Seems like just yesterday I had posted an update called Gigs A’comin’ back in March. Actually, no, that seems like a long, long time ago. Things got weird pretty quickly. I’ve started watching old Twilight Zone episodes for a sense of normalcy. That ain’t normal. So one of those gigs I was talking about happened on March 5 at Aces & Eights but the rest still haven’t happened. Sounds like it’s going to be a while until we can play gigs again. It’s understandable but pretty full on too. I have been enjoying having more time at home but really miss playing gigs and the normalcy of doing things at other places with other people. In the meantime, Jeremy and I are going to do a live webcast thing on Saturday, July 18 at 7pm UK time (11am California time). We hope you can tune in. I know it’s not nearly the same as a live gig but we’re gonna try to have a good ol’ time anyway. Hope you’re keeping well and we miss you.
Been booking quite a few things for the next few months. Check out the Gigs page for all the details…
Played a couple duo gigs with Grace in Milan and Rome a few weeks ago and we had a great time. TNT in Milan is a converted garage covered in B-movie posters and has a pool table. Very cool spot and we enjoyed checking out Pindhar’s music too. Only a few days in Italy but much deliciousness was consumed. Can’t wait to get back!
We have our monthly night at Aces & Eights coming up this Thursday. Always a fun time so if you’re local, come on down!
And we’re back! Many thanks to Maurizio Liberato for building the new website. Things have been busy but I’ll try to catch up a bit on the news front.
Norton Money had a fun run of shows in December: our monthly Emperor Norton’s Whiskey Symposium at Aces & Eights, Spit & Sawdust, our Holiday Spectacular in the basement venue of Aces and What’s Cookin’. Jeremy and I also got to play a couple of Bay Area shows when we were back there in October.
Before that, Grace and I were in New York playing some shows there, including one at the Bitter End with Alan Merrill. We even got to perform “I Love Rock & Roll” with him. Good times! We had a live tv performance on MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) with Ginger Broderick and Clyve Aguarde. We also got to see GE Smith perform our first night in New York with Ginger at Iridium. Even got to talk shop with him after the show, talking old Fender amps and speakers. We also had a few days in New Orleans to get inspired by all the incredible music there. Brass bands in the street, Preservation Hall, the calliope on the Natchez steamboat. What an amazing place!
Over the summer Norton Money and Broken Islands both performed at the Maverick Festival. Such a great festival on a farm in Suffolk. Norton Money rocked out on the Peacock Stage Saturday night and Broken Islands were the first act of the festival on Friday in the Barn, along with performances both Saturday and Sunday. So fun to be back on the farm with so many friends!
The next Norton Money gig is on Saturday, January 25 at the Green Note in Camden. We’re really looking forward to playing there. It’s a nice treat to play to a room where people are super attentive to the music. We’re going to play some of our more fragile, quiet tunes, the ones that don’t quite work at our usual honky tonky type gigs. Then Grace and I have a duo gig in Milan on January 31. It will be my first Italian gig since Norton Money played at thr Ferrara Music Festival a couple years ago.
Also getting the new Grace Solero mixed to release later this year. Busy times!
Jeremy and I will be playing a duo gig Spit & Sawdust in South London on Wednesday the 16th of May. We had a great time playing there last Valentine’s Day and are happy to get back there. Then Grace Solero will be playing a full-band (FULL VOLUME!) gig Thursday the 17th of May at Dublin Castle in Camden. Always a good laugh down there. Would love for you to join us for one, or both!
Lots of cool gigs coming up in April. We have the release party for the new Grace Solero semi-acoustic album happening on April 20 in the swanky Aces & Eights basement venue. We’re also getting outta town for some shows in Reading and Leicester. Road trip! I’m also excited to do a rare solo gig in support of Pepe Belmonte and his band at the Fiddler’s Elbow on April 10. Might get some friends up to help me out though. In the meantime, trying to work on some song ideas that I’ve had for a while. Some new ideas too!
Hey there, it’s been a busy few days here. Norton Money had our first Whiskey Symposium gig of 2018 last Thursday and then Saturday night, an impromptu dance party happened when I was busking at Leicester Square tube station. It was really nice to see all the smiles surrounding me and everyone singing along. It went on for a good 20 or 30 minutes until the Underground guys put a stop to it because of overcrowding worries. Simon Dwain Kalavazides came across the scene and did a great job filming the unfolding drama and now the video has been viewed like 20,000 times. So a big thanks goes out to Simon! It would be great if all those people showed up at our gig at the Folks this Sunday, haha. We’re also playing the Spit and Sawdust on Valentine’s Day. It’s given me a lot of good energy, this support from friends, family and strangers. Thanks so much, everyone!
Alright, music fans! We had a great launch party in December for Norton Money’s “The Ballad Of Hi & Lo” at Aces & Eights. Thanks so much for everyone who made it! Fun to play all the songs on the album for the first time, plus we fit some others in as well. Happy to have it launched out into the world. Woohoo!
We have some gigs coming up in February so check out the gig page for all the details. First gig of 2018 will be the “Emperor Norton’s Whiskey Symposium” on Feb. 1 at Aces & Eights. Join us!
We’re pretty excited to have a Friday night party for the new Norton Money album. It’s coming up on December 15 and you should come on down and join us! It’s in the basement venue at Aces & Eights and we’re having support from Annexe The Moon. After we play our set, we’ll have a bit of a dance party. Yeah! Hope you can make it!
Jeremy and I are looking forward to playing a couple duo gigs in a couple weeks out West. I played a fun show last week with my friends Chris Jones and PJ Weston at the Pioneer in Woodside. Good fun switching instruments and messing around. Norton Money has finalized the Album Release Party for Friday, December 15 in the basement venue at Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park, London. So excited to celebrate “The Ballad Of Hi & Lo” with you! Also, we’re looking forward to hanging out at the Hardly, Strictly Festival next weekend at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. So many cool things happening!
Anna, Jamie and I were invited to play at the Ferrara Buskers Festival in Italy a few weeks ago. Jeremy was invited too but couldn’t make it due to prior commitments. We had a great time playing every day of the 10-day festival and met loads of people from all over the place. It was incredible to have such attentive, gracious and encouraging crowds at every show we played. We set up on narrow streets, beautiful piazzas and even in the courtyard of the castle. And I tell you, there’s a reason papparazzi is an Italian word. I don’t think any of us ever had our picture taken so frequently and simultaneously. We met a lot of other great musicians from all over the world and got to eat 3 meals a day with them in the hotel. Hotel Astra was full of buskers and it was always fun to walk down the hallways and hear the sounds of fiddles, kazoos, trumpets, djembes and guitars coming from behind closed doors. Lots of good stories out of these few days! Thanks to Katie Ferrara for hooking us up with the gig and to Stefano Bottoni and Roberta Galeotti for having us over!