Mister Keith continues his tour of parlour concerts

Mister Keith

Mister Keith and his mini orchestra continue their ten date tour of unique parlour concerts for LIVE&LOCAL rural touring.

“This tour is about gathering the community in unusual places and telling stories of life, love and loss through great songs. When I was writing and recording the latest album ‘Record of Wrongs’ I knew that these were the type of concerts the music was being written for. When I discovered the Rural Touring network, the match was perfect.”

Mister Keith continues his tour across five counties between September and January. All of the venues will be intimate to allow the songs to fire the imagination.

“It’s a very eclectic show and suitable or all ages. Alongside some glorious music from the multi-instrumental mini orchestra, there are some great moments of spontaneity. You’ll be singing as a choir, writing a song on the spot and joining the band!”

Among the many musicians on tour with Mister Keith is the well-known percussionist Chip Bailey (who works with Duke Special) who’ll perform on all shows and guest Double Bass player John Parker (Nizlopi) who will play on 29/30 September only.

This tour comes hot on the heels of performances at Eroica Festival, Derbyshire, where Mister Keith supported eighties band ABC and then played to a late-night capacity Arts Tent – leading hundreds in a singalong! The rest of the summer was spent teaching young people how to write songs at various summer residentials.

“The show is very interactive. I want to take the audience on a journey with the songs and tell stories that resonate with their own experiences.”

Songwriting is indeed important for Mister Keith. Writing for 32 years, he has produced 14 albums, written with, performed with and  interviewed many leading artists. He has also led songwriting workshops in many countries and appeared on BBC, iTV, Five and MTV.

Remaining Tour Dates

NOVEMBER 17 Skegness, Lincolnshire / Skegness Grammar School

DECEMBER 8     Caistor, Lincolnshire / Caistor Town Hall

JANUARY 26  Church Lench nr Evesham (Worcs) / Church Lench Village Hall / 01386 870 794

JANUARY 27  Normanton on Trent, Nottinghamshire / Normanton on Trent Village Hall / 07823449381

FEBRUARY 2     Claverdon, Warwickshire / Claverdon Church Centre / 01926 842110

Kenilworth’s Song Club is a hit

Song Club

Keith Ayling’s event was a full house with all wanting more.

Launched on Sunday 20th November, Kenilworth artist and musician Keith Ayling’s Song Vlub featured two artists and himself performing for free and talking about the inspiration and perspiration behind songwriting.

The event drew a full house at Costa Coffee, Kenilworth with over 40 people – standing room only and an excellent reaction from the attendees who were both listening expectantly and eager with questions for the performers.

 Kenilworth School student Joel Scott said of the event, “Song Club was a thoroughly enjoyable evening which consisted  of live acoustic performance and open discussion on songwriting and music. Whether you are interested in songwriting  or simply enjoy an evening of music, I highly recommend Song Club.”

A number of friends of Kenilworth School singer Sophie Lewis had come in support as it was only her second proper public performance with many songs fresh from the bedroom! She is now trying to complete enough to record next year.

 Another attendee, Warwick University Student Jess Clark commented, The atmosphere was great, cool and cosy. And, as an aspiring songwriter myself, I found it very inspiring. Good times, good people, good coffee!”

Manchester’s Ortopilot who had chosen to come down from the north for a rare live performance played all original material in preparation for recording next year.

Organiser Keith Ayling said “It was great to have Ortopilot play. He has a huge internet following so it was good to see him in a live context and I know he enjoyed it. His willingness to travel for special gigs like this – and the number of local people that turned out to see all of the artists, shows that when presented in the right way, live original music still has a big place in people’s hearts. It’s something I want to nurture in Kenilworth.

I’m planning further Song Club nights for 2017 together with a few more surprises! If you’re a songwriter please get in touch.”

Contact misterkeith.com for news of future events.

Mister Keith releases single and video

Mister Keith

Filmed in a Victorian house in Kenilworth the new video to accompany the single ‘Love is Strong’ by local artist Mister Keith will be released next week.

Officially it’s the first single from the album Record of Wrongs released last year, which has been receiving excellent reviews and earned Mister Keith ‘Artist of the Month’ on BBC Introducing and play on BBC Radio 1. The song features both Warwick University Brass and Eastbourne Salvation Army Band who both recorded parts for the track.

The video, shot in a local house by Manchester filmmaker Mark Tuson of Northern Spark Films also features Kenilworth girl Sarah Murphy who acted as the ‘ghost’ in the film’s enigmatic storyline of love and loss.

“It’s an emotionally claustrophobic song and setting this in a domestic situation of a house mirrors the lyrics. We filmed it in an afternoon and Sarah was excellent at being directed in her first film.”

On the same day of its release, Mister Keith plays with acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine from 90’s band ‘The Bible’ at Coventry’s Big Comfy Books (Thursday 10th March). The event is almost sold out and promises an intimate insight in to both songwriter’s catalogues with a very small audience. The alias of songwriter Keith Ayling,

Mister Keith is a new project of what has been a thirty year career in songwriting crossing four decades of musical styles, most notably with Britpop band Kato.

The vintage feel continues when Mister Keith’s orchestra of six musicians visits the Edwardian Village Hall of Quatt in Shropshire two days later (March 12th) for a Parlour Concert, sponsored by Broker’s gin.

“I approached Quatt because I felt the heritage of the hall and the village perfectly matched what Mister Keith shows are all about. They agreed! My Parlour Concerts are immersive events, with participation even down to tea tasting and gin tasting in the interval.”

Artist’s website: http://www.misterkeith.com/

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‘Love Is Strong’ – official video: