From my gig at The Catalina Jazz Club, November 17, 2013:
Thanks for coming out and making it such a memorable night for me, Grant Mitchell (Piano), Mark Gorman (Bass), Dave Allen (Drums) & Colin Ryan (Guitar)
Shining the light for the people of the Philippines during my duet of “White Christmas” with Judith Owen.
Hilarious and beautiful, the amazing Jennifer Coolidge with me and Judith.
A perfect way to end my tour … A day off at the beach near my parents house on Hayling Island. Thank YOU again for making it so incredibly special and giving me such an amazing reception in every city!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for coming to the gigs. Grant & I loved every second of the tour and can’t wait to see you all in December! Incredible coincidence that The Cellars is right around the corner from where my Dad took Claire when she was a toddler. We have a photo from that day over 50 years ago and now one from today!
Last show of the tour … Here I am at soundcheck with Georgie Cullum who is our “Love Moves” singer for both Cellars gigs. She was WONDERFUL last night and is all set to blow the roof off the place again tonight!
So FANTASTIC to be back in my old home town playing The Cellars in PORTSMOUTH, so many folks I knew from yesteryear came along, including my two gal pals from my class at The Hayling School – Jayne on the left and Katrina on the right.
I took my little girl back to my old home town of Southsea Seafront today. Gunwharf looked glorious in the Solent Sun! We then stopped for a nice pot of “you know what.”
I have made it to Hayling Island, where my parents live, and today went for a nice walk in the lovely Countryside
Then went for a cup of tea with my Dad.
Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve
Grant & I performed on BBC’s Richard Madeley Show on Radio 2
Bush Hall, London
Michael Ball came on stage and joined me on a duet for “Where Does The Time Go?”
The Pheasantry, London
Grant & I performed on the BBC’s Jo Good Show
The Musician, Leicester
We made it to the top of the atmospheric & impressive Newcastle Castle!
My Mum is a Geordie so she was very happy that Grant & I stopped off in Newcastle & Gateshead at the fantastic Quayside – before heading to the Stockton gig.
Apparently I have a lot to thank this Famous Scott for – James Watt – he invented the kettle!!!
In true Glasgow fashion, we met up with our local bass playing extraordinaire Alan Thomson & our 1st guitarist Taj – went to the Mother India Cafe and ate like Kings!
The gorgeous and beautifully laid out art gallery – The Kelvingrove Museum.
I love Glasgow … I had the best day off in this fab city!!! First we went to check out where Grant learned how to be the genius pianist that he is – The Royal Academy of Music – which is now a Thai restaurant!
The view from my Hotel Room in Glasgow.
Oran Mor, Glasgow
Special guest singer Judith Owen thought I had surprised her by flying in her husband Harry Shearer / Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap. But, in fact, it was just his twin brother Andy who did a fab job as the Oran Mor sound man.
What an incredible start to my trip ... Afternoon tea with Michael Ball! He's going to feature my new album "Under The Rainbow" on his BBC Radio 2 Show on Sunday, June 30th!
All my bags are packed and I'm on way to London for my UK Summer Tour! _______________________________________________ What a glittering end to a fine year at Molly Malones. The Holiday Show in December really was something special. Teaming with incredible guests, we had red tinsel all around the stage and even put on Xmas hats for the last song. 'Twas a heartfelt and heartwarming evening. I am thrilled that I have had the remarkable Grant Mitchell here for 3 Molly's in a row. Grant woke up to the happy news that the amazing song, CLOWN, he co -wrote on the Emilie Sande million selling album is going to be the next single. Check out this extraordinary woman and her incredible voice and spectacular hair here. Mary Arden Collins was sparkling & delightful and sang her own lovely seasonal song "Christmas Dream." Judith Owen & Harry Shearer : How is it possible that 2 such blindingly brilliant people can be married to each other. She is hilarious and clever and superb and heck so is he! I am a MASSIVE fan of Spinal Tap, so to have Harry Shearer's character Derek Smalls come to life right before our eyes at Molly's was a seasonal treat indeed. Harry also sang a fine, fab and funny song he wrote "Bail Out For Santa." The Queen of Boogie Woogie & the Blues - Doña Oxford - shone like the star that she is, and as usual, blew everyone away with her breathtaking piano skills and soulful vocals. Other highlights of the night included a swell bluesy version of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)" from Lenny Goldsmith. Pictured here on the right during "White Christmas." And the last song of the night was a stellar improvised "Silent Night" from the dazzling Dannielle DeAndrea. ______________________________________________________ November was truly one of the most magical and memorable Molly's ever. WOW ... Jane Siberry - all of us were so moved by her exquisite performance and Tim Booth, as always, was electrifying and mesmerizing. My 2 splendid muso's Grant on piano and Colin on guitar, they both played liked Kings. Jane Siberry was extraordinary at the Nov Mollys Gig and had standing ovations for her wonderful songs: Temple, Calling All Angels and Love Is Everything. I was delighted to sing with her on all 3 and the last 2 are posted on YouTube! Tim Booth and his team of merry men ROCKED Mollys good and proper. Tim thrilled us all with his riveting lyrics, new songs and spectacular dance moves. October brought another fabulous night to Mollys as Grant Mitchell played brilliantly as always. It is such a treat to have him here! Judith Owen had us all crying with laughter with her quick wit and banter & then moved us to tears with her moving and memorable songs. Grant delighted us all with his astonishing piano skills and exquisite renditions of the songs. Me & Judith Owen : Matching noses, matching accents and soon a matching album! Stand by for our collaboration/duets project. So excited about my new project with Judith Owen. We sang one of the new songs we have been working on with Grant - "My Heart Beats For You Still." I just love BEAR ATTACK, a great new indie band from LA! They did 3 wonderful songs at the October Mollys. Check out their super EP "Shapes." And we were lucky to have their bass player Nick Campbell & Drummer Logan Shrewsbury sit in with us for 4 songs. ________________________________________________________ It is amazing just how different every month at Molly Malones is. Not just because of the special guests and the magical variation they bring, but I try to change the songs about and shake up the configuration of the band. September was no exception as this was a night of acoustic music featuring guitarist extraordinaire Colin Ryan who got the chance to show case his versatile chops. The lovely Louise Goffin delighted and enchanted us all with her sparkling set which I got to do BV's on and percussion too. Front man from the Irish Indie band The Devlins, Colin Devlin sang a couple of his own wonderful songs and made us all want to sob into a pint of Guinness! The 2 Colin's rocked the HOUSE with an altogether impressive and memorable manly muso moment on the song "What Good Is Love" We have renamed him Dreamy Deluxe Colin Devlin after his sultry rendition of "Allelulia" (my song from the 'Concrete Love' album which was a duet with Joe Henry.) ______________________________________________________ August's BIG BIRTHDAY Molly Malones was truly the best gig ever for me. Magical and memorable for sure and so many highlights. All the special guests were perfect, we had balloons and a FAB chocolate cake ... I was thrilled with the whole show and experience. Thank you all for coming and helping me celebrate! My Molly's band ROCK. Oh, and they POP and they JAZZ and they GROOVE and they BALLADATE. And they well, play the pants off about everything I throw their way! Mark Gorman on not only killer bass but also impressive Clarinet, Dave Allen our drummer, making it swing, sing, skip, shimmer and glow AND our versatile great guitarist Colin Ryan ... that is one stellar line up! Celia Chavez not only sings like a dream bird, but she also plays percussion with shimmering precision and always looks as lovely as she sounds. Beyond the best that my top Brit Pal John Watkin joined us. Not only did we use to do radio commercials together at Radio Victory in Portsmouth when I was a teenager, we went on to write "Falling Forward" together! So great to have my Unusual Suspect Comrade there with me, the uber multi-talented Paul Reiser. Amy Engelhardt ... WOW what an all round talent she is. Singing, shaking, harmonizing and always making me laugh out loud on stage and off. How great that Colin who was "Jim" in the Mari Wilson & The Wilsations band and was the guitar hero link for us at my August Mollys show. Colin was electrifying in the band and got to show off his acoustic chops when we did Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" and my brand new song "Skipping Under The Rainbow". Mari Wilson was just sparkling and spectacular. She made us howl with laughter with her teen crush Bee Gees story & then blew us all away with her 2 cover songs. I then joined her singing my old BV part on her big hit "Just What I Always Wanted." Making my dream birthday gig complete, my fellow Leo Bros, Jeff Young was a special guest, joining us for "Where Does The Time Go," "Love" and "Porcelain." He is an amazing singer & keyboard player and has played with many of my absolute favorites: Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Steely Dan and Donald Fagin, Tracey Chapman, Alanis Morrisette & Jackson Browne. This lady wins best audience member award ... she was dancing in the aisles and I invited her up on stage - she joined us in the dance party section of the proceedings. Doña Oxford was her usual brilliant self. We partnered up for an old American blues song I sang when I was 16, called "Papa's on the Roof Top." Then Doña took the roof off the house with her fab song "Together" which we all sang and danced to as cake was handed out to all in the audience. My fave moment of the night was when Celia Chavez sang the Beatles song "Julia" after my birthday cake was brought on stage to me by sister Claire and friend Suzanne! _____________________________________________________ UK ... See you all next year! Our last night at The Pheasantry, our special guest was the wonderful new singer songwriter Jamie Abbott who sang the title track from his new album LIGHT LOVE. Special Guests John Gledall and my brother Mark. Me and the fabulous witty and gorgeous Judith Owen at The Pheasantry. Here is my special guest Zeetah looking lovely in her casual run-through outfit and STUNNING in her sparkly frock for our duet on "Concrete Love". A spectacular surprise for me and a treat for you ... Miles brought along his pal, brilliant percussionist Karl Vanden Bossche (who usually plays with Sade and as you know I beyond love her) and Stevie Winwood. At rehearsal, Alan Thompson on Bass. There are no words to describe how happy I am to be back with pianist extraordinaire Grant Mitchell (who produced and arranged my first 3 albums). I'm very excited about tonight's Kent gig with him. Hearing him play all the old songs is a real treat! I had the most wonderful day yesterday. The amazing percussionist who played on my 'Porcelain' album - Miles Bould - came over. We got to catch up and go over the set list for the upcoming Pheasantry shows. Plus, he lent me some shakers and tambourines for my acoustic gig with Grant at Maidstone. _______________________________________________________ Many marvels at Molly's again on June 7th. How lucky am I to have my splendid trio of Dave Allen on Drums, Mark Gorman on Bass and Colin Ryan on Guitar. The icing on our cake, singer songwriter Katarina Gleicher joining us for some BV's and special guest, my UK guitarist David Clifton. Amy Englehardt is one seriously funny, clever, witty, unique and original writer and performer. You can see why she was such a shining light in the Grammy Nominated Acapella band the BOBS and the winner of the last years MAC's (Manhattan Association of Cabarets Award). Jamie Hartman, there are not enough superlatives to do him justice. Let's start with he is utterly wonderful. He did a couple of his outstanding songs on piano and then me and the whole band joined him for his stellar Joss Stone/Anastacia duet Stalemate. A real thrill for me was to have my UK guitar hero and long time band member David Clifton sitting in with us in LA for the whole night. He also did one of his lovely new folk songs that he has written for an upcoming soon to be released EP. Doña Oxford not only blew us all away as usual with her remarkable boogie woogie chops and showstopping piece, we were delighted that she also joined us for a few of my other songs. This is from "Genius" with Katarina Gleicher and Celia Chavez who is currently touring with the fabulous Melody Gardot.is currently touring with the fabulous Melody Gardot. _____________________________________________________________ MEMORABLE MAGICAL MAY 3rd at MOLLY MALONES: My band and all the special guests were spectacular! But the real highlight of the night for me, was the fact that one of my all time favorite living breathing artists was in the audience ... the incomparable Rickie Lee Jones. Honored and humbled doesn't even come close to explaining how thrilling that was for me. My Band: Colin Ryan – Guitar, Mark Gorman – Bass & Dave Allen – Drums The funny, smart, fab and multi-talented Paul Reiser joined us for some songs from our album Unusual Suspects. Katarina Gleicher was a vision of loveliness and sounded as delightful as she looked, gracing the stage with her exquisite bv's. Billie Myers is one ROCKING ROCK STAR GODDESS, gorgeous and gracious - she thrilled us all with her spell binding performances and fun and flirtatious duet with me on I can't Help Myself. Doña Oxford is quite frankly an indescribable outstanding magnificent musician and artist and you ALL HAVE TO COME DOWN TO Molly Malones and see. Her astonishing boogie woogie piano playing and soulful bluesy singing is a true treat. Matt Von Roderick dazzled and shone with his tantalizing trumpet. Composer, and classically trained pianist, producer and co-arranger of my Unusual Suspects album with Paul, Steven Argila came up on stage to join me for the old fave from my Porcelain album, Towerblock. ______________________________________________________________ On April 5, 2012 Molly Malones was wonderful in a whole new way. My fantastic band: Colin Ryan – Guitar Mark Gorman – Bass Dave Allen – Drums Venice did exquisite harmonies on Girlfriend and Hope Prayer & Time and 3 of their own gorgeous songs. Those guys are the best! Mark Lennon also joined us for a stellar rendition of Happy Ever After. Dannielle DeAndrea is just outstanding, WOW what a singing tour de force, she was AMAZING! My Leo Bros, Jeff Young, fantastic singing and playing from the King of the Velvet Voice and Red Wurlitzer. ___________________________________________________________________ Our first Thursday night of the month residency at Molly Malones was MAGIC ... the stage was teaming with talent. March 1, 2012. Tim Booth ROCKED and WOWED us with his poets heart and compelling performance. Vonda Shepard was a sensational singing siren. Doña Oxford blew us all clean away with her phenomenal boogie woogie piano. Judith Owen mesmerised with a beautiful ballad. Audience member Olivia Duke was an unexpected shining star backing vocalist on Manhattan Skyline. Katarina Gleicher lead the ladies for a rousing Happy Ever After chorus. My amazing band: Colin Ryan - Guitar Mark Gorman - Bass Dave Allen - Drums (Special Guest) John Watkin - Guitar _______________________________________________________________ It was a real treat to meet up with percussionist & drummer Alex Alexander again as he joined us for our East coast dates. EAST COAST BAND: Julia Fordham - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar Paul Reiser - Piano Colin Ryan - Guitar/Bass Alex Alexander - Drums/Percussion (Special Guest in Los Angeles) Sgt Kevin Gebo - Trumpet LIVE from New York, NY, HIGHLINE BALLROOM - July 26, 2011. (Photo Courtesy of Steph Ziemann) _______________________________________________________________ LIVE from Alexandria, VA, THE BIRCHMERE - July 25, 2011 _______________________________________________________________ Well how lucky I am to have this top team with me: Jason Smith on drums, the gorgeous and gifted Celia Chavez on vocals & percussion and the fabulous and versatile Colin Ryan switching from guitar to bass. Colin and I were in a band together, 30, yes THIRTY years ago, when I was a teenager singing with Mari Wilson and the Wilsations. What a riot that was, truly the best time ever, and now he is married to my sister Claire. WEST COAST BAND: Julia Fordham - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar Paul Reiser - Piano Colin Ryan - Guitar/Bass Jason Smith - Drums/Percussion Celia Chavez - Background Vocals/Percussion (Special Guest in Los Angeles) Sgt Kevin Gebo - Trumpet LIVE from Los Angeles, CA, THE ROXY, August 2, 2011 _______________________________________________________________ LIVE from San Francisco, CA, BIMBO'S - July 30, 2011 _______________________________________________________________ LIVE from San Juan Capistrano, THE COACH HOUSE - July 21, 2011 _______________________________________________________________ LIVE from Santa Barbara, SOhO MUSIC CLUB - July 18, 2011 _______________________________________________________________ LIVE from Los Angeles, THE CATALINA JAZZ CLUB - December 7, 2010 Julia Fordham - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar Paul Reiser - Piano Steven Argila - Keyboards/Piano James Harrah - Guitar Trey Henry - Bass Jason Smith - Drums/Percussion Celia Chavez - Background Vocals/Percussion Matt Von Roderick - Trumpet (Special Guest) Sgt Kevin Gebo - Trumpet _______________________________________________________________ KTLA MORNING NEWS with Sam Rubin - December 3, 2010 _______________________________________________________________ THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno - December 2, 2010 _______________________________________________________________ THE MAKING OF THE VIDEO FOR UNSUNG HERO