I kicked off the festive season performing at a winter party at TechHub. At one point I was sat playing in their front window which overlooks the huge Old Street roundabout. I got some hilarious double-takes from people on the street and the passing buses! I met some lovely ladies from the 2012 Olympic Games organising committee whilst I was there, maybe they'll book me for the opening ceremony? I'm pretty sure I could make myself available...
Photo courtesy of social mediarite Sinead Doyle.
December also saw me performing with the wonderful Saint Saviour again. We played a live set for Gaydar Radio, as well as a very special Christmas gig in a beautiful little circular chapel, tucked away in the heart of Soho behind the House of St Barnabas. It was a really magical place to perform in and the house itself is also quite spectacular. It gets used as a members lounge, an event space, an art gallery and also as the venue for a unique Life Skills Programme aimed at helping to get homeless individuals back on track. It's definitely worth checking out, especially if you need a central London venue and fancy supporting a great charity at the same time.
The week before Christmas I received a plea for help from a lovely chap who wanted to propose to his girlfriend on Christmas day, via a video of me singing my version of 'Songbird'. We had great fun filming in Cantelowes Road Studios (my kitchen) and I'm pleased to report the lucky girl of course said yes. Happy days! I would love to share the actual video with you but Romeo is a bit shy so you'll have to make do with my solo rendition:
I also played a private dinner in Gordon Ramsey's York & Albany in North London, a drinks reception in the Surrey hills, a wedding ceremony in Pembroke Lodge - a beautiful Georgian mansion in the heart of Richmond park, and a couple of leisurely Sunday lunchtimes in my favourite gastro-pub, The Barnsbury. Ooh, and I filmed a whole heap of new videos which I'll be posting on my You Tube page in the not too distant future so keep your eyes peeled!
Finally, on New Year's Eve, I squeezed in my last wedding of the year, in a stunning medieval castle in Kent. A tiny (and rather over-excited) pug dog delivered the rings, 3 white doves were set free after the ceremony, and I learnt 'Marry You' by Bruno Mars specially to accompany the bride's 8 year old nephew who performed during the signing of the register. It was a fantastic day to finish off what has been a great year! Check out www.lympnecastle.co.uk for more information on the stunning venue.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2012, with much love and a hundred thank-yous for all your support xxx
PS: I'm playing a set of my own songs at the Underbelly in Hoxton on Thursday January 26th - I don't get a chance to perform my own music very much these days so I'm really looking forward to it, hope you can make it!