Planning out a Busking Tour

Gonna be a short little blog post about my current planning and mind thinkingness….? words – can’t do em.


I’ve recently been out visiting new places to busk and gig, these trips have only been short little bursts. They’ve been really great and eye-opening to a nomad lifestyle, and when I come back to my Mum’s in Kidderminster, I quickly lose this creative drive and it gets me down, unsure why that is, multiple things I guess, but, seeing family and friends is great! I just really really enjoy being on the road and visiting and busking in new places, seeing new things and meeting new people. So I’m itching to just get up and go.

This is where the idea of a busking tour comes into play, which is a tour without an end-date. I guess it’s the lifestyle I want, to travel freely visiting new towns, cities and countries, busking and exploring as much as I can. So it’s not an indefinite amount of time I’ll be away from ‘home’, but I know that it’ll take me far away for a long time. I realise this need to ‘break free’ is whats making me feel down right now, as I feel trapped, hmmm, not necessary trapped, I don’t know, because I’ve realised that I can just leave whenever I want. Which is what I will be doing very shortly – leaving. Which then also gets me down because I know I may not see certain people for a while, but it’s something I know I need and have to do. I realise the dreams and goals I currently have could be very lonely journeys, in certain ways – but this is definitely going to progress me as a person, traveller and musician, and give me more knowledge on the world. I feel this step is crucial to my existence and my ‘legend’ – I want to leave my children & grandchildren (If i’m to have them), as many stories, music and advice for them as I possibly can, which is a major reason I love the idea of documenting everything and releasing every piece of music I make, I want to inspire them to take these leaps of faith and follow the dreams in their heads.

So this tour! I’ve been pin pointing places in the UK I really want to visit, and mapping out a route from that. But with this kind of ‘music nomad’ lifestyle, I realise you can’t plan too much because there are too many factors that can change it all within a few days. So it takes me south from my current location (Kidderminster – close to Birmingham UK), starting with Oxford – then towards Brighton stopping off at different towns along the way, then follow the coast around going East for a while and head up towards Canterbury and go north from there – that’s all I have set in mind so far. I’d like to go back to Cornwall and through Wales, or maybe head straight to Europe and go around the Netherlands – too many places I want to visit – but I’m young so there is so much time, which really excites me!

For travelling I will be mostly using trains, as it’s the most direct, comfortable rides (buses gives me travel sickness) and there’s normally a good place to store my gear – I’ll be travelling with my bass (bass case stuffed with clothes, Jaco style), guitar, bigger bag for clothes/towels/chargers/essentials and my amp with the trolley and small backpack for busking gear. I don’t fully know what I need to take on this trip, but I’m sure I’ll learn on the way and I can always get things along the way – travelling with minimal stuff is preferred.
I later plan to get a van, hopefully a VW T-25, travelling with this would be so sweet! I’d be able to find home in the van and sleep amongst mountains and deep in forests – the life!

For accommodation I’ll use AirBnb as my first choice, but then use websites like – to find the cheapest and most comfortable hotels/Bnb’s I can find. I’m not the keenest on Hostels, as with my music stuff I’d like to 1. have a safe place to keep it 2. have the space to practice in my own room, also I’ve stayed in a few in London recently and it was very tightly packed and quite uncomfortable for myself.

I want to document this adventure with Vlogging and more Blogs! Vlogging will be very new to me, but I think I could edit some cool little videos with the whole journey.

But yes! This is whats currently on my mind and from the looks of things I’ll be setting off next week, as we’re expecting more frost and snow this weekend – boooo!

I’ll keep you all posted on here with my journeys! Thank you for reading!
If you have any ideas or tips for this busking tour, please give me a message or leave a comment!

Here’s my face, containing excitement for this trip..?


I hope you’re well!

Lots of love!

Don’t stop being you! You’re awesome! Follow your heart and don’t give up! Keep moving forwards!

Seriously – lots of love!



One Man Band, Progression, 2 Months In

One thing I feel I’ve been doing recently is overthinking things, in a negative and nonconstructive way. I feel I haven’t given myself time to look at the progression I’ve made and congratulate myself for it. This feeling has definitely been a reoccurring theme that has propped up in conversations and, a tarot reading. And from this I’ve been taking more time out for myself, to meditate, journal and reflect on the progression and journey I’ve recently made – this new project with multiple instruments.
Just looking back at the first blog post I wrote about this made me smile a lot. My first step into this was on the 18th December 2017, so it’s been just over 2 months, I feel like I’m at 5% of where this can go. What I envision for this is way beyond what I feel capable of, but I know I’ll reach it with persistence and a strong vision. It’s a vision that changes day by day as I discover new music and draft new ideas. But I do need to start giving myself credit for the small victories and, relax dude, chill the fudge out! So, well done James, you’re doing alright, don’t stop you’ll get there!

Below – a recording of night busking with the guitar and bass, it’s a 20 minute jam improvising around the ideas I had at the time. I’ve been uploading more audio sessions to YouTube, as a way to track my progression and to give my audience wider content adding more depth to my journey. I love recordings like this because the street ambience is out of my control, so there are these interesting little sounds that crop up.
January 11th 2018

A month into this, I picked up my first gig in Worcester, Cap n Gown. This gig came from a Facebook friend messaging me after watching my progression through regular videos, giving me the gig opportunity (Which is why I encourage you to document your progression with online content, every day, if not as often as you can. It brings so many opportunities and people love watching you progress). It was a 30 minute slot, so I got writing more and started attending more open mics to boost my confidence on stage. Here’s a video from that gig – January 18th 2018 – We’ll Go Anywhere, lyrics written about how I desire to take certain people in my life to see the world. It’s not my best performance, which has been clear as I’ve used this as a reference when approaching venues/promoters and I’ve been shut down frequently, ah well! That ain’t gonna stop me!

As a massive fan on improvising and collaborating with people, I started taking this new set-up out of solo performances and explored it with other musicians. This video below being my first go at it, which is now one of my favourite collaboration pieces I’ve taken part in. It’s also featured on a recent album on BandCamp – Here – Which is an album full of collaborations with some very creative and inspiring musicians who happen to be some of my closest friends! So this collaboration features two incredible musicians, Dan James Griffin and Kimberley Frezel! January 20th 2018

And from this I’ve also been collaboration with this set-up in Sounds of Zephyr – which is a whole blog post and journey in itself. Lots more of that stuff to come! We’ve been planning some exciting things! Here’s the latest busking session we’ve had in Market Harborough. In this you’ll see that I’ve got a shaker hanging from my guitar, which probably looks ridiculous, but, set-up expansion will be explained!

So! Set-up expansion. I never saw myself becoming a one-man band when I first stepped into music, and I never thought that the guitar/bass/vocal set-up would expand. But then I met Anders Flanderz whilst busking in Liverpool for the weekend. He approached me whilst busking the first night I was there, and was really interested in my set-up, gave me loads of great tips on busking in Liverpool, telling me the best spots and times to play. Then I met up with him to share a busking spot the next day and saw his ridiculously crazy instrument attire. The things he was doing was crazy complex, playing 10 instruments at once, using all limbs and putting on such a fantastic performance, really taking the covers he played to whole new realms. He opened my eyes to multi-instrumental set-ups and suggested I should expand with foot percussion and vocal effects. So I took advantage of my friends (Connor Di Leo)’s drum kit, (whose house I was staying at during my Liverpool trip) and added some drums – here is the result.

So then I was like, I can do this, and I can add more and really work on this! So I got a glockenspiel – which takes me to my current set-up now;

I’m sure I’ll be updating my progression on this blog more. I’m sure I’ll be adding more instruments and try experimenting doing silly things. There’s lots of room for expansion and I have lots of ideas drawn out in my journals and I really think there could be something good come from all of this madness. So yeah! Keep sticking around, follow me on Instagram and Facebook and YouTube and you’ll get to see/hear way more stuff on a regular basis!

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Follow your heart and keep being your true self! Don’t let anyone stop you following your dreams! You’ll get their, you’re a beautiful and wonderful human!

Lots of love,

James x

A New Set-Up – Guitar/Bass/Vocals

So recently I’ve been experimenting with a new set-up (above). Which involves me playing both bass and guitar simultaneously whilst ‘trying’ to sing. This all happened by a happy accident – wanting to learn a Ben Howard tune on guitar. I had the bass on, sat the guitar on my lap and used the bass to tune the guitar to an open tuning, hitting harmonics on both instruments – “that sounds cool! what if I hold a bass note and hit the guitar for harmonics and percussive stuff!?”. Since then I’ve not stopped writing and practicing with this set-up, apart from a few days off as I went busking with it and due to the cold, split my middle finger open whilst hitting the tiny sharp guitar strings!

I’m really enjoying playing around with this set-up and the challenge of trying to balance two instruments. I’m still trying to understand what the hell I’m doing and how to make it sound good, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done with it, but the practice is fun – so fun actually – I never want to put them down! Ahh I’m excited by this, I feel there’s so much potential with what I can do with this set-up.

The video is taken from my second live performance with this, it’s been a very terrifying and nerve racking thing! Especially with the singing, as I’m very very new to singing and know there’s a lot of vocal work to be done, I feel I can’t really sing just yet, but with lots of practice, maybe I could!? But it was a fun experience and it’s definitely building my confidence. I’m not overly happy with this performance and was very unsure on whether or not I should release it online, but then I thought it’d be cool to document my journey with learning the set-up and I guess have it to look back on and see where I need to improve and to see my personal progression with singing and performing.
This was on the 4th January 2018, so just over 2 weeks since I started messing around with the set-up, first video upload:

I’ll be uploading a tonne more content to the likes of Instagram and YouTube, so follow me on both of these platforms to see more clips from my quest: to learn how to sing, play guitar and play bass – all at the same time.


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