That Well-Worn Musician’s Gripe

I recently came across this post on social media:   Looking for a pub to supply free beer at our music festival weekend. We can’t pay you anything, but the musicians will play their favourite songs for you. A great opportunity to showcase your beer!   Such a...

In Praise of Small Gigs

Chris McShane & myself (aka McShane and Shaw) have recently introduced some old British music-hall songs into our act. These are great fun and often involve lots of movement and audience participation. We wander about the stage whilst singing, playing with props...

What I Do When I’m Not Doing Music

All the very best of the season to you! You haven’t heard from me for several weeks and in today’s newsletter I will explain why: my life has cranked up a few notches!   For a few years now I’ve continued my musical career while looking after my...

Pension for a Soldier

Today (Nov. 1 2023) McShane & Shaw announce the release of their new single: Pension for a Soldier.   Pension for a Soldier was written by Chris McShane and is one of the earliest numbers in their repertoire. The song, featuring Millhouse Green Male Voice...

Many a Mickle

I started thinking about proverbs this week with regards to my ongoing fund-raising campaign for my book: Wings Are Handy Things. If you wish to donate you can check it out here.   I’m thinking of the proverb: Many a mickle makes a muckle. Do you know it? It’s a...
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