So I’ve decided to keep a blog about my music making.
As a few of you probably already know, I have been writing a blog about my struggles with long term illness, which you can read here. The purpose of this blog however is to share about my experiences making music, so I’ll try to keep comments about my health to a minimum. Each time I post I plan to share about gigs I have played and will be playing, to talk about some of the many artists in Suffolk I love and also write a little about a song I have written or am writing.
Where to begin?
Just over a year ago my wife Anna dragged me down to the ‘Suffolk songwriters’ open mic at The Steamboat pub, which was at that time our local. Now, I have been writing songs and trying to make music for as long as I can remember but that trip to The Steamboat was the beginning of something else. It was the beginning of a journey that has seen me introduced to the amazing amount of musical talent that there is in Suffolk, a journey that has encouraged me to ‘get out there’, to gig and to write, to make many new and amazing friends. It has led me to record a track for a Charity album at BBC Radio Suffolk and to release my first EP ‘Allow Joy’.
I met a number of amazing musicians at that open mic, but one in particular has had a massive impact on my music-making journey. It was there that I met Carl Scott, a terrific chap and one third of Elephant In The Room and The Fern Teather Band. It was Carl who grabbed me, encouraged me and introduced me to some of the other wonderful open mics in the area (including, but not limited to: Lucy Sampson’s magical ‘Acoustic Sundays’ at The Framilingham Castle Inn, Carl’s own night at The John Peel Centre and the friendly and eclectic Thursday Open Mic at McGinty’s in Ipswich run by James Morgan.) Through these open mics I met many amazing musicians, landed a number of great gigs and honed the material that would become my ‘Allow Joy’ EP. So thanks Carl, you’re to blame!
In this coming year I plan to keep attending the Open Mics when I’m able, get as many gigs as I can (please email me at email@example.com if you’re a promoter, I’m up for most gigs!) and work on my next EP.
Oh and write this blog...
Author: Keith Sadler
I want to share my music-making journey with you, as well as my experience of the amazing local music scene here in Suffolk.