At last… a new website layout!

by therealting on Feb.14, 2009, under Website

I’ve changed the entire infrastructure of the website to use the WordPress engine, which has given us some very cool new features:

  • interactivity - you can subscribe, write on the wall, comment on stuff
  • photo gallery - of gigs I’ve played at, plus some of my gear
  • audio/video gallery - video clips from YouTube and audio clips too
  • upcoming gig diary - so you can see whether I’m playing near you soon

I’ve done my best to migrate all the old information over too, so everything that was on the old website should still be here now.

So have a look around, and then subscribe to the page and leave a comment or wall post to let me know what you think!

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by therealting on Nov.23, 2008, under Website


I’ve added a YouTube section to the website with selected videos of performances, interviews etc. Click on the YouTube link to the left to check them out. 


[the Youtube link is at the top of the page under Audio/Video in the new layout]

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Royal Albert Hall - Christmas Carols with the Stars

by therealting on Nov.17, 2008, under Gigs, The Ob-Sessions Choir

Just got back from a rehearsal for an upcoming gig: 

I will be performing again at the Royal Albert Hall this year with the Ob-sessions gospel choir. This year we will be accompanying singer Leee John from the band “Imagination”, who had a #1 in the 80s with the alarmingly catchy “Just An Illusion”. 

You can watch the (very 80s) music video on Youtube here. Be warned, I had the tune stuck in my head for days afterwards. 

If you’d like to come, tickets are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office from £10.

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Manchester MEN Arena - Brown:music Supporting Take That

by therealting on Dec.24, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

Onstage at the M.E.N.
click to view gig gallery

It’s Christmas Eve and I’m blogging to you from my brother’s house in Birmingham, where I will be spending Christmas with my family after our final date on the Beautiful World tour.

In some ways it was a bit of a nightmare gig - I made the mistake of changing my strings about an hour before we went onstage, and evidently didn’t stretch my strings enough. The result: my high-E string slipping out of tune in front of 20,000 people. You know that horrible feeling you get when you’re stuck in a situation, wish you could go back 30 minutes and do one small thing to change the present situation?

Anyway - I’m really happy my parents got to see us perform on a huge stage, and I think they actually quite enjoyed the Take That show. Both of them seemed quite bemused by the screaming 20-something women in the audience around them hurling underwear at the four men onstage.

I’ve really enjoyed the tour, and working with such a great crew operating at such a high level… including the sound engineers, stage crew, backstage crew, catering staff and tour management. All of us in Brown:music are incredibly grateful to the Take That boys for what can only be described as a dream opportunity, and especially to our friend Jason for asking us to tour with them.

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London O2 Arena - Brown:music Supporting Take That

by therealting on Dec.04, 2007, under Brown:music, Gigs

Onstage at the O2

click to view gig gallery

Best. Birthday. Present. Ever!

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