Monday, 6 April 2015

Back from New York, photos, wild spring stuff and Crazy Coqs….

It was still cold when I was in New York just over a week ago - I'd been rehearsing with John McDaniel in Long Island

Ice on pool so no swimming in Long Island when we were working, not this time!
and Laurence Hobgood in Queens, and staying courtesy of Beverly and Richard, Andy Goldberg's fabulous parents, opposite the Lincoln Centre. Even though my nose was to the grindstone constantly I managed to attend the MAC awards, sitting next to Billy Stritch and John McDaniel, Pamela Lewis and Bill Hurley were there, Stephen Hanks and a massive bunch of other cabaret chums. Lennie Watts hosted, and John and I presented two of our great mates with awards - Tracy Stark and JP Perreux both won their categories.

John and I had our photos done by the fabulous Rick Stockwell. Here are a couple

And there's - apropos of none of the above - a new channel intro filmed by Marcus Reeves The Web Coach on my youtube channel - check it out -

Gail was there, and Rick got a beautiful couple of shots of us together.

Gail and Barb at by Rick Stockwell
The fabulous Lennie Watts and I hosted a workshop with Tracy on piano.  Laurence took me to see Paul Taylor's superb dance company at the Lincoln Centre as Arianne Reinhart, his partner, is on their board. And I managed to sneak in an evening of fun and chat with Jane and Luka in the East Village, and another one with Andy and Maamoun in Hell's Kitchen.

The view from the rooftop at Andy and Maamoun's as night fell NYC March 2015
I ran into a bunch of people including Michael Barakiva at a reading of Carmencita Jones, (book my my mate Stephen Clark), and bought my mum an handbag and myself some terrific face cream. It was a very action/work/packed trip.

Returned to a wonderful Easter Sunday show with Simon Wallace and Davide Mantovani at Crazy Coqs.

Superb audience, packed house, my family and friends there, and a lot of wild crazy audience folks. We filmed the show and there'll be a superb film by Matt Lynch of it all soon. In case you forgot Matt made this of my version of Sweet Thames Flow Softly, music produced and played by Simon Wallace and Neville Malcolm. Here it is - spring love for all - Ewan MacColl's great song, packed with London place names……

And now back to April and all that it brings, and remember…. all you need is………

Namaste! Peace and love to all. May your daffodils blossom and your heart be filled with joy.

And come to a concert - all dates here -

and we'll sing in the spring into summer - and don't forget to catch up with Eve Ferret and I on Passport2Pimlico Podcast.