April 15 – Off to see an old friend in Oxfordshire

Head down to East Hendred, just south of Oxford, to meet up with Andy Neve for lunch. I originally met up with Andy and George Villiars in the mid 1990’s via the CIX online conferencing system as we were all Soundscape users. We used to meet up regularly for lunch with each of us hosting in turn. The arrangement came to an end due to George’s untimely death due to a heart attack.

I bumped into Andy recently when he was touring with the Rocket Man show – a tribute to Elton John – when it played at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable. I was in the audience and didn’t twig that it was him on keyboards until near the end of the show. Anyway, I went back stage at the end of the show to say ‘Hi’ and agreed to meet up for lunch sometime. Today we’d finally manage to find the time so I headed across to his place.

Andy’s been very busy since I last met up with him, running his small production company and working with the likes of Alison Moyet, Godley & Creme and Shirley Bassey. In fact he wrote the title track of Ms Bassey’s 50th aniversary album. During lunch we find that we have a great deal in common musically both in background and our current musicial mindset.

After lunch we retire to his studio and he plays me a selection of his work plus some great DVD and Blue Ray videos of of Steely Dan, Yes, Toto and so on. I play him some videos of my solo stuff from the web. I think that there maybe some kind of collaboration on the cards.

More later I guess…

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About Brian Heywood

Brian Heywood is a free range musician who specialises in edgy roots fusion music. Previous work has received comments such as "... aggressive, top notch fiddling set off by periodic guitar explosions." - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen Magazine (USA), "Just when it seemed as if newer electric British roots bands were getting thinner on the ground - Very welcome and very good." - fROOTS Magazine (UK) and Steve Barnes Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director (Australia) - "... a rocking band - I was delighted with the audience response." Brian's orginal material draws on many sources from progressive, latin and blues rock of the 70's to celtic and traditional material.
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