Found My Way CD Available Now

At last, it has arrived!! A few days ago some boxes arrived, and the Found My Way CD was actually here.

Several Found My Way CDs in a box.
Coming out the box.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the Found My Way album was actually finished at the end of 2019, and has been on Spotify since then. But whilst I wanted to get the CD available at the start of 2020, I had to actually create the full cover artwork for it.

Then life got in the way in February as I was knocked down by a bus, and had a stay in hospital for a while followed by more recovery at home. So my ideas for the CD cover took a lot longer to come to fruition.

But a few weeks ago I was well enough to get everything together and finish it. And now here it is.

Acknowledgements

There’s a few people I want to thank for helping me create the album, and more recently helping with getting the CD artwork finished to the correct format.

Recording the album

Neal Leggett - studio engineer.Most of the album was recorded and mixed at Miacon Studios in Horsell, near Woking in Surrey. Neal Leggett is the owner of the studio and he operated all the recording equipment during the sessions.

Francis GreeneAll the songs were my own, except one track ‘Don’t Let Go’ which was the result of a collaboration with Francis Greene – a guitarist and keyboard player who I regularly encountered on open-mic nights. Having co-written the song, Francis was happy to come and record some keyboards and backing vocals on the track. That was a fun evening. See Recording Don’t Let Go for more detail on how this track was written and came together.

As well as backing vocals from Francis Greene, I was fortunate to have some other help in the vocal department from Karen Terry and Tracy Ginn.

Tracy GinnTracy and I had met at an open-mic night in Woking some years ago and had performed together at many open-mics since.

Karen TerryKaren is a neighbour who I’ve known for a few years, and she has been a singer for ages. Whilst we’ve never done open-mics together she has instead been involved with other events like Ripley Rocks for example.

Joanna LawrenceIn terms of other contributions during the recording, I should mention Joanna Lawrence – another Woking resident and an accomplished string player. She agreed to be part of the project and her viola and violin can be heard on two of the album tracks. She did well decoding the hand-written scores that I gave her.

Creating the CD

Once again I’d decided to use Disc Manufacturing Services to actually make the CD. I’d previously used them to create the Life Line CD some years ago, after a recommendation from a fellow musician – and I would myself recommend them too.

They have many artwork templates already set up and it’s just a case of choosing the one you want to use. Fortunately I have a bit of experience with Photoshop, but that’s more in the field of creating website graphics. The people at DMS are helpful though and are happy to spend time answering your questions and helping you get everything to the right format and standard.

Once the order was placed, the turnaround was pretty quick too – I think the CDs arrived less than two weeks after the order was finalised, and I’d paid.

What next?

Please let me know if you’d like a copy of the CD, and I’ll do my best to get it to you as quickly as possible. I’m selling them for £5.00.

With face-to-face open-mic nights not running at the moment, and unlikely to be until 2021 at the earliest, opportunities for playing you the songs live are very limited. But I may be joining in with some of the virtual open-mic nights in the near future, once I’ve worked out what I need to take part.

 

Fiery Bird Woking – Crowdfunder Appeal

All UK music venues are currently under threat.

Obviously, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all live music venues in the UK are closed at the moment. Even pubs that have reopened cannot resume music events either – whether it’s open-mic nights or other gigs.

Fiery Bird, Woking

View of the Fiery Bird stage.
View of the Fiery Bird stage. (Taken from the Crowdfunder page).

Woking is my current home town, and it has it’s own community-focussed venue which is called Fiery Bird. The venue is located in an old nightclub in the centre of the town, and since it opened in 2018 has hosted many live music events. I’ve performed there many times at the regular open-mic nights that were held until lockdown stopped all that.

Fiery Bird’s stay in its current location was time limited as the building that houses it is planned for demolition and redevelopment. Last year, there was an extension granted, but time is running out. Here is a map of the current location for Fiery Bird.

There is a move to a new permanent location on the cards – which was originally slated for late this year (2020). But the lack of income from music and other events, due to lockdown, has put the whole future of the venue in jeopardy.

Fiery Bird Crowdfunder Appeal

The Music Venue Trust has launched a national initiative to try to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent venues across the country. Woking’s Fiery Bird is part of this and has set up a Crowdfunder appeal to help keep the venue going.

Although the venue is currently closed, there is still work to be done, and there are still overheads that need to be covered.

So please consider supporting the appeal to help Fiery Bird survive. A team of volunteers has worked tirelessly for many years to give Woking its own live music venue – let’s make sure that it’s not taken away by the current lockdown restrictions.

Please visit the Fiery Bird Crowdfunder page, and give generously.

Save Our Venues T-shirt

Currently the project is offering a reward if you can donate over £20 – one of the high quality Save Our Venues T-shirts. They’re available in 5 different sizes and if you qualify for one, they’re delivered free.

If you want to know what the t-shirts look like on a person…

Graham Armfield wearing the Save Our Venues T-shirt and playing a guitar.
Me wearing the Save Our Venues T-shirt.

 

Found My Way CD Available Soon

At last, the physical CD for my latest album ‘Found My Way’ will be available soon.

Although the album was completed late in 2019,  and has been on Spotify from then, I’m only now processing the ordering of the physical CD. The order is in, and I’m hoping it’ll be delivered soon. I’m told it may even arrive before the end of July.

2020, lockdown, knockdown

What a strange year 2020 has been so far for everyone. The Coronavirus lockdown has had a massive impact on everyone, and it has been really hard for some people who have completely lost their livelihoods, their good health, and sadly even their lives.

My lockdown started a bit early as I was knocked down by a bus in late February. I don’t want to go into details here, but I was in hospital for a while and out of action for a good few weeks afterwards, trying to recover.

So work on the album cover was shelved for a while…

New CD details

The cover

I eventually did finish the full cover for the ‘Found My Way’ CD recently. The CD will come in a folding cover as with the ‘Life Line’ CD – a bit like a small version of a gatefold cover for a vinyl LP.

I’ve taken extracts from the Photoshop cover artwork and you can see them here.

The outside cover of Found My Way CD.
The outside cover of Found My Way CD.
Inside cover of Found My Way CD.
Inside cover of Found My Way CD.

As you may be able to see, a map of the western side of Woking, Surrey where I live is featured strongly on the cover. It covers the streets, paths and towpaths that I walk regularly.

The photo of me and my guitar is from an open mic night at the Rowbarge in Guildford from last year.

Track listing

Not surprisingly, the tracklisting for the CD will be the same as for the ‘Found My Way’ Spotify version. I’ve shown it here.

  1. Got To Be This Way
  2. High Time
  3. If You Could Only See
  4. Take Your Chance
  5. Through This Night
  6. Your Eyes Are My Sun
  7. Don’t Let Go
  8. Time, Time, Time
  9. Way Out West
  10. Not Like Before
  11. Tell Me Now
  12. Just Like A Dream

What next?

Well, the CD order is in and I’m waiting for notification of when it will arrive. I’ll post about that when I know more.

After a long break, I’m back playing and singing again. And although there are no physical open-mic nights or gigs happening just now, I’m hoping to join in with one or two of the virtual sessions that have sprung up.

Please let me know if you want a copy of the ‘Found My Way’ CD. They’re going to cost £5.00 each, and I’ll find a way to get one to you.

Found My Way Album Released

At last, after a couple of years of tinkering, my new album ‘Found My Way’ is finally out.

Currently it’s available for high quality MP3 download at CD Baby. Visit the Found My Way page on CD Baby and preview the tracks there.

In the near future it will be available via Spotify, and other streaming and download services. I’ll be posting links to those when I know them.

Is it on CD?

A question that a lot of people have asked.

Well I’m just finishing off the artwork for the cover and then I will be wrapping it all up for CD manufacture. Given lead times etc, I think that realistically the CD will be available some time in January 2020.

So if you’d prefer having the hard copy, I’ll be posting when they are available and you can get one from me when I’m playing at open mic nights and gigs etc from then on.

Tracklisting

If you’ve seen me play recently you’ll probably have heard some of these.

  1. Got To Be This Way
  2. High Time
  3. If You Could Only See
  4. Take Your Chance
  5. Through This Night
  6. Your Eyes Are My Sun
  7. Don’t Let Go
  8. Time, Time, Time
  9. Way Out West
  10. Not Like Before
  11. Tell Me Now
  12. Just Like A Dream

Summer 2018 Festivals Remembered

In these grey, cold and damp early days of 2019 it’s nice to remember the warm sunny days of last summer – a summer which seemed to go on for ever, and one that had us all complaining about the heat.

And last summer I was fortunate enough to play at four excellent and varied festivals: There was ShyneFest in June, Woking’s Party in the Park in July, Weyfest in August and finally Woking Food Festival in September. All were great experiences, and all were very different.

Read more Summer 2018 Festivals Remembered