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Dirt Beneath Your Toes Video

September 10, 2012
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Scratchcards

September 6, 2012
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Scratchcards

I got into the habit of buying a No. 7 scratch card from the Tesco Metro on Lewisham Way along with my shopping. I’d put it in my back pocket, or tuck it in my wallet and savour the thought of what it might hold on the ten-minute walk home. You expect disappointment, while knowing there is a mug’s chance that there just might be a significant sum of money waiting for you under that rubbery silver coating. Quite often there would be two £100,000s revealed with one square to go. You take your time, placing the edge of...

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Summer in the City

August 30, 2012
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Cyclist in the City

Summer in the City Have you ever heard The Pharcyde’s Yo Mama? That is one funny, hard-grooving tune with terrible jokes about your mum being so fat… etc. The rapping in verse three is A1. Robbie and I played it to Andy and asked him to use the drum beat as a starting point for his own groove that we’d turn into a loop. We hit record, left him to it for half an hour and then picked the best couple of bits, one with ride cymbal for the middle eight and last verse, one with hats for the...

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Street Pianos

August 12, 2012
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St Mary-le-Bow Churchyard Street Piano

Fencebuilding, Live at St Mary-le-Bow Churchyard from Rob Marr on Vimeo.

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Summer in the City

July 13, 2012
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Street Piano, St Mary-le-Bow

I had to go to a conference on NHS Benchmarking in Soho Square last week. Not quite as dry as it sounds but it was still a relief to escape to the small patch of green and ping pong tables at lunch, my t-shirt streaked with grease from the fourth sandwich I didn’t need. Always hard not to plunder a buffet lunch. A Chinese man was tinkling on an upright piano in the square. It’s hard to communicate just how much I love pianos. It’s an instrument I’ve played in one form or another most days of my life...

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Grayson Perry’s Pots

June 14, 2012
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We decided to go elderflower picking this Sunday evening, to make cordial. Wending our way through Nunhead’s back streets in the rain we arrived at the cemetery where the elderflower trees grow. Most of the flowers had aphids though, tiny black eggs crusting the stems. Opposite the cemetery there’s a large underground reservoir surrounded by a 10-foot, spiky-topped fence. It looked like a promising place to find more trees. Someone had been kind enough to cut a hole through two of the metal slats, so we clambered through and walked up the side of the mound formed by the...

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Post Baby Blues

May 24, 2012
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Alice Gun

I saw my friend Alice Gun play last week. It was her first gig since having a baby nearly a year ago and in that time she’s gone from being a booze journalist who makes the most amazing White Russians and a musician, to being a booze journalist who makes the most amazing White Russians and a musician with a small child who relies on Alice and her husband for every facet of his existence. Thinking about it later on, I think I’d expected her performance to somehow reflect the routine and somewhat humdrum nature of child care. I...

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House Concerts

May 13, 2012
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Belgium House Concert pic

I did my first house concert in Brussels in Belgium last weekend. Belgium is two hours away by Eurostar but I’m not built along the lines that make carrying a wurly and an amp and all the other bits and bobs on the train a practical option. To be European about it, that’s at least 60 kilos of kit. So I drove, swearing at the London Bank Holiday traffic, kipping on a tiny ferry peopled by Eastern European truck drivers and finally bombing fast and easy along the E40/A10 into Brussels for 2am. The thinking behind doing gigs in...

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Getting Ready

January 24, 2012
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Wurly and Pedals

On Thursday night, for the first time in ages, I’ll be on stage, singing new songs with my beautiful cream and chrome Wurlitzer keyboard. I love that thing. I dug it up from eBay and had it repaired (it sustained a few injuries in transit) by a man with white hair who smokes rollies and tells stories in a fag-torn voice about playing with Jon Bonham the night before he died. Apparently he once left my friends’ mixing desk out in the rain. Anyhow, the wurly now lives happily in our kitchen, offering the chance of an enjoyable razz...

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Recording with Andy Newmark

November 25, 2011
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Recording at Andy's

I’ve spent the last couple of years working on a new album, with drums by Andy Newmark. Andy played in Sly and the Family Stone and with a ridiculous list of the very best in the business, from John Lennon and Randy Newman to BB King and Bryan Ferry. One of our sessions had a two-day break to accommodate a gig with Tom Jones, Dave Gilmour and Nick Cave. He’s rather good. Now I aspire to those heights but have enough self-awareness to insert at least a paragraph break between their names and mine. So how did I get...

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