Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A RENDITION OF 'TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS' BY WILLIE PLUMB IN 'JEKYLL AND HYDE

Here I am accompanying Bella as she sings 'Try a Little Tenderness' to drum up more custom which has been flagging lately at The Empire due to assorted monster outbreaks. The show must go on (as the man said). All of course courtesy of ITV


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

NEW EP FROM CHAMPION DOUG VEITCH

Today - the 1st December - sees the release of the long awaited new EP from Champion Doug Veitch featuring luminaries like Horace Panter and Martin Bell. I of course am playing piano and Hammond organ, and this was recorded earlier in the year in lovely Leamington Spa. Available now.

CHRISTMAS SINGLE FROM THE LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA

The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra will be releasing a Christmas single on - wait for it - Christmas Day! I was responsible for arranging the horns to sound like a Salvation Army band playing in a shopping centre near you. I think I succeeded.

'PARIS SUITE' PREMIERE

I debuted the first full performance of my 'Paris Suite' last Friday at the Kino Teatr in St. Leonards. So a big thank you to a great audience - you could hear a pin drop!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

CRUNCH ON STAGE.

Crunch will be playing tomorrow (22nd November 2015) - on stage at 3.15 at The House of Fun Weekender at Minehead Butlins. Looking forward to this. This is the band in Quinns in Camden in the early 1990's
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Saturday, 24 October 2015

JEKYLL AND HYDE - EPISODE ONE

The first review is in. Not that it mentions my three second appearance playing the piano - or the three or four minutes of playing that you can hear behind the action in The Music Hall. But then - why would it (Ha Ha!) But the review is a four star one - good start.
http://www.cultbox.co.uk/reviews/episodes/jekyll-and-hyde-itv-s01e01-episode-1-review

Friday, 16 October 2015

CRUNCH REFORM FOR MADNESS WEEKENDER

Crunch will reform for a special one-off performance at the Madness curated weekender: Minehead Butlins on Sunday afternoon November 22nd 2014. If rehearsals are anything to go by this will be an absolute joy!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

FORTHCOMING GIGS WITH RHODA DAKAR

I will be on keyboard duties with Rhoda Dakar on the following dates and at the following venues.
The first two are  supporting Public Image Ltd: at the 02 Academy Bristol on the 25th September 2015 and at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 2nd October. How exciting! And then on Hallowe'en at the Jazz Cafe where Rhoda will be launching her album Rhoda Dakar sings the Bodysnatchers. Do come along if you are in any of these vicinities.

Friday, 14 August 2015

A RADIO 4 APPEARANCE.

Here is a link to a Radio 4 programme in which I appeared looking at the great New Orleans piano player, James Booker. Presented and written by the legendary Piers Plowright, and produced by Alan Hall, it is a 14 minute gem of a programme. http://bbc.in/1TziO1Z

Do give it a listen!

Monday, 20 July 2015

TWO FORTHCOMING GIGS FROM THE LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA

We have two gigs coming up which will be the last until the new album is finished and ready to promote in the Autumn. Come along and hear some new material!


Monday, 13 July 2015

ST. LEONARDS THIS FRIDAY - THE 17TH JULY.

I will be playing a solo piano set on Friday 17th July supporting The Near Jazz Experience, The Aftershave, and DJ Wendy May, in the newly renovated Kino Teatre, originally an Art Deco cinema. If you are nearby please come along and christen this new music venue - lets get it launched in style!
Should be fun!


Friday, 19 June 2015

CHAMPION DOUG VEITCH - BLUES ON THE FARM, CHICHESTER.

I am playing with Champion Doug Veitch this Sunday at Blues on the Farm, Chichester. On stage at 18.00 hours. If your are in the region come along!
http://www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk/sunday-21st-june-2015/champion-doug-veitch.html

RHODA DAKAR

I had a lovely time down in Deptford with Rhoda Dakar. Not only did we record a couple of tunes but  also took in some of the extraordinary new council housing blocks they seem to have built just off Deptford High Street. The icing on the cake was the warm drizzle - lovely!


MADNESS PROGRAMME - SUMMER 2015

Who would have thought - when I was a little boy - that I would appear in the programme for the Madness's Summer tour 2015. How thrilling!



MIXING THE NEW LEE THOMPSON SKA ORCHESTRA ALBUM IN BRIGHTON

An absolute joy to work with Mike Pelanconi (aka Prince Fatty) mixing the new album - working title 'Bite the Bullet' - at The Ironworks in Brighton. Easily the best ears in the business.




Monday, 8 June 2015

MORE FILMING ON ITV'S 'JEKYLL AND HYDE'.

This is what could be my final on-set photograph as Willie Plumb the piano player at The Empire Music Hall in ITV's forthcoming blockbuster series, 'Jekyll and Hyde'. A little smarter than usual as we perform 'Try a LittleTenderness' with a lovely vocal by Natalie Gumede. 


Saturday, 9 May 2015

NEW EP RELEASED ON MAY 13TH 2015 BY MOLE

The first EP by singer/songwriter Maizlish Mole is to be released as a download this Wednesday, May 13th 2015. This is the first of 4 EP''s to be released as a trailer for the double LP, Danger Island, to be released in 2016. I am playing piano on tracks 1 and 4 and all four songs are fantastic; terrifically catchy, and beautifully played by a fine collection of musicians. A snip at £3.00 (or more if you feel so inclined). Here is the link: http://figsoflondon.com/album/tar-baby-ep

So improve your life for less than the price of a pint - you know you want to; go on!


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

SUNDAY 5TH APRIL - AFTERNOON GIG AT THE JAZZ CAFE WITH RHODA DAKAR.

I will be taking on piano duties for Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers on Sunday afternoon (doors 2pm) the 5th April at The Jazz Cafe in Camden Town. Also on the bill Horace Panters Uptown Ska Collective and Beat Goes Bang. Come on down after rolling your eggs!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

INTRODUCING WILLIE PLUMB. MY CHARACTER IN ITV'S FORTHCOMING SERIES 'JEKYLL AND HYDE'

Here are some photos of me on the set of ITV's huge budget forthcoming series 'Jekyll and Hyde', in which I gamely play the piano throughout a mighty Music Hall brawl. Hats off to the stunt team!


Sunday, 1 February 2015

THE RETURN OF CHAMPION DOUG VEITCH 'THE UNDISPUTED KING OF CALEDONIAN SWING'

I will be playing keyboards on Friday 13th February for Champion Doug Vetch at the 100 Club on Oxford Street with a truly stellar line up. This promises to be a truly memorable experience so get on down, buy tickets - they are selling fast.
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/292416