Keith Ames

Songwriting & music industry comms

New York Christmas

My wife Julie, my son Ben and I have just returned from an exhilarating short trip to New York, during which we stayed in the heart of Manhattan and sampled many of the festive delights the city offers in the run-up to Christmas.

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The Musician (winter 19)

The winter 2019 issue of The Musician is being dispatched in print format to members today and in this edition we lead with a pre-election feature focusing on why voting against Brexit is vital for musicians. I am proud to highlight this is the 60th edition I have edited, having been responsible for the production of four issues a year since spring 2005.

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Friday bonanza

A particular busy but fun day courtesy of the MU Comms Dept Christmas lunch, the annual PPL & PRS for Music December drinks, plus in the evening to round off events, a Schroder reunion with former work colleagues in Belgravia.

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Parliamentary jazz

Vocalist, pianist and MU Executive Committee member Andi Hopgood, Mark Batchelor and I attended the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards tonight.  The event, which was established in 2005, was once again organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) and staged downstairs at the PizzaExpress Live in Holborn.

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Canterbury studio

I drove down to Canterbury this morning to spend a few enjoyable hours with producer and old friend Greg Fitzgerald at his superb rural retreat and studio.

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Graham Parker

I met up with Nigel Kemp this evening in The Library pub in Islington, ahead of our crossing the road to see a solo performance by Graham Parker in the Union Chapel, an artist we saw play live many times in the early 1980s.

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Jools Holland

My thanks to Chris Holland, keyboard player and songwriter, for guest tickets to his brother Jools’ big band concert at the Royal Albert Hall this evening.

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Holloway photo shoot

I met up with photographer Jesse Wild in Holloway this morning, as we had arranged to met highly-respected guitarist Bernard Butler at Strummers Studios, Georges Road, Holloway, London N7 for a photo shoot.

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AMA-UK launch

I visited the Old Queen’s Head in Essex Road, Islington, this evening for the launch of the 5th annual UK AmericanaFest, which will return to Hackney for three days at the end of January 2020.

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BBC Introducing Live

This Year’s BBC Introducing Live event at Tobacco Dock built upon the foundations laid by last year’s successful expo, attracting an audience of around 18,000 rising artists and business representatives to the east London venue.

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