OK - this is PLEA FOR HELP.
I don't want to have to do it, but I have to do it.
I've had an inordinate amount of house shows booked up and then cancelled in the last couple of months. This is no-one's fault - plans changed or illness/bereavement or changes of circumstances. Whatever the reason, this has led me to have dates empty on the wallplanner and no time to organise new work.
No work = no money.
It's hard to say this but, I'm really struggling.
There are plenty of things I could've done to prevent this. I could've asked 'are you sure?' a few more times, or asked for a fee up front rather than earn my hat collections.
And now there are holes in my shoes and I can't afford new ones...or rent, or food, or merch for the next tour...petrol, new brake pads or bass strings.
House shows tend to keep me alive during the winter (Jan - April). They're a great way to meet new people, try out new songs, hear the voices of friends and keep my adrenaline up for what I'm doing. It's a long year every year and 2016 took a big toll on my body and mind - it's great to play more intimate shows to re-connect with the songs/jokes/politics/philosophy of that thing I seem to do - but nonetheless, it's a precarious life.
There are many things I have to do before I can get back on the road properly - I have to raise the funds for recording 9/40: RADICAL YOU! (Vol. 1), I have to fund the making of the merch for the tour, I have to finish raising the funds to make a book - plus life, plus car, plus emergencies.
There's only a month until the album is recording (eep!) and then there's 3 weeks after that to get everything in place for the launch night on April 26th and then I'm out on the road, pretty much constantly, until at least Mid/Late-July
So, I'm asking for your help, I'm putting down the hat. Below are some buttons of things you can buy. Thank you for getting this far. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
WANNA BUY ME A DRINK? (£3.50)
I'm usually driving at a gig and have to turn down many
drinks to ensure I get home safely. I could do
with it now! (NB: This is a theoretical drink
- I can't be getting loaded with this much to do)
PRE-ORDER 9/40: RADICAL YOU! (Vol. 1) (£10)
Released on May 1st 2017. This is for the physical version.
DIGITAL VERSION LINK: https://grantsharkey.bandcamp.com
BUY HANDS & HIPPLES (Book) (£5 + £1.50p+p)
Another bloody book about carpal tunnel syndrome and
free energy that are flooding the market right now.
DONATE A TANK OF PETROL (£30)
The Smart Car needs food too.
PRE-ORDER 'OPE' (Small Book)
(£varies - see options below)