Music is a web site about Brian Spence, the singer, songwriter, producer,
multi-instrumental musician and all-round nice-guy who creates and performs
On this site you can find out about Brian's albums "Brothers"
and "Reputation" along with "MacGregor's Trap", his
marriage to Debbie McKenna, the band The Wish and musical Picnic at Hanging
Rock. In addition there is also information on his early career with Bilbo
Baggins and Chisholm and Spence.
This web site is 100% unofficial, although Brian has visited
the site he has not told me to stop (yet) or to "get a life"
(maybe soon). There are a couple of other sites about Brian, one in German
and one in Japanese (the very first). Please support these sites too by
visiting them. I have provided links to these on the navigation column
on the left by using nationality flags.
25th December 2010
Seasons Greatings: Happy
Christmas to you all and we hope you have a Happy new Year.
10th December 2010
Concert Reviews: I have
finally created a number of pages linked to the concert at Campo Pequeno.
These pages can be accessed either via the "Campo Pequeno"
link to the left or here. Go
to Campo Pequeno pages.
To be honest, I'm excited about these pages. Not just
because the concert was fantastic event to be at (thanks Emanuel of
but also because I have a few guest reviewers writing for Spence Music.
Having guest reviewers give a different perspective on the same event
and this, in turn, creates depth.
The pages also collect videos of the convert found on
YouTube plus information on the publicity campaign.
Facebook Group: I have
created a group on Facebook called "Brian Spence Fans". If
you want to join (currently it is an open group) please do so. The purpose
is to find Brian Spence fans out there to create a community of our
own. You can get there either via the link on the left or by clicking
on this link. Facebook
9th November 2010
Post Concert Blues: I
think I'm suffering post concert blues. The concert in Lisbon was fantastic.
I mean REALLY fantastic. Don't believe me? Watch one of the videos currently
Concert reviews, etc. will follow soon. I asked a few
people to provide reviews. I'm looking forward to reading them.
3rd November 2010
Campo Pequeno: Olá.
Bom dia. Brian is already in Lisbon and rehersing with his band for
Saturday night's concert in Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal. I leave
for Lisbon tomorrow. If you are also going, try and make as much noise
for Brian during his set as you can. I know he will appreciate your
support. Adeus for now.
Und W-w-w-wer Küßt
Mich: A fan of Brian's music has taken pity on my translation
of Und W-w-w-wer Küßt Mich by Wolfgang Petry (which uses
the music from She's Gonna Win written by Brian in his Bilbo Baggins
days). They wish to remain anonymous and I am happy to oblige. However,
that does not mean the information was not gratefully received, which
it was. So thank you.
17th Ocober 2010
Lisbon Radio Adverts: Adverts
have started to appear for Brian's (and Great White's) concert on M80
Radio based in Portugal. This is was placed on YouTube by DJAOR
and Miguel let me know about it. Thanks to both of you.
Convention: I was lucky to meet up with Naoki Sawada, of the
Japanese Brian Spence fan website (insert a link), when he was in the
UK to see one of his favourite bands, Go West. Whilst in the UK Naoki
took the opportunity to journey to London to see Brian perform at the
Salmon and Ball, which is right next door to the Bethnal Green tube
Brian and Debbie, were very happy to meet him in a venue
that people normally just stop in for a drink to meet friends before
moving on to some where else. On this occassion, there were a number
of drinkers who stopped and listened to the music. Brian and Debbie,
who normally play a mixture of cover tracks to their regulars, used
the night to practice some of Brian's own music ahead of playing in
Lisbon, Portugal. The tracks Brian played this night were Come Back
Home, Back Door, Ghandi (We Will Write) plus a couple of others which
my failing memory refuses to reveal.
When Brian was not playing Brian and Naoki chatted about
work, how Naoki discovered Brian's music, how many fans Brian has in
Japan (sadly not many) and Go West.
By the end of the evening Naoki appeared to be a very
13th October 2010
Campo Pequeno Page: At
long last I created a page to celebrate Brian's up-coming appearance
at Campo Pequeno. On this page is information about the venue, tickets
and the main band Great White. Please click on the link here (Campo
Pequeno page link) or look for it in the navigation bar on the left.
What Will Brian Be Playing
in Lisbon?: I have been asked about this a few times. At the
weekend Brian told me that he will be play a set of approximately 45
minutes consisting of tracks from both Brothers and Reputation plus
one cover track. I know that this please many of you who have expressed
a preference for this period of Brian's music.
Attending Campo Pequeno?:
If you are going to Lisbon to see Brian perform (any why wouldn't you
be) why not let me know? I can not promise to meet up, but we have a
better chance if I know to look out for you.
4th September 2010
Bilbo Concert on YouTube:
Fans of Bilbo should head over to our sister website, BilboMusic.co.uk
where a link is available to a 26 minute concert uploaded by STV. This
TV concert was first broadcast on Scottish television back in 1978 and
features Brian on guitar, along with the rest of the band. Also available
via STV channel is a 26 minutes concert of Colin Chisholm from 1981.
Both events were recorded for the Scottish TV audiences and will not
have been seen outside of Brian's homeland.
8th August 2010
in Concert: This is a rare solo event. A very rare event. Although
Brian regularly plays in and around the east end of London with Debbie
McKenna, his wife, Brian will be playing a one-off concert at a major
arena in November under his own name playing his own material.
The concert will take place at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon,
Portugal on 6th November. Campo Pequeno is the bullring in Lisbon, which
had a major refit only a couple of years ago turning into a major event
location and now holds concerts amongst other things.
This event should not have come as a surprise as I announced
this a couple of weeks ago via a message I sent to everyone who was
kind enough to leave their email address on the mailing list. If you
have not added you email address to the mailing list then shame on you.
I don't send out messages very often, in fact I can't remember the last
time I did - perhaps it was to do with the Chichester version of Picnic
at Hanging Rock? It costs nothing and you could have known about this
much earlier. Go on, sign up today.
Anyway, the main headliners will be Great White, an American
rock band who have been going since 1978. They had a major hit with
"Once Bit, Twice Shy" in 1989, a cover of the Ian (Mott The
Hoople) Hunter song and have had other hits through out that time.
Emanuel Gonçalves, of Remembered Minds the concert
promoters, has been trying to get Brian to perform in Portugal for a
number of years. Finally, Emanuel's patience has paid off as now Brian
has agreed to appear. Yes, everything has been confirmed. Brian plans
to play music from both Brothers and Reputation.
A Facebook page has been created for the event and can
be accessed via the following link. Facebook
In the coming weeks I hope to be creating new pages to
support this new event, however, in the mean time, put the event in
your diary, buy your tickets, book your flight and hotel and hopefully
we will see you there because I plan on not missing this superb event.
23rd June 2010
is No More: Tam White, the the voice of MacGregor
in Brian's MacGregor's Trap died on Monday 21st June. Tam was a musician
of many years, having released around 8 albums since 1970, he was also
an actor having had parts in Cutthroat Island, Taggart, Rebus and Eastenders
(he married Barry Evans and Janine Butcher).
Brian said about Tam's passing "This is the end of
an era as far as I am concerned. [He was] a really important person
in my life and totally responsible for my move to London. Tam was a
big influence and he was totally passionate about his music.
In addition to his musical talents Tam was not only the
voice of MacGregor in Brian's MacGregor's Trap but he also played MacGregor
in Mel Gibson's movie Braveheart.
Brian also said of Tam "A big talent but an even
bigger character. Edinburgh is a smaller city without him." Tam
Additional information about this loss can be found at:
Thanks to Gary for letting me know about this tragic loss.
2nd March 2010
So, what happened in 2009?
Discovery of Kenny and The Car Parks, a record by
Brian and his brothers Kenny and Stuart from 1980. As I have mentioned
before, if you know something not mentioned on the website then
I probably don't know anything about it. So please let me know.
A performance of Picnic at Hanging Rock by the Royal
Berkshire Academy in July.
Okay, there was probably more than this but I have
not had much contact with Brian in 2009 due to personal circumstances.
In late January Sue and I went to see Brain and Debbie perform at
the Lord Morpeth in Bow, London. During the evening I took a few pictures,
one of which you can see below. Brian is every the showman, but was
horrified by the number of chins visible. I sure this is just the
light from the camera flash. :-)
YouTube Tribute: Whilst
browsing YouTube one day I can across the following video of Doug
Armstrong doing a rendition of Brian's "My Arms Are Strong",
which appeared on the "Reputation" album. I hope you like
it as well.
I asked Doug his permission to include his video on
the site, he agreed adding that he had been part of the Chichester
cast of Picnic at Hanging Rock, playing Dr McKenzie and was now a
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