GIG CANCELLED – 4th Sept
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GIG CANCELLED – 4th Sept

Whilst the Festival in Coventry on the 4th of September is going ahead, my part in it is not. Unfortunately though my leg is mending, it is not sufficiently mended for the logistics of gigging. At the moment I can’t drive far, or walk far, or stand for long, or carry much heavy stuff… And…

The Adventures Of A Broken Skater ~ Graphic Novel
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The Adventures Of A Broken Skater ~ Graphic Novel

Maybe I should amend the working title to The Mental Adventures of a Broken Skater?! This is the first real page of this ‘ere graphic novely picture book thing that I am making.. And why am I making it? Well, while I was lying there in my hospital bed I couldn’t help noticing the gigantic…

Making The Mural That Broke Me
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Making The Mural That Broke Me

Early in 2021, about three months after we built our skate ramp, Ant and I got a bit hooked on timelapse mural painters on Youtube, which of course was enormously inspriing to us Artists, and gave us the inspiration we needed to decorate our skate ramp. As Ant is super busy with Kustom Revival, I…

OMG! I Broke My Leg!
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OMG! I Broke My Leg!

Yup, 15 weeks ago I broke my leg, in a freak roller skating accident. I say a freak accident because it’s not like I am a newbie skater, I have been skating for years, and falling without major incident for years so I am pretty well practiced at not breaking myself. But that Sunday afternoon…

The Wandering Gallery
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The Wandering Gallery

That ‘OMG! What have I done?!’ moment when I… uh… rather spontaneously purchased an HGV!?!Yes, she is beyond FUGLY right now but I have great plans! 😳😆😜 These pictures are of Gladys in the first few days that I owned her, a year has gone by now and she has already changed a great deal….

Aylesbury Vale Music Fest
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Aylesbury Vale Music Fest

Had such a fun time playing to the thousands gathered at Aylesbury Town Festival yesterday with my band, and on that stage! It was epic, maybe the best gig we have done yet?! 🤔 Was so happy I almost couldn’t sing straight, bubbly joy is not good for controlling the voice. 🤣😜😍 Thanks to my…

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Fab Festival Photos – Thame Town Music Fest

Thame Town Music Festival in it’s debut year has already topped my list of favourites. Johnnie Littler, and his team excelled themselves in putting on one of the best town festivals I have ever had the pleasure of performing at! Well done folks!  It was a hot day so a wore a sun hat.. Now…

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When You Can’t See The Fruit For The Trees

ABUNDANCE. A word so quick to slip off the tongues of self-help gurus and metaphysicians everywhere that it is, abundant. Often it’s something that so many of us feel we live without that when they mention it our hearts do a little leap as if to say ‘Abundance? Yes, please!’ But then the bills keep…

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A Songwriters Guide to Coping With Critisism

There’s nothing like a song challenge to bring out the critics! In fact there’s nothing like being a singer songwriter to bring out the critics! Over the years I have received all sorts of unsolicited criticism on all fronts. It seems to me that when you are an artist on a stage (or just a…

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From Cowardly To Confident… A Guide

This may come as a surprise to some of you but I was not always as confident as I am now. I used to be the shy kid who got bullied. The one that hides behind her Mum’s legs, who wouldn’t get into the game no matter how good the prize was if it meant being…

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10 Tips For Becoming A Brilliant Busker

Busking is awesome on soooo many levels! Busking has been as massive training ground for me and the spring board to other things. I first got in to busking when my friend Lee and I both bought AER Acoustic Mobile amps, they have batteries and you can take them anywhere. We started doing it for fun…

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Fab Festival Photos – Towersey

Biiiiiig thanks to my band Cheryl Pearce, Ryan Robinson, Phil heard, Pete Sherman and George Shilling for helping make this a great gig, one of my favourites ever. Loved the spontaneous never before rehearsed rendition of Breathe that we did in the sound check.. It set us up for a really enjoyable performance. Thanks to…

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Fab Festival Photos – PKD Scotland

Just in case you don’t know, Pkd festival is in Dunfermline in Scotland. I had a lovely trip to Scotland, performing at PKD Festival, being interviewed on the local radio station and then spending a few days discovering the Scottish highlands.  I got a great spot to park my van!  Green room was a trailer…

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Van Life Loy – Happy Vanniversary

It’s today! Mine and LVB’s one year anniversary. It’s been exactly 365 days since I handed back the keys to my house and officially became a vanlifer! And what a year it has been. If you had told me at the beginning of the build how this year would pan out I would not have…

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Making Music Videos In Sheffield

I can’t decide whether this should be a Van Life Loy update or not… It’s been a busy week  in Van and out, and it’s hard to separate the two.  I write to you from the warmth of the wood burner in The Three Merry Lads, a pub on the edge of the Peak District that…

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Van Life Loy – That Time I Was In A Drive By Shooting!

Okay, people… Drama has occurred! Now don’t freak out but Luna Van Blanc and I were the victims of a drive by shooting! Sounds mad doesn’t it! Hard to believe but it happened.  On Friday night I pulled over beside Swanbourne Lake in Arundel to make some dinner and put away my laundry.  I’d been stopped…

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Van Life Loy – Winter Update

Yesterday I awoke to the foulest smell and the air thick with smog. The heater, fitted in October which has thus far been doing a grand job of keep me warm on these January nights, malfunctioned… It should have been pumping it’s diesel fumes to outside but something has gone totally awry and instead it’s…

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Fav Photos From Touring With Shane Filan

Hello.. I cant believe two months have gone by since the shane Filan tour began. So it’s taken ages for me to post these pics.. Better late than never hey!? This collection of images marks a massive milestone in my career. My first ever national support tour with a major artist – Former Westlife frontman…

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Van Life Loy – The Great Reveal!

Hello! I’m sooooo sorry to have kept you all hanging for this particular blog post. People have been bending my ear about it for the last couple of weeks. But as I share with you in coming blog posts what has been going on in my life I suspect you’ll forgive me – ‘What?! More…

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Van Life Loy – The Build Week 4

I met Anthony Winter 19 years ago, the day we started a foundation course in Art and Design at Somerset College of Arts and Technology.. Or SCAT as we all called it. He had dreams of car design and already had a burning passion for reviving old VW’s, completing 4 years of work on a…

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Van Life Loy – Van Life Goes Live!

It’s 10am, I have just cooked myself breakfast, washed up and tidied the kitchen and settled down at the table in the sun to write this blog post. I have been van-lifing for about 2 weeks now… Give or take a number of days spent at friends for various reasons… ‘Soooooo?’ I know you wanna…

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Van Life Loy – The Build Week 3

In the weeks running up to the Build En France I was researching and planning. I tried to decide as much as possible what I wanted in advance. I drew out a scale drawing of the van and endeavoured to fit in everything I wanted. I thought you might like to see my plan. It…

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Van Life Loy – The Build Week 2

So it’s the end of week two! Or the beginning of week three… I can’t really tell. The days are merging into each other and it’s all becoming a blur! We have been building this campervan for two solid weeks now with only one day off! It’s really taking shape and although there’s still so…

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Van Life Loy – The Build Week 1

Well what an eventful week it has been! I arrived at my parents’ place in Brittany, France on Monday with my van (Van Blanc) and all my worldly belongings. The intention is to build my own custom camper! My dad, master joiner Stephen Loy, has a workshop here and he’s helping me create it. This is where…

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Van Life Loy – Let there Be Light

My original #VanLifeLoy post caused quite a stir! So much more than I expected. I was quite overwhelmed by the responses I got, such enthusiasm and encouragement! And my website never had so many hits! So now folks are asking all the time how is the van conversion coming along!?! Well.. The big news this week…

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Van Life Loy – The Story Begins

Okay… I have an announcement to make – I’m undertaking a new ‘challenge’! You know how I like a challenge! If not, well, previous challenges include: Becoming a full-time muso!! Writing 52 songs in a year and posting them all on Youtube, creating a proper album of the best ones, taking part in dance competition Strictly,…

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The Resilient Dreamer

‘I’m never gonna quit ’til I die!’ ~ I have said it, I have sung it, I have heard it on the tongues of many others too. And I’m sure that more than one or two of you have said it about your own dreams! It’s great to have a commitment to persistence but day in…

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Phoenix – Creating New Beginnings

There’s something in the legend of The Phoenix that keeps us human beings coming back to it time and time again. Creative folks often use it, and the associated symbology, to communicate transition, regeneration, and the resilience of life. I think deep within the human soul we believe that we can change, that we can…

RECORDING THE RECORDING ENGINEER
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RECORDING THE RECORDING ENGINEER

Rob is editing my vocals on the fly… He barely looks up from the screen. I’m twiddling me thumbs, making distracting conversation. Until I get my sketchbook out. I have no idea how long we sat there… Long enough. Rob is Listening at Studio Focus. :0) Love,