Full Band Rehearsals.

Alright folks,

Full band rehearsals start on Tuesday. I swear we have had more line ups than Scotland Yard, but hopefully this one will stick.

Our main problems have been travel, with musicians dotted across the Country. This 4 piece is all based in my home town of Derby, so makes far more sense.

Most of my shows this summer are acoustic slots at festivals across England and Scotland, but there is the odd full band show thrown in there.

Our first one is on Saturday 21st June at The Church Inn, in Bury, Lancashire. It’s only a month from now, so we best get a wriggle on!

It’s only a small venue, so will be perfect for a first show. Entry is free so if you are in the area, pop along for a beer and a pack of peanuts.

After the Summer, we’ll be out gigging full band most of the time. I am already talking to friends around Europe, so we should be able to put something together easily enough.

Until then, take it easy.

x

Festival Season!

OiOi!

Festival season is upon us! I can’t wait.

I am playing a fair few festivals across the UK this year, which is great opportunity to broaden my music audience. I am obviously a small act so the chance to play to several new people, is great.

This summer I am at The Ashbourne Beer Festival, Handmade Festival, Vale Fest, Isle of Wight Festival, Pedstock, Tiree Music Festival, Wickerman Festival, & V Dub Fest.

I am hoping to add more as soon as I can. To see the dates and times, click here.

See you on the road! x

Splitting from Eromeda Entertainment.

Hello all,

My contract with Eromeda Entertainment has expired and I have chosen not to renew it, for future releases. There are no hard feelings and the decision to split was not based on arguments or in fighting. It was simply a venture that, after two years, had run its course.

I wish Eromeda and their great stable of current artists nothing but success, and look forward to hearing their future releases.

In the last year or so I have been increasingly frustrated and deflated with the way things were going, and in my mind, without enjoyment, there is no reason to be a musician any longer.

There is a saying in life, that if you keep trying to go through a door, over and over, and it is continuously being slammed in your face, you are probably better off trying another door. That is exactly what I am doing from now on.

The first port of call, is to start enjoying music again. Getting out on the road and playing is something I have missed massively over the last year.

I have put together a band here in Derby and we start rehearsals next week. They are a great bunch of lads and like myself, just want to play live. None of us picked up an instrument to ‘be famous’ or ‘make millions’, in fact, I couldn’t think of anything I would enjoy less.

Just give me a guitar, a microphone, and an audience, and I am as happy as a pig in shit.

So that is the immediate plan.

I have a single being mixed, and as soon as that is mastered, I will be putting a music video together, and will be releasing the single myself.

This summer I have plenty of solo shows including the Isle of Wight Festival, and a tour of Scotland.

I can’t wait to get back out on the road, and get my smile back, before these frown lines become permanent!

Hope to see you on the road soon.

x

In the studio…

Hi,

I have been down to the Isle of Wight this weekend to get together with my old pals at Studio 5a.

We have been working on the single ‘Get your love on’, to be released for this years Wembley show.

There are a few announcements regarding the release of that single, and the future in general.

I just need to iron out a few things and I will post here asap.

x

Prague Dates Moved To September…

Oi!

Due to costs and venue availability, my Prague dates have been moved to September.

Logistically it makes more sense, as I will be able to play an extra date in the time we are there.

As soon as I have the venues confirmed, I will post it on here!

x

This Weeks Global Moan In…

Hello all,

This week I will be once again hosting the Global Phone In, on The Peoples Voice.

The show goes out between 11:15pm and 1:00am this Wednesday.

Nothing is more therapeutic than a good moan.  That’s just what we are going to do this week.

What grinds your gears? It could be political, it could be your wife. Either way, give us a shout and let us know.

x

Czech Republic Dates…

Hello all,

I have two dates in Prague, Czech Republic, coming up in early April.

They are the start of a year of European and UK touring. I’m just waiting to 100% confirm the names of the venues, and I’ll let you know.

We are playing mini Friday, Saturday, Sunday tours across Europe, as I am required in London every Thursday, to film The Banned.

It’s a tough slog, but definitely worth it, just to be able to be part of these two adventures.

Hope you are all well.

x

TPV Global Phone In…

Hello all,

I’m back presenting The Global Phone In on The Peoples Voice, this Wednesday evening.

The phone in goes out at www.thepeoplesvoice.tv from 11:15pm GMT.

If you wish to call in, the number is +44(0)203 714 2700. Alternatively, you can tweet me @garethicke.

This week I’ll be discussing several different topics.

The main topic is of course, whatever you want to talk about. It’s your phone in after all!

I’d like to talk about your New Years resolutions. We’re a month in to 2014. How many resolutions are you still sticking to?

I’m interested in your thoughts on the UK justice system. Parents can face prison time if they take their children on holiday, during term time. Yet, people walk free for horrendous crimes.

I’d also like to have a chat about the cost of ‘living’, and whether that is something improved by money, or the very opposite. Does money and the need for material goods, simply cover up the cracks in our emotional selves?

I’ll be playing some great tunes as well, up until 1am GMT.

Tune in. x