Reviews for Settle Down (Live DVD)

18 hours ago

Henry Priestman

Sorry for repost - forgot that when you share a video someone's posted, it doesn't always share the often relevant accompanying message (how annoying!).
Anyway, Les Glover & I had such fun doing this 50th birthday celebration Zoom Housegig the other week..all but 2 of them had never heard of us before, but it went so well, even "the yoof" (not our normal demographic 😉 ) enjoyed it...witness Briony's heartfelt message and kind review below.....message me if interested.
"When people say '#SupportTheArts', they mean it. It's vital. From my end, the film I was meant to commence in May, has now been pushed back to next year, along with other projects. I have had no paid acting work this year and no 'survival' job since March. However, I still have to pay Equity fees, Spotlight fees etc. I am so grateful to have a wee bit of support...many don't. If you can book an artist to perform for a special online....please do! My parents booked the wonderful Henry Priestman and Les Glover for an online Zoom gig for Mum's 50th. We all had a wonderful evening and such good fun, even though we were all stuck at home. Here's a song Les performed....usually performs it for children, but it was about our 'level' 😉 It was great fun!"
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5 days ago

Henry Priestman

#HensJukebox #1
Bolstered by reaction to last night's post about the songwriting workshops I did at Huntsham Court from 1995-2002, I've had a search on Youtube and found a few songs I co-wrote there that actually got released..here's one of them:
Esthero's "Nearly Civilised", which became the theme for X-Box Bond game (Pierce Brosnan era) "Night Fire"...[never played it, any good?]...written by Esthero, Paul Alex Campbell and me.
They even flew me and Paul out to Canada to record/produce it...them were't days! 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8wh8RwNj7g
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6 days ago

Henry Priestman

Overwhelmed by another FB friend's kindness (Mr David Jarvis), who sent me this wonderful boxset he's put together (5 CDs and 2 DVDs, and 8 page booklet!!!).
A bit of background...
From 1995-2002 I attended EMI Music Publisher's annual songwriting workshop at Huntsham Court in Devon, a fabulous rambling hotel, no locks on room doors, honesty bar, no phones or mobile reception, no distractions...magical place.
It lasted a week, the idea being you'd work in three's, writing a song a day, and then (this was the scary but fun bit) having to perform the song after the evening meal (which was filmed/recorded).
I got to write with some amazing people: Kirsty MacColl, Sia, Desmond Child, Suggs, Eleanor McEvoy, Lamont Dozier, Graham Gouldman, Jamie Petrie, Miles Benedict, Caroline Lavelle, Katie Cook, Natasha Brice, Peter Cox, Richard Drummie, Paul Alex Campbell, Michael Harwood, Nick Keynes, Claire Worrall, Cathy Dennis, Steve Balsamo, Anthony Kavanagh, Esthero and many others...and it definitely changed the way I write, I learned so much from all these people.
So... I get a message on Facebook earlier this year from above-mentioned David Jarvis (who's been sorting out Graham Gouldman's massive archive) looking for any songs that Graham and I might have recorded together (after we met at Huntsham we've written quite a few times in the past 20 years).
I dug out many songs I'd forgotten about, but being such a hoarder, I also found original lyrics, letters, even a 1996 Q article about Huntsham Writing Week, and David's put it all together in a booklet to accompany this magnificent package.
Oh, and he's also manage to digitize ALL the videos I had of the evening performances, of Graham and myself, together and with others.
This'll keep me amused during lockdown #2 🙂
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