I’ll be playing an opening set at The Portland Arms, Cambridge on Saturday 12th March 2011, for a charity gig organised by fellow Cambridge musician Sam Robson in support of the Epilepsy Society. It's an extremely worthy cause as one in every 131 people in the UK suffers from this serious neurological condition including Sam himself. He said “The Epilepsy Society is a charity very close to my heart as I was diagnosed with the condition in my early teens. I’m lucky - thanks to my medication my seizures are controlled allowing me to live my life the way I want. Many people are not so lucky and I wanted to do something to raise awareness for the fantastic work carried out by the Epilepsy Society.”
As well as organising the gig Sam is also going to be running the London Marathon on April 17th followed by running back to his home town of St Ives, totalling just over 100 miles, hence the name of the gig! It’s looking to be a great line-up headlined by Isaac’s Aircraft whose debut single recently made it into the Top 30 Indie Singles chart on Radio 1. The full details are below, and if you'd like to sponsor Sam in his marathon efforts then please go to www.justgiving.com/Sam-Robson
THE 100 MILE PLAYLIST - Sat 12th March 2011
The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Tickets £5 on the door.
Doors open at 7pm.
Isaac's Aircraft - Piano-fuelled indie rock from Cambridge's own BBC Top 30 artists
Lexie Green and The Guys - Cambridge's favourite Americana-flavoured Blues singer
The Titanics - Mighty funk and soul from the Midlands
Aidy - Indie rock acoustic set from Cambridge's hardest working artist
Lonely Interview By Justin J McHenry
Trying to make it in this world you do have to be tough, especially if you’re an artist trying to make it. There are so many others out there vying for everybody’s attention that you do have to be tough to accept anonymity but also resourceful and creative to separate yourself and make your voice heard. If you’re neither tough nor creative, then you end up a grumpy old man who gets angry every time he listens to the radio.
Beat The Static Review by Danielle Richardson
Singer songwriter Aidy had a busy 2010. After moving to Cambridge and releasing a few albums that remained frustratingly under the radar, he decided to do something different.
"I set myself the challenge last year of writing, recording and releasing one new song every week for the entirety of 2010."
That’s a New Years’ Resolution I haven’t heard before. Unlike most people, Aidy stuck to it, which resulted in 53 new songs added to his repertoire, a record deal with Expat Records and a couple of festival appearances, including Green Man Festival."
After what seems like an eternity, I've now actually got some stuff onto Spotify! Two older releases Darn Snail Like, and The Pilot Episode are on there along with Selected Demos 2002 - 2009 and just to make matters slightly confusing Selected Demos 2002 - 2009 was obviously released under my full name Adrian Killens whereas the other two are under Aidy, but if you're an Aidy fan I'd like to think that you're intelligent enough to find all three and maybe even make yourself a Aidy playlist ;-)
Just to recap in case you've just come along to my site for the first time ever. On Friday 1st January 2010 I decided to take on the challenge of writing, recording and releasing one new song every single Friday the entire year, which I thought would be a grand total of 52 songs. Turns out there are actually 53 Friday's in 2010, I didn't know that until a few weeks ago!
Anyway, it's finally come to an end and after a years worth of recording, writing, mixing, mastering, snapping guitar strings, breaking mic stands and not sleeping I released the 53rd song of the project this evening entitled 'Cradle To Grave'. I'm actually pretty tired now, and I'm off to bed, when I'm feeling a slightly more alert I'll come back with some reflection and highlights of the year and the project! Happy Xmas, Happy New Year, and have a great 2011! Thanks to everyone who's helped me, put me on a stage, played with me, shared me, streamed me, liked me, re-tweeted me, collaborated, been in videos and everything between!
Cradle To Grave
Just in case you've got no idea what it is that I'm actually halfway through, allow me to explain. On the 1st January this year I began the arduous task of writing and recording one new song every week for a whole year, releasing each new song as a free download here at Aidy.com every Friday. Song 26 has now been and gone, and I haven't missed a single week yet, so I'm extremely pleased with myself! The original motive for starting the project has started to blur slightly and I'm now not sure if I'm doing as some kind of creative challenge, a marketing ploy or possibly as obsessive, compulsive endeavor, recently it feels a lot like the latter. The lyrics have got weirder and weirder along with the titles themselves, but none the less I've made it through fifty percent of the project and I'm still motivated enough to see the whole thing through to the bitter end. It's not always pretty, and I've definitely put out a few tracks I'm not that keen on, but on the whole I'm really happy with what I've achieved and I've added some great new songs to my repertoire, which I wouldn't have written had it not been for the project. I'd liken the whole thing to a weekly comic strip like Dilbert, the content's always there waiting for you, it's not always Shakespeare but it's entertaining, quirky and every so often you might just find something that strikes a chord.