Making Music with Mark Dean Ellen

Location: London, UK
Venue: Sheppey-FM


Accommodations in London are “dear”(quite pricey) and somewhat difficult to research. We secured a hotel in Southwark (pronounced “suth-uk”) and proceeded to look around.

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Aimee is joining me for the first two weeks of the tour.

She normally doesn’t like to tour with me, but.., when words like “London, Liverpool and Paris” are used, she found a way to join the fun.

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We met up with Phil and Val.

We met up with Phil and Val. Phil had kindly purchased the banjo I ordered from 4000 miles away. They gave us a tour around London. Phil and Val are friends of ours from Kent, England. Phil is a commercial photographer (http://www.philweedon.com/) who shot the cover of my first album.
blog-album-cover-resized Val is an author and event producer with Galaxy Entertainments in the UK.

Essential Siteseeing.

Phil arranged for us to take a VIP tour of the Tower of London. They were commemorating 100 years since the start of World War I, planting thousands of Poppies around the Tower, one for each life lost.

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The London Eye was next and a cruise on the Thames. We got to see the Tower Bridge open (often called London Bridge).

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Ok, now let’s do some radio.

Mark Dean Ellen hosts a country music show just outside of London in Sheerness on Sheppey-FM. Mark is a DJ, musician and drum restorer. I performed live on his show. Mark and I had a great time. He jumped in with harmonica on “the Wreck of Ole’ 97” and “Forgotten Memories” then added percussion and vocals to “Ghost Riders in the Sky”.

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Everyone at Sheppey-FM was great.

We left the place where the Thames finds the sea and headed cross country to Liverpool.

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