Hello My Pretties! Welcome to my site.
I love my music, and I've had great fun since 2008 playing at open mic nights in the Maidenhead area (pictured left at Matt Bond's open mic evening at The Vine pub in March 2010).
I was inpsired to play live by my friend Julie (who also plays and sings with me at open mic nights), and I haven't looked back since - it's really improved my confidence. It's always fun coming up with new material, and finding out which songs lend themselves to an acoustic performance (and which sometimes don't!).
I do a fair bit of Beatles stuff, although I've also attempted 'Ashes to Ashes' by Bowie, and even Frankie Goes to Hollywood, to name a couple!
You always get a really supportive crowd, and it amazes me how many great musicians there are out there who just turn up at these events and play.
Back in 2008 I finished working on an album... it's a selection of cover versions in an 'acoustic' stylee and entitled 'Coincidently' (cover pictured right), which I put onto CD (thanks Phil, Kev and Jules for your assistance).
It was recorded on 4-track on my old Tascam cassette portastudio - I have an intention to upgrade to a digtial studio set-up and record some more material soon... watch this space!
On this site:
Check out the Gallery - Me Thru the Years page to see some 'choice' photos of me in my childhood and beyond...
Myself & Sam, 2005
My son Sam has his very own page of Sam Stuff
I've also created a page depicting a photo of him taken for each year of his life thus far in Gallery - Sam Thru the Years.
My mother passed away suddenly in Sept 2005 - and by way of a small tribute to her, I've assembled a photo-biog of her life in Mum's Photo-Biography Part 1 (covering the years 1936-64), and Mum's Photo-Biography Part 2 (1964-2005).
I've sub-divided it into Childhood Years & Rutland Court Years on the 1st page and Maidenhead Years on the 2nd, as these headings seem to naturally present the different stages of her life. One surprsing side-effect of having this tribute was when I was contacted by the Scholastic Publishing Group of Canada (towards the end of 2009) requesting permission use one of my mum's school portrait photos on the front cover of one of their forthcoming 'Coming to Canada' children's books! I was thrilled by their interest, and agreed to let them use the photo. The book is due to be published soon - more details when I have them.
My mum, Christine Cann
On the page In the Beginning, I've put a few photos & info about my grandparents/greatgrandparents etc., & also added some stuff about my dad. Putting it together & delving into my ancestry has been a bit like that TV show 'Who Do You Think You Are'... it seems many other people enjoy this subject too.
Back in 2003 I became interested in the concept of Urban Exploration... inspired by my belated re-discovery of Maidenhead's former maternity hospital (the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital [CRX] where I was born) in a very derelict and sad state. I also discovered a fascinating and indispensible website devoted to the ruined hospital called The Shrine. I became so interested in this, I created an entire page on this site to display my photos from my various explorations there. It's all the more interesting now that this building has been completely demolished to make way for a housing estate. There seems to be a huge amount of interest in the hospital (judging by feedback I've received) and in urban exploration in general - my friend Adrian recently went out with a group of fellow-explorers to Chernobyl for an organized tour of the abandoned (and radioactive!) site. Anyway, feel free to view some of my photos on CRXploration.
Some of my favourite things are on my Faves page. It's very long... but I just can't help rambling on (as Led Zep once said). I've basically listed all my favourite TV shows, films, songs & albums on here for anyone who's interested... I guess this kind of self-indulgence has now been superseded by Facebook!
Finally, once you've viewed the site, please feel free to say Hello (& leave a comment if you wish) & sign my Guestbook. The more the merrier! Thanks to everyone who's left messages so far. And if you wish to pm me, then:
Thanks, and enjoy!
A big thanks to Emma Watson, for it was she who originally inspired me to create my own website. Thanks also to Phil Hargreaves, whose expertise and computer wizardry has been invaluable(!), and for very kindly loaning me his scanner so I could upload all the images on this site. (Also thanks to anyone who's taken the trouble to log on here to read my ramblings!) Thanks to my son Sam - you're THE BEST!! And finally, thanks to my wonderful Mum, who very suddenly and sadly passed away in Sept 05. I dedicate this site to her... she's read these pages, and never stopped inspiring me. She also never got fed up of hearing me rambling on ad nauseum about the CRX and other obscure stuff! Miss you mum so much xx