My time in the music industry has furnished me with many stories. In this show I will share them with you accompanied by multimedia. The evening will kick off with “A Songwriters Life” and after an intermission we’ll conclude with “The Godfather”. This means the stories will be told in the opposite order in which they happened. You’ll hear how I went from humble beginnings in a Steel Town to being produced by Rodger Bain, Black Sabbath’s producer. You can see how this leads on to producing some of the most influential bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) The two stories are very much intertwined
FIRST SET: A Songwriters Life
I have written songs for Celine Dion, Sheena Easton, Elkie Brooks, The Hollies, The Searchers, Sarah Brightman, The Tygers of Pan Tang, Baby Ford, Colin Blunstone, Elaine Page and Chris Farlowe. I have had hit singles and albums. My talk tells the stories behind these songs and artists and describes an incredible adventure. There are many anecdotes including the time I wrote a love song for two dolphins! The talk features insights into the music industry as well as before and after examples of some of the songs the artists referred to above recorded. This includes links to the story that follows in the second part of the evening.
SECOND SET: The Godfather
Between an unsuccessful stab at being a recording artist and a successful career as a songwriter I spent some time as a record producer. Something occurred which became known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). This has gone down as a piece of landmark music history and the full title bestowed upon me is “The Godfather of the North East NWOBHM”. You will hear a fascinating story of history in the making.
Review from the show in 2019