By kevinhewick, 19-May-2013 15:02:00
It seemed odd not being in Manchester at FAC 251 with Peter Hook and The Light for the Ian Curtis anniversary shows like in 2010, 2011, 2012 but Hooky had said to me last year he thought that was it for the May 18th/19th shows there.. so instead I was at my unlikely number one live arena, this gloriously 70'sfied pub bar. Being so shakey beforehand was a bit alarming.. if you think, if you blink that's what happens right? I had a moment but then I got my hot honey and lemon and grabbed a guitar or two and I made it through. 'The Voice' still carried traces of it's recent ravaging - I couldn't give a stuff about being 'ill' as such but when it hits my vocal range then that's a problem. Malc Randall did a great mix and reveled in his role as 'official heckler'. Jonathan McGiven videoed a few songs so might see if anything from that is You Tube-able. I appreciated Haggis, Paul Howe and Diesel Park West legend John Butler being there, my country cousins from our strange disfunctional 'Simon Says' Leicester music family. Stories of police raids, lost wallets, Larry Cassidy, Jackie Leven, Slayer and the music biz and some odd Jersey Budd references - Jersey is a real nice guy, the most popular of us all I guess - I said if we were movies he'd be 'The Great Gatsby' and I'd be 'The Evil Dead'.. too many songs about death and graveyards as usual, debuted 'Charred Shadow Penitent' which is as much a laugh as it's title suggests. I just can't help it.. Did some old Factory stuff too, it's like doing something by another person now.. The young lady behind the bar wasn't familiar with the length of these Hewick dronefests and expressed concern I'd 'gone an hour over' to laughter in the bar. That was actually quite moving that they all knew I do long sets and were happy for me to go on..as was there was a comedy event due on in the evening (wonder if they were as funny as me lol) so I had to end after 3 hours 7 minutes and 24 songs. A sweet old fellow who I later found is 87 immediatley had to tell me about past lives and fogiveness of sins reading from notes he'd made during the set. I was glad I'd reached him and helped to inspire those thoughts but it was time to pack up and go home and watch the Eurovision Song Contest.. however I didn't "Believe In Bonnie" hard enough and she lost..
1,000 ALBUMS YOU MUST HEAR AFTER YOU DIE
STONE TO STONE
RUN DOWN TOWN
OUT OF ORDER
GARDEN OF BALLOONS
FRENCH JAZZ STATION
CHARRED SHADOW PENITENT
LOVE AND GUTS
ELEGY FOR JACKIE LEVEN
ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD
ROCK 'N' ROLL TANTRUM
NOW IS THEN
OPHELIA'S DRINKING SONG
US TO DUST
BILLION PEBBLE BEACH
By kevinhewick, 15-May-2013 11:20:00
At very short notice I've been asked to play at The Criterion Millstone Lane Leicester this Satuday (18.5.13) starting at 3.00pm until they beg me to stop but expect about a 3 to 4 hour set depending. Admission is free and The Crit serves the best selection of quality real ales in the city. I've said before about how despite it just looking like a typical old fashioned 70s pub bar it is somehow a place where I feel very at home and the management let me do whatever I like and the crowd are usually just great. Malc Randall is on sound, he is part of the magic too, he and I interact a lot and so does everyone, it's a dialogue not a monologue. I'm afraid I am a bit rusty from my involuntary lay off due to illness and, to be honest, lack of bookings but this will be as full a Hewick set as you could ever see with songs dating back to my Factory Records era to the present day with the majority of them being of the latter. It is most of all about where I am at now and some of it might reach where you are at too. Songs about love, revolution, death and other stuff. I still see that gap that only I fill, there are a zillion singer-songwriter -guitarists now but somehow the scope is narrower, the emotional contact shallower. I take so many risks thatI may well fall flat on my face in front of you but at least I'm still reaching higher than the sun rather than beneath it.
By kevinhewick, 11-May-2013 14:19:00
Now having just written a bit about the Lene Lovich tour and April illness, Multimorph and Bowie night appearances.. what next is as uncertain as could be. Being ill my voice was ruined for about 5 weeks, I didn't even touch a guitar for a fortnight and I had a lot of time to think, too much time and got very depressed depsite the best efforts of those who give so much of themselves to uplift me. A lot of personal things hit me hard. There are things that walk beside me always, I have the drive to live and create but I have great sorrows that walk alongside all this. Also ironically I got a short taste of touring of reaching people in different places, like I should be doing all the time. But I don't know how to get dates and attract the audiences my original and deeply honest music deserves. I'm not a businessperson, I'm not a slacker either, I'll work my ass off for anything if there is an anything to work my ass off for.. But selling albums, the live circuit.. it never was easy but.. for example provincial venues have gone all open mikes, tribute bands and battles of the bands. Fact is the little known but experienced stand-alone 2/3 hour show original aritist like me has less options, less openings.. The mindset has become more limited, the emotional erratic 'on the edge' artist is kind of obscured by this limited attention-span X Factor/Voice/rock nostalgia/rock museum culture.. and never truer today I have to say.. Hey you reading this - I need your support and the support of your family, friends, enemies, and your pets.. seriously.
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