Little World Festival

I spent last week in Méribel, France at a music festival organised by The Feeling. The Little World Festival was an awesome achievement for the band to organise themselves. The performances all week long were fantastic, with loads of collaborations and one heck of a free gig on the piste (ski slope) to cap it all off on Friday. I’ll upload some photos and maybe a video or two once I get the chance to put them all onto my computer.

It’s too hard to choose a favourite performance from the week, so I’m just going to say that the highlights included multiple performances by The Feeling, Sinéad & The Dawnbreakers, Duke, Fiction Plane, Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze), The Young Squires, and Graham Gouldman & Mick Wilson (of 10CC).

For now, I’ve got a lot to get on with this week and a few more trips coming up.

My next gig is this Friday at The Camp pub in St. Albans. I’m the lead guitarist for the Dynamite Blues Band (one night only, playing blues, soul, Motown, etc.). Check out the event on Facebook here. I hope that you can make it along and join in on the fun. Trevor’s harmonica playing is not to be missed.

See you ’round,

Neil

P.S.
Check out this video of a certain Dawnbreaker singing karaoke during the festival wrap-up party after the main gig last Friday.

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2010 in song, month by month

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I’ve never been one for making new year’s resolutions, but I like setting challenges/goals for myself. Recently I’ve been inspired by Andrew Dubber‘s 12 x 30 project where he does 12 things for 30 days each during 2010. (Dubber’s February project is especially cool.)

In a similar spirit, I’ve set myself a musical challenge for 2010:

Write, record and release a new song within each calendar month of 2010

The ground rules I’ve set for myself are:

  1. each song must be started from scratch within a calendar month,
  2. each song must be recorded and released (via oxtoby.bandcamp.com) within the same calendar month in which it was started.

The resulting collection of twelve songs will be combined into an album available for free/donation from oxtoby.bandcamp.com. I’m hopeful that the songs will combine to reflect my 2010 in song: telling my year’s story month-by-month. Hence, I’ve already got a title for the album: “Meus Annus 2010: Mensis Per Mensis” (“My Year 2010: Month By Month”).

For those interested in following me on this songwriting journey, you can either follow me on Twitter, or join my mailing list (by downloading one of my songs for free from oxtoby.bandcamp.com – you’ll be prompted for your email address, which will only ever be used to contact you with news from OxtobyMusic.com).

Happy 2010!

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