Mar 9 2014

Maggie Reilly Show In London & German Tour Dates

Hello folks,

Sorry I haven’t posted much on the website for a little while. It’s been a tad quiet of late. But fear not; it’s all gonna start getting rather hectic soon. I’m currently staring at an unfeasibly long list of songs that need learning over the next week or so. Watch this space for some rather exciting gig announcements coming soon.

I thought I’d drop a very quick post tonight to let you know about another rare chance to see the wonderful Maggie Reilly play a show in London this week. We’ll be at the wonderful Half Moon in Putney on Tuesday 11th March and you should all come along…

Maggie Promo Pic

This will be a great opportunity to catch Maggie before we set off on our German tour in a couple of weeks. This is the only UK show planned at the moment so don’t miss this opportunity to see Maggie play at home! And at such a lovely intimate setting at the Half Moon.

You can buy tickets via the Half Moon website

The German tour starts on the 21st at Bad Nenndorf. Here’s where we’ll be playing

21.03.2014 Bad Nenndor Wandelhalle
22.03.2014 Plauen Malzhaus
25.03.2014 Twist Heimathaus
26.03.2014 Mainz Frankfurter Hof
27.03.2014 Mannheim Alte Seilerei
28.03.2014 Müden/Aller Event- und Kulturhalle Kubus

Hopefully see you at a show soon…

Dec 11 2013

Maggie Reilly Plays Bush Hall 16th December

Hello folks,

Many of you know that I have been playing with Maggie Reilly for many years now. Some of you may have even been lucky enough to actually see the band play live at some point. But for those of you in the UK the opportunity to see the band has been a little scarce shall we say. Aside from a couple of small shows at the Tron Theatre a few years ago I have never played a UK show with Maggie. We tend to tour around Germany and Scandanivia for the most part. But the wait is finally over boys and girls!

Next Monday 16th December we are playing a show at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush to celebrate the release of Maggie’s new record Heaven Sent. 

Here’s a little video of us playing her latest single Juliet at a radio concert in Hamburg a couple of months ago, in case you haven’t heard Maggie before. I’m sure you have…

Seriously don’t miss this show if you can make it. I’m sure there will be more UK dates to follow next year but for the time being it’s the only one planned and I’ve certainly waited a long time for this one! The band features Stuart MacKillop on keyboards, Davie Dunsmuir on guitar, and Tony Soave on drums.

Tickets are £15.00 and can be purchased online via the Bush Hall website. Hopefully see you all there!

Maggie Reilly Live

Jul 25 2012

The Olympic Games Lanes Games

Hello folks,

Let’s face it. You all knew this post was coming. The inevitable travel-based rant about the London 2012 Olympics is officially posted today. I’m writing it now as as many of you know the dreaded Olympic lanes have come into force this morning and I have a gig in Soho tonight so you may never hear from me again.

 For those of you unfamiliar with the Olympic lanes, allow me to explain. TFL in their infinite ignorance have allowed over 30 miles  of our already congested roads to have little rings painted all over them which mean that only official Olympic vehicles can travel in them when they are in force. The main issue is nobody really knows when they are indeed in force. I’ve already witnessed some appalling driving over the last few days as people veer back and forth between lanes not sure whether they’re about to incur a whopping £130 fine or not. I have heard various stories from the Powers That Be as to when the lanes will be in force. Apparently they will only be active when Olympic vehicles are actually using them, but I will believe this when I see it. Frankly, it looks to me as if the majority of London motorists are too terrified to chance it.

And we are supposed to watch out for the little electronic signs to see whether the lanes are in force. Most of the signs I have seen merely direct drivers to look up the Get Ahead of The Games website or Twitter feed (!) for up to date information. I think once you are actually on the road it is rather irresponsible to direct drivers to get their phones out to see whether they are breaking the law or not.

I am already seeing news reports of travel chaos on our streets. The traffic light phasing has been drastically altered over the last few weeks to give priority to main routes (chiefly those with Olympic lanes) which has caused vast tailbacks throughout the capitol. And the road layout has also been meddled with to the point where nobody (including our black cab drivers) knows how the get about in a sensible fashion. I have also been informed that certain roads (including the Kingsway) have gone from having one normal lanes and a bus lane to simply a bus lane and an Olympic lane. So it is more than likely that you could find yourself unwittingly choosing between fines. I would suggest the bus lane in this instance as the fine is less…

It is insane for TFL to allow this to happen. I was not at all in favour of the games coming to London in the first place. The city is already too crowded and the transport network is unable to cope with passengers at the best of times. I know it’s only for a few weeks, but telling Londoners (the majority of whom couldn’t have got tickets for the games even if they wanted to) to avoid traveling in central London (by road OR public transport) during the games is simply not on. Nobody wants to drive through central London. I will have to make to journey a few times during the games to work with my bass and am not massively looking forward to the chaos. The majority of motorists in town during the day are there because they have to be for work. Londoners have paid on average £1200 each in additional taxes to pay for the games and now they will be contributing an extra £130 every time they mistakingly veer into the wrong lane. Not on I’m afraid.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Carmageddon!!!

See you on Twitter folks. Expect heavy use of my #traffictorture #sodtheolympics hashtags and the introduction of #carmageddon into the regular rantings.

That’s it. Rant over. See you at a gig soon. I’ll be the one who’s late…