HOW I DID MY FIrST NORTH AMeRICaN TOUR IN 25 YEARS with No Record Company... No Agent...No Amp...and No Band!
In June of 2008 my Mate "Miami" Charles Nethersole asked me to play at his annual Party on South Beach Miami
he told me to book a ticket to Miami the Party was on the 15th November, I packed My Squire Strat, my old G4 Lapt0p my Nokia N95 phone, a Hohner Melodica and an Oxygen USB KeyBoard , I Had a Plan.. I was gonna do some Gigs in the USA. (apart from the annual Miami Party) I hadn't played in the USA since 1994 and before that 1983 with The Members. I have been collaborating with various musicians on the internet so I thought now was a good time to meet up with some. I put the word out on my forum that I planned a trip by september Mark Cloutier a brilliant syracuse Guitarist who playedon my New English Blues Volume I album got me a Gig in watertown near the Canadian Border so I was on my way.The next step was to get on the Internet and hustle up some. I prepared a press release and forwarded it to various clubsin Maimi Palm Beach and New York, initially there was some promising feedback from a few venues in Maimi but this faded. I did get a bite from a JOINT over by the Brooklyn bridge in NYC Called the Delancy in NYC this place looked perfect as it provided back-line. I was on my way I had a Gig in New York... But no band? A few more e-mails to old friend David Snyder in Philly got me a show there so now my "tour " Maimi, Syracuse, New York City, and Philly. The Problem of No band solved itself... I wouldhave a different band for every show..and I would borrow or HIRE AMPS by sending chord Charts and Mp3's to Local Musicians I managed to get FOUR DIFFERENTbands to play my Music..... In Philly I played solo Di-ing my Guitar and Playing to Backing tracks played off My NOKIA N95 Mobile Phone.
The Phone was really Usefull ...... when I wasn't using it to Play Back backing tracks I USED IT TO GET MATES TO FILM the Gigs.... here is some of that footage.....I ALSO GOT ON NEW YORK CABLE TV... with the Wonderfull TOM MEADE These You TUBES are a Bit Dodgy because they were all shot on MY NOKIA phone apart from the Syracuse Gig and the NY TV
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THE DELANCY, DELANCY STREET, :LOWER EAST SIDE
NEW YORK 30TH NOVEMBER..
DRIVING UP TO WATERTOWNWITH MARK CLOUTIER
THE WATERTOWN GIG JC ON ORGAN!
THE DAKOTA TAVERN TORONTO
THE ORIGINAL CANADIEN MONKEYS TORONTO
Here is IKO IKO recorded in Toronto with Pete
Everybody knows that I was a Member of the Members who worked from 1977 to 1983, but the other Band I have played in has
always been "The Wise Monkeys" My main period with the Wise Monkeys was from the 15th October 1987 to july 10th 1994.
But the Wise Monkeys always lived on in a series of annual one off Gigs in Miami with Me and my Old Mate Lee Fergusson.
Lee lives in New York and works as a sound engineer and is responsible for organising Miami Monkeys Gigs...
15th November 2008, Miami Beach New York
Lee Fergusson- Guitar and Bass
Patrick Kellegher- Guitar Harmonica Vocals
Bill Hyde- Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals
JC- Guitar Mandolin Keyboards Vocals
Alejandro Fernandez- Drums
Double Barrelled Blues Band Featuring JC Carroll
22nd November Watertown New York
Garnett Grimm - Drums
Bill Satterly - Bass
John Hart - Guitar and Vocals
Mark Cloutier - Guitar and Vocals
JC Carroll - Organ Guitar and Vocals
27th November The Dakota Tavern, Toronto
JC Carroll and The Original Canadien Monkeys
"Lucky" Pete Lambert, Drums Vocals and Violin
Greg "Sweets" Sweetland - Bass
JC, Guitar and Vocals
30th November, The Delancy, Delancy Street, NYC
Lee Fergusson - Bass,
Kirk Driscoll - Drums
5th December , Tritone South Street Philly,
JC Carroll Solo Show
My Thanks to..
Charles Nethersole.. For Sending me the Ticket...
and organising the Miami Parties
Richard Edwards... For Lending me his New York apartment
Lee Fergusson... for organising the Miami and New York Shows
Mark and Dawn Cloutier... For Putting me up in East Syracuse and Organising Gig
'Lucky" Peter lambert... for putting me up in Toronto and organising the Gig
Spencer Style ... for Filming the NYC gig and being an all round Good Guy..
John Thompson... for helping with the Maimi Show and Putting me up in Boston
David Snyder.. for putting me up in Philly
Sara Sherr for organising the Philly Show
Graham Parker, for putting me up in Upstate new York
All the Musicains that played with me.