I’m Supporting the Phoenix Cultural Centre’s Crowdfunder Appeal

Phoenix Centre LogoThe Phoenix Cultural Centre is a community group based in Woking that has been set up to support Woking musicians, artists, poets, etc, and to try to open a venue in the town.

The venue will be called The Fiery Bird and it will be…

‘a Community focused arts and cultural centre and music venue for everyone in Woking to participate in and enjoy’.

Woking hasn’t really had a proper live music venue for many years, and that is about to change. But the Phoenix Cultural Centre need help to get the funds to bring this about.

Read more I’m Supporting the Phoenix Cultural Centre’s Crowdfunder Appeal

Return to Performing

Since finishing the Life Line album in 2009, my musical journey took a back seat again for some time. I did write a couple of songs but didn’t pursue them at the time.

Vic's Buskers - Rowbarge, Guildford - March 2015
Vic’s Buskers – Rowbarge, Guildford – March 2015

But in 2013 I started performing very occasionally at Vic’s Buskers Open Mic night in Guildford. I would play some of the songs from the Life Line album.

It was through Vic Cracknell that I met up with the organisers of the Phoenix Cultural Centre in Woking in March 2015. The Phoenix Cultural Centre at the time occupied a shop in Woking and put on open mic nights every Monday evening.

The atmosphere at the Phoenix nights was very friendly and supportive, and before too long I was performing there on a regular basis – singing mainly my own songs but with the odd cover.

Woking Town Centre - Aug 2015
Woking Town Centre – Aug 2015

Spurred on by this, I started to bring more of my songs back from retirement – to have some variety when I played. I also started to perform more regularly at Vic’s Buskers in Guildford.

During the summer of 2015 I was able to go busking in Woking town centre a few times and at the Woking Party in The Park. This was a first for me as I’d never done busking before.

Spurred on by all this playing, I found my songwriting skills came back again, and I have been working on many new songs, including one that was written in the autumn – High Time.