We released the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland’s CD this week. The launch went great and it’s a terrific version of my 1982 hit “Hurry Home”. After the day was done was somewhat exhausted. Many people worked on this recording with me but it fell to me to produce it, develop the artwork, make the video and all the other stuff. I realised as we put this to bed and began the process of selling the CD to support The Mayor’s charities that there was still more work to do. Now we had the show in Saltburn to work towards (at which The Mayor, Barry Hunt would perform Hurry Home live). I’d been so wrapped up in the new CD that I had forgotten the show. Now I realised I had 4 weeks to prepare a show with a cast of 8 people (now 12 with Barry & singers) all with very busy schedules. The show, consisting of songs, stories and multimedia takes a lot out of me to produce and perform and as I looked at this daunting task I realised I could not do it. Well, I guess I could at a push but it would be exhausting and perhaps not much fun. I’ve therefore decided to cancel the Saltburn show. Sorry about this. People who have bought tickets will receive a full refund.
In the show “Steve Thompson Songwriter” we play all my best-known songs. There is also a new one that I wrote recently for Kerrianne Covell. And I have some new material on the way for Terry Slesser too. I think I’d like to pursue this route. Yes, by all means, the old stuff but I want to tread some new ground too. It’s still all original so it’s still a risk in today’s scene so if there is to be a new “S T Songwriter” show up ahead it may contain these elements but be a little bit more cut down and more manageable.
I still have some “solo” shows in my diary where I tell the stories and play songs including one for Barry late March at Grinkle Park.
I hope that everyone who had been looking forward to the Saltburn show will understand and forgive me for pulling out. I just felt this was the right thing to do. I’ll be at Zetland FM this Friday evening talking to Jeremy Gartland and perhaps we may explore these ideas.