I am delighted to be able to announce that my debut solo album, Bones From My Back, will be released on 8th December – and available to stream here at www.manek.org.uk from a week before (1st December).
Making this record has been quite a journey for me, and I can’t wait for people to hear the music I’ve been working on for the past year; I hope you’re all as excited about it as I am!
I am very proud to announce that my first ever solo album is soon to be released. Although I write soundtracks and other music to commission, and do a lot of songwriting with various bands and other projects with which I am involved, I have never put myself out there as a solo artist, and hadn’t ever expected to be releasing a record under my own name – however, over the past year, the album has unexpectedly come together in a way I never could have imagined, and I can’t wait for people to hear it.
The title of the album is Bones From My Back, and it will feature sixteen original songs, with contributions from a few of the fantastic musicians I have been lucky enough to work with in the past. All the tracks have been recorded and produced in my studio.
I shall keep you up-to-date with more details of the release in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday 30th July, the Sistema In Norwich Martineau Chamber Orchestra will be performing at the Royal Sandringham Estate in front of HRH The Prince Of Wales, Prince Charles, as part of the 133rd Sandringham Flower Show. The Martineau Chamber Orchestra will perform a specially-written new piece of music for the Prince Of Wales as part of a brand new tropically-designed garden, as well as various other favourite pieces of repertoire.
I am proud to have been asked to compose and produce part of the soundtrack to a new original play at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A FullFuse Theatre production, Sochi 2014 deals with Russian cultural and political attitudes towards gay rights through the prism of the recent Winter Olympics in Russia, and will feature clips of my music during several scenes.
A few pictures from the first couple of months with the new Jamie Roe Band line-up, recording some tracks and playing our first live show at The Rivergarden: Catch us live next at Carlfest, Lowestoft (23rd August) and Ferryfest, Reedham (14th September).
On a whim, I wrote a World Cup single to complain about Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy being left out of the England squad, called John Ruddy Would’ve Saved That. My friend Tyler convinced me to make a very silly music video, dancing on the dunes at Great Yarmouth beach, so here it is!
John Ruddy Would’ve Saved That is available on iTunes, or on YouTube.