Two Minutes To Midnight! Keith Thompson Blog

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all feeling great and not too stressed with the run up to Christmas! As promised, I haven’t bombarded you this year with blog after blog. It has been a very busy year for me with lots of gigs, festivals and recording projects. Keeping head above water!grodkowskie-dni-kultury-2016-1

This pic was taken during the Polish tour earlier in the year. Still rockin’ after all these years!

On the recording front, as well as commissioned recordings I have been working on new material. I  started off  recording  as many of my songs as I could.
I ended up with 50+ songs, but what seemed to be emerging was
an acoustic blues/rock album to follow on from my earlier release,
“Steel Strings And Bruised Reed”. So I whittled it down to 15 tracks and “Two Minutes To Midnight” is the result. I played most of the instruments myself; guitars, piano, drums, percussion, bass, ukulele, blues harp…just whatever I felt it needed at the time. It isn’t officially on release in the UK until March 2017 but I am offering physical copies ahead of the release date to all supporters of mine. Just click on the link:

Two Minutes To Midnight

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Live stuff!? Yep….I am about to go off on a short European tour. It is a solo acoustic venture which ties in well with the material going around my head at the moment. Here are the dates:

Thurs 10th. Katie Fitzgerald’s, Stourbridge, UK
Wed 23rd Alte Muhle, Scharnitz, Austria
Thurs 24th 8304.bar, Wallisellen, Switzerland
Fri 25th Dolder 2, Feuerthanlen, Switzerland
Sat 26th Chlini Buni, Sumizwald, Switzerland
Sun 27th Esse Music bar, Winterthur, Switzerland
Mon 28th Cafe-Museum, Passau, Germany
Tues 29th Alphonso’s Live Music Club, Franz-Str. 5 Freiheit,Munich, Germany

Ahead of this is an EP containing my Christmas single, “Christmas Time Again“.

It is totally free to download but you can tip me as the title suggests! Here is the link:

Go Ahead Tip Me, It’s Christmas!

christmastime-again

I have thrown in a few new songs for good measure. All songs are self-penned and every instrument except the violin on “Innocence” is played by myself and recorded in Gloucestershire UK. I did drag in my old mate Gary Hunt to do backing vocals on, “Transcendence” and “In For The Kill”. The violin is played by Nick Gibbs. I deliberately chose songs that were a little bit away from my usual blues box. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Also I have been selling bundles CD’s at a discount rate in the run up to Christmas so I will mention it again here.

Which CDs
Catch the Fire & Steel Strings £16.00 GBP
Catch the Fire & Snapshot £16.00 GBP
Steel Strings & Snapshot £16.00 GBP

ALBUMS

Finally……had a bit of fun with this video for the Christmas single!

Christmas Time Again Video

I probably won’t be communicating again now until 2017 so all that remains if for me to wish you all an amazing Christmas and a successful, happy and prosperous New Year!

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Keith Thompson Band Gigs

Keith Thompson Band

Thursday 28th April – KEITH THOMPSON BAND – 
The Stables, Wavendon

Stockwell Lane, MK17 8LU Milton Keynes
Tickets: £10 in advance or £12 on the door from: Stables box office
Keith Thompson Band are inviting you to “Catch The Fire” at The Stables, Milton Keynes. The Stables Stage 2 is a wonderful, comfortable, studio style venue….a great way to get the full experience of a band on top form!
If you like soaring blues/rock guitar back by phenomenal rhythm section and original songwriting….you won’t want to miss this!

Keith and his band, featuring members of Roy Wood. band and the Climax Blues band, have been performing in mainland Europe for more than 20 years where they are well known to a large blues following as an exciting live band.

This year Keith completed his eighth blues/rock album, Catch the Fire, which features Buddy Whittington and rising star Laurence Jones. front-page-1.jpg

Keith Thompson Band 2
Friday May 6th – KEITH THOMPSON BAND
Keighly Blues Club – Keighley Blues Club

KEIGHLEY COUGARS RLFC, HALL OF FAME BAR, ROYD INGS AVENUE, KEIGHLEY BD21 3RF

26th May – 5th June – Poland Tour (KTB)

27th May Kozmin Wielkopolski POLAND

28th May Kielce, POLAND
29th May Garwolin, POLAND

31st May Gdansk, POLAND
1st June Olsztyn, POLAND

2nd June Wegorzewo, POLAND
3rd June Kolbudy, POLAND

4th June Griokow, POLAND
5th June Chojnow, POLAND

26th June. Brasshouse, Broad Steet, Birmingham UK. (KTB)

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Keith Thompson Blog No1 2016

Hi Everyone.

Hope you are all well.

So as to not innundate you, I have been saving up my news for this bumper edition of my blog!

QUICK SCAN OF DATES:

On stage from behindP

April

Weds 6th. Vonnies, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham (solo acoustic set – opening for Papa George Band)

Thurs 7th. The Beehive, Swindon (solo acoustic set)

Thurs 28th. The Stables (Stage 2) Milton Keynes
(Keith Thompson Band)

May/June

Friday 6th Keighley Blues Club (Keith Thompson Band)

27th May – 5th June – Poland Tour (Keith Thompson Band)

27th May Kozmin Wielkopolski POLAND

28th May Kielce, POLAND
29th May Garwolin, POLAND

31st May Gdansk, POLAND
1st June Olsztyn, POLAND

2nd June Wegorzewo, POLAND
3rd June Kolbudy, POLAND

4th June Griokow, POLAND
5th June Chojnow, POLAND

 

26th June. Brasshouse, Broad Steet, Birmingham (Keith Thompson Band)

If you are in the vicinity of any of these gigs…we would love to see you!

Tickets for The Stables, Milton Keynes on 28th April from: The Stables  £10 in advance.

OTHER NEWS

This year got off to a slow start but is really busy now. I have a number of projects on the go…the art of juggling is still very much alive!

  • I have gigs, festivals and tours planned for the band (Keith Thompson Band)
  • Solo acoustic gigs are also building including a stint in Switzerland
  • I have been recording new band and solo material.
  • I have been doing a lot of recording of guitar and vocal parts for various projects in my studio. Much of which have been online sessions done by file sharing. I love it…don’t even have to leave my house!
  • A little bit of one to one teaching guitar.
  • Guesting on guitar for other artists/bands, makes for an interesting musical life!

Keep checking the web site for updates: Density Music

Also join me on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook   Twitter

KT in control room 2

MUSINGS

I was recently asked if I would be interviewed on a local BBC radio station as part of Live Music Venue week. I actually had never heard of it but I accepted the invitation to be interviewed and to play a live song on air. It seems that venues in Gloucestershire had never heard of it either as none of them signed up! Still……it got me thinking! What are the best venues and why is it that so many music venues are closing their doors? Are people not interested in live music anymore? What must promoters and artists do to attract an audience?

Well here are some of my conclusions.

We all know that since the beginning of the recession in the UK and beyond to some extent…many businesses have been struggling. People have been tightening their belts. Coupled with an ongoing sourge of people that think music should be free! Free downloads, free gigs etc. Also, there are thousands of bands all trying to play the same venues which means it’s a buyers market. Promoters are willing to pay less or nothing at all….they still won’t have a problem finding a band to fill the slot. It’s a changing world, there is no doubt about it.

But hang on…..I remember the 70’s. A period of time revered by many as the heyday of rock! But it wasn’t any easier then! There were always too many bands….maybe more venues but I don’t remember much money changing hands!

Ok I have been playing professionally for 40+ years.Yes along the way I have had a few other jobs but my focus has always been on music. In the music business I have engineered for a busy recording studio, I have done front of house sound for large tours, I have humped gear around for bands and PA companies, I have worked for a record company on licensing and copyrights. I have run my own label, my own band, designed my web site, grappled with social media, promotion, advertising, jounalism. You name it, I have done it!

None of it is easy! It’s not meant to be…or else anyone could do it. Problem is….almost anyone can pass themselves off as professional musician these days following the hype of programmes like the X-factor….but don’t get me started on that!

So the questions still remain…how do we attract more people to gigs?

In my experience, the best club venues that attract a loyal audience have five things going for them.

a) They have a good host. Someone who the potential audience warm to and want to support

b)They always pick quality acts. Not necessarilly the so called “name” acts. But it is the feel-good factor you are looking for. If people come along and have a great time they are more likely to come back. Consequently it goes without saying they may think twice if for some reason they are not so pleased.

c) Organisation. It has to be good for bands and punters. Things should be set up on time, the stage clear etc. (How many times have I arrived at gigs only to find the stage cluttered with tables, chairs and goodness knows what?)

d)The venue has to be pleasant. By that I mean, places to sit, pleasant surroundings….not beer sodden carpets etc….most folk these days want decent loos and good surroundings for their money!

e) Last but not least. The sound has to be good. The average person may not be able to tell you if the sound is bad…they will just blame the band!

People obviously still go to big live shows and they pay a lot for tickets! But I do think that many have lost faith in the middle ground gigs because, sometimes it hasn’t always been a great experience. The average age of the gig going public is older 40+! That’s the way it is…..young people have far more interesting things to do…such as Facebook and Instagram! (just a joke!)

So that is why I am a stickler for high standards. I want to give the best possible performance on every level. It is my belief that the tide will eventually turn!

Just a few thoughts….what do you think? Any views?…..Meanwhile I continue to have a blast making music. Look forward to catching up with you somewhere!

Keith Thompson

On Fire front catch

PS: If you would like further information on any of the above…..interested in an online guitar session on your recording….the Keith Thompson Band etc. then drop us a line: keith@densitymusic.com

 

 

 

 

NEW single, “Music Plays All Night” OUT NOW!…

NEW single, “Music Plays All Night” OUT NOW!…Available to download from CDbaby. (available on other sites too but this is the best and most direct). Apart from backing vocals by Robyn Bobalina James, I (KT) did everything else on this track! Go on….it doesn’t cost much to download it and give it a spin! http://cdbaby.com/cd/keiththompson25

If you like this….check out all my other albums either on CDbaby or our own web site: http://www.densitymusic.com/Albums.htm

Keith Thompson Blog – No2 2015

Hi….Well it appears that summer is officially over here in the UK, but it was a great two weeks! We did manage to squeeze in a few festivals that didn’t get rained off! Notably, Gloucester Blues Festival, Radford Mill Festival (Near Bath) and Foxstock (Near Oxford). But….to get the real sunshine we had to go to Switzerland! The Magic Blues Festival lived up to it’s name. On stage from behindP Fantastic festival in a beautiful setting. Mind you….big isn’t always great…we came back to the UK and did a small blues club in Wotton Under Edge which was a real blast! The audience was up for it from the moment we kicked off and a surprise appearance by saxophonist Patsy Gamble (long time muso friend) just added to the occasion.

Always fun to play in Gloucester too as it is literally about 8 miles down the road for me….not for my band of course but they are world weary travellers! I like to do my bit for the “local” festival. This year I played on three separate occasions. Once with my band on the new stage….pictured. Courtyard1

And then again, solo at Peppers and at the fountain as guitarist for “Alter Ego”. I guess you could say I played 4 times if you count the time when I was invited up on stage with Stuart Earl! Only went out for a quiet drink! Oh and I almost forgot…..Mark Cole and I did our bit on “live” radio to plug the event so uhmmm that’s 5 times then!

Here is a pic of us performing at Foxstock, Burfurd.

Foxstock

Coming up soon a mini tour in Switzerland and a mini tour of Poland. It will be great to re-visit these well trodden pathways!

I’ve lost count of how many tours of Switzerland I have done over the years and I have seen the length and breadth of Poland….mostly from inside a people carrier!

Media

Had a fair bit of media attention recently, magazine coverage and radio plays in particular. Following the article in Classic Rock’s sister magazine, “The Blues”, a rock magazine called “Fireworks” did an interview with me which was published this month. Thought it might be an interesting read for some of you so here it is in full below:

How did you become involved in this crazy world of music?

Well, I was 5 years old when I started playing so I can’t actually
remember a time when I didn’t play the guitar. By the time I was 14, I was
playing in pubs and clubs. It’s just a big part of who I am. My first real
professional stint was around 1978 in Germany. We had to play five 45
minute sets every night, 6 nights a week! That soon sorts out the men from
the boys! When I came back to the UK I formed a band with Mick (Wurzel)
Burston who later joined Motorhead. All the time, the desire to do my own
thing was growing.

Who are your inspirations and what was the inspiration behind the album?

All through my teens I was like a sponge soaking up all the early
blues/rock pioneers, Clapton, Hendrix, Beck, Kossoff, Peter Green and Rory
Gallagher. Rory was a big influence back then. He had such a range of
tricks that you could try and emulate. Believe it or not, ‘Catch the Fire’
is my 8th album. I have been playing largely on the blues circuit but I
wanted to return to a more rocky feel without totally losing the blues.
It’s a fairly raw album and easy to reproduce ‘live’. The songs are a
collection of my songs about life, love, anger, passion etc. and I
realized there was a lot of references to fire. Hence the title.

Could you tell our readers about the band and what makes you different
from other artists?

It’s a flexible line up but usually the band consists these days of Roy
Adams on drums and Neil Simpson on bass guitar and myself on guitar and
vocals. Roy and Neil are both seasoned pros. They are also in Climax Blues
Band and Roy Wood’s current line up. I think what is different about us,
especially within the blues circuit is that we do original material.
Obviously there are other bands doing this but I think we have our own
take on it. It’s very song based so the performances, solos etc. are all
there to enhance the song, rather than the song being there as purely a
vehicle for the guitar solo.

Tell me about the album?
Where was it recorded who produced it and how long did the process take?

‘Catch the Fire’ is really my baby. So I wrote the songs, mostly recorded
and produced it, put it out on my label. Haha Real DIY! It is a collection
of songs that I have been mulling over for some time with a few ‘live’
favourites thrown in for good measure. We started work on the album in
early 2014. We did live rhythm section takes in a studio called FFG in
Gloucestershire and then I took all the files back to my small studio and
worked on the tracks in my own time. It was recorded in spare time in
between ‘live’ shows and other commitments and took the best part of a
year to complete. The icing on the cake was getting guest guitarists Buddy
Whittington from Texas and our own UK young gun Laurence Jones to play on
a couple of tracks.

What’s in store for the future?

More touring I hope. We have few festivals in the summer including a nice
one called ‘The Magic Blues Festival’ in Switzerland and the schedule is
growing. Ultimately I would like to do some gigs where I expand the band a
bit, bringing in keyboards and even horn section maybe on occasions. I
would like to introduce new music at some point but there is still a lot
of life left in this album I want to get as many people as I can to hear
it.

“Catch the Fire”

If you haven’t already bought the new album…..you won’t regret it! You can order direct from: Density Music front-small.jpg

“Catch the Fire” has been very well received. Here’s are some comments:

“Keith Thompson Band are just amazing, their latest album is one of the best I’ve heard this summer!” – DJ Phil England (Bro radio FM)

“Catch the Flame” is a great album by a major talent on the current blues scene. Peter Clack (Blues In Britain)

He knows how to nail a groove and deliver superb guitar playing across this album. Here we do have a British blues band offering us a quality not often associated with self-released UK blues-rock albums, and a guitarist who should be heard. Simon Redley (Blues & Soul)

If you prefer digital formats: CDbaby or Itunes

Snapshot Of Reality

There has also been a slight resurgence of interest in the previous “live” album. This is also available from: Density Music

“If passion is your thing, if it’s the be all and end all and makes the nights hanging by an amplifier, dry ice clinging to your lungs like a wet December fog and a guitar playing a sweet serenade of honest love and toiled emotion, then the Keith Thompson Band’s live album, Snapshot of Reality, is one in which to count the ways in which to adore your love of music.”

Ian D. Hall (Liverpool Sound & Vision)

Live gigs – I have included extra curricular activities, such as playing guitar for “Alter Ego” and “Moses Wiggins”.  This is how it’s looking at the moment:

September
Sat 5th. The George, Newent (KT with Alter Ego)
Thurs 10th. The Beehive, Swindon (KT solo acoustic).

Fri 25th. Broomfield Blues, Broomfield Tavern, Coventry (KTB)
Sat 26th. The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham (Alter Ego)

October
Fri 2nd Tythe Barn, Bishops Cleeve (PRIVATE)
Sat 10th The Blue lagoon, Bristol (Alter Ego)
Mini Swiss Tour (KTB)
Thurs 15th S’Gweolb, Watt-Regensdorf, Switzerland (KTB)
Fri 16th Dukes, Sihlbrugg, Switzerland (KTB)
Sat 17th Lihn, Filzbach, Switzerland (KTB)

Sat 24th Old Neighbourhood Inn, Chalford (Alter Ego)
Sat 31st Brasenose Arms, Chropredy, Oxon (KTB)

November
Sun 1st Lichfield Vaults, Hereford (KT with Alter Ego – 4.30pm)
Fri 6th Peppers, Bull lane, Gloucester (KT with Moses Wiggins)
Sat 7th. Oddington Church, Nr Stow. (KT with Moses Wiggins)
Fri 13th. Batsford Arboretum (KT with Moses Wiggins TBC.)
19th – 22nd Mini Poland Tour (KTB)
19th Warsaw, Poland (KTB)
20th Sokolow Podlaski, Poland (KTB)
21st Ciechanow, Poland (KTB)
22nd Nowe, Centrum Kultury, Poland (KTB)

December
Fri 4th. Marrs Bar, Pierpoint St., Worcester (KTB)
Sat 5th New Inn, Pershore (Alter Ego)
Fri 11th Brewery Blues, Kings Head, Cirencester (KTB)

Keith Thompson Blog – No1 2015

Hi……This is the first blog of 2015! I left you alone for a while! If you haven’t already bought the new album…..you won’t regret it! You can order direct from: Density Music front-small.jpg“Catch the Fire” has been very well received. Here’s are some comments:

“Keith Thompson Band are just amazing, their latest album is one of the best I’ve heard this summer!” – DJ Phil England (Bro radio FM)

“Catch the Flame” is a great album by a major talent on the current blues scene. Peter Clack (Blues In Britain)

He knows how to nail a groove and deliver superb guitar playing across this album. Here we do have a British blues band offering us a quality not often associated with self-released UK blues-rock albums, and a guitarist who should be heard. Simon Redley (Blues & Soul)

Very pleased that we are riding high in the Reverbnation charts, (currently no. 8 in the UK) and we made it into the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) chart too for the first time.

If you prefer digital formats: CDbaby or Itunes

Snapshot Of Reality

There has also been a slight resurgence of interest in the previous “live” album. This is also available from: Density Music

“If passion is your thing, if it’s the be all and end all and makes the nights hanging by an amplifier, dry ice clinging to your lungs like a wet December fog and a guitar playing a sweet serenade of honest love and toiled emotion, then the Keith Thompson Band’s live album, Snapshot of Reality, is one in which to count the ways in which to adore your love of music.”

Ian D. Hall (Liverpool Sound & Vision)

The Music Biz

It’s no secret that “live” music and music in general is going through a lot of tough changes right now….severely effected by the current economic climate. I am diversifying like crazy these days in order to keep going but it is fun! I am guitarist in a cover band, called “Alter Ego”. I do solo acoustic gigs, and I also perform occasionally in a complete show incorporating the spoken word, music and video projection, under the name, “Moses Wiggins”. Of course, for me, the original music takes priority. Below is a list of confirmed dates. Keep checking the web site: Density Music as dates are added frequently.

GIGS

March

Wed 4th The Everyman Studio, Cheltenham (KT Solo acoustic)

Fri 27th Broomfield Tavern, Coventry (KTB)

April 

Fri 3rd The George, Newent (KT with Alter Ego)

 Sat 4th The Yew Tree, Dursley (KT with Alter Ego)

 Thurs 9th The Hop Pole, Bromsgrove (KTB)

 Sat 11th Old Neighbourhood Inn, Chalford (KT with Alter Ego)

 Fri 17th Didcot Red Hot Blues Club (KTB)

 Fri 24th Peppers, Bull Lane, Gloucester 6.00pm (KT with Moses Wiggins)

May

 Thurs 14th Egypt Mill, Nailsworth – PRIVATE (KT solo acoustic)

 Sun 31st. The Grapes, Stafford (KTB)

July

 Wed 15th Magic Blues Festival, Vallemaggia, Switzerland (KTB)

Thurs 30th Gloucester Blues Week, Peppers, Bull Lane, Gloucester 6.00pm (KT solo acoustic)

Fr 31st Blues At The Swan, Wotton Under Edge (KTB)

August

Sat 29th Foxstock Festival, Great Barrington, Oxfordshire (KTB onstage 8.00pm)

Synchronicity

Aside from the “live” work I also make “Library” music for TV/Radio/Film placement. You can sample some of this on here: Soundsynch

Back catalogue

I have been busy drawing a line under some old music too. I have uploaded almost the entire back catalogue to Bandcamp. It could be an interesting journey for some of you to see how I have progressed/diversified in the past! Bandcamp

Catch the Fire – Keith Thompson Band

Hi Everyone!

The album “Catch the Fire” has been very well received. Here’s are some comments:

“Keith Thompson Band are just amazing, their latest album is one of the best I’ve heard this summer!” – DJ Phil England (Bro radio FM)

“Catch the Flame” is a great album by a major talent on the current blues scene.
Peter Clack (Blues In Britain)

He knows how to nail a groove and deliver superb guitar playing across this album. Here we do have a British blues band offering us a quality not often associated with self-released UK blues-rock albums, and a guitarist who should be heard. Simon Redley (Blues & Soul)

Very pleased that we are riding high in the Reverbnation charts, (currently no. 8 in the UK) and we made it into the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) chart too for the first time.

lets do the vocal live
Lets do the vocals live!
Neil1
Neil Simpson
OK it goes like this
OK it goes like this! ….Roy Adams.
Playback
Playback. Mr Dave Pick at the helm.

Here are some pictures of the studio time including shots with Buddy Whittington & Laurence Jones.

Guitar
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Harp
Harp @ Densitymusic
Me & Buddy Lighter
Keith Thompson & Buddy Whittington

There will be more news of gigs/tours soon. Watch this space! …Thanks to all those who have been to see us live or bought the album….To order your copy… go to…

Me & Laurence lighter
Me & Laurence Jones

Density Music

Keith Thompson Band – Winter 2014

Hi…Well yes it is officially winter! The UK tour has long drawn to a close. It was a great and varied run of gigs. Due to availability it was a mixture of rhythm sections but it all worked extremely well. It was great to perform at the legendary Eel Pie Club in Twickenham as this is the place where many early pioneers of British blues started out….including the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds!

Swanage blues festival was also a blast, as was the Spider’s Web in Grimsby….and many of the other gigs in between…..Old favourites like the Marrs Bar in Worcester and the Robin 2 in Bilston.

The album “Catch the Fire” is doing really well with a lot of radio play and  favourable national reviews in the music magazines. This helped the release to edge it’s way into the IBBA chart!

Band
Gloucester

Here are some pictures from the tour:

Eel Pie KTB1
Eel Pie Club, Twickenham
The Legends
Ciren full res Above: Eel Pie Island Below: Cirencester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolly, Swindon
Swindon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read some of the reviews on the web site: DensityMusic/Reviews

Here’s are some comments:

“Keith Thompson Band are just amazing, their latest album is one of the best I’ve heard this summer!” – DJ Phil England (Bro radio FM)

“Catch the Flame” is a great album by a major talent on the current blues scene.
Peter Clack (Blues In Britain)

He knows how to nail a groove and deliver superb guitar playing across this album. Here we do have a British blues band offering us a quality not often associated with self-released UK blues-rock albums, and a guitarist who should be heard. Simon Redley (Blues & Soul)

Very pleased that we are riding high in the Reverbnation charts, (currently no. 8 in the UK) and we made it into the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) chart too for the first time.

lets do the vocal live
Lets do the vocals live!
Neil1
Neil Simpson
OK it goes like this
OK it goes like this! ….Roy Adams.
Playback
Playback. Mr Dave Pick at the helm.

Here are some pictures of the studio time including shots with Buddy Whittington & Laurence Jones.

Guitar
Densitymusic
Me & Buddy Lighter
Keith Thompson & Buddy Whittington

There will be more news of gigs/tours soon. Watch this space! …Thanks to all those who have been to see us live or bought the album….To order your copy… go to…Density Music

Me & Laurence lighter
Me & Laurence Jones

Looking forward to 2015. Hope to see you out there somewhere!

Keith Thompson