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...

The Way of the Instigator

I had a weekend away with the choir recently and it was a blast. But good times don’t always happen by themselves. Sometimes they require an instigator. Are you an instigator?   I’m surprised that most of the other guys in my choir don’t seem to want to...
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