and album together over the past few years I have been avoiding performing a little bit, but I know I need to get back in the game! There are just a couple of issues with this though:
1) I’m very scared and out of practice… (who knows if I’ll cry and run away?!)
2) The piano is the least portable instrument for open mic nights, small gigs and busking…. people with the guitar have it so much easier!
This being said I am currently looking for low pressure venues in and around where I live in Manchester to possibly perform a set in. I’m also considering just trying an open mic night or even karaoke just to get my confidence back up. Learning my songs on guitar is another thing on the to do list, in order for me to be able to just go and play a set anywhere, without having to lug my keyboard and pedal everywhere!
So watch this space…. hopefully I’ll soon be brave enough to be performing somewhere soon!