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Songs From a Padded Envelope

I got interviewed by Ben and Steve for their fab new podcast which rediscovers lost demoes and the stories behind them. You can hear hare here me talking about me and The Pointy Birds and Big Slice for over an hour, without stopping. Poor Ben and Steve but I paid them handsomely….   

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The Boulder coming soon!

I have written a collection of stories set in Parsley Bay, which is is one of a series of little harbour beaches on Sydney Harbour.  The first book of the series is called The Boulder and here is a sneak peek of the cover designed by Elliot and illustrated by Sasha. I can’t decide whether to include the F or not in my name.

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‘Sausage Rock ‘n’ Rolls’

This is the third song from the current series of Golden Ears and features a duet with lawyer Oliver Bottomly and landlady Joyce as they sing the praises of the humble sausage rock ‘n’ roll. A dancefloor-filler if ever I heard one.    

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6 Music presents…

….‘One Better Day’ with Dave Rowntree (and me!) Dave Rowntree from Blur has made a spiffing show called ‘One Better day’ all about the history of Camden as the centre of music from the 18th century via The Roundhouse through Britpop to the present day. It’s an enjoyable trip down memory lane and I make an appearance or two chatting about some of the gigs and bands we put on back in the day.  The two

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Golden Ears Ep 3 Out now!

Episode 3 is out now.  Here is the story so far… Black Pig landlord Fergal and music promoter Donald have a showdown regarding the way forward for the music venue and come up with a food-based solution.  Meanwhile, Neil continues with his meetings in London and then reports back to The Sickness at their band rehearsal. Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast about a dad-manager, a toilet-venue, and a dog called Memphis.  It may contain

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Watch ‘Sell Your Nan’

Or to give the song it’s full title: ‘Would You Sell Your Nan Down The River For A Hit?’. This is the bonus song from Golden Ears episode two with Gary Gold from Fingers In Pies asking dad-manager Neil Sparks whether his band really really want it.   You can listen to ‘Sell your Nan’ on Spotify. And/or you can listen Golden Ears episode one and beyond on usual podcast outlets or experience the full thing here.

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Golden Ears – Ep 2 out now!

Dad-manager Neil Sparks gets the train to London for his breakfast meetings to have a munch and some brunch and then maybe a spot of lunch with various music industry movers and shakers, but possibly bites off more than he can chew.  Meanwhile, Black Pig landlady Joyce tries to calm her husband Fergal down after a band expresses their feelings about the landlord with a spray can.  Listen to episode two on this site here or

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Watch ‘Breakfast Meeting’ vid

Dad-manager Neil Sparks visits his deceased wife Sally to tell her about his breakfast meeting in London but can’t help breaking into song. And in case you are wondering ‘Breakfast Meeting’ is the episode 1 bonus song from Golden Ears. And Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast about a dad-manager called Neil Sparks. And Neil Sparks is a 49-year-old travel agent who decides to manage his son Dorian’s band – The Sickness. And The Sickness may or may not

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Golden Ears – Ep 1 out now!

It’s been a long time coming but here it is. Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast about a dad-manager, a toilet-venue, and a dog called Memphis.  It may contain the odd song and animation along the way too. Dad manager Neil is unable to contain his excitement as he is invited to not one, but TWO Breakfast Meetings in London to discuss his son Dorian’s band.  Meanwhile, Black Pig Landlord Fergal tells his music promoter

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Watch Golden Ears Trailer

Golden Ears is a new sitcom-podcast set in the grassroots of the UK music industry featuring a dad-manger, a toilet venue and a dog called Memphis. It may include the odd song and animation along the way. Series set up: Recently widowed Neil Sparks has a dead-end office job in a travel agency and lives alone with his 26 year old unemployable son Dorian who spends all his days working on the debut album which

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