Tracy & Graham: Set Has Extended

Tracy and I have been practicing and performing together for just over 3 months now.

Tracy and Graham at the Rowbarge, Guildford
Tracy and Graham at the Rowbarge, Guildford

In that time, Tracy’s confidence has grown considerably, and I’ve been introduced to a bunch of songs that I probably wouldn’t have paid much attention to otherwise.

We’re now regularly performing:

  • Someone Like You (Adele)
  • Black Magic (Little Mix)
  • Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
  • First Cut is the Deepest (Rod Stewart)
  • Smooth Operator (Sade)
  • On The Beach (one of mine)

And we’re rehearsing:

  • Because the Night (Patti Smith)
  • Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)
  • Lovesong (Adele)
  • Your Love is King (Sade)
  • Lonely Me (one of mine)
  • Leave Me Now (one of mine)
  • Hotel Califrnia (Eagles)
  • Eternal Flame (Bangles)

We’re looking forward to bringing these songs into our set soon.


Tracy and I Start Rehearsing Together

Tracy performing solo at The Phoenix, Woking in June 2015
Tracy performing solo at The Phoenix, Woking in June 2015

I first met Tracy Ginn at the Phoenix Cultural Centre earlier in the year. She’s a singer and was performing solo to backing tracks.

On one visit to the Phoenix, she asked me to accompany her on guitar, and gave me a few song sheets with chords on. I agreed and we performed ‘Smooth Operator’ ( the Sade song). She also gave me the chords for Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ – a song I’d obviously heard before but never attempted to play. We performed this together the next time I was at the Phoenix.

I think Tracy would agree that she was a little lacking in confidence when performing to start with, but I recognised that she had quite a good voice.

So after the summer we started practising together on an occasional basis – with the idea that I would back her at the Phoenix, and other open mic nights.

So far our bunch of songs is small:

  • Smooth Operator
  • Someone Like You
  • Valerie
  • Price Tag

We’ll hopefully be growing our set list over time.