Get Loud 2017 with Nordoff Robbins

Get Loud is on September 13 2017. There are a series of gigs including Level 42 and Jake Bugg.

Headphone challenge …

One: Grab your headphones, pick your favourite song and sing along! Make sure you film it, ready for social media.

Two: Share your performance on Twitter or Facebook using #HeadphoneChallenge. Challenge friends and family to take part too. And why not tag the artist, who knows – they might take on the challenge!

Three: Donate £3 to help someone else find their voice with music therapy by texting LOUD13 £3 to 70070.

Cafe Nero host a series of acoustic sessions on the day.

Also on the 13 September PictureHouse appear at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. One of the artists kindly supporting my Fifty Gigs In A Day fundraising.

Fifty Gigs A Day – Spotify playlist :)

Click here for a Spotify playlist – one song each from the artists kindly supporting my fundraising efforts. A truly eclectic playlist showing the wide variety of great music out there.

50 gigs in a day

Farewell the iPod Nano and Shuffle

Apple has announced it stopping production of the iPod Nano and Shuffle. The increasing use of smartphones and streaming music has seen them become obsolete for many. Not me though, as I have both – the Shuffle for running and listening in bed at night and the Nano, for other wanderings around. I don’t use streaming outside of my home’s WiFi as I don’t have a big data allowance on my phone. Not everyone does and I like have music I like, not these endless crap playlists Spotify keep plugging. I do like creating playlists on Spotify, although you can spend ages compiling songs and then not listening much to them!

They are being replaced by an iPod Touch with storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB.


I would imagine the Nano and Shuffle will return at some point in the future, albeit as a nostalgia trend. It could be like the recent surge in cassette sales driven partly by the ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ soundtrack. Until then I will keep on playing music via my iPods.

Fifty Gigs In A Day: STEVE HACKETT

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett will be kindly plugging Nordoff Robbins charity on next year’s Cruise to the Edge


(Acoustic shows) Saturday 9/Sunday 10 December – Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green East Sussex, UKTickets

February 2018

Steve Hackett Band

Saturday 3 – Thursday 8 February – Cruise to the Edge, Tampa to Bellize & Costa MayaInformation

Rush: Album by Album by Martin Popoff


Voyageur Press [Published 04.08.17]

ISBN’s 0760352208  978-0760352205

Martin Popoff interviews musicians including Metallica’s Kirk Hammet, Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and Mr Big’s Paul Gilbert among others – all who were influenced by the music of Rush. Interesting insight to the band is added by Rush’s first roadie Ian Grandy, along with fans like Douglas Maher, who has followed and written about Rush for many years.

The good thing about these sort of ‘Album By Album’ books is that they provide a source of endless debate between fans. Nicely illustrated throughout with band photos, album covers, tour posters etc.

Ideal for a die hard Rush fans covering all the band’s studio albums, both informative and entertaining.


Rufus Wainwright appears at Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center on February 8 and is kindly supplying a signed item for my fundraising for the Nordoff Robbins charity. More on that soon.

Aug 16 Our Lady Of The Harbour: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Aug 17 Our Lady Of The Harbour: Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Montreal, Canada Tickets RSVP
Aug 20 Northern Stars @ Ford Theatres Los Angeles, CA Tickets RSVP
Aug 25 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Germany Tickets RSVP
Sep 21 Wainwright Libre! Rufus in Havana Havana, Cuba Tickets RSVP
Sep 27 Lexington Opera House Lexington, KY Tickets RSVP
Sep 28 Carolina Theatre Durham, NC Tickets RSVP
Sep 30 Atlanta Symphony Hall Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP
Nov 28 City Winery Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 29 City Winery Boston, MA Tickets RSVP
Nov 30 Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT Tickets RSVP
Dec 02 Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, MN Tickets RSVP
Dec 03 North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Skokie, IL Tickets RSVP
Dec 06 Dubai Opera House Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tickets RSVP
Dec 09 Grand Théâtre de Provence Aix-En-Provence, Francia Tickets RSVP
Dec 11 Théâtre National de Bretagne Rennes, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 12 Théâtre Anne de Bretagne Vannes, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 14 Théâtre de l’Archipel Perpignan, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 16 Comédie de Reims Reims, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 18 Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord Paris, France Tickets RSVP
Dec 19 L’Onde Velizy-Villacoublay, France Tickets RSVP
Jan 19 The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets RSVP
Jan 20 Birchmere Alexandria, VA Tickets RSVP
Jan 21 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ Tickets RSVP
Feb 08 Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips Center Orlando, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 09 Knight Concert Hall at Adrienne Arsht Center Miami, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 11 Ruby Diamond Concert Hall Tallahassee, FL RSVP
Feb 14 Capitol Theater Clearwater, FL Tickets RSVP
Feb 16 Powell Symphony Hall Saint Louis, MO

Fifty Gigs In A Day – YES

Prog rock legends Yes will kindly plug Nordoff Robbins charity when they are on their Cruise to the Edge next February. Very honoured to have their support and involvement.

Yes are Steve Howe (guitar), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Jon Davison (vocals) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/), plus Steve Howe’s son Dylan was recently announced as joining the band on their current tour. He will drum alongside Alan White.

CTTE2018BThey are currently touring the US with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy

Aug 04 – White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex, NC
Aug 05 – Holmes Convocation Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Aug 07 – Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
Aug 08 – Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
Aug 10 – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT
Aug 11 – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 12 – P.N.C. Bank Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 14 – Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
Aug 16 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Aug 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
Aug 19 – Festival Park – Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, IL
Aug 20 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH – A benefit for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Aug 22 – The Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 23 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
Aug 25 – Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Aug 26 – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Aug 28 – Balboa Theatre, San Diego, CA – only Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy supporting
Aug 29 – Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 31 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV – YES only – no support
Sep 01 – Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – YES only – no support
Sep 03 – Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA
Sep 05 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 07 – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 08 – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 11 – Bluestem Center For The Arts Amphitheatre, Moorhead, MN – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 12 – McGrath Amphitheatre, Cedar Rapids, IA – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 14 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 15 – Roc Dome Arena, Rochester, NY – only Todd Rundgren supporting
Sep 17 – The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA – YES only – no support
Sep 18 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support
Sep 19 – The Paramount, Huntington, NY – YES only – no support