News Archive 2003
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21st December 2003
Competition: Just over
one week to go before the close of the competition to win "Postcards",
the album by The Wish. For more information clink on this
Broken Links: I have
been spending some time fixing broken links that I have either found
or been told about. So thanks to Steve and Alex for pointing some of
them out to me. You too can have a name check if you point out link
errors to me.
Guest Book: I tend to
get more emails praising the site than messages left on the guest book.
Is this because you are shy people?
Guest Map: The same
goes for Guest Map, which allows me and other visitors to see where
everyone lives. I know there are visitors from Scotland, England, Germany,
Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Japan, etc. Why not show us where you
are? Thanks to Julian for his entry - it wasn't painful was it?
Fans of Brian: Have
your name added to the Fans of Brian section by writing a brief piece
about yourself and emailing it to me. This is your opportunity to have
your name associated with Brian's. If I get more entries I will create
a new page for this feature.
15th December 2003
New Article: I was fortunate
enough to find an article the other day, which appears to be written
by Brian back in 1988. It is about artist management and is well worth
a read. It is not often that any musician puts pen to paper (expect
for writing music), so this is a real treat. Click on the
link and read it for yourself.
If you have any articles of interest, don't keep them
to yourself, send a copy to me and I will share them with other Brian
Spence fans, like you, and give you name credit too.
Competition: I have
had a number of entries to the competition (hooray), mainly from the
UK (boo). However, there is still over two weeks to go before the close
of the competition so don't wait until the last moment. For more information
on this look at the section below.
7th December 2003
Corby Gig: The
start time for The Wish to appear in Corby was brought forward by an
hour. Fortunately, Ritchie rang to let me know otherwise I would have
missed them whilst Sue and I were sitting in the car eating our cheese
Ritchie and I met up, had a chat about Corby (70% of the
population are Scottish apparently, so Stewart and Brian should have
felt right at home) and discussed web site stuff. It looked to me that
the 1960's planners had a wild time designing the town centre of Corby,
as the place looked fairly dated and in need of a face-lift.
24th November 2003
So, What Is Happening?
It has been a long time since my last update. So what has happened?
Uhm.. well, not a lot to get The Wish and Brian Spence fans excited
about really. The Wish web site has moved hosting company, which will
allow the site to develop more. So look for changes over the coming
months. Plans include a members-only area with bonus tracks, but that's
enough of a teaser for now.
Bilbo Baggins: I have
managed to con, no that's not right, er... bully, that is not right
either, er... encourage, I think that is the right words, for one of
the regular visitors to SpenceMusic to get involved with SpenceMusic.
So a B-I-G welcome to Ritchie, who I have asked to build up the Bilbo
Baggins era information on Brian. Ritchie was a huge fan (not physically)
of Bilbo Baggins back in the day, having followed them around the country,
taking photographs of the band as she traveled, collecting magazine
articles and memorabilia she went.
However, Ritchie will not start her work until the new
year. She also has the difficult task of balancing her family commitments
and her writing, sorting of pictures, articles, etc. before anything
will see the light of day. However, this information has been hidden
for years, no decades, so what is another few weeks or months. For those
of you not familiar with Brian's past he had a career in music before
the Brothers album was release. So, in the future, you will be able
to read all about Brian as a monk, what type of women he prefers and
his favourite confectionery (plus the other members of the band too).
Corby: The Wish will
be playing Corby in Northamptonshire this weekend (Saturday 29th November)
at the Christmas light switching on party. If anyone is going do let
me know as I hope to be there (fingers crossed).
The Wedding Page: I
have also completed a page on Brian and Debbie's wedding, which happened
in August. For pictures and story click on this
Competition Results: I
would like to announce the winner of the competition for a copy of Postcards
by The Wish, but I can't, as I had zero entries, nudder, nothing, zip.
Is this the result of waiting over 10 years for a new album from Brian?
Was the question too difficult? Disappointed? You bet I am. However,
the answer to the question "What is the name of Debbie's father?"
was Ricky Stevens.
As I result I will set another question. The winner of
this competition will receive a copy of Postcards, signed by all the
members of the band, including Brian. The album is a terrific album
with great music and lyrics and it could be yours. All you have to do
is answer one question.
The winner of this competition will receive a copy of Postcards
by The Wish. It will be signed by all the members of the group,
including Brian Spence.
The question is "Stewart Irving was a member of an award
winning South African band. What was the band's name?"
How to Enter:
Send your answers, by e-mail, to email@example.com
by midnight of 31st December 2003 clearly stating your name and
The winner of this prize will be the first correct
e-mail drawn out of a hat (if I can find one) on 1st January 2004
at 12 noon Greenwich Mean Time. If only one person responds, but
the get the answer wrong, they win the album.
That gives you just over a month to find the answer
(which can be found on The Wish's own web site at http://www.the-wish.com)
and e-mail it to me.
16th September 2003
Postcards Now Released
Great news. Postcards, the album by The Wish, is now available from
their web site http://www.the-wish.com (website no longer active) for
the very reasonable price of £9.99 UKP. The album has 14 tracks
and is 52 minutes in length. Cisi, who is on the mailing list, already
has a copy, this is what she said of the album:
WOW.... WOW... WOW... &... WOW..
"postcards" is a fantastic album.... absolutely BRILLIANT....!!!!!
This is a great BIG warm blanket of a record...!!! Wonderful music,
which will mesmerize you with its vibrant beauty and creativity, and
make you want to dance; all at the same time....
my favorite songs midnight fire, high on the hillside... BRILLIANT...!!!,
baby blue, other side of the world, the wedding
respect and congratulation from Zurich, Cisi
For those of you who have listened to the sample tracks,
or who have been fortunate enough to see The Wish live, will want to
get this album as soon as possible. Now, you too can buy a copy of Postcards
by going to The Wish web site and buy your own copy. You can even purchase
two copies, one for you and another for a friend or relative, at the
reduced price of £15.00 UKP
Virginia, The Wish's manager, has been kind enough to offer a signed
copy of The Wish's album, Postcards, for a competition. The album will
be signed by all three members of the band, Debbie, Stewart and Brian,
and Virginia will send it directly to you (so there is no chance of
me keeping it for myself). All you have to do to enter the competition
is to answer one question. That's right, just one miserly question.
The answer to the question can be found somewhere on The Wish's web
site, which is at www.the-wish.com.
I could say which page, but that would make it far too easy. The first
correct answer drawn out of a hat (actually, it might be a bag rather
than a hat) will be sent the CD. The draw will take place on Friday
3rd October 2003, at 6 o'clock in the afternoon, London Time.
The question is: What is the name of Debbie's father?
I think you would agree that that is a simple question. Finding the
answer, however, maybe a different matter.
Take care and good luck.
Those of you who have taken the trouble to subscribe to my mailing
lists will already have received the competition. Those of you who have
not may miss out depending on when you read this. So don't miss out,
On a related note, there is one individual who has
entered an e-mail addresses which bounces back to me - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are mike please either re-enter your e-mail address or provide
me with an up-to-date one. I want you to have the opportunity to get
news at the right time.
25th August 2003
Virginia has received The Wish's debut album from the manufacturers
and is just working on the postage prices before the album becomes available
for sale through the website www.the-wish.com. The price for the actual
disc itself will be £9.99 UKP. I will write again when the postage
is set. Cisi, I hope you have received your copy of the album by the
time you read this. If not do let me know.
Does my Bum Look Big In This?
The second piece of news is that Brian married his long term partner,
Debbie McKenna, in a simple and good humoured ceremony at the Belvedere
and Erith Congregational Church, London, last Saturday (23rd August).
Sue and I were fortunate to be invited to both the church event and
the reception afterwards. When the Pastor announced that they were now
husband and wife Debbie made a sign of victory, having waiting 20 years
for this occasion, to which the congregation burst into spontaneous
Whilst taking photographs of the bride with the bridesmaids the official
photographer, Stuart Spence (Brian's brother), who was wearing a kilt,
crouched down in front of the women and displayed to them that nothing
is traditionally worn under the Scottish garb. Debbie later mentioned
at the reception, with her normal honest frankness, that she thought
she was marrying the right brother based on what she had seen. Stuart
then provided the red mood lighting from his face.
Brian also wore a generic Scottish kilt, rather than the MacDuff clan
(which the Spence family is a member of). When questioned about a rumour
I heard that Brian had thought the red based tartan made his bum look
big Brian made no effort to deny this comment. Normally it is women
who question the size of their rear-end. I guess this proves that Debbie
wears the trousers in their relationship.
MacDuff / Spence Tartan
18th July 2003
I don't have as much time as I thought I would at
this point on providing news, mainly because Virginia is keeping me
busy honing The Wish's website. The band are keeping busy as they promote
the album, hopefully there will be a release date very soon.
More dates have been added to the ever expanding list
of dates The Wish will be performing. To view them go to www.the-wish.com
then click on the diary link and choose your month.
I have added a new subscriber section on the navigation
bar, so that you can be added to The Wish's mailing list. Things are
still new for the band are not sure how popular it will be. So if you
want to be kept up to date with news on The Wish enter your email address
in the appropriate field and click the submit button.
29th June 2003
Towards the end of last week (23rd June to be exact)
The Wish announced that they were resurrecting their Original Songwriter's
Night, but at another venue, this time at The Railway Tavern, Angel
Lane, Stratford, London. The events will occur on the first Tuesday
of every month and commence around 9 pm. Confirmed dates are 1st July,
5th August, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November and 2nd December.
The area has good public transport links, so there is no excuse not
to go if you are local.
For more information visit The Wish's offical website
14th June 2003
There are even more mp3 files for you to download
as I have now put Travellin' Man (and all it's varieties) and Michael
Ball on the server. Also rearranged the navigation sequence (I'm just
not happy unless I'm improving the site).
Thanks to Julian for responding so fast and placing his
details on the GuestMap. If you have yet to go there I recommend it,
especially when more fans show where in the world they live.
13th June 2003
It's Friday 13th June and it sees the launching
a *new* website on Brian Spence, replacing my old one. "But it
looks like the old site?" Well, yes it does. That's because it
is - and it isn't. Confused? Don't be. The main differences are:
- A new server with much more space. This additional
space will allow me to provide lots more music for download. So, although
not complete (at present) I do intend to provide as much as music
as I can, with permission of course.
- I have checked all the links and there are no dead-ends.
Well, okay there might be soon, but as I write this they all work.
I have also used casading style sheets (for all you techies out there).
- I have also redesigned some of the pages so they now
flow better (to my mind anyway).
- The site now has a new name - SpenceMusic. The old
site did not really have a name,as such, mainly as it catered for
a number of topics, apart from Brian Spence (pubs in my home home
of Worthing and Insite Job - a project which I have yet to get off
the ground). The old site will disappear soon, when I stop paying
the ISP my money. Therefore, please remember
to change your bookmark to www.spencemusic.co.uk
- More interactive links, for instance the GuestMap on
the navigation bar. It's a great piece of interactivity which allows
us all to see where Brian's fans are located.
- In addition, I have replaced the old method of being
added (or removed) from the newsletter. Now *you* control it!
- A guest book has also been added. Don't be afraid to
say what you want. As far as I am concerned there are now limits to
what you can say (although I reserve the rights to change this policy
if there is *too much* swearing.
- You can also have your name entered onto the site as
a "Friend of Brian". Towards the bottom of the Friends of
Brian page is a section listing the "Fans of Brian". You
can get your name added here by sending me an email with some information
about yourself and why you like Brian Spence.
Even *BIGGER* news.
for the shouting, but I think this is something worth shouting about.
For everyone that has been waiting for "Postcards", the new
album by The Wish, well the wait is over. It was released a couple of
weeks ago, but I have been so busy that I was unable to let you know
about it (you know who to blame). Around the same time The Wish website
was "finished" (which means that it is not quite finished
but it is too close to hold it up any more). Amongst things on the site
you are now able to buy the album, "Postcards". Payment is
currently limited to PayPal, however, The Wish and I are looking to
add other payment methods. Click on the link and look around. Link or
go to www.the-wish.com.
The Wish website was also created by me, under the direction
of the band and Virginia Irving. It was the latter who was the guiding
spirit and who deserves all the credit. I will extend my thanks to Virginia
for her massive input, oh and Brian too (who was extremely calm about
the whole event that it made me doubt that he actually understood the
situation at all).
19th April 2003
For those of you concerned that nothing appears
to be happening, don't. Whilst there may appear to be no activity, from
me and Brian, please be rest assured that things are moving apace. I
have purchaced space with a different hosting company plus a domain
name. I'm busy trying to create a fresh look to the site, rather than
just move the site across.
18th February 2003
Just visited Brian's Tribute Acts website and noticed
that he has updated not just the live dates page, but also the whole
look of the site. Click on the Live Dates button to see Brian and Debbie's
own act dates.
14th February 2003
As is usual with me I have been sitting on news
for a short time now without sharing it. Typical! As a result there
are new items below which have been waiting to be uploaded with the
website for a few days now. Still, better late than never.
I am serious considering moving the website to a new server.
This will require a new web address, so if anyone has any suggestions
please free to make your idea know. Ideas I have had include
- BrianSpenceMusic and
with the obligatory .co.uk, .info or .uk.com, etc. suffixed
to the end.
10th February 2003
The Wish announce
that they will be playing another London date. On Monday 24th February
they will be appearing at Cork's Wine Bar, 28 Binney Street, London,
W1, which is just off Oxford Street and 1 minute away from Bond Street
tube station, as part of another songwriters
night. If you're in the area why not drop in to support them.
Brian Coyle, of Northern Ireland,
tells me that he has spare copies of Brothers album, one vinyl, one
CD, which he is willing to part with for a small consideration, i.e.
money. He suggested £10 for the CD, which includes postage if
within the UK, and £4 for the vinyl plus £1 postage, again
if within the UK. If you are outside the UK I am sure he is willing
to discuss postage. If you are interested why not contact him at the
following e-mail address: email@example.com
30th January 2003
Due to a variety of problems the Songwriters
Night at The Old Blue Last is no longer. The last night at the Blue
Last was, strangely enough, the one I last went to (is there a connection?).
Virginia and the group hope to have the Songwriter's Night up and running
again in another location soon. I will keep you posted.
7th January 2003
First of all, let me wish you all a happy new year
and hope you had a good holiday season.
The next item is an open letter from Virginia, manager
to The Wish, to everyone concerning their first official gig appearance.
However, rather than me tell you all about it, why not read the letter
Calling for a huge favour from
all of our loved ones!!!!!!
The Wish (Stewart, Debbie and Brian)
will be performing at an established Songwriter's Night on Wednesday,
29th January at the Hope and Anchor in Islington (address details
As you know, our aim is to bring
The Wish to the widest possible audience of music lovers and get
them to do the various Songwriter's Nights in and around London
on a regular basis. The problem is, if we cannot bring in a minimum
number of people ourselves to these gigs, the band will not get
booked back. As these Songwriter's Nights are self-financing, they
do need to rely on band's drawing sufficient followers to cover
their costs. As The Wish are just starting out, we need to rely
on our friends and families to make up the numbers initially.
So please, pretty please, could
you all please make a note in your diaries and come down and support
The Wish on this night. Entry to the venue is £5, but if you
print off the attached flyer you will get a discount of £1
(i.e.£4 cover charge). When the band is rich and famous, we'll
pay off your credit cards, but in the meantime could I please beg
you to give the band your support on this night? And please tell
all your friends (Nick: Pete and Dean for e.g.).
It's good value for money, you
will get to see at least 4 other original acts on the night as well.
Oh, and when you go in, please could you let the guy at the door
know that you have come specifically to see The Wish.
The Hope & Anchor,
207 Upper St.
London, N1 1RL.
Tel. 020 7354 1312
Duration of set 30 minutes.
BR & tube Highbury & Islington/Angel.
Artist The Wish
Date of gig Wed 29 Jan 2003
Onstage 9.30 pm (sharp, this is
a well run evening with very little slippage)
Offstage 10.00 PM
Doors open 7.45 PM to 1 am on Wednesdays
and 7.45 PM to 12 am on Sundays.
Bar open as door times. Ticket prices £5 / £4 (concessions
or with flyers).
Due to licensing regulations there is a door policy of over 18s
Management can refuse the right to admission.
Thanks and love as always,
A copy of the flyer, with the £1 discount,
was available at this site (but no longer).
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