I was on the road solidly from August 27th to October 3rd and again from October 14th to 21st. I hope you are enjoying good summer weather. He is now eighty years old and shows no signs of slowing up at all. The album will get a second run when it comes out in the UK after Christmas and there are still plans afoot with Blue Rose for a Christmas surprise. Watching Barry at the Hammond organ, with a cigarette permanently on the go, drawbars to adjust and a keyboard part to play was like watching a ballet dancer at work. This time it is on Saturday 10th September at 8.
Apart from having to get through the flu twice , I had a relaxing visit to Denmark and came back ready and raring to go in the new year. I met and made friends with Sylvie Simmons, legendary ex-pat British author and journalist, who writes for Mojo in the UK. For anyone interested in buying a copy of the German book, if you click on the cover on this page it will take you directly to Amazon. I went straight off to Oldenburg next day, met up with Uli Kringler and played more or less straight through to April 22nd. I recently read in Time Magazine that is expected to be the most difficult year in publishing history. There are already more than ten confirmed shows and we should be playing in the UK, Germany, Holland, France, Luxemburg and possibly also in Spain and Scandinavia. Two things I wanted to add today.
He is now eighty years old and shows no signs of slowing up at all. After ten really good years working with Juergen Stahl on all my German bookings, I am taking a leap and starting with a new agent.
The new site is already up and initially duplicates the English website.
I was ,ringler presenter and co-ordinator of the proceedings this time, which meant for some hard work on the night — but good fun too. They were playing in a nice little theatre called the Mystic, the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, in Petaluma.
I hope you will feel the same. I go off to Germany again on February 7th and have 18 shows between then and my departure for Kringlsr on March 14th. I got through it without too much damage and then sang three songs which went down very well.
Cafe Cinema by Uli Kringler
Last newsflash for now: After the dramas of the volcanic ash last month, my last trip abroad was interrupted by the awful news of the floods that hit Nashville ten days ago. I am meeting up in June with the English publisher and, with a contract in negotiation for N. So thanks to all of you who came to see the gigs. I finished up for the month of December on stage in Hannover, with a cast of thousands for the annual Blue Rose Christmas party.
My wonderful webmaster and I have been working on an overhaul and a new look for the website which will go up soon — a timely reminder to catch up on all that has happened since the summer. I hope I see lots of you there….
Uli Kringler – Concerts
I truly enjoyed playing with such a ulo band and now that we have rehearsed together, we can do it all again — and we will. I always try and reply sooner or later.
In my ull twenties I made krringler first proper band demos in a little studio in London, using a number of those Scottish players; this led to a production deal to make what would be my first album.
The band were brilliant however, and turned what could have been a sad occasion into a triumph. Meanwhile I feel increasingly grateful for the fact that I can still go out and do what I love and so far still be paid.
Now back to work…. As the day unfolded, it appeared that we were all still here. Some more German radio dates have come in: After six weeks of solid work at my desk — and eleven years and counting -I handed in the Nicky Hopkins manuscript to the English publisher on Monday this week. I had lost half of my original team by moving the recording dates from January to March — John Deaderick was out playing keyboards for Michael McDonald and guitarist David Steele was also tied up with a road gig.
Once in Nashville I saw lots of friends, and had a few days to relax before heading off to Baltimore to attend the festival there.
I was on the road solidly from August 27th to October 3rd and again from October 14th to 21st.
I had a wonderful family break over Christmas — in the Bahamas no less — and then had to prepare for my trip to the States in less than four days. I recently read in Time Magazine that is expected to be the most difficult year in publishing history. It is a lovely, intimate room to play and hosts Jan and Henny will make you welcome.
As I said, more later… Keep well and hope to see some of you at a show, Love from Somerset, Julian February 9th Just a quick note today, after a few days of Somerset experiencing a rare battle with snow! I was not very well informed at that point about the various chemical aids to staying awake and just thought that John was very, very hyped up.
I played two shows, one in private for a hundred and fifty veterinarians and scientists and one in a really friendly if smoky blues venue. This presented quite a few problems, as I had gone to great lengths to put together a terrific band of young players for January, some of whom might now not be available for the new dates. The close proximity required a mad dash from Stansted airport to arrive just in time to join Richard Kennedy on stage at the Olive Tree in Frome.
Tuesday in Horst Holland and Wednesday back in Somerset.
Any one wishing to contact me can reach Michael on 49 or by e-mail: I had an ulterior motive too, because two or three fans picked the same song from the new album as being a perfect candidate for Sir Cliff, who is always on the lookout for a hit or a Christmas No. The audience was lovely as always at Cambrinus and I really enjoyed myself.
Barry was a real revelation and gave a terrific show, performing his own and other legendary songs of the era with tremendous energy and joy and linked by fascinating stories — a real inspiration! The next day I played a private outdoor show, which served as a chilly but perfect warm-up for my two-yearly show in Kempen, near the Dutch border, on September 5th.
The catch was that they needed it in two days, but I managed to meet the deadline and they were apparently pleased with the result.
Keep sending us your messages to the guestbook and thanks to all the people who shared their e-mail addresses with us at the shows. It was great to catch up with him and we discussed working together again next year.
There are already quite a few shows and further book readings in the calendar for my friends in Germany. There was a full house for the performance and I was thrilled to meet Michael Lang among the other guests, the man who promoted the Woodstock Festival and managed Joe Cocker in the period when Nicky Hopkins played with him.
Just a quick note today, after a few days of Somerset experiencing a rare battle with snow! I met some great people, heard a lot of good music and made some new friends and contacts for the future.