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Friday, 23 April 2010

Forum Music Centre with Katy Lied

I'm playing at The Forum Music Centre in Darlington tonight supporting Katy Lied.

It will be an acoustic set with Spoons on bass. Hopefully I'll have more photos and videos of the show to upload later.

Check out Katy Lied on their website at

Friday, 5 March 2010

Music Supported Here

Music Supported Here is a new movement from the Musicians’ Union.

It’s a campaign for all musicians.

It’s about the simple but important principle that musicians should not get ripped-off in the digital world.

For musicians, it will be a way to publicise and debate the issue and to remind fans that you want to control your rights.

It’s a platform for musicians to raise their profile and direct their fans to their own stores and websites: a source of music controlled by the musicians.

And for music fans it’s a way to say that you don’t rip-off musicians.

By supporting musicians' rights, we’re supporting music.


In today’s internet-sharing world, it’s never been easier for original music to be hijacked, plagiarised, copied or just plain nicked.

That’s why music copyright has never been so important.

Copyright is important for musicians because it safeguards the rights to their own music.

And it’s important for music fans because it pays for musicians to make more music.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is committed to making sure that everyone respects the value of music and the huge part it plays in our lives.

But we can’t expect the right to enjoy music unless we respect the rights of the people
who make it.

And if musicians do want to give their music away, they should be in control of the process.

By supporting musicians’ rights, we’re supporting music.

Find out more about the campaign at There is a list of supporters on there including Feargal Sharkey and Kasabian. You can support the campaign too by posting the logo on your website, blog, Facebook, MySpace page etc, or creating your own logo to use. Here's mine:

Friday, 19 February 2010


Before Christmas I was playing a set including several Christmas songs to promote my Another Christmas EP.

Once Christmas was over, the snow started to come down and still hasn't really stopped over a month later. I realised that there were not many winter songs which could still be sung in January and February, despite Winter not officially starting until 21 December, so I decided to write one.

During a snowstorm on a farm in Wrenbury I thought it would be a nice idea to go out onto the fields and play the song. Sometimes you just gotta sing in the snow!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Playing at de bees tonight

I'm playing at de bees in Winsford tonight. It looks lovely against the falling snow:

I'll be playing along with Spoons and hopefully will have some photos and videos from the night to upload to the usual places.

Also playing are The Roseville Band and The Freelove Band.

It's the first time I've played de bees since April last year when I played here with James and the Giant.

Planned setlist for tonight is:

16 Again
Starting Line
Tell You
Who Knew
Like Jimmy Did
I Don't Want To Be That Man Anymore

Tonight will also hopefully see the debut of the foot percussion...!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

iTunes 10 Billion Song Countdown

The iTunes Music Store is counting down (or shouldn't that be up?) to its 10 billionth song download.

The person who buys the 10 billionth song (or enters for free through the website) will win a $10,000 iTunes gift card which is a pretty hefty prize.

The 10 billionth downloaded song is also likely to be given a lot of publicity so it's a great time to buy some music from iTunes.

It would be great to have a song from Octagon as the one (find it at or you could also have a look at some of the acts putting themselves forward for Storm The Charts. I'll be blogging more about that later but for the moment you can find out more at

Find out more about the iTunes competition and enter for free at

(While you're checking out iTunes, it would be great if you could leave a review of my music on there! It's free to do and you don't have to have bought the album from iTunes to review it).

Monday, 28 December 2009

Twelve Days of Christmas Podcast

Inspired by the iTunes 12 Days of Christmas free download promotion last year, throughout 2009 I've been giving away a free song most weeks in my Download of the Week podcast. I've enjoyed making it, so watch out for that podcast continuing throughout 2010.

As a special for Christmas I have created a new limited podcast. Grab 12 free downloads for Christmas this year, a mixture of full songs, demos, videos and ringtones. Find the podcast at and subscribe through iTunes or your favourite podcast software.

For more free exclusive downloads, join the mailing list at