Venus Girl EP released today

The Venus Girl EP is released today on Spotify (I don’t know where they got 23 August from!), iTunes and Amazon.

It features Venus Girl, Julia, Madrid and That’ll be the Day. I hope you agree it’s been worth the wait. It was meant to be a Summer release, (technically it still is, though the weather’s Autumnal) but in the music industry everything takes forever. Thanks to Wayne Wilson for his lovely keyboard work, to Martyn Gilbert for his scintillating lead guitar work and to Tony Potter for beating the crap out of his kit again with such expertise. They may be gentlemen of a certain age, but you can feel the energy exuding from those fellas in the studio. Thank you to Simon Denny for his great productions and for making me laugh. Last, but not least, I need to thank Nick Lacey for stepping in to fill Martyn’s boots on “Julia” at late notice; he even used the same colour (red) and model of Gibson 335 guitar as Martyn. You did a beautiful job on that song, Nick.

As for me, I’m spent and will be taking a sabbatical. It feels like I’ve come to the end of the road I was travelling down. I’ve exhausted my thoughts on life, death and spirit and, through this EP, I’ve effectively told someone I love how much I love them. Where to now?

Oh, I forgot the biggest “thank yous” of all: to my father, which art in heaven, thank you for giving me the gift of music; and to my mother, which art also in heaven but probably as far away from my dad as possible, thank you for giving me the gift of life. I’ll never again take it for granted. Rest in peace – the pair of yez.

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