After Dinner Stints for Local and Live

JLP by Chris Pope (3)
Time is marching on and Local and Live – the annual FREE Tunbridge Wells  music festival will soon be here.

I have been lucky enough to be one of those artists who get to play this festival every year as well as to feature regularly on the roster at The Grey Lady.  Promoter Paul Dunton and his team work tirelessly for free to put this festival on each year.   I want to do my bit so I have come up with a little idea which will make a small contribution and help swell the coffers to say thank you for all the musical opportunities.

So,  I am offering  4 x  After Dinner Stints  to residents in and around Kent at  the knock down price of £30.00 each – 100% of the proceeds from this will go into the Local and Live funds.


What exactly is an After Dinner Stint? 

Basically, I turn up at your house and play an unplugged set of my songs for no more than 30 minutes say between the main course and desert.  Once I am done, I leave.  So simple!

It makes for quite a unique surprise for your guests and there is nothing quite like unplugged music live in your own living room!

So, if you live in or around Kent, are planning a dinner party before the August Bank Holiday weekend – and fancy having a unique and special after dinner unplugged acoustic set live in your own house  – get in touch via the website or Facebook!


Upcoming Gigs.. June, July & August

Here are some gigs coming up over  what’s left of June, into July and onto August.

Note:  THIS FRIDAY 27th at The Little Artisan Cafe – there will be cake and quirky crockery!

I am really looking forward to all of these as I have never played at any of these venues before.

Click on the links below and come and say hello.

27th June       The Little Artisan Cafe, Tunbridge Wells 

2nd July          The Northern Lights, Brighton

5th July           Tentertainment, Tenterden, Kent

9th August     Summer Sounds, Canterbury

30th August  Summer Sounds, Canterbury


Upcoming Gigs – May 2014

Here are a few gigs coming up in May..

14th May     Grey Lady Music Lounge,Tunbridge Wells

26th May    Summer Fair & Garden Party, Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

Newsletter going out this weekend – are you on the mailing list – sign up on that little box to right of this post to be kept informed of gigs and other good stuff!

I’m Off Down The Dockyard!

Bet you didn’t know that this weekend it’s the Medway Festival of Steam and Transport down at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham!  Well, you do now!

That is where I will be spending Easter Sunday and Monday introducing the bands  and doing musical fill ins between acts on the Folk and Blues Stage and I can’t wait!

Apart from the two live music stages – there literally is something for everyone including classic cars and bikes, dockyard locomotives, call the midwife tours, penny farthing rides and an exhibition of steam punk fashion!

There has been some debate as to what I should wear from the traditional steamer’s boiler suit and bowler hat to a full blown ultrasonically welded steam punk outfit!  Off to see what I can find in the wardrobe………jeans and T shirt?

Happy Easter!



Upcoming Gigs – 2014

Here are some upcoming gigs so far for 2014

31st Jan   The Constitutional Club, Bury St Edmunds

1st Feb     CB2, Norfolk Street Cambridge

6th Feb    The Orange Ballroom, Canterbury

26th Feb  Grey Lady Music Lounge, Tunbridge Wells

1st Mar   Cricket Club, St Edith’s Hall, Kemsing

12th Apr  Breakfast @ Trinity’s, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.


Click on the Shows tab above for more details.

You don’t have to be local to discover great new music..

Chris Pope,  who is auctioning off artist pictures to raise money for Local and Live.

If you’re reading this post and you’re from Kent in the UK – there are still two days left to catch some great music at Local & Live. This year it is being staged at various venues (The Forum,  Sankey’s Wine Bar and The Grey Lady ) in the beautiful town of Tunbridge  Wells.

But, you don’t have to be from Kent to discover some great new music! This is my friend,  and fellow musician, Chris Pope.  Last year, he set up a website – an audience with the pope and has spent the last little while populating it with photographs, films and interviews of and with local musicians  as well as collecting a growing number of followers on twitter and facebook.

This weekend, Chris has an exhibition of his  photographs at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells and some of the more iconic shots are being auctioned to raise money for Local and Live 2014.   So, if you are in Kent, it’s well worth checking out. Don’t worry if you aren’t – you can still enjoy all that the Pope has to offer on his website! Win win!


Going Going gone..

Paul Dunton & Chris Pope auctioning a picture of Tom Hunt.



Upcoming gigs – September/ October 2013

Here are some gigs coming up in September/October.


15th   The Vigo Inn, Wrotham, Kent  1pm

25th   The Grey Lady*, Tunbridge Wells, Kent   7.30pm

27th    Aldreth Village Hall, Aldreth, Cambridge   7.30pm


4th      Googies, Folkestone, Kent   8.oopm

Further details  click on the Shows section of the website above.

* part of Paul Dunton and Guests.

Upcoming dates in June and July ..

If  you live in Kent or Cambridge – here are a couple of dates for the coming month.

Saturday 22nd June

Quiet Riot Fringe ShowThe Vine, High Street, Tenterden, Kent 8.30pm – 10.30pm

Ashford promoter James Vince is running the Quiet Riot Festival later in the year. The Quiet Riot Fringe is a bit of a taster prior to the main Quiet Riot event later in the year.  Entry is free with donations to The Meningitis Trust.

Here is the line up

8-8.20 Gone By Tomorrow

8.30-8.50 Spyplane

9-9.20 Chris Pope

9.30-9.50 Joanne Louise Parker

10-10.30 White Wave Drift


Thursday 11th July

Hot Numbers Coffee House, Gwydir Street, Cambridge – 8 – 10pm

A great art and coffee venue on Gwydir Street, a place close to my heart as I used to live in the same street! They have lots of lovely works of art, fabulous coffee and free WiFi! Entry is free with a hat for donations.

(Picture taken by Mike Houghton at Local and Live)


We miss you Ludgvan Church Town

So, we are back from a quick visit down to Cornwall and we enjoyed every minute.  A massive thank you to those who came along to my “Unplugged and Intimate” gig in the Murley Hall on Saturday night.

Thank you for being part of and giving feedback on my little acoustic experiment.  Our musical event raised £100 to put in the pot with the rest of the weekend’s fundraising – a drop in sea off Cornwall compared to the £2,300 raised during the rest of the open gardens weekend.

Thank you to my cousins who put up with me filming them and taking their picture all the time.    I am now in edit mode .  Watch this space – a flowery musical sort of film will follow!  In the meantime, here’s a picture of some Sempervivums we saw on the way round!

Unplugged in Cornwall


Team JLP (.. that’ll be my friend Catherine, the dog and I) are off down to Cornwall next weekend to do a special charity gig in aid of 2 very good causes as part of the Ludgvan Open Village event.

The small village of Ludgvan, perched up on a hill near Penzance,  will be opening 16 of its gardens to the public during the May bank holiday weekend.   I will be doing a small unplugged concert in the Murley Hall on Saturday 4th May.

Tickets are £6.00 and limited to 30 due to the very bijou size of the venue.

So, if you happen to find yourself at the bottom pointy left hand end of Britain next weekend and fancy coming along, please call Jane on 01736 740991 for tickets.

All the proceeds from the concert and the open village will  go to The Cornwall Wildlife Trust and ACE (Aid Conservation through Education).