Blurry eyed blog - day???

I just wanted to update the world domination blog while  the others are sleeping.

2 days to update you on but will try and keep it brief.

Travelling into Birmingham we arrived at Ort cafe to be greeted by the lovely Josie, who runs the place with a few friends and volunteers. An Old print works from back in the day the venue was yet another stunning building with acres of character. (It was massive) We spent most of the day between the community cafe and at Adam and Josie’s place (our generous hosts) talking about music and sharing Youtube videos… (Mainly comedy films from the rubber bandits and the lonely island guys)

Anyway later that night apprehensive as usual we were pleasantly surprised to be playing to a sufficiently filled warm friendly room of people, except for maybe one guy who didn’t like my fact about Birmingham supermarkets, but he soon disappeared.

Anyway, Dave (the ultimate accompanist) Little played some blinding guitar and then even managed to jump on the house piano to add an almost gospel feel to my song Treading Water. Jack went on to deliver his brilliant blend of story telling humour and skilfully arranged folk songs and we felt warmed as we both received a really great response from the Birmingham gathering.

The hat was passed, a few CDs were sold and we headed off into the rain to our beds for the night… New friends made and another place we would love to return to. 

Heading for Bolton on Wednesday with the soundtrack from our host Adams brilliant folk band “The old dance school” playing, we had our usual conversation of “I wonder who will show up tonight?” The road sign that read Bolton A666 could have been taken as a bad omen but fortunately I’m not superstitious, the rain cleared and the sun created a stunning backdrop to the north that I really wasn’t expecting.

Once again we were greeted by the landlord and lady of The Railway in Bolton, John and Hilary, who were very obviously massive music lovers. The whole venue was like a giant shrine to all things great about music and rock n roll. A fantastic place! 
A hand picked selection of 6 hours of classic music videos ranging from The Band, Nick Drake, Neil Young and our mate Robert Vincent kept us constantly distracted by the big screen in the corner. John should have his own cable TV music channel it was a choice mix.

What is really evident and reassuring about every place we have played so far is that there are still plenty of venues with owners that genuinely really care about live original music and will go out of their way to make it work, long may it last.

The night saw Jack and Dave welcome some old friends to watch us play and when things got going even the folks around the bar (who didn’t pay to come in) sided their way closer and closer along the bar as both Jack and ourselves offered out our selections of songs and stories. 

Rounded off with some great conversation, having again made some new friends, we necked a  few more pints and were given 3 bottles of “Elbow” ale to send us on our way…the band Elbow (from just down the road) have their own ale called “Build a rocket boys!” reminding both Dave and I that maybe we should follow up our idea to make Small Town Cider when we get home! 

Thanks for taking the time to read my blurry eyed ramblings. Better wake the guys up in a bit…today we head for Leek!

Blurry eyed blog - day???

I just wanted to update the world domination blog while the others are sleeping.

2 days to update you on but will try and keep it brief.

Travelling into Birmingham we arrived at Ort cafe to be greeted by the lovely Josie, who runs the place with a few friends and volunteers. An Old print works from back in the day the venue was yet another stunning building with acres of character. (It was massive) We spent most of the day between the community cafe and at Adam and Josie’s place (our generous hosts) talking about music and sharing Youtube videos… (Mainly comedy films from the rubber bandits and the lonely island guys)

Anyway later that night apprehensive as usual we were pleasantly surprised to be playing to a sufficiently filled warm friendly room of people, except for maybe one guy who didn’t like my fact about Birmingham supermarkets, but he soon disappeared.

Anyway, Dave (the ultimate accompanist) Little played some blinding guitar and then even managed to jump on the house piano to add an almost gospel feel to my song Treading Water. Jack went on to deliver his brilliant blend of story telling humour and skilfully arranged folk songs and we felt warmed as we both received a really great response from the Birmingham gathering.

The hat was passed, a few CDs were sold and we headed off into the rain to our beds for the night… New friends made and another place we would love to return to.

Heading for Bolton on Wednesday with the soundtrack from our host Adams brilliant folk band “The old dance school” playing, we had our usual conversation of “I wonder who will show up tonight?” The road sign that read Bolton A666 could have been taken as a bad omen but fortunately I’m not superstitious, the rain cleared and the sun created a stunning backdrop to the north that I really wasn’t expecting.

Once again we were greeted by the landlord and lady of The Railway in Bolton, John and Hilary, who were very obviously massive music lovers. The whole venue was like a giant shrine to all things great about music and rock n roll. A fantastic place!
A hand picked selection of 6 hours of classic music videos ranging from The Band, Nick Drake, Neil Young and our mate Robert Vincent kept us constantly distracted by the big screen in the corner. John should have his own cable TV music channel it was a choice mix.

What is really evident and reassuring about every place we have played so far is that there are still plenty of venues with owners that genuinely really care about live original music and will go out of their way to make it work, long may it last.

The night saw Jack and Dave welcome some old friends to watch us play and when things got going even the folks around the bar (who didn’t pay to come in) sided their way closer and closer along the bar as both Jack and ourselves offered out our selections of songs and stories.

Rounded off with some great conversation, having again made some new friends, we necked a few more pints and were given 3 bottles of “Elbow” ale to send us on our way…the band Elbow (from just down the road) have their own ale called “Build a rocket boys!” reminding both Dave and I that maybe we should follow up our idea to make Small Town Cider when we get home!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blurry eyed ramblings. Better wake the guys up in a bit…today we head for Leek!


Day 5 and we had a great gig at The Sound house in Leicester last night having had one of the best curries i have ever tasted beforehand. Incidentally we found out that the venue we played has got  a “Hollywood style” tile on the floor dedicated to “Englebert Humberdink!!” who apparently… Wait for it…..lived in Leicester!!!

So the tweeting of unusual local facts is not only proving to be a great source of local knowledge but is also giving me some great banter between songs, something that Jack Harris is an absolute master at!

Big thanks to those that made the effort to come and see us last night. We had a Dermot converted fan at the show, so thanks again Dermot for the airplay… It’s working, also her friend gave me an excellent fact about Birmingham (where we are playing tonight at Orts Cafe) But you’ll have to wait for our excellent fact tour tweets later. Hmmm, EX fact tour (something in that :) Thanks again for wasting ten minutes of your day to read my blurry eyed blog. 
Hope to see you at a gig near you soon. Jim

Day 5 and we had a great gig at The Sound house in Leicester last night having had one of the best curries i have ever tasted beforehand. Incidentally we found out that the venue we played has got a “Hollywood style” tile on the floor dedicated to “Englebert Humberdink!!” who apparently… Wait for it…..lived in Leicester!!!

So the tweeting of unusual local facts is not only proving to be a great source of local knowledge but is also giving me some great banter between songs, something that Jack Harris is an absolute master at!

Big thanks to those that made the effort to come and see us last night. We had a Dermot converted fan at the show, so thanks again Dermot for the airplay… It’s working, also her friend gave me an excellent fact about Birmingham (where we are playing tonight at Orts Cafe) But you’ll have to wait for our excellent fact tour tweets later. Hmmm, EX fact tour (something in that :) Thanks again for wasting ten minutes of your day to read my blurry eyed blog.
Hope to see you at a gig near you soon. Jim


Capturing moments.

My inability to lie in due to having a body clock severely damaged by little people means the STJ tour blog will most likely be updated in the early hours so forgive my blurry eyed meanderings but I thought some of you might be interested in what we are up to on the road.

Just to back up a couple of days - The Small town Jones world domination tour began in Woolacombe last Friday. The only show of the tour featuring the full band and Peter Bruntnell on bass although I’m not sure everyone expected to be entertained so much by Pedros comedy antics an added bonus for some ;)

The house concert in Hove was another very memorable evening which I’m sure we will look back on as one of the highlights of this tour. Great hosts, great listening crowd and FREE Harvey’s bitter on tap all night!! Perfect combination.

Last night we were introduced to some new music in Brighton at the Another lazy Sunday show playing alongside - Phillious Williams among others who left me really looking forward to hearing them again when we play together in Hoxton Square bar next Sunday on our closing night.

We are now on the M25 (Dave is driving) on the road to Leicester. We play the Sound house tonight where we will be joined by the brilliant Jack Harris…and we will be playing together for the next 5 nights. It’s been a really good star. Hoping for more of the same, look forward to seeing some of you on the road. Cheers Jim


Glass of fire warmed red!! Home mmmmm :)

Glass of fire warmed red!! Home mmmmm :)


Here it is…the very exciting news of a joint headline tour with Jack Harris in November.
Please share the news and order your tickets from www.wegottickets.com
Thanks for the love.

Here it is…the very exciting news of a joint headline tour with Jack Harris in November.

Please share the news and order your tickets from www.wegottickets.com

Thanks for the love.


For those that haven’t seen this yet!!


Album launch video


No man is really an Island more like a freight ship
Trying to do all he can just to stay afloat
Filling up his whole life with things he’s not needing
Taking on too much weights gonna sink the boat…

Title track from new Small Town Jones Album.
Described by Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2 as Annoyingly Good which led to STJ being invited on his show to play the live long saturday sessions on December 3rd this year. Dermot has been championing the track and us ever since. Freight ships (single) now available to download on iTunes, Amazon mp3 and Bandcamp. (via website www.smalltownjones.com)


Small town jones - what you are - the making of freight ships


Album launch- Feb 4th - 7.30 - £6 - The Factory - Petroc - Barnstaple - please share.

Album launch- Feb 4th - 7.30 - £6 - The Factory - Petroc - Barnstaple - please share.