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"Lost" vinyl

Take a look at this list of vinyl I have sitting at a friend’s house in the UK. If there is anything you simply HAVE to HAVE, then drop me a message and I’ll see what I can do !

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Jelly & ice cream

A brief run down on my Birthday antics and information about podcast issues. I’m still a little delicate so this isn’t the usual essay you’d expect after a mammoth night out.

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Suncebeat 2

Details about my forthcoming appearance at Southport Weekender’s massive Croatia event at the end of July.

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Hot (free) new track

The hot new release on Sounds of the Booth, take a look at the video if you haven’t already seen/heard it. Details within on receiving the package of mixes for FREE !

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Air miles

Take a detailed read of my trip to Latvia and Estonia this weekend, where I give you an insight into Euphoric R&B, mosquitoes and I also throw forward (as opposed to throwing up) to my Birthday party this Saturday in Birmingham.

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VB 9th June

This week’s Vocal Booth, going ‘Into the Vault’ for three hours of vinyl nuggets. I concentrate on pulling out tracks that I have no idea how they sound or tracks I have since forgotten about. Much of the first two hours where received well, but the final hour is the one !!

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Pill Heads

After Ours Volume 6 will be sent out next week. Here I give you the back story to the mix and all five previous volumes.

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May Madness

Totally non music related, if you fancy it take a read of this blog about all the running I have been doing this month and a challenge I took part in. The Vocal Booth will be back live this Thursday.

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Birthday Piss Up

Full information on venue, date and line up for my Birthday Party in Birmingham on June 18th. Read on for details on ensuring your free admission.

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Random Soul remix

My first studio production in a while comes in the form of the next release on the Random Soul label. Take a look at the details.

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Up the Bottom

Over 5 hours of music, recorded back in January 2011 during my Australian tour. Join me, as I take you “Up the Bottom.”

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Battered

A run down (excuse the pun) of goings on for myself this week, including good news for the people of the Midlands regarding my return to the FM dial.

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Time to chill

More ramblings about life and stuff, and me taking a break from the airwaves for a couple of weeks.

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Choice FM 1998

A short recording from 1998, my Sunday afternoon show on Choice FM. It contains some of the infamous Blue Mountain theatre group adverts and is a snapshot of a moment in time, relating to club events etc. Into the Vault with Andy Ward by intothevault

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VB 28 Apr 11

This week’s show and some words about what else you can expect in the next few days.

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Precious junk

A brand new gallery featuring some of my favourite people, clubs and memories. Previously seen on Facebook and now permanently on my own site with some great new finds added. These picture really do tell a story !

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Desktops

Information on how I spent my Easter weekend and some cool free stuff to download.

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No show

Photos from last weekend’s Vocal Booth party and details about my illness.

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Raving

Wine, women and song. What weekends were invented for. Take a peak at what I got up to this weekend in the UK.

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Update

Basic details about the site and subscriptions, and a reminder about this Saturday in London.

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Facebook hacked !!

It’s official. I am the victim of a Facebook attack. Man down, man down !! I noticed something a little strange earlier with the notifications I was receiving to my email address.

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Designs

I used to enjoy spending hours messing around with images to create various logos and tape/CD covers through the years, but when I made

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April update

News on some tasty UK gigs lined up for April, details of the Vocal Booth Weekender and one or two words more.

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VB 31.3.11

Woah !! Excitement overload tonight on the show. I was caught between not wanting to over hype the line up for this year’s Vocal Booth Weekender, and really wanting to give it loads ! I am so pleased with the crew we have in attendance and from the reaction it got inside the chat room,

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In a 94 style

A rare recording of a different style of music I was playing in 1994, along with a few words that sprung to mind whilst recording it into my computer. Another insight into the early days of my DJ career.

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More memories

Take a read of some memories of around the time I started DJing and watch a great video showing the legendary Marco Polo Bar.

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Looking back

The reason I am always so very grateful for all the support I have been shown through the years, is the memories I carry with me every day. I recently unearthed a few pieces of memorabilia from an old file I had stored in Birmingham. Take a moment to view the full album by clicking

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Guest blog

On my journey home from Australia I was invited to write a guest blog for a friend in Dubai.   I threw a few thoughts down onto my laptop whilst sweating my balls off on the train to Melbourne airport. Take a moment to

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After Ours, Vol 5

It’s the height of the summer. You return back to your villa after a heavy night out, whether in Phuket, Ibiza or Miami.  As the after-party is in full swing, poolside, you fall asleep on your sun lounger.  Around 10am you wake up with the sun beating down on your face. Around you is a

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Feb Update

Take a look at a great video from a recent gig in Melbourne, and I’ll give you the heads up on a few secret bits n pieces.

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Australia – week 4

My final week in Australia and one of the mellowest on reflection. This one has it all – tears, laughter, joy & pain. Actually that’s a lie… but you might enjoy the read.

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Australia – week 3

As the prospect of returning home to Spain draws ever closer, I share more tales of my tour down under as I head to Victoria for pretty much more of the same… fun, laughter and alcohol.

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Australia – week 2

Full information on the second week of my Australian tour, from the flood stricken city of Brisbane. Also, I release details of an extra gig on the tour now taking place in Melbourne on 25th January.

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Australia – week 1

Join me on my first week in Australia, as I give you details of my New Year’s Eve gig on Magnetic Island as well as an amazing dive trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Out with the old – 2010 End of Year Review

Looking back through my Diary for 2010, it seems impossible to believe that it actually contained 12 months.  Here I give you my review of the year, warts and all, remembering the good times and the bad. The highs I started the year in Australia for the whole of January. 

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Believe

Sounds Of The Booth continues its showcase of underground UK talent! Angus Campbell is far from a stranger to the studio or the limelight.  As well as being cousin to UB40‘s Ali Campbell, he has already achieved UK Top 10 status as one half of the B15 Project. Hailing from Birmingham (UK) and the first

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Australia 2010/11

I am so happy to be able to return to Magnetic Island again this year to bring in 2011. Last New Year’s Eve with Hed Kandi was one of the best I have had the pleasure of spinning at.  Myself and Sean Doyle had an amazing time playing to a packed out terrace and this

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Request show

A couple of weeks ago, with time on my hands, I fired up the amps and broadcast a show on Friday afternoon to help bring the weekend a little closer. People loved it. Yesterday, I did the same thing but with a twist.

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December update

Did anyone see 2010 ? It was there the last time I looked ! Here is a quick heads up for things to look out for in the coming days/weeks that will be explained in their own blogs. Facebook:

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Wannabe a Star ?

Fancy being a star of the silver screen ? For the next release on Sounds of the Booth, a great concept has been thought out by one of the main remixers of the track.  I want to keep it all under wraps for now, but basically

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Video mix

Two hours in glorious technicolour, giving you an insight on how I put the Vocal Booth Club Sessions together.

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Guest DJ mixes

I recently started a thread on Facebook asking all the DJs in my friend list to paste links to their mixes and DJ pages, the response was pretty impressive.

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Absinthe

Picture the scene… I’m sat at home, early evening on Hallowe’en. The family are out and I’m bored. “I know what I’ll do.. I’ll do an experiment !” Sometimes, I amaze myself at how random I can be. Below is a record of the stupidness that ensued, as well as a mix that I did

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Movember

As we prepare to jump head-long into November, most of 2010 seems a distant memory. As I already mentioned, I have a few weeks break from any touring commitments and I decided to take full advantage of the down time by also taking a break from the radio show. While I am hiding away for

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Soul Heaven

Soul Heaven last Saturday was awesome.  I purposely didn’t arrive to the Ministry of Sound until after midnight as I wasn’t due to play until 5am, after Kenny Dope.   For some reason, earlier last week, I decided that I wanted to play as best as I possibly could and so didn’t want to get too

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Whoops

I have no idea what made me check my flight details for my trip this weekend.. but it’s a good job I did ! I look forward to joining all the crew for MustHaveSoul as we present a mini reunion in Dubai at the amazing 360 venue. I thought I was flying to Dubai on

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Vocal Booth 7.10

Last night’s show took us right back to the poolside of the Jardines del Mar on the Sunday afternoon of the Vocal Booth Weekender. The Clash of the Titans saw 6 of the non-DJs that support the show every week go

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Friends of the Booth E.P

Next up on Sounds of the Booth is the 4 track E.P handed out for FREE at the recent Vocal Booth Weekender. Slamming tracks from promising producers, hopefully with your help

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VBCS episode 62

Two hours of non stop heat, no interruptions on the mic and bouncing from sweet vocal to slamming dub. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to receive these mixes automatically every time they are published.

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Vocal Booth live, 30.9.10

Welcome to October !! In the first show back since the Weekender we take a look at one or two of the antics… I’m sure the stories will continue for weeks to come ! Please don’t forget

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Back on track

Unless you have been sleeping in a cave, then I’m pretty sure you heard how amazing The Vocal Booth Weekender was recently. I am so very grateful to everyone who has

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Exhausted

After another marathon Vocal Booth Weekender, I am totally exhausted.  When I can muster up the enthusiasm, I will get around to writing a full report on it (I enjoyed doing that last year). I would like to take maybe a fortnight off all my shows, but being the work-aholic I am, no doubt I’ll

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Tubin' 1995

I have no idea why I chose this name for this particular mix.  I think it might have some ridiculous connection to being underground/ pipes go underground/tubes are like pipes ?? Anyway, the second of two cassettes I uploaded yesterday is now available.  Check out

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Precious memories

Following on from my recent post of a classic mix tape, I got talking on Facebook to a friend who wondered if he was maybe ‘too much’ of a fan for having so many of my mixes on his computer.  He listed a few sets that he had but I told him that there were

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Criss' !

Another slice of house history, however instead of a piece of vinyl, I unearth and share a classic mix extracted from cassette. Simply entitled “Crisp 95“, this is 90 minutes of

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Threads of the Booth

Click the images to visit the Threads of the Booth on-line store.  There you will find the official garments for this year’s Vocal Booth Weekender and they are available for everyone to own. Ordering could not be easier, and while

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The Sounds of the Weekend

I am happy to share this early link with you for the forthcoming release, a collaboration between Sounds of the Booth and Reelgroove Records. It features

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Vocal Booth 19.8.10

On this week’s show I started off exhausted, got some energy mid way through, but finished off exhausted. Here is my current Traxsource chart as well as this week’s play list and listen again

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Bits n Pieces mix

Yesterday, as I sat working on my computer, I had the brief feeling of missing a good old session on the decks. It’s been a few weeks since I was playing in a club and I guess I was missing it. As if by chance..

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Catching up

Hope this update finds you well people, just wanted to drop you a line to let you know about one or two things going on right now.

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Valencia

As touched on earlier, last weekend I ventured to Valencia with my family for an extended weekend and to DJ at a great party called Salsoul. I am happy to be able to share..

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Vocal Booth 29.7.10

I would like to comment on last night’s show, except I don’t remember most of it, after polishing off a bottle of Vodka whilst on air ! I do know the music will be slamming, although I feel that the below list might be switched around in order slightly, or may even have tracks on

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Vocal Booth, 15.7.2010

PLAYLIST (links are to Traxsource.com) Aaron Ross & Natasha Watts – Time To Shine Kings Of Groove Ft Michelle Weeks – You have a Purpose Tikyo Present The B-Crew – Back 2 Luv (Club Mix) Terry Lex & Mark Stone feat. Deepvoice – Come my Way (Classic Main Mix) Yohan Esprada – Rhode Island (Samson

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VBW Update

VOCAL BOOTH WEEKENDER UPDATE As the incessant heat arrives in Spain, plans are firmly under way for this year’s fun in the sun. Despite all the hype around this event, it is still a relatively small affair that has the potential to grow into something much bigger over time. This means that you are guaranteed

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H.I.G.H, Episode 3

Recorded last night, this one is a tad more interesting rather than funny, as we welcome a special guest onto the show and share some OUTSTANDING music. Click the image to go to the page, make sure you are subscribed to the podcast and please tell a friend. Also, please check out more footage from

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Lecce, Italy

What an amazing place I visited on my latest adventure abroad. Check out the video here. I will be sending out a full update on a few things in the next few days, so enjoy the footage for now.

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Production Seminar

In the true spirit of the Vocal Booth Weekender, what started off as a casual conversation between Danny J Lewis and myself has turned into something very tasty indeed. Point Blank Online Production Seminar

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Vocal Booth Club Sessions, 58

I listened to this Deeper Session whilst relaxing on holiday with my family this weekend, and if I do say so myself, it rocks !! “Deep” is very much a relative word, but this is definitely one of my deeper mixes to date and I am loving doing every one now, especially with my new

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Castlebed ft Durand Ross

You should be more than aware of this track from the recent plays on The Vocal Booth. Castlebed is Rustin Davis, a fine talent out of Florida who has several releases over the last decade under his belt. Whilst he is no actual newcomer to the scene, I feel he still has much more to

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Vocal Booth 17.6

Loved this show, for reasons that will become very apparent as you listen. Thanks for your continued support.. it is ALWAYS appreciated and never taken for granted. Click here to download or listen on line below PLAYLIST (links are to Traxsource.com) Nassau Feat Leon Beal – Music Makes Me Feel Good (Nassau Original Mix) Justin

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HIGH, Episode 2

I am loving the way this is progressing. Julian Bendall and myself, chilling in our respective homes sharing great music and stories from days gone by. Words won’t do this justice.. you just have to listen to it. Feel free to leave feedback,

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Vocal Booth 10.6

3 hours of summer scorchers, world exclusives and minor technical issues.. another cracker of a show. Listen below or download here, please check back later for the hyper links to all tracks available to purchase now. Yam Who feat. Noel McKoy – Summertime (Main Mix) AmbientP – Hot Stuff – Steven Stone Soulful Mix Terry,

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UK runnings

Back from 9 days in the UK, check out a brief insight into what went down along the way. View the photo album here Normally I would do a video of all these shots and the footage I have, but to be honest I am absolutely shattered and there is a sun lounger outside with

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Feeling productive

BIG weekend in the UK. I’m reeling from a mixture of sleep deprivation, vodka overload and non stop laughter. Here’s a run down on what’s bussin’ right now in Ward World (as you can see I’m still not quite right – I’m so glad I don’t take drugs… I honestly don’t think I could cope

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Archived videos

Something guaranteed to put a smile on your face, either because you remember the times so well or you just think we all look like total idiots, here are some classic videos I recently had converted from VHS (even though these are on Facebook , they should be viewable by anyone with an account.

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Vocal Booth 27.5

We tested out a brand new chat room last night yet it still seems to have restrictions in place, meaning some people couldn’t gain access. This had even the geekiest of geeks stumped, so we continue to fight the fight until it’s right. Lots of energy on the show and some sweet music,

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Non stop !

I won’t apologise for the barrage of information, because you have obviously come here for it or subscribed to receive it.. so thanks for taking time to read through the latest set of blogs I have been sending out. As I prepare for tomorrow’s Vocal Booth, I have more news to share with you. First

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Interview

Ahead of this week’s Coventry gig, I was interviewed some time ago (ahead of the Southport Weekender announcement which I refer to). Makes interesting reading I think ANDY WARD One of the UK’s most best-known and respected DJs, Andy Ward has enjoyed phenomenal success as one half of chart-topping duo Soul Central. WWJD spoke to

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Soul Heaven

This Saturday sees me return to the Ministry of Sound for Soul Heaven… I cannot wait. Due to increased demand the club has allocated me some extra concession entry guest list spaces.. if you would like to take advantage of these, hit me immediately with the names you would like to go on it thevocalbooth@hotmail.co.uk

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H.I.G.H

As if I don’t have enough projects to keep tabs on, I decided to create another. Anyone that has listened to the Vocal Booth over the last year or so will be more than aware of Julian Bendall. When working on my ‘Streets of the Sun’ track we formed “The Heavyweights” as a production outfit,

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Into the Vault, Feb '98

Taking a step back in time to the glory days of Choice FM Birmingham. By now, I am sure you are more than aware of my love for these times and Choice FM, it is a truly special era in my life and instrumental in enabling me to travel further out of Birmingham as a

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VB Weekender 2010 – Teaser 1

So it begins… the hype for this year’s Vocal Booth Weekender. Most people who attended last year will already be more than familiar with this footage, as it is taken from the official DVD we had produced after the event, and is featured alongside Thursday nights pre-party, the fun from both Friday and Saturday night

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Southport highlights

I had every intention of doing a full report of the weekend, with photos, videos, interviews etc etc. Right now I simply don’t have the brain cells to do it justice and my camera gave up the ghost on me too meaning I have relatively few shots & videos, although I am sure once the

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Find My Way-ON SALE NOW

So the time has come to send out the troops.. I am looking for your support on the next release on Sounds of the Booth. Please visit Trasxource.com, using this link to buy the track. You only need to get one of the mixes, however I do suggest you purchase the package to get your

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Success !!

2nd time lucky for recording a Vocal Booth Club Sessions videcast ! Had to get this out of my system.. Here you can see me give you a full run down on all my equipment and how I record the show, and it managed to capture the full two hours. Enjoy.

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Vocal Booth 29.4

Repair works on the internet for the whole of La Manga (Spain) meant that this week’s show was presented mostly off air. No nonsense to contend with in the chat room, no distracting remarks, no talk of food.. it felt slightly odd and I am curious to listen back myself to see if the vibe

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Mighty May

After taking time off for my son’s Birthday and then the fiasco of the flight restrictions causing another weekend without gigs, I am looking forward to a very big month of May indeed. Probably the strongest run of gigs I have ever had in one month takes me to a selection of my favourite gis,

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Find My Way video

Sunday mornings are so much nicer when you don’t have a 10 hour journey ahead of you ! Greetings from not-so-sunny-at-the-moment Spain. It gives me ENORMOUS pleasure to share the new promotional video with you for the upcoming single on Sounds of the Booth. You will have heard me interview the lovely Nica Brooke almost

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Croatia TV

Here’s a short interview that took place ahead of my great gig the other week in Zagreb. (It might be better to pause it until it loads fully)

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Vocal Booth Videcast

The good news is.. the video broadcast went well last night and worked as I expected. The bad news is.. in all the preparation for the show I forgot to click the button that records the show in audio also. So for this week, the show is only available to listen/view again on line.

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2nd attempt.

It turned out I was missing something VERY obvious last week on the Vocal Booth, as I attempted to come to you in glorious sound & vision.  So I am going to give it another shot tonight. If I am honest, I know it works now, so don’t really need to test it again, but

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