Reviews: Phew! I have completed my review of the Norwich show
of Picnic at Hanging Rock. It has taken me nearly two months to write
and I hope it was worth the wait. This can be read by clicking on the
following link or by clicking on "Picnic at Hanging Rock"
in the navigation area to the left. SpenceMusic
Review of Norwich. I'm just glad I don't write for a newspaper as
I think I would have been sacked nearly two months ago.
I have also added a number of local reviews or previews of the Norwich
shows. These can be found through the Articles section.
Redesign and Excuse:
Part of the time was taken up redesigning the Picnic pages so that both
Chichester and Norwich have equal billing. This, in turn, lead to redesigning
how all of the pages of SpenceMusic hang together. This was something
that I have been wanting to do for some time but did not get around
to it. If successful you should see no changes, if unsuccessful there
will be broken links. If you find any broken links please let me know,
however, I don't think you will.
Christmas Time: Here
in the UK it is Christmas and everything is shutting down - including
Woolworths who are shutting down for good. Whatever your beliefs take
care of yourselves and I will see you in the new year.
23rd November 2008
Picnic Reviews: I am
hoping to be able to (eventually) write up my own review of the Picnic
at Hanging Rock show from Norwich soon. I have started (honest) and
like Douglas Adams (writer of Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy) I'm
not comfortable unless I can hear the sound of a deadline whooshing
past. Unfortunately, I have no deadline, hence the delay. However, come
back soon and see when it appears.
The Wish on iTunes:
Yes, that's right. You can now download Postcards, by The Wish, from
iTunes. In addition, the album, which has some really great tracks,
also has a brand new cover featuring the band themselves plus dandelions.
My preferred cover was the original dandelion themed one, but an isolated
beach scene was then used. This cover brings back the dandelion and
the idea that you can wish for anything.
on iTunes: In addition to The Wish being on iTunes, so is Danny
Litchfield, Brian's sometimes writing partner. His album "Flying
On My Own" from February 2008 on the Last Record Company label
includes the Spence and Litchfield "River to Heaven" which
Brian and Danny submitted to Search for a Song, an attempt to find a
decent UK song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
4th September 2008
Old Track Come Back to Haunt?:
Between the break up of Chisholm and Spence partnership and Brian going
solo he honed is writing and performing skills. It was during this time
that Brian wrote a track called "I Don't Want Your Love Now"
which was released by a group called The Mood. I have found this track
and place a very short sample of it in the Downloads section. Tee hee.
31st August 2008
Don't Panic. Picnic!: It would
appear that Brian's Picnic at Hanging Rock musical is starting to gain
interest. According to the Picnic
at Hanging Rock Musical website, there are, not one new production
of the show but, three.
The Norfolk Youth Music Theatre will be performing the
show between 29th October and 1st November at the Maddermarket Theatre,
in Norwich. The Maddermarket sits in St John's Alley, next to St John
Maddermarket Church, in the very heart of Norwich. Tickets cost £10,
with concessions being £6. The box office can be contacted on
01603 620917 or by writing to the following address. www.maddermarket.co.uk
The Maddermarket Theatre
St. John’s Alley
Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Warwickshire
- will also be performing it in November 2008. Although, when I did
a search on the Internet I could not find any details. So if anyone
can provide me with more info please let me know.
Royal Berkshire Academy, Bracknell will
be staging it in July 2009
Thanks to Ritchie, my colleague at BilboMusic,
for sending me this information.
30th July 2008
Video Update: I
have been quiet for some time, but it is time to tell you about a new
page that has been created bringing together all of Brian's videos.
To find this page click on Videos on the naviagation section to the
left or here Videos.
To celebrate this I have also incuded a new filmed with Brian in where
he is acting (he's the bleach-blond guy wearing the kilt). The video
features Regina Saidasheva's first video featuring Paul Jackson and
Ashley in advance or her up and coming thriller.
25th March 2008
More Videos: More of Brian's
videos have appeared on YouTube, this time under the name of DrumbraeSouth
(who is also Brian). As a teazer I have placed a link here, however,
I plan to include all of the Spence videos in this site.
YouTube Hack: Whilst
playing on YouTube I came across a hack which improves the visual quality
of the videos. The above link has the additional text already included.
Obviously, there is only so much that the
hack can do but please give it a go on any video, not just Brian Spence
ones, and let me know what you think.
6th March 2008
Spence Videos: Brian
has informed me that he has uploaded 3 videos to YouTube under the name
Cheeky Buffalo (one of Brian's old bands). You will be able to watch
Picnic at Hanging Rock - The Musical, Debbie singing Sunlight (from
The Wish) and Holiday (the Madonna song) sung by Debbie and The Whizz
Kid. Brian is hoping to upload his own videos in due course, depending
on if his other projects allow him time. http://www.youtube.com/user/CheekyBuffalo
Irving Update: Stewart
Irving, Brian's partner in The Wish with Debbie McKenna has hooked up
with Cindy Alter of Clout fame (they had a huge single called "Substitute"
in 1978) in South Africa. Despite the distance Brian is hoping to be
able to work with Stewart again.
7th February 2008
Birthday Wishes: Today
is Brian's birthday. I hope you will join with me in wishing him a happy
Old News: I have archived
the news from 2007. Should you wish to read it, and why wouldn't you,
either click on the link at the bottom of this page or find it in the
navigation bar to the left.
So what happened in 2007?
At the beginning of the year Brian,
along with Bob Thomson, let loose and musical based on Picnic at Hanging
Rock. It was well received by all that saw it.
A play, directed by Bob Thomson, called The Last Laugh
used Brian's music. The play starred Martin Freeman and Roger Lloyd-Pack.
April saw the launch of BilboMusic, a website about
Bilbo Baggins - which Brian was a member of in his early music career.
The website is enjoyed by not just the fans but also the band members,
who also provided some pictures from their own collections.
Colin Chisholm, vocalist of Bilbo Baggins and one of
Brian's best mates, sung on stage for the first time in a long while
stoking rumours that Bilbo may get back together for a one off gig.