I am writing this Christmas bloggeration from the comfort of my fireside armchair, with a bottle of 10 year old Scotch whisky. As the blog progresses, so the scotch is diminishing – as is my brain! The reason I am relating this to you is because I started an absolutely rotten cold and it ain’t got no better. After dosing myself up with various cold remedies – which don’t work – I have tried to obliterate the misery with a whisky mac. I got fed up that it was not working quickly enough and dispensed with the ‘mac’ part of this supposed wonder-cure and just continued with the whisky!
I have a few gems to impart to you and, hopefully, when we’re done I’ll be better or unconscious. I don’t care which!
Well, this year I seem to have fulfilled a dream! I have just completed a new album, which features some stunning guest players and studio geniuses. They have all given their talent and skills to this project, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. They have given me a chance to play and sing again – and to have a lot of fun. They are as follows, and the list is amazing!
- Guitars and productions – Geoff Whitehorn, Bernie Marsden, Martin Barre, Elliott Randall, Terry Taylor, Emily Gardner, Alex Abrahams
- Bass guitar and double bass: Bill Wyman, Jim Rodford, Jim ‘Guiness’ Gordon
- Keyboard and Hammond organ – George Murray, Josh Phillips
- Tenor, alto and baritone sax – Frank Mead, Nick Payn
- Vocals – Peter Eldridge, Beverley Skeete, Patrick Walshe, Nick Payn, Mark Feltham and Paul Jones
- Drum and percussion – Graham Walker (this scotch whisky is getting better by the minute)
- Harmonicas – Paul Jones and Mark Feltham
- Squeeze-box (yeah, really!) – Frank Mead
- Echo Studios, Maids Morton, Bucks – Recording and other clever stuff – Jamie Masters
- John Oram’s Analogue Barn, Meopham, Kent – recording, analogue mixing and mastering – John Oram and Dave Cherry (digital enhancement and editing)
- Additional singing (the Barbarian Shop Choir) – Don Andrews, Peter Eldridge, Nick Payn
I nearly forgot (demon drinky, you know!) Noni Allen, who is now official photographer!!
I also nearly forgot to mention that I played guitar, slide guitar and sang on nearly all the tracks. My name is MICK ABRAHAMS!!!
So that concludes the ad for the new album. It just remains for me to say that you’re all a lovely lot really, in spite of the fact that you haven’t sent any money or drink or even a food parcel or edible ladies. I me and edible ladies dustbin lids please send money (and lots of you scum pots) to PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org and let me assure you it will be mindlessly frittered away on drink, nude women, old car parts and a Bentley Continental. Feck the scotch has gone away – now I’m fetter-boshed.
So a very Happy Christmas and a Cracking New Year. God bless everyone his dog. Mick Abrahams, Dictionary … sorry, December 2014.
PS: 50% of all royalties of this album, which is called “Mick Abrahams Rewired”, which be donated to "Kids & Cancer", which is a charity set up to bring hope to young cancer sufferers with surgical procedures which are available via proton therapy which is not available in this country.