Holding My Girl – New Christmas Music from Fletch

A Christmas Song for 2020

Anyone who knows me knows I love Christmas music. That’s why, back in 2015 I collaborated with Tim Smith and the Pacific Belles to create my first Christmas composition “If You Want a Happy Christmas”

My second attempt at spreading Yuletide cheer, also in collaboration with Tim Smith, is Holding My Girl at Christmas.

Master guitarist Sam Lemann jumped in on guitar with great mate Kane Baker on drums. Tim tickled the ivories and the wonderful Robin Gray from Allan Eaton Sound produced and mixed.

Thematically I am drawn to a similar message in this song as my first Christmas song ” If You Want a Happy Christmas”. The message is simple, being with loved ones at Christmas is far more important than presents.

Let me know what you think?

(Click the image below to hear in YouTube)

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You Can Download the song by clicking on the download button on the track below.

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Dying For a Laugh – a short film

Mezzanine Films and BOS Films present

DYING FOR A LAUGH

Written and Directed by Stig Wemyss

Based on an original idea by Alan Fletcher

DOP : Anthony Littlechild

Marty Moore was a highly regarded and successful stand up comic until a serious incident at a gig brought his star crashing to earth.

Now he is relegated to D class gigs such as children’s parties and even then he fails to cover himself in glory.

Finally, as his career languishes at rock-bottom,  Marty receives a booking that could help him restore his credibility and re-establish his credentials. But in Marty Moore’s life nothing ever goes to plan.

Dying for a Laugh stars Australian Comedy legend Marty Fields.

Also starring Darren Gilshenan, Abbe Holmes, Ben Pendergast, Sharon Davis, Finn Scicluna-O’Prey, Terry Norris, Jan Russ, Barry Friedlander, Marc Mazzeo and Brian Hannan.

Please click on the image below to view in YouTube.

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Waiting Room Band Page

 

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Waiting Room was formed by Alan Fletcher, Tommy Rando and Chris Hawker in 2004 and immediately took up a weekly residency at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow in St Kilda mainly playing covers.

In 2005 the band released In the Waiting Room and were invited to tour the UK pub and University circuit twice that year to huge acclaim.

For the next 12 years WR continued to play at the Elephant and tour the UK as well as performing in Sydney and Brisbane. The band released a ‘live’ album in this time.

In 2019 after a hiatus Waiting Room has re-formed as Alan Fletcher vocals and guitar, Tommy Rando vocals and guitar and Tim Smith on keyboard. The band concentrate on playing their eclectic original works that move from punk and rock through to pop and folk ballads. Samples of Waiting Room music can be heard below.

Waiting Room is available for gigs within Australia. Please email Alan Fletcher @ mail@alanfletcher.net for booking enquiries.

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Hold That Feeling by Tommy Rando

You Make Me Feel

It’s Your Fault

I Wasn’t There

So Wrong

 

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Thinking of You

 

One True Love – song for Jen

This post is a touch on the self-indulgent side but I can’t resist sharing my new song with you because it truly comes from my heart dedicated to my One True Love, Jennifer Fletcher.

Over the years I have written a variety of songs but, much to my wife’s chagrin, I have never penned a song for her.

It’s a big oversight given we’ve been together for more than 30 years and married for 28 years. In my defence, even when you love someone above anything else in the world it can still be hard to put your feelings into words.

I finally took on this task with rigour and, with the help of stellar producer Cameron McGlinchey and brilliant guitarist Danny Spencer, I created this simple tune to express my enduring love for my darling wife.

I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers

Fletch

(To hear the song click on the image of Jennifer. To download the song left click on the image.)

IF YOU WANT A HAPPY CHRISTMAS – Song Download

Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

Please feel free to listen to  and download my Christmas song below.

 

And while you are at it why not watch the video.

 

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Have a brilliant holiday season.

 

Cheers

Fletch

 

2016 – Oh what a lovely (busy) year!

2016 has been an amazingly eventful and exciting year for me.

In conjunction with Red Touch Media I succeeded in getting  Travel/Photography show called Photo Number 6 into production for 8 episodes in 2017, co-produced a short film called Dying for a Laugh, recorded another monologue for the Second season of web series Shakespeare Republic and, of course, had another wonderful year working the best job imaginable….Neighbours. 

All the news below and don’t forget to download free Christmas music at this link!

FREE CHRISTMAS MUSIC DOWNLOADS HERE

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Another fun filled year of mayhem on the Neighbours’ set with new cast joining, sadly some departures and some brilliant storylines. The year finished cloaked in the mystery of Dee Bliss returning promising to make the start to 2017 explosive. As we closed the year I witnessed some of the finest performances the show has ever seen being recorded. I guarantee they will reduce you to tears next year.

Of course Neighbours has a summer hiatus in Australia and the UK. To keep the interest going we created a series of short episodes called “Summer Stories”. Written by Ben Nicholas (Stingray Timmins) and shot by our brilliant digital team, the episodes can be viewed on TenPlay in Australia at this link TENPLAY SUMMER STORIES

UK and other International viewers can see the episodes on the Neighbour’s facebook page. NEIGHBOURS OFFICIAL FACEBOOK

Dying for a Laugh

 

I co-produced my first short film with close friends Stig Wemyss and Abbe Holmes of Mezzanine Productions. Starring legendary Australian comic actors Marty Fields and Darren Gilshenan the film will be around 13 minutes long and hit the festival circuit next year.

You can keep track of the film’s progress at the Dying for a Laugh Facebook Page. Please visit and LIKE us.
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Photo Number 6

 

p6-fletchI started the year creating a pilot for a new Travel/Photography show called Photo Number 6 with Red Touch Media. In each episode of the programme I seek out and photograph 5 distinct experiences throughout the world and select one photo to sum up each of those experiences. THEN, I must select just one photo to sum up the whole trip – Photo Number 6.

The brilliant news is that we go into production of 8 one hour episodes in April 2017. I am beyond excited about this opportunity to combine two of my passions – travel and photography. I will be making regular updates on filming progress and hope you will get involved through social media and alanfletcher.net

Shakespeare Republic

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Some of you may know I was one of six performers who contributed a Shakespeare monologue to the first season of a web series produced by Shakespeare Republic. The reaction to this series internationally was phenomenal. We were accepted into 22 film festivals winning 8 awards.

Season 2 of Shakespeare Republic has just been launched with the first video (Stephen Costan as Queen Margaret) live right now. My monologue (Jaques from As You Like It) will appear next year. Please keep an eye on the website http://shakespearerepublic.com

and you won’t miss any of the news if you like our Facebook page

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So that’s that for 2016. I hope you have all had a brilliant year and, if not , 2017 brings joy, good health and happiness.

FLETCH

P.S Don’t forget to download free Christmas music at this link!

FREE CHRISTMAS MUSIC DOWNLOADS HERE

P.P.S.  I am always asked what is my favourite episode of Neighbours. In past years I have struggled to choose but not anymore! Episode 7000 from 2014 takes the cake! Winning and losing money, collecting lemons for lemon curd and getting nude over at Toadies made for an hysterical romp! If you have never seen this episode or would like to re-visit it you can watch the official video here: YouTube Preview Image

Music Blog – Ryland Rose

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In 2015 I was approached by a young Melbourne Hip Hop artist, Ryland Rose,  inviting me  to appear in a music video highlighting the latest release from his debut EP, Ivory Coast – ‘Gimme That’ . Now I am not known to be a huge fan of Hip Hop or Rap but there was something about this song and the infectious energy of it’s creator that had me hooked. Turned out my instincts were right because the song reached #4 on the Australian iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts. In 2015 he was triple j’s unearthed Artist of the Week and featured on iTunes New Artist Spotlight .

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Here is the video of ‘Gimme That’ and you can download the song below.

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To download the song simply click on the Download link. (In some browsers a new window will open. Simply right click on the track in this window to download. )

The Ryland Rose story keeps building. He recently released his new single “Almost Famous & Broke” that climbed to #4 on the US Billboard charts.

The clip for the single is one of the first of it’s kind. Filmed entirely on Snapchat it is one of the low budget but extremely clever video. Ryland states it “might be the most valuable in terms of idea, substance, and message”.

Through the use of playful Snapchat filters, celebrity face swaps and motion track emoji’s, the clip touches on celebrity culture, pursuing fame, whilst trying to maintain a relationship.

Check out the video:

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Ryland is a hip hop star in the making. Here’s some links to keep you across his journey.

Official Site: http://rylandrose.com

Faceboook: http://facebook.com/iamRylandRose

Twitter: @iamRylandRose

Instagram: @iamRylandRose

Snapchat: RyanRaps

Aimee Francis

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I first came upon Aimee Francis when I first started blogging on music. I saw her at a gig supporting one of my favourite power rock bands Dallas Frasca. I was immediately struck by Aimee’s brutally honest lyrics and ‘take no prisoners’ soul filled voice.

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I interviewed her at the time but didn’t complete a blog on her then. AND I am so glad I didn’t because I can now bring you Aimee’s music right on the threshold of a UK tour and the release of her latest single BONNIE and CLYDE that has me in raptures. Have a listen to this wonderful song.

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If you love the clip download the song here:

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Aimee’s has a reputation for strong rock with honest emotive lyrics. She has also gifted my subscribers a song called ‘Can’t You See’  that perfectly illustrates her style and passion.

There is so much to admire about her spirit and her work. She was playing guitar at 10, drums at 12 and gigging at 15. After a stint at music college she spent time in the United States, the UK and then back in Sydney. Her unshakeable drive and great talent has got her to a point where her music displays a maturity and self-awareness that promises so much. Interestingly she has always played alone, everything you get is pure Aimee!

UK and Irish subscribers can see Aimee live at these gigs.

July 12 – Troubadour, London
July 13 – The Vault, Putney
July 14 – The Roadhouse, Birmingham
July 15-17 – L Fest, Staffordshire
July 18 – The Cavern Club, Liverpool
July 22 –  The Venue, Lymm
July 23 – The Lounge – Northenden, Manchester
August 8 – Whelans, Dublin
August 27 – The Zanzibar Club, Liverpool
August 28 – Verve Bar, Leeds

Please try and catch her gigs in the UK and follow the links below to explore her music.

http://www.aimeefrancis.com

https://www.facebook.com/aimeefrancismusic

https://twitter.com/aimee_francis

http://aimeefrancis.bandcamp.com

Biggest Neighbours week EVER!

Two Deaths. Two Shock Returns.

From Monday April 4 Neighbours is promising viewers one of the biggest weeks in the show’s history. For many months the entire production team has worked overtime to craft and shoot a series of episodes that will shake Erinsborough to the core.

Who will die as disaster strikes? Why has Sarah Beaumont, Erinsborough’s notorious home wrecker, returned? Georgia Brooks is back, what does that mean for Kyle? Who are the two mysterious strangers who arrive in this dramatic week?

Special one hour episodes have been created to fully explore these momentous stories. In the UK Channel FIVE will screen a special one hour episode at 10pm on Monday 4th April. In Australia Channel ELEVEN will have a special one hour episode for fans screening from 6:30 to 7:30pm on April 5.

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Why are these episodes so special?

To quote the show’s executive producer Jason Herbison:

“Every episode next week sees brand new stories unfold, including returning characters, mysterious strangers and jeopardy for all our beloved favourites. The fallout will be felt for months to come.”

Here is a sneak peak of what’s in store. Please don’t miss these episodes if you love Neighbours. When the cast and crew viewed them several weeks ago there was not a dry eye in the house!

(YouTube clip may not play outside Australia. UK viewers can read all about Hotel Death Trap at this link:)

Hotel Death Trap Week

 

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