Hello, I’m a London-based music promoter, but over the years I’ve stockpiled a few writing and recording projects that are now starting to see the light of day. Have a look around, and if you like what you see, sign up for my newsletter and an email will land in your inbox once a month that hopefully adds value to your life. Welcome to the shed in my head…
Anoint My Head Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shows Announced!
ANOINT MY HEAD
How I Failed to Make it as a Britpop Indie-Rockstar
MUSIC MEMOIR – OUT NOW!
Back in the early nineties, I was the lead singer in an indie-pop band called The Pointy Birds. We played the backrooms of London’s pubs and toilet venues, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Blur, Suede, Pulp and Radiohead. But while they went on to bigger and better things during the explosion of Brit-pop, we couldn’t get signed, sold no records and got bottled off stage at our first ever gig. But we did have one big fan. His name was Ricky. He worked as the Entertainments Manager at the University of London Union and became our manager.
This is the story of how we didn’t become rich or famous, but our manager did.
Available as paperback, hardback, e-book or audiobook.
You can now buy tickets in advance for my one man show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year right here It will run from August 4th to 28th. That’s about 25 shows in a row. Gulp. The show lasts for 52 minutes and may include some Pointy Bird songs. Plus a
Blimey that was fun. Thanks Tony Gleed for having me at your wonderful Rock n Roll book club which doubled up as a belated book launch for Anoint My Head, 18 months after publishing. You are a lovely, warm host and have fanned the flames of my rock ‘n’ roll
I had the pleasure of being a guest on Robert Elm’s fab Radio London show this week. I got to talk about the Pointy Birds, Ricky Gervais, Britpop and misfiling vinyl at Selectadisc. Plus, of course, my book Anoint My Head and forthcoming live shows. If you would like to
STOP PRESS! This date has been rescheduled to Thur 21 April. Tickets still valid for that date. Here’s the blurb… I am guest author at the Xmas Rock n Roll Book Club at The Dublin Castle in Camden on Thursday 21st April. Previous months have featured books on The Pogues,
A NIGHT IN DIEPPE
A MADE UP TRUE SHORT STORY
A wannabe pop star, a sharp-suited businessman and a revolutionary communist are brought together at a ferry terminal and have quality time to get to know one another and maybe find out a bit about themselves too. For anyone who has ever missed the last ferry home. A Night in Dieppe is a made-up true short story.
A MADE UP TRUE SHORT STORY
Dave Quilty is a builder who loves playing his guitar. The trouble is that no one wants to listen, and he can’t get a gig anywhere. But when, unexpectedly, he finds a captive audience, he has a final chance to prove the doubters wrong. And maybe reveal a hidden side too. The Quilt is a made-up true short story.
THE POINTY BIRDS
EXCLUSIVE SONGS GIVEAWAY & GALLERY!
Pointy Birds songs are not available anywhere in the world. You wont find them on Spotify, YouTube or Apple Music and they never made it on to vinyl or CD in the racks of Selectadisc or Tower Records. Their only existence is on a couple of fading cassette tapes, but now due to popular demand (requests from at least three people) some of these rare creatures are daring to show their face. Visit the pointy birds page on this website and not only can you marvel at some old Pointy Birds photos that link to scenes & characters in Anoint My Head, but you can download four of these nuggets of indie-pop pleasure. Enjoy! (But please excuse the out of tune harmonica.)
SITCOM-PODCAST – SERIES ONE OUT NOW!
Golden Ears is a comedy drama that follows the ups & downs of Neil Sparks, a 49 year old travel agent who decides to manage his unemployable son Dorian’s band. It also features a pub called The Black Pig and a dog called Memphis. There are songs and animation along the way too. In an ideal world this becomes a musical. Watch this space!
DON’T MIND IF I DO
BIG SLICE ALBUM
During last year’s lockdown, my brother and I dug out some old Big Slice demos (the band we formed during the mid-nineties after the Pointy Birds). We decided some of the recordings weren’t bad, so we tweaked them, polished them up and released the best 12 as an album for posterity’s sake. It’s called Don’t Mind If I Do and you can listen to sample track ‘Ropes’ above or full thing by clicking green button below.