"James Warren is one of the great British songwriters. Following in the footsteps of Lennon & McCartney, Ray Davies and Jeff Lynne, his sense of melody mixed with a quirky eccentricity marks him as unique. 

No surprise that he was a founder member of Stackridge - one of the most eclectic and underrated British group of the past 40 years. Then with The Korgis, James had a string of hits, but standing out as one of the great songs of all time was 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' "

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Jim's BLOG October 2018 

On 15 March 2019 we play The 100 Club in Oxford Street.

Classic! Talk about steeped in history. How amazing to be still going strong since the 1960s - the club, not me!

I think the last time I performed there was around 2014 with Stackridge and the atmosphere was fantastic. Posters covering every wall, sweaty, smelly and electric. And just to think they've all played there: Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Rod Stewart - bloody brilliant!

 

 

 

 

I'm hoping any London or Home Counties supporters will be snapping up tickets and I must invite my sister and my wonderfully eccentric friend John Miller too.. Mmm can't wait!

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Jim's BLOG August 2018  

We've just performed our Korgis set at The Sunshine Festival!  

We got onto the site without any problem at around 16.00, (no queuing!) and the Artists Enclosure was right next to the main stage where we were due to play at 19.30. 

So we were having a pleasant time in the hospitality tent - tea, beer, vegetarian chilli - and then the heavens opened with a vengeance. Furious downpour and gale-force wind and you could see the main stage getting absolutely waterlogged. About 45 minutes later the storm subsided so we off-loaded all our gear from our 4 separate vehicles and carried it up the ramp to the covered holding area behind the stage.

Looking out at the field in front of us things didn't look promising.

Sensibly the punters were all sheltering inside the various performance tents dotted around the site so if we'd gone ahead as planned at 19.30, we'd probably have been playing to about 5 people and 2 dogs!

Fortunately the organisers agreed with us that it would be crazy to risk performing on the open stage in case we were hit by another mini-hurricane, so we got the message "you can perform in the Variety Tent but you have to be on in 30 minutes." 

So.... we had to load all the gear back into our vehicles and shoot over to the other side of the site, off-load, set-up in double-quick time, have literally a 5 minute microphone-check then start the show.

The possibility for complete disaster was off the scale!

But amazingly, some might say miraculously, it couldn't have gone any better!

 

 

Our fantastic audience waited patiently for us to get everything set on Stage - helped by the brilliant Sunshine Festival Stage Crew, who were so on the ball - and the sound on stage was great - so Thank You guys - you rock! 

The band rose to the occasion, the 500 or-so audience loved it and there were absolutely no technical hitches. Unbelievable!

Al Steele as usual had a formidable amount of technical things to deal with - which again he achieved effortlessly - Nigel Hart was deputising for Glenn Tommey on keyboards and played a blinder, Paul Smith was his usual incomparable self on "la batterie" and us vocalists Ava, Jay, Emmy, John and myself couldn't stop smiling and giving it our all! 

 

I love festivals!  

Let's hope we can do at least 30 in 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Richard Purvis and Ceri Darknell

Jim's BLOG June 2018 

We just played a fantastic James Warren And Friends gig at The Stables, Wavendon. It couldn't have gone better! 

Technically our show was fiendishly complex and the possibilities for unforeseen glitches and general blundering were very high indeed.

First we had our dearly beloved Born To Win doing their own 20 minute set with their own equipment which then had to cleared to make way for all our stuff; then the overworked Al Steele, having just played guitar for Ava, Jay and Emmy, had to synchronise all our additional audi/visual stuff in real time as he was playing a whole bunch of blistering guitar solos. And even more difficult than that, I had to remember my words! But Al pulled it off like the legend he is and I managed to accurately recall 87% of the lyrics!

A triumph!

And it convincingly demonstrated to us all that we have a winner with this show. Perfect for all occasions - very upbeat and positive with great additional singing from Johnny Baker, Ava, Jay and Emmy, rock-solid drumming from Paul Smith and very sympathetic keyboards from Glenn Tommey. And of course Al holding it all together.

Come and see us do a Korgis set at The Sunshine Festival in August!

Love, Jim xx  

 

JIM's BLOG March 2018 

Al Steele organised a terrific show at The Globe in Cardiff last Sunday night (4 March).

This was to celebrate the re-release of his album "Coming Up From Down Under" and featured Al himself of course plus our dear friends Born To Win and many others. I travelled down with John Baker, Glenn Tommey and old mate Anthony Bond, our chauffeur for the evening. It was bloody freezing in the club and I'd been taking pills to deal with a stomach upset but the entertainment more than made up for it. Al was a brilliant MC, there was a great atmosphere and luckily Dave Daggers posted an extensive photo montage of the night's proceedings. Nice one Al!

 

Photo courtesy of Dave Daggers

'Symphopop' in Nancy, France 

Just returned from a terrific 6 day sojourn in France - two nights in Paris followed by four nights in Nancy,  90 minutes by TGV train from the capital. 

I’d been invited by a dear friend of mine, Jerôme Didelot of French band Orwell, to participate in an amazing concert he’d organised featuring a local orchestra + 6 vocalists, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums celebrating the collaboration of classical players and pop musicians since the 1960s. 

It was a really interesting and varied programme featuring songs by The Beatles, Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg, ELO, Bjork - and it was a sell-out, about 350 people, and I’m told they had a further couple of hundred enquires for tickets! 

I got to sing Eleanor Rigby, She’s Leaving Home, God Only Knows and Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime. 

It was especially enjoyable because unlike the usual rock gig it wasn’t loud and the monitoring was very good so you could hear yourself singing really clearly on stage. Luxury! 

Also, everyone involved in the project was an absolute delight to work with: the other singers, the orchestral players, back-stage crew - all so positive, enthusiastic and refreshingly devoid of ‘attitude’. 

My friend Jerôme is really keen to put the show on at other places now that we’ve seen how well it works  - can’t wait! 

P.S. We actually found a vegan restaurant just round the corner from the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It’s called Le Potager du Marais and bloody good it was too!