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    Posted: September 09 2012 at 16:32
Ollie posted a generous amount of information to his Facebook page & I wanted to share with PA!   I'm looking forward to seeing him, he promised me he'll make it to Chicago (although, with all the nappy-changing going on, I'm not holding my breath!).  


Dear all

Time for the latest update about everything happening in my musical world. This world does seem to involve an awful lot of sleepless nights, endless feeds, temper tantrums and nappy changing. I put the nappy part in just in case you thought it was me I was talking about...

With the arrival of Lottie Alys on the 7th July everything music related went on hold for a few weeks as we re-adju
sted to the new order of importance in the Wakeman household (everyone's above me basically, even the spider in the downstairs bathroom...). So in between the above I have been preparing for the tour with Gordon Giltrap which starts later this month, the 22nd September at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester to be exact.

We decided to each prepare a list of pieces from our own histories which we felt would translate well to an acoustic duo format. We then listened to each others selections and then had the difficult job of slimming the set down because more often than not we would say "but we must do that one!".

Finally we had put together a rough set of songs of which to practice. A few weeks later in mid-August, Gordon and I met up at a lovely church mid-distance between our two homes to begin rehearsals. We have now had quite a few rehearsal sessions and still have a few more left before we perform at the first show.

Even though everything isn't totally performance ready yet, we definitely feel that it is all starting to sound really nice and I think people will be quite surprised by some of the songs in the list. I really think it will be an enjoyable concert for people to watch, so we look forward to seeing you!

One thing did occur to me throughout rehearsals and that was that it's difficult to work out whether it's easier to rehearse for a show just involving 2 people or when it involves a full band.

With a full band you have the advantage that at certain sections you get a bit of a breather with parts that are less complicated but you are having to listen and interact with more musicians whereas with a duo there is only one person to interact with but you are much more exposed as a musician which brings its own pressures. I think we'll call it a draw...

Either way, it's live performing which I love doing and I am really looking forward to the tour. It's been a while since I was last out on the road, only a couple of private shows and the one performance with Dad to my name since I stopped performing with YES last year (although I have spent many happy hours in the studio which I wasn't able to do whilst touring).

The dates for the tour are as follows, please note that 3 extra dates have been added and the tour now finishes on the 28th October in Bishops Itchington, Warwickshire.

22nd Sept
Huntingdon Hall, Worcester - 01905 611 427

27th Sept
The Playhouse, Western Super Mare - 01934 645544

29th Sept
Trowbridge Arts Festival - 01722 321744

2nd Oct
Band on The Wall, Manchester - 0161 834 1786 or 08452 500500

3rd Oct
Hunter Hall School, Penrith, Cumbria - SOLD OUT
01768 864024

4th Oct
Hunter Hall School, Penrith, Cumbria
01768 864024

12th Oct
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham - 01476 406158

13th Oct
The Wesley Centre, Maltby - 01327 310088

17th Oct
Farnham Maltings, Farnham - 01252 745444

18th Oct
The Brook Theatre, Chatham - 01634 338338

19th Oct
Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham - 01329 223100

26th Oct
The Junction, Goole - 01405 763 652

28th Oct
St Michael's Church, Bishops Itchington, Southam
01926 613466

The album, "Raven's & Lullabies", is now nearing completion from the writing and arrangements point of view. We are in discussions over the release of the album and are hopeful that details of when it's coming out will be known in the near future. More news when we get it.

With all this work on the album with Gordon, the tour and my new daughter, unfortunately it means that the Cultural Vandals album has taken a back seat again but I am sure I will get round to finishing it soon, I just don't want to put out two albums at the same time and I always like to make sure that each project gets the attention it deserves.

Anyway, as the 1st show is closing up I'd better carry on rehearsing.

If you are coming to any of the shows and would like to help promote it, there is a new section on the website ( with media information which includes an A4 poster, an A5 flyer along with a press photo and the tour press release. If you want to download it and print it to help advertise the shows please feel free as the more people we can make aware of the shows the better. It can be found under the Information tab and on a new section called 'Press Media'.

I look forward to catching up with some familiar faces at the shows and also seeing some new ones.

All the best.

September 2012
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