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The debut release, ‘Gunslinger Acoustic EP’, marked a refereshing return to the sort of skilled compositions that many of us have been longing for. These evocative pieces have had listeners reaching for the who’s who of A-list singers and writers that they evoke.

A string of subsequent releases, combining winning melodies, meaningful lyrics and time-honoured song craft, have cemented The Gleeman’s fan base and reputation as a truly gifted songwriter and storyteller, as anticipation continues to build for the release of his debut album ‘Something To Say’.

Album tracks produced with Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran) featuring contributions from the likes of Ash Soan on drums (Adele), Fred Abbott on guitar/keys (Noah And The Whale) and hitmaker & broadcaster David Grant on backing vocals, demonstrate the depth of The Gleeman’s musical musings and mark him out as a serious album artist.

With a plethora of press proclaiming The Gleeman’s vitues, a rally of radio support including BBC Radio 2, BFBS, BBC Radio London, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Nan Gaidheal, Radio Caroline and play listed nationally twice on the UK’s fastest growing independent commercial radio station Boom Radio, a Top Ten hit in the Music Week Commercial Pop Club Chat and with Live dates as a special guest of acclaimed artists Ian Prowse, Starsailor and Damien Dempsey, with songs that indeed have ‘Something To Say’, expect to hear, see and be inspired by more of The Gleeman.

Bio

The debut release, ‘Gunslinger Acoustic EP’, marked a refereshing return to the sort of skilled compositions that many of us have been longing for. These evocative pieces have had listeners reaching for the who’s who of A-list singers and writers that they evoke.

A string of subsequent releases, combining winning melodies, meaningful lyrics and time-honoured song craft, have cemented The Gleeman’s fan base and reputation as a truly gifted songwriter and storyteller, as anticipation continues to build for the release of his debut album ‘Something To Say’.

Album tracks produced with Will Hicks (Ed Sheeran) featuring contributions from the likes of Ash Soan on drums (Adele, Fred Abbott on guitar/keys (Noah And The Whale) and hitmaker & broadcaster David Grant on backing vocals, demonstrate the depth of The Gleeman’s musical musings and mark him out as a serious album artist.

With a plethora of press proclaiming The Gleeman’s vitues, a rally of radio support including BBC Radio 2, BFBS, BBC Radio London, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Nan Gaidheal, Radio Caroline and play listed nationally twice on the UK’s fastest growing independent commercial radio station Boom Radio, a Top Ten hit in the Music Week Commercial Pop Club Chat and with Live dates as a special guest of acclaimed artists Ian Prowse, Starsailor and Damien Dempsey, with songs that indeed have ‘Something To Say’, expect to hear, see and be inspired by more of The Gleeman.

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Past Shows

Club Academy Manchester University Students Union, 9th March 2024
 
Birmingham 02 Institute 02, 12th March 2024
 
The Electric Ballroom Camden, London, 16th March 2024
 

The Half Moon, Putney, London, 4th Nov 2023

Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, 3rd Nov 2023

The Camden Club, London, 19th Jan 2023

SWG3 TV Studio Ground Floor Glasgow, 10th March 2024
 
Bristol The Fleece, 13th March 2024
 
The Brook, Southampton, 3rd Dec 2023
 

The Horn, St Albans, 2nd Nov 2023

Bushey Festival, Herts, 9th Jul 2023

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SOCIAL

Making Of Documentary - I Love Christmastime (War Child Version) by The Gleeman
Making Of Documentary - I Love Christmastime (War Child Version) by The GleemanI Love Christmastime is written from the perspective of a child, remembering the wonder and innocence of Christmas as a happy time. This video was created on behalf of @warchilduk They have programmes in Ukraine working with refugees and the government and are officially sanctioned to provide the state curriculum to their diaspora – the children displaced by the war. Within one week against the odds, The Shchedryk Children’s Choir were recorded in Soundplant Recording studio in Kyiv, Ukraine accompanied by refugee children based in the UK courtesy of Cherwell College Oxford Ukranian Children’s Choir interviewed by Bob Harris OBE at Evolution Studios Oxford. Alongside a St Marys Ukranian School choir student in Audiohaus London singing to highlight the further impact the war is having on the displacement of families which is more keenly felt at Christmastime which should be a safe place for children and families to be together.
@cherwellcollegeoxford8803 @SCLFestival @UnderTheAppleTree @ExpiredFilmClub @nickmoorbath7359 @EveningStandard @BBCNews
I Love Christmastime (War Child Version) Official Video
I Love Christmastime (War Child Version) Official VideoWatch, listen & share our heartwarming, soul lifting stories, touching tearful tales, rousing rendition of ‘I Love Christmastime’ a seasonal slice of Christmas cheer elevated by the harmonies heralded courtesy of these children’s choirs. Against the odds the angels from The Shchedryk Children’s Choir captured in the studio in Kyiv, Ukraine with the added voices of Ukranian refugee children based in the UK courtesy of Cherwell College Oxford Ukranian Children’s Choir alongside Sofia Fedyna from St Marys Ukranian School choir in London singing to highlight the further impact the war is having on the displacement of families which is more keenly felt at Christmastime which should be a safe place for children and for families to be together.
This video was created on behalf of War Child. They have programmes in Ukraine working with Ukrainian refugees and the Ukrainian government and are officially sanctioned to provide the Ukrainian state curriculum to the Ukrainian diaspora – the children displaced by the war. With thanks to Bob Harris OBE for joining in the proceedings and interviewing those that gracefully helped conjure the creation of this video within a miraculous week.
 
The song itself is written from the perspective of a child, through a child’s eyes, through my childhood eyes, remembering the wonder and innocence of that time year, and a happy time when my family were together (I lost both of my parents a few months apart in 2020, they had both suffered from dementia for a long time, so I actually lost the people that they were long before they passed away).
@cherwellcollegeoxford8803 @warchilduk @thegleemanofficial @NBCNews @OfficialCharts
@oxfordmail1570 @KidsTvUkraine @TalentsFromUkraine
Singalong with Santa Gleeful:
I always get so excited
When it gets to this time of year
When chestnuts are roasting,
Christmas cards are posting off to friends far away and near
Carollers singing their hearts out
The Salvation Army band plays
Writing my note destined for the North Pole
Telling him I’m good always
Oh I hope that Santa will make it in time
And he’s warm enough up on his sleigh
And I hope that it won’t be too foggy and Rudolph can help guide the way
I’ll put up my sign that says “Santa Stop Here”
I’ll leave out some mince pies and wine
And a carrot or two to keep all of the reindeer crew at their prime
‘Cause I love Christmastime
The Christmas tree’s looking so pretty
Tinsel and sparkling lights
We play Christmas songs and we all sing along, “We Three Kings”, “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night”
Christmas Eve’s finally here now
It even looks like it may snow
Maybe we’ll get a white Christmas this time
The first one that I’ll never know
Oh I hope that Santa is making good time
And he’s warm enough up on his sleigh
And I hope that it isn’t too foggy and Rudolph will help guide the way
I’ve put up my sign that says “Santa Stop Here”
I’ve left out some mince pies and wine
And a carrot or two to keep all of the reindeer crew at their prime
‘Cause I love Christmastime
(We love Christmas)
(We love Christmas)
‘Cause I love Christmastime
(We love Christmas)
(We really love Christmastime)
A little sad now that it’s over
Up to bed with new toys in tow
To start dreaming about next Christmas
Only 365 sleeps left to go
The Gleeman : Live Performances
The Gleeman : Live PerformancesBrimming over with glee to announce the following live shows and honoured to be supporting some brilliant artistes across the UK plus a local warm up in Hertfordshire @thehornstalbans on Thursday 2nd November. LIVE LIVE 2023/24 special guest to:
IAN PROWSE @kitchendiscorecords1621 @Badooroo
November 23 - 3.11 - WOLVERHAMPTON - NEWHAMPTON ARTS CENTRE
4.11 - LONDON - HALF MOON (PUTNEY) LONDON
STARSAILOR @starsailorband @jameswalshmusic 03.12 - SOUTHAMPTON – THE BROOK
11.12 - IAN PROWSE Monday Night Club @ianprowsesmondayclub8930 Cavern Pub Liverpool
2024
DAMIEN DEMPSEY @DamienDempseyMusic March - 8th Glasgow SWG3 Glasgow. 9th Manchester Club Academy & 16th London Electric Ballroom
Somebody (Official Video) - The Gleeman
Somebody (Official Video) - The GleemanThe Gleeman returns with the toe tapping infectious groove of ‘Somebody’. With anticipation building for his debut album ‘Something To Say’, expect to hear honest, well-crafted and thought-provoking songs inspired by his upbringing in West Cornwall, personal loss, inspirational figures and takes on mental health balanced with some uplifting fictional storytelling. Somebody’s catchy chorus juxtaposes its conflicted tale of loss, loneliness and craving for companionship versus feelings of guilt and betrayal. Steadily gathering pace and building with impressive harmonies and bouncing brass, the song ends with an unexpected but welcome contemplative and poignant denouement. The storytelling credentials of this rising artist are enriched further by this video made by BAFTA winning and EMMY nominated TV & Feature Film Director Martin Gooch, whom amplifies the song’s narrative. The video features ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Royals’ and Sky Original film ‘Arthur’s Whisky’ actress Genevieve Gaunt and former ‘Neighbours’ actress Emily Milburn.
“Somebody forms part of a collection of songs which come under the banner of ‘The Ballad Of Aaron & Amy’ that feature the same protagonists and weave a single narrative across them. After losing the love of his life 10 years prior, Aaron is conflicted and torn. On one hand he continues to feel lonely and desires to share his life with ‘Somebody’. On the other he is trepidatious that he will be betraying his former partner if he moves on. In his desperation for a resolve, he beseeches through the ether for a sign from her that it’s OK.”
Having always written songs and reaching a point in his life when his children were grown up, The Gleeman embarked on this musical journey after gaining confidence in his battle with self-belief, realising it was time to do something with his songs, no matter how onerous a journey it would be. After losing both his parents to dementia within a few months, the artist saw first-hand the positive effects of music on sufferers of the condition. It’s this personal experience of dementia that inspired him to poignantly collaborate with Music For Dementia, to help raise awareness. Determined to follow this endeavour and hopefully inspire new artists who are more advanced in age, The Gleeman’s path is proof that you are never too old to pursue your dreams, conveying the life experiences of your years through song and the power of music with the added health, wellbeing and cognitive benefits that playing an instrument as we age can bring.
‘Putting yourself out there, exposing yourself artistically and starting to perform for the first time without the armour and bravery of youth is a pretty tough gig on its own. Add into that an inauguration into the machinations of the music industry as an independent artist and trying to figure how best to navigate its murky waters, it’s certainly a challenge even after a 25 year commercial background professionally.’
Director - @martingooch9962
Actress - @genevievegaunt8140 Emily Milburn @TheReelScene
Campaign - @musicfordementia6439
Audio - Producer Will Hicks / Electric Guitar @FredAbbottMusic / Drums @ashsoan / BV's - David Grant / Mixer Ash Howes @NikhilStreamer
I got to get to know somebody
It’s been a long road outta here
I got to get to know somebody
But I’m rather out of touch I fear
I got to get to know somebody
I’ve been a long time on my own
I got to get to know somebody
Look at me and see how much I’ve grown
It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the dating game
I’m trying to move on past my regrets and finding blame
So much has changed since, leaving my dignity bereft
Surely more to it than swiping right or swiping left?
But I’ve
Got to get to know somebody
It’s been a long road outta here
I got to get to know somebody
But I’m rather out of touch I fear
I got to get to know somebody
I’ve been a long time on my own
I got to get to know somebody
Look at me and see how much I’ve grown
I never told you that I loved you, quite enough
Could be so lazy, letting you do far too much
There should have been more beautiful flowers that I gave
Here 10 years daily putting those flowers on your grave
But I’ve
Got to get to know somebody
It’s been a long road outta here
I got to get to know somebody
But I’m rather out of touch I fear
I got to get to know somebody
I’ve been a long time on my own
I got to get to know somebody
Look at me and see how much I’ve grown
I ask you...
Can I get to know somebody?
Don’t want to grow old on my own
Can I to get to know somebody?
I’m so tired of being alone
Can I get to know somebody?
Still miss you every day
Can I get to know somebody?
Lonely since the hurting went away
Can I get to know somebody?
It’s many years since you’ve been gone
Can I get to know somebody?
Is it OK if I move on?
Can I to get to know somebody?
Maybe now is the right time?
Can I to get to know somebody?
If only you could give a little sign...
The Gleeman & The Songsters Dementia Choir - Thank You For Being A Friend
The Gleeman & The Songsters Dementia Choir - Thank You For Being A FriendWith the wonderful @musicalwalkaboutuk3946 for @musicfordementia6439 collaboration with @NinaClarkMusic @nhscharitiestogether3260 & @togethercoalition4574 on Thank You Day singing in unison with the nation this year's carers anthem alongside the legendary @tonychristie2616 #youcanbeanything @DrJuliaJones

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