Charity Show This Friday & Music Video…

Hey everyone,

Hope you’re all well. This is the 4th day on the trot that I haven’t left the house. The reason for this?

Yep, that’ll keep you off your feet for a while!

I’m spending my days filling out ISRC codes for the new album (very boring) and watching reruns of Only fools and horses.

On Friday morning I go back into hospital where they make the final decision whether or not to operate. I’m hoping not for two reasons.

1. It’ll bloody hurt having my bone marrow drilled out and an titanium rod put down the middle of my Tibia.

2. I have a gig on Friday night.

Now normally I wouldn’t be so eager to be sat playing a guitar in a wheel chair while my heavily plastered leg is elevated, and exposed in a room full of drunk people. But this is for charity.

In May my big sister is climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland, for alzheimers charities. I figure, if she can climb the highest mountain in Britain, I can play some songs while off my tits on a cocktail of Tramadol, and German lager.

The show is at The Wight Rock Bar in Ryde, Isle of Wight. Doors open at 8pm and entry is only £2. All the cash goes towards my sisters charity fund. So please be a good sport and come along!

I’ll (touch wood) be playing about 8:30 with Tim Pritchard. Then This Way Up and Bear Attack Club will be finishing off the evening.

3 bands for £2? Fucking bargain!

The music video for ‘Remember Who You Are’ is nearly completed. I have seen a sneak peak and it looks awesome. It should be ready by the end of next week.

I can’t wait to get it out there and let you all have a watch. I hope you’ll enjoy it!!!

Right, I have some whiskey. It’s a treat. xxx

 

 

 

Barely Born Charity Show Tomorrow (Friday)…

Hello people,

I am playing a charity show tomorrow (Friday 16th) at Coburgs in Ryde, Isle of Wight.

The event aims to raise money for the Isle of Wight’s ‘Barely Born’ Foundation. They do a great job raising money for the Islands Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Please check them out by clicking onto Barely Born.

On Friday there are three bands. Bandit The Panther, The Rozzers and myself. There is a suggested donation of £2. Two quid for three acts, and you’ll be helping give babies a fighting chance.

Do something good this Christmas. £2 isn’t even the price of a pint, but collectively, it can make a massive difference.

I’ll be on stage around 9:30.

Hope to see you there.

x

 

 

 

Sunday Times.

Hey all,

Thought you might like this. For some reason we’re pictured in The Sunday Times Movember coverage.

I’m second from the right by the way.

Nice touch though! x

New Album, Alex Lloyd & Movember…

Hey folks,

I hope you are all splendidly well.

I have finished the tracks for my new album. On Monday, I start the vocals. Should be finished with them within the next 3 or 4 weeks. Then a quick mastering and it’s all finished.

I haven’t worked out a running order yet but the tracks I have laid down are…

Jenny, Satellites & Wires, Colours, Remember Who You Are, A Brand New Battle, What’s Love Without Meaning, Paint The Town Red, Beat Up, Growing Pains, Don’t Say It, Adrienne & Sleep With The Girl.

I don’t have an album title yet but I’ve been using the working title of ‘The Non-Delivery Boy’. It seems that in my late twenties I’ve realised that as a footballer, musician & ice hockey player, I promised much, but never quite delivered. So I guess the title is a tongue in cheek dig at myself.

I can’t wait for you to hear the record. It does sound great. Totally up another level from ‘It gets worse at night’. As long as I am getting better and not worse, I should be pleased right?

As soon as the record is done and released, I’ll be back out on tour across Europe and across the UK. I’ll keep you posted.

Tonight is Thursday night. That means one thing. The G & Tippers Show. On tonight’s festivities is the legend that is Alex Lloyd. Massive MASSIVE artist from Australia. He’ll be pitching his wits against yours truly in the G & Tippers quiz. I hope I won’t let my fellow English down!

Also, check out my Movember efforts. I think you’ll be quietly impressed.

x

Damien Nettles Awareness Gig.

Hello everyone,

On Sunday there is an awareness show to coincide with the turning of 15 years since the disappearance of Damien Nettles.

Damien disappeared from Cowes, Isle of Wight in November 1996. To read about Damien and the ongoing search for him, click onto www.damiennettles.com.

The show is taking place at The Princess Royal in Newport, Isle of Wight, this Sunday. Me and Tim will be playing an acoustic set at around 4pm.

Entry is completely free. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

Peace. x

Movember.

Hey all.

Just a quick message to tell you all about Movember.

Basically from the first of November until the 1st of December, you grow a moustache in aid of male cancer charities.

The whole point I suppose is to look like a bit of a prat. I have no problem with that so I’m happy to have a hairy top lip.

Today is day one and here is my progress…

By the end of the month, it will be pretty special I think.

If you want to get involved, or donate, get your arse over to my personal Movember page http://mobro.co/garethicke.

I’ll keep you updated with daily images to let you know how the growth is progressing!

x

I’ve only gone and done it…

Hello everyone,

This Saturday I swam the Solent from mainland England to the Isle of Wight. I don’t normally blow my own trumpet, due to both my character and my ribs. But I am uber happy with myself for achieving this. I might go so far as to say that I’m even a little smug.

Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty
Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty

The point of the swim was to raise money for a special little boy called Lewis Mighty. Lewis needs treatment for a form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. It is a type of cancer that attacks under 5’s mainly. Hopefully the money raised from this swim will go some way to help Lewis get the treatment he so desperately needs.

If you wish to donate, please click here.

Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty
Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty

I left Hurst Castle on the mainland at 9am and landed back on the Island an hour and twenty minutes later. The distance was meant to be a mile and a half, roughly 90 lengths of a regular twenty metre pool. Unfortunately a 4 knot tide had other ideas.

I ended up being dragged further and further from my landing destination and ended up swimming over 5000 metres in that time.

Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty
Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty

I was meant to be landing at Fort Albert, then that was impossible so Fort Victoria was the target. The tide once again had other ideas and I ended up being dragged way past Yarmouth and landed nearer to Shalfleet. 3 miles down the coast. It wasn’t ideal as people were waiting at Fort Victoria and I could have done with the support.

But to be honest, if I’d failed I would have to had walked down my main High Street butt naked that night. That was added incentive to get me across the line and on to Island soil.

Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty
Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty

I owe a massive debt of gratitude to Andy and Mandy Toms who supplied the support boat and made the whole thing possible. Also a big thanks to Tom Fastnedge for letting me use his wetsuit. Without it, I would have frozen to death.

Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty
Swimming the Solent for Lewis Mighty

But most of all, a massive thank you to all those that have donated and continue to donate. We’re looking on course to raise £2000 for Lewis which is a major achievement.

It’s much appreciated.

Lots of love. G x

The Swim is here!

Hey folks,

Tomorrow is the day I plunge myself into the deep and attempt to swim from mainland England to the Isle of Wight.

It’s all in aid of the Lewis Mighty Fund so please donate generously! Click on to the charity page on this site for more information.

Wish me luck! x