MY BEST SONGS OF 2019 A little later than usual but well worth the wait.  I have 7 male artists, 7 female artists and 6 groups.  It’s an eclectic and interesting mix.  You can listen to them here  Without giving too much away, Morganway are playing at the Essex Arms, Brentwood on Thursday 27 February and some tickets are available at £10 here

HOUSE GIG: MEGAN O’NEILL I’m delighted to welcome back Megan to play for us on Friday 14 February.  I’ve no doubt this will be a very special evening indeed – especially for those of you who are lovers! More details can be found here I still have a few places available if anyone is interested. Please let me have payment if you’re on the list but not paid!

HOUSE GIG: BAD INFLUENCE The gigs just keep getting better as I welcome the excellent Bad Influence to Billericay Rectory on Saturday 14 March. This will be a trio Val Cowell, Richard Hayes and Pete Stroud – a formidable line up! More details can be found here I’ve not really sold many tickets for this gig at the moment – the uptake is not as popular as I thought/hoped it would be,  Please let me know if you are coming or want to transfer your ticket from Tyzack and Tortora – see below.

HOUSE GIG: TYZACK AND TORTORA I don’t have a rescheduled date for this at the moment.  I’ll let you know ASAP.  We’re hoping to reschedule this in April.

HOUSE GIGS: PRICE INCREASE Due to the growing number of artists charging VAT and an increase in fees, Paula and I are no longer able to subsidise gigs as we have done for quite some time and so events from May onwards will now cost £20.  We have charged £15 since 2016. Many of you have suggested we should have increased prices a long time ago but this was something we were reluctant to do.  However, I’m sure you’d agree that £20 is still exceptional value for two sets by amazing artists and a fabulous meal from Paula. Hope this increase doesn’t stop any of you coming to future gigs.

HOUSE GIG: JOE SLATER Joe might be a new artist to many of you, but, I have to say, he is one of the most talented, accomplished, passionate and dynamic young musicians I’ve seen in a long while and is someone to look out for – he certainly has a big future ahead of him.  Joe’s gigs at Camden Chapel and the Green Note were real highlights for me in 2019. It goes without saying I’m absolutely delighted that Joe will be playing his ‘Rock and Soul’ at Billericay Rectory on Friday 22 May 2020. This really is a gig not to be missed! More details can be found here

GIG IN THE GARDEN Takes place on Sunday 12 July with the outstanding Danni Nicholls, the fabulous Georgia and the Vintage Youth and local busker Daron Francis!  As always, this promises to be an outstanding afternoon/evening of live music.  More details, and how to purchase tickets, can be found here I’m going to see Georgia at the Essex Arms, Brentwood on Saturday 1 February – tickets are available at £10 here

THE PANTALOONS Perform TWELFTH NIGHT in their own imitable style in the Rectory garden on Sunday 26 July more details, and how to purchase tickets, can be found here

SABBATICAL If you’re interested to read what I got up to for three months during the summer make yourself a brew, or pour a drink, and click on the link here

RING PULLS Many of you collect ring pulls for the Purple Community Fund. Can I ask you to collect them at your place of work and either send them direct or bring them along next time you’re in Billericay.  More details can be found here

No list of music to listen to what, with a busy December and being laid low for a few weeks I’ve not really been listening to anything for a while.  Watch this space, however.

THANK YOU For helping to keep music (and theatre) live in Billericay. Being an independent promoter isn’t easy nowadays, with more and more venues closing down. I, along the artists who have appeared, really appreciate your continued support.