JC Ryan

JC Ryan

Behind The Scenes

It's the most wonderful time...

So, here we are again, me on the coach doing the annual Christmas Eve trek back to Wales, just in time to put the turkey in. It comes around so quickly! Plenty of time to reflect on the past twelve months, and time to start getting excited about the next. What a great year we’ve had! It seems like a life time ago that I started recording the tracks for the EP. That cold studio back last winter, with the amazing Chuck Sabo working his magic and Jay Stapley putting it all together, seems but a distant memory. If you didn’t make it to the EP launch and have not yet heard me fully produced, record label style, please check out Maggie Bar EP on iTunes or Amazon.

 

Over the past couple of months I’ve been working on a whole load of new songs, which I can’t wait to share with you in the New Year. Recently, I also had the pleasure of performing at the book launch of Gimmie Shelter, written by the talented, well screenwriter, Rob Gittins. How amazing to perform in an intimate setting for so many familiar faces from the world of film and TV. If you like crime novels, get it, it’s brilliant!

 

Last month we took part in a Battle of the Bands, x-factor style competition, which involved playing to a crowd of festive skaters at Canary Wharf Ice Rink. Anyway great news! We won outright, so we are automatically through to the next round! We will be there again on Saturday 10th January, it would be great if you could come and support us - and vote for us!


 

So, before I indulge in far too much festive cheer, I to wish you all the best Christmas ever.

 

Go easy on the Sherry,

 

Much love,

 

JC x

High Winds and Cowboys

Happy Halloween!

 

It’s been another busy week. We had a storm here at the beginning of the week and as things don’t work well in the UK at the best of times, the next day was mayhem getting to work. Not for me however, I’m working from home for the week, woop! So I watched through my window in the early hours as my neighbour’s fence took a hammering and garden furniture got destroyed and thought thank god I don’t have anywhere to be. We got off lightly in my area, not even the internet went down and considering it’s dodgy on a normal day, I was surprised!

 

The lads and I had a little Halloween gathering earlier in the week and the Americans turned up in all kinds of random costumes. There was a big cowgirl and cowboy turn out, great costumes, but I don’t get it. When I was a kid Halloween was about witches and maybe Dracula if you were feeling really adventurous but Marilyn Monroe, really?? Still there were bobbing apples (which was much more difficult than I remember) and pumpkins a plenty. Sadly my homemade cat burglars outfit didn’t win best costume but I did find lots of random goodies in my ‘Swag’ bag the next day. 

Another pub gig, another hangover...

I've finally decided to start blogging about my antics as a musician trying to make it in London Town. Last night we played at a great little pub in West London called The Albion, somewhere new I thought, however when I got there I realised I had played there before,many moons ago.

 

It was just the three of us, with Matt on the Cajon, it's always fun to do more chilled out versions of the songs. Anyway it was a nice crowd, they even listened to the music which is always a plus with the drunk after work crowd. The sound engineer was hilarious, when Steve asked if the electric guitar was going to be ok going through the small mixing desk, he told us that the whole of Fat Freddy's Drop had played through it. I figured we'd be ok as there is about 8 of them in the band. 

 

I also found out the pub is haunted, so I was a bit worried the whole way through that we might be joined on stage unexpectedly, especially as it's Halloween weekend. I kept thinking I could see something out of the corner of my eye but I think that may have had something to do with the amount of beer we consumed.

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