Being on tour is something I really enjoy these days, seeing people and being with people is part of my experience as a performer. I will be playing songs from the Squeeze catalogue which I love and co-wrote with Glenn Tilbrook, and from the solo albums I have recorded over the last 23 years. My story is told though stand up and some sit down, a trip back to my council estate in South London, from my very first lyrical expression to the dressing rooms of this show. With a few new songs written over the last four years or more with Boo Hewerdine, they tell a story of celebration and reflection. I can’t wait to climb back on stage and perform for you, although I have been shy and not very confident in the past I now find myself feasting the many dressing rooms and audiences around the UK.
On some of the shows I will be joined on stage by Melvin Duffy on guitar and together we will deliver an evening of warm and I hope funny stories. Melvin’s playing is outstanding and I feel so lucky to have him as my sideman, he cries over the songs and makes them sound always amazing.
‘Not Only…But Also’ is not just a look back on 50 lyrical years, it’s a journey that asks, What Happened? What happened to all those years and mates I grew up with before I formed a band? I hope you enjoy this new show for 2023-24.
I’m excited to let you know you that over the last 12 months I have been recording podcasts with Squeeze archivist David Bailey where we discuss my solo albums from the last 20 years. It’s been revealing and engaging speaking with David about my solo work, he is incredibly knowledgeable about my music in and out of Squeeze.
I can also reveal that early in the New Year I will be making these podcasts available through the website Patreon, where a small subscription will give you exclusive access to the podcasts, live-streamed acoustic shows, and other fun stuff as well.
Please join me on this journey by signing up to my new official email newsletter below and I will send you a link to the Patreon page when we launch it, and the rest will be wonderful. See you there!