More of Your Wedding Songs....
I've been absolutely overwhelmed with suggestions lately for a new batch of acoustic covers of your Wedding songs!! Not wanting to disappoint, I've started working on a few for you beautiful people! Here's one requested by Tracy, an absolute cracker and one I've had the privilege of singing several brides down the aisle to - enjoy my version of 'Don't Wanna Miss a Thing' by Aerosmith.
Weddings Weddings Weddings...
With Wedding season in full swing, I wanted to share with you a little video of one of the most memorable weddings I've had the privilege to play in recent years... The absolute carnage at the end of this video will show you the kind of energy that was present all day long! You couldn't wish for any more from a wedding, a beautiful venue, a fantastic group of people and some amazing weather to top it all off!
Enjoy my cover of the George Ezra track 'Pretty Shining People'.... Don't forget, my system is fully portable, can be moved around easily to play inside or outdoors, and runs off its own power supply, so wherever your venue - I've got your music covered! With my all day package I can provide the soundtrack to your ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, first dance and evening entertainment!
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A Truly Special Proposal....
With the recent launch of my new proposal package, I wanted to share this really special proposal gig I had the privilege of playing last week…
I was initially contacted by Dan, who was planning to propose to his partner and had the idea of popping the question in the place they first met - at a garden party near Cambridge. Little did Dan know, the original occupants of the house had since moved and the property was now occupied by new owners - and complete strangers to Dan! Undeterred, he took a chance and knocked on the door to introduce himself to the new owners and share his dream proposal ideas with them. They agreed to lend him the garden for a night so that he could carry out his plans!
The next task for Dan was to keep his partner occupied for the evening whilst he decorated the garden with candles, rose petals and allow some time for me to set up in the garden ready to surprise her by playing a very special song upon her arrival later on in the evening. Dan arranged for a friend to take his partner out for a meal at a near by pub whilst we set the scene and lit the hundred of candles ready for her arrival!
As the time of her arrival drew closer, she had absolutely no idea that on the way home, her friend was planning to drop her off at the house where the garden party took place all this years ago….
Confused, but also intrigued, she made her way her way down the candle lit drive to be met in the garden to the sounds of my acoustic version of ‘Grow old with You’… as she turned the corner and entered the garden she was met by Dan, who led her by the hand to a beautiful picnic blanket covered in candles and rose petals, as he went down on one knee and popped the question!
Of course she she said ‘yes’, then the newly engaged couple enjoyed a personal set of their favourite acoustic songs performed by yours truly as they sipped champagne and enjoyed some evening snacks under the stars in the beautiful candle lit garden… what a way to top off a truly unique and special proposal!
If you are planning a proposal, I’m always more than happy to work with you to make sure your night is as memorable as this one! The beauty of my set-up means I am fully portable and available to play any time, any where! So whether its a garden in Cambridge where you first met, or a landmark, venue, restaurant, beach or any place that has specific meaning to you… don’t hesitate to get in touch and allow me to supply the soundtrack to your perfect proposal!
Alton Wahlberg - UK dates building........
With bookings and weddings coming in again, I’m slowly making my way around the country!
As well as plenty of live shows around Cambridge, Norfolk & Suffolk, I’ve also taken bookings in Hastings, Liverpool and even Ireland!
If there’s an area you want me to visit and you know of a pub or venue that hosts live music - let me know and if I can tie a couple of gigs together I’d love to come and see you!
AWM Next Generation - The Journey continues...
With the slight lifting of Covid restrictions, I am delighted to announce I can now continue work with my 'AWM Next Generation' project to help support and develop young up-and-coming musicians. I recently had the pleasure of working with an incredible young vocalist 'Lsenyey'. At just 17 years old, this young lady has a really exciting career ahead of her and it's an honour and a privilege to be able to play just a small part in her musical journey!
Please take a second to check out our latest video and don't forget, you can catch the whole back catalogue of AWMTV episodes over on my YouTube channel!
***Just Announced - O2 Academy Liverpool***
I am absolutely pumped to announce I'll be playing The O2 Academy Liverpool later this year on Saturday 23rd October supporting my good friends The Fillers!
Tickets are on sale now at this link... TICKETS
Artist Development Photo Shoot
In this fast-paced digital world there is such an enormous glut of images being displayed on websites, social media, in the press and indeed everywhere we look, that it can be rather overwhelming for the consumer.
Users have to pick and choose from a whole host of quality content and images all vying for their attention.
Your images need to be good, they need to capture attention and they need to be right for you. If you’re reading this it’s probably because these pictures grabbed your attention.
As just one part of my Artist Development packages, I will come and do a photo shoot for you to help you capture images that you can use for social media, posters, flyers and any where else you can think of that will actually get people to stop and pay attention.
For more informatioin, check out the 'Artist Development' section of this website!
Return to the Apex....
I am absolutely pumped to announce that I will be returning once more to one of my most favourite Suffolk music venues to support one of my most favourite bands!
On December 18th I'll be playing a support set for the mighty 'Fillers'. Tickets are on sale as of now and they absolutely 100% will sell out so grab them quick from www.apex.co.uk
'MUSIC SUFFOLK' - What's it all about???
It's no secret - I've been a Suffolk singer-songwriter for a long time now. I've seen the good and the bad of the local music scene.
It all started almost 15 years ago, as I sat nervously waiting my turn to sing at my first ever open mic night - an old mans folk night where I was by far the youngest in the room. I’ll never forget the old boy who went on before me sang the most beautifully written, incredible song I’d ever heard - and wow could the fella sing as well! At the end of the night I plucked up the courage to talk to this dude to try and get some advice - he clearly knew what he was doing. It baffled me a little that this guy was playing here at the same gig as me, when he blatantly should have been selling out venues all over the place!
To cut a long story short, he actually wasn’t the kindest of blokes, rather a pretty bitter old grump, and when I asked if had any advice for a young budding musician he simply said - ‘forget it lad, unless you’re absolutely minted, it’s not what you know - it’s who you know’. I left feeling a little down, but genuinely didn’t believe him - as long as my music was good I’ve got a good a chance as any right? It’s not like I want to sell out Wembley stadium, I just want to get a few gigs and make a bit of money doing what I love.
Now I’ve been lucky enough to do this, but I’d be lying if I said throughout all my experiences there isn’t an element of truth in what that old boy said. What followed after that night was pretty much 15 years of rejections, 15 years of being snubbed and ignored at every awards ceremony, every competition, every talent show... you name it. The times I have been fortunate enough to get a slot at a decent festival it’s usually been tucked away in an acoustic tent at 1pm on a Sunday afternoon. The rare support slots I’ve played for anyone even remotely close to being half famous I’ve usually spent a whole day travelling somewhere only to open up as the first act playing to an empty room for free.
Without wanting to sound bitter, I’ve sat back and watched the same names in the same clicks get all the radio play, win all the awards, get all the recognition and usually after a little digging, you’ll find the manager knows the venue owner, or the lead guitarist’s girlfriend runs the radio show, or the singers Dad is on the judging panel and so on...
Not just this, but I’ve also experienced first hand the number of con artists preying on young musicians with a dream. I’ve seen artists literally chucking hundreds of pounds for websites that never get found, I’ve seen them pay thousands for studio time to record songs that never get heard - I’ve seen them pay ridiculous amounts to be a support act for an artist only to still play to an empty room....
I can’t help thing back to that old boy at the open mic 15 years ago.... ‘Unless you’re minted, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’.
Now being absolutely 100% honest, none of this ever bothered me. Not one bit! I never got in to this business to win awards, get recognition or make millions. But I have also seen so much incredible talent go to waste. I’ve seen musicians - especially young musicians, literally devastated by music politics - enough to simply give up all together.
For a while now I’ve had this crazy ambition to create a platform where all musicians have an equal chance to be seen, heard and booked! Not just musicians either, a place where anyone involved in the whole industry is welcome, from bands and artists to shops and tutors, to festivals organisers and even just music lovers. A place where there are no clicks, we are all equal and we all have the same opportunities to get gigs, sell music, discover new bands etc.
Now, with more than a little help and inspiration from my own brother at 'Keith Snowdon Web Design' and with a new found optimism I can proudly announce together we aim to make the dream reality with the official launch of a one-stop music hub designed specifically as a practical and affordable way to help and support anyone who cares about music in our local area. All are welcome, no longer do you need to spend thousands of pounds on new websites that don’t actually ever get found, no longer to you need to be in a click to get seen and heard...
Regardless of what I’ve done in my own music career, if this project helps anyone the industry what so ever, then of all the things I’ve done over the last 15 years, this will be my proudest achievement. I can’t wait to officially launch this platform this coming Friday.....
ARTIST DEVELOPMENT OFFER - 20/03/2021
This weekend ONLY!
I’m offering a one-time introductory discount for anyone who books my Artist Development Package 1.
This packages is perfect for anyone looking to delve into the world of Music Marketing and take their music to the next level by increasing exposure, getting more views, picking up more gigs and getting more bookings and paid work.
Social media can be a confusing minefield but together we can navigate platforms and identify sustainable practices and strategies that really work for you.
Main features of the package include:
*Initial 60 min 1 to 1 consultation
*A personalised marketing development plan
*Social Media creation/analysis and optimisation
*Progress reports at 1, 3 and 6 months.
*Full page artist profile feature on website
*6 months mentoring, advice and guidance
Full details of what’s on offer can be found here in the 'Artist Development' section of my website...
With COVID restrictions beginning to be lifted, I am absolutely thrilled to announce I am now taking bookings and adding dates for upcoming live gigs in summer 2021.
With new dates being added all the time, keep an eye on the 'GIGS' section of my website to find where you can catch me playing live this year!
Wow! What an incredible month it's been at AWM!
It began with a beautiful evening supporting my good friends Dusky Sunday at their album launch at The John Peel Centre. Following that I was lucky enough to be invited to perform for Stephen Foster at BBC Suffolk where songs from my new album were featured 'in session' all week!
I also launched the first ever 'AWM Candlelight Session' at Arlingtons in Ipswich. These sessions are designed for artists to showcase original material and introduce them to new audiences. This session I was joined by special guest James Nunn who wowed the audience with his unique catchy songwriting style. On top of all this, the official video for my track 'Rain in Manchester' was released. If you haven't seen it yet, copy this link to your browser and sit back and enjoy!
Finally, things have been crazy on the AWM Next Generation front! I've been lucky enough this month to have been joined by some incredible artist including Laura Wyatt, Bridget Holmes and Serena Grant. Be sure to head over to my Facebook page to have a listen to thier episodes!
So many more gigs have been added to the calendar so make sure you check the gig section of this website and come and see me soon!
With only two days to go until my album is released on all major music platforms, I wanted to share the story behind it and the journey of recording it.... Check out the special documentary available on my Youtube channel right now!
As if things weren't crazy enough right now... my eBook 'A Buskers Guide to Busking' has now been turned into an audio book and the best thing about it... the whole book is narrated by... me!
Tickets have started to fly for my album launch gig on 17th May at Thetford Carnegie Rooms!
Its going to be an amazing night, with support from Keith Sadler and Sam Coe! I'll also have the full band behind me so don't miss it! Grab your tickets NOW!
Another day another exciting announcement!
The first single being released from my new album will be available on 15th March!
'Under the Lights'
You can pre-order this right NOW!!!!!!!!!
Cant wait for you to hear it!
The waiting is almost over folks!
I'm so excited to announce that my debut album 'Photographs and Memories' will be released on 17th May 2019!
You can pre-order this album right now by booking tickets to the launch gig at Thetford Carnegie Rooms!
For more details visit www.gingerdog.co.uk/concerts
Things are about to get crazy...!
And it all starts tonight with a Facebook LIVE session from the GingerDog Studios full of announcements!
Don't miss it.........
Just a quick one to say HUGE thanks to Mark and the team for inviting me along to perform at this years TARA awards!
The TARAs celebrate a whole range of outstanding achievements by local individuals and businesses from the Norfolk Area.
It was an absolute privilege to be a part of such an awesome event! Even the Town Mayor joined us on stage for a right good old sing song!!!!
Another crazy weekend of gigging just gone by!
A quick thank you to all who came down to help raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice on Friday at The Janet Leaming Memorial Event.
It was a fantastic turnout and a really enjoyable night, it was a privilege to be a part of it!
After another day working with the awesome guys at GingerDog records we're so close to finishing the album due for release a little later this year!
This collection of songs has got everything! I've never been more proud of anything I've produced!
I really can't wait for you guys to hear this. It feels like the culmination of more than 10 years of plugging away as a solo singer-songwriter in the industry. Its never been about money, its never been about selling records, all I wish for is that you enjoy listening to these songs as much as I've enjoyed making them.
Its coming... real soon!!!!!!
Well we're kicking off 2019 in style!
Cambridge singer-songwriter and AWMTV favourite 'Bailey' has just released a brand new single 'No Way No How' on iTunes, Spotify and all major music platforms - and to celebrate, he visited the new AWMTV studios to perform a stripped back acoustic version of his brand new song!
The exclusive play of his video will be available for all to watch tonight at 7pm on my Facebook page so be sure to check it out... just click the 'follow' section of this website to go straight there!
Last Friday saw my first wedding of 2019 held at the beautiful Bassmead Barns in St Neots... and what an amazing day it was!
The ceremony began as I played the stunning bride Sarah down the aisle accompanied by her father to an acoustic version of the Bruno Mars' track 'Just the Way You Are'.
As the Bride and Groom signed the register after a beautiful ceremony I provided some background music with my original track 'This I Know'.
To conclude the ceremony in a completely unique way, the new Mr and Mrs Knights danced their way back down the aisle to the sounds of Snows 'Informer'!
I then moved to a separate part of the beautiful Manor Barns to play a varied selection of popular acoustic music whilst the guests feasted on a wonderfully prepared 3 - course meal before a very entertaining batch of speeches from the Father of the Bride, the Groom and the Best Man.
The happy couple kicked the evening off with their first dance to Eric Claptons 'Wonderful Tonight' before the disco took over and guests danced the night away into the late hours!
I personally wish to thank Ben and Sarah for allowing me to be a part of their special day, and also a huge thank you to the staff at Bassmead Manor Barns for their kind hospitality through the day!
If you're planning on getting married and looking for some live acoustic music like Ben and Sarah, be sure to check out the 'Weddings' section of my website!
Today is the last chance to get your selfie on my album cover!
With the album due out this spring all designs need to be sent off asap, so if you want your picture on my cover, head over to my Facebook page now and drop a selfie in the comments of this post!!!!
I am absolutely delighted to announce the new range of lyric tee-shirts are available right now!
They come in mens and womens designs in all colours and can be ordered right here from the 'Shop' section of the website!
Be the envy of your friends and show your support by rocking one of these NOW!
Well here it is... I promised you a sneaky peak at all the crazy backstage shenanigans that goes on... So here's a snap from backstage at Saturday nights gig.
What did you expect? Vodka, Cocaine, Hot tubs and scantily clad women?
Seriously, its not always this quiet.......
So happy to announce the new website is officially online! I can't thank Keith from Engage Web Design enough for creating this super-slick site crammed full of all things AWM!
Keep an eye on this page for all the latest backstage, behind the scenes goings on!
Exciting times ahead!