Wednesday, 2 October 2019

A rant and phone rants.

I'm getting tired of hearing old musicians and industry bods complaining about people having phones out at gigs, like it isn't a massive privilege to have someone want to share the experience you're creating for them with their friends and family. For many people it's not detracting from 'the moment', but actually being able to almost instantly share that moment with people you care about enhances it. Plus it's the way the world works now, and no amount of hazy-eyed nostalgia is going to change that.

I saw an elderly lady filming me at Thoresby Hall tonight. It happens a lot. I'm not naive enough not to realise that there is a reason I may get filmed and photographed more than the average singer-guitarist, but it did make me wonder what she might do with that video. I'd be surprised if she was the Facebook, or even WhatsApp type, so maybe she's just intending to physically show it to someone at a later date. Or maybe, like many of us, she got swept up in the moment of a song, recorded it, then will either forget about it tomorrow or delete it if she stumbles across it by accident. Either way, it showed me that she enjoyed the performance, and the 'moment' it created, enough to want to capture it.

I wonder how many videos of me playing are just knocking about on people's phones, never to be seen or shared...

Wednesday, 12 June 2019


Check it out guys, the video of our FULL SHOW from The Robin last month. Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

New poster

https://samdraisey.bigcartel.com/product/sam-draisey-and-the-revolt-the-robin-bilston-29-may
New poster, because I always start to dislike the first design I do before a big gig.

Everything else about the gig is still the same though, so get your tickets now!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Full Band Show at The Robin 2 in May!

http://www.therobin.co.uk/whats_on/giginfo.asp?gigid=5574
Got an awesome show coming up in May with The Revolt at The Robin 2 in Bilston. Tickets are cheap, the supports are awesome and it's going to be a great night. Get your tickets here, now!

Saturday, 29 December 2018

2018 - a review

The time has come for another yearly update. 2018 has been a crazy year both on and off stage, probably more off than on, which I suppose is reflected in my gig count of 76. Its down on previous years, but it's still much higher than I expected, and averages at about 1.46 per week.

On stage I hit some major highs this year, the pinnacle being the 3 gigs I played in Dublin in March. It was my first time playing in Ireland, and the friends I made there will stay with me for a long time. I can't wait to go back (and neither can Kayla!)

Other highlights include 2 gigs at The Robin with The Revolt backing me, a trip to Salford to support The Thought Police for their single launch, the incredible experience of playing The Treehouse ouse Sessions and my gig at The Wakes in Oakengates. Plus I made returns to old favourites in The Jamhouse, Katie Fitzgerald's, Hurcutt Pools and Llangollen's Faery and Red Dragon festivals. All in all its been a year of fewer, but dare I say cooler gigs, which if I'm honest is probably a more sustainable gigging model going forward, both in terms of growing and maintaining a fanbase and getting my work-life balance right. I've always felt like I gig too much, mainly for free entry, to really be able to move towards ticketed gigs. Maybe this is the start of a shift. Maybe.

It's off stage where big things have happened. It's been a year of love, heartbreak and change for my friends and family, and I won't go into everything as this isn't the place. I lost a good friend earlier in the year to cancer, though his legacy lives on not only in the work he did to raise awareness on a grand, even global scale, but personally in the friends I have made through him and people he brought into my life. It feels somewhat disingenuous to 'name drop' him (as he is much more 'famous' than me!), because this tribute isn't about building my own profile, but remembering him. He wouldn't care, as it goes, but I still can't bring myself to do it.

I was lucky enough to attend his wedding a few short weeks before he died, and those memories will be with me forever.

At the complete opposite end of the personal emotional spectrum, my son Ezra Alfred Draisey was born on the 12th of December. I am, obviously, completely in love with him, and find myself with a newfound love and respect for both Kayla and Buddy, who have slipped into their new lives as mother-of-two and big brother respectively with equal love and grace. They are my heroes, all three of them.

I look forward to a 2019 filled with exciting adventure both on and off stage. I already have another full band show lined up and a sniff at a pretty major festival, which is mega exciting. I hope to see you out there.

Sam.

Monday, 17 September 2018

New Live Video!

The gig at The Robin was great! And what's more, I remembered to take, set up and press record on my camera this time, so I've got some live videos for you! I put up a video of our encore cover of Billy Bragg's 'All You Fascists Bound to Lose' last week, which you can check out on YouTube and on my Facebook page. But now, here's an original.

I've been trying to get a full band video of Don't Forget for a while. I have a few acoustic ones, and I really like them, but it's great to finally get the whole band version up for you to see. I love the dynamic changes the song has with the full band.

Thanks to everyone who came to the gig and to the guys in The Revolt for playing. Hopefully we get to do it all again soon.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018