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 April 2011
Another Year: Hopefully
you had a good year last year.
Firstly, it has been a while since
I have updated the website with any news. But that doesn't mean nothing
is happening. I haven't been saving this up, I just don't always find
the time to update the website as often as I would like.
The Wish Album: The
2003 album "Postcards" by The Wish, Brian and Debbie's band
with Stewart Irving (formerly with South African band Ballyhoo) is now
available again via TuneCore (an on-line music distribution service
for artists so that their music is available at iTunes, AmazonMP3, Zune,
Rhapsody, eMusic and others). Below is a TuneCore gadget for you to
listen to samples of the album and a link to be able to download the
album should you like what you hear - and why wouldn't you? The buy
link takes you to the iTunes website where you can buy the album for
$9.99 (approximately £6.20 or €7.10).
I have also placed this gadget into the Shop
and The Wish pages. The album is still also available in traditional
format, i.e. an actual CD, available from the Spence Music Shop page.
Booklet: Japanese fan Naoki Sawada has produced a booklet on
Brian, featuring covers, lyrics, pictures, etc. Naoki runs the Japanese
fan site, Icoan Music, covering a number of artists including Brian.
Naoki sent me and Brian a high quality printed copy of his booklet and
very slick and professional it is. Naoki is now making this fan book
available to everyone and I have created a new webpage to feature it.
On this page you will be able to see images from the book and where
you can also download a copy for yourself. Do have a look as I'm sure
you will like what he has done. Go to Naoki's Fan Book. Link
You can also visit Naoki's site at Icoan
Map of Venues: I was
playing with Google Maps when I was planning a trip and in learning
about it I decided to created a map showing the location of venues Brian
has played at. It is still early days, so do have a look and tell me
what you think. Would you be interested in this? If there is a venue
I have not plotted why not tell me about it. Link
Campo Pequeno Videos:
Since I created the Campo Pequeno pages I have now added a page with
the videos from fans that have been uploaded to YouTube. Naturally some
are better than others but all are worthy of watching. I have given
credit to the uploader. Link
You: One of the things that I like most about Brian is his warmth
and openness towards everyone. When fans of his arrive at a venue Brian
is playing he will always makes time to have a chat with them and, if
possible, Brian will play a track or two for them. This was the case
when Nuno and his wife Maria went to see Brian in The Lord Morpeth in
Bow, London on the last Saturday of March. Nuno and Maria, both originally
from Cascais/Estoril area of Portugal but now living in the UK, travelled
to see Brian play to the locals of the area. Whilst there the locals
welcomed Nuno and Maria with open arms and Brian and Debbie played a
number of Brian's own music (Come Back Home, Hear It From The Heart
and Will You Never Be My Friend) along with their normal array of covers.
Facebook Group: Linking
in with the above theme, why not join the Brian Spence Fans group on
Facebook? For those of you have yet to discover this group, now is the
time to click on the link and join. Here you can link in with fans like
yourself and join in discussions about Brian or related topics. If I
hear of anything of high interest I will announce it on both Spence
Music website and the Brian Spence Fans Facebook page. If you already
use Facebook, just join us. If Facebook is new to you, it is a way for
family and friends to communicate and send pictures or to tell everyone
what is happening. It is how Nuno, mentioned in the above story, contacted
Your Articles: Although
I host this site, I don't really consider it mine, I think of it belonging
to the fans of Brian Spence. So, if you want to write your own article
related to Brian Spence please feel free to do so and send it through
to me. This could be a review of a concert appearance or when you met
before a concert, after a concert or bumped into him somewhere. Tell
me about your experience and your article could appear on this website.
Have you appeared with Brian and Debbie? They used to get singers up
on stage that they knew were in the audience to join them for a track
or two. If you have done so, tell us about it.
2010 News Recap
I created a Facebook
group called Brian Spence Fans. If you are a fan of Brian's music (and
who isn't) why join. Go
a year that proves that quality is better than quantity, Brian plays
a full rock concert at Campo Pequeno
in Lisbon, Portugal on 6th November. Brian was (sort of) supported by
American band Great White. Anyone who was unable to go, or who wants
to refresh their memories of a great night can go to the Campo Pequeno
videos page Link to video
When I tried to inform many of you, via the subscription,
about the Lisbon concert I found that of the emails bounced back to
me, either because the email address was out of date or due to spam
filters. Since the Lisbon concert many more people have decided to subscribe
to the Spence Music Newsletter. The more long term subscribers will
know that I don't send out many newsletters. However, should you wish
to be told about major events please can you ensure I have you latest
email address and that you add my email address to your spam filters.
My address is Mark~at~Spencemusic~dot~co~dot~uk (only without the obvious
additions - I get lots of spam myself due to the address being on the
internet). Alternatively, subscribe to the Facebook group mentioned
October saw Naoki from Japan
visit the UK and meet Brian, one of his idols. Naoki was so pleased
he hopes to repeat the visit.
June saw the death of a close friend of Brian's
Tam White. Tam had been a big influence on Brian, having encouraged him
to move to London to help get noticed. Tam was also the voice of MacGregor
in Brian's musical "MacGregor's Trap".