New JA Christmas song! 


My new Christmas song 'Bring Those Presents To Me' is now available for download (name your price)! I wrote this puppy as the Christmas spirit was starting to set in, just last week. Decided to do just get in the studio and put it out. Pretty happy with the thick holiday vibes.

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JA meets Pussy Riot legend Masha Alyokhina! 



I had the massive pleasure and good fortune of meeting Masha Alyokhina from Pussy Riot. She and the rest of her band are an inspiration when it comes to delivering messages of political resistance against authoritarian rule through music and for risking everything in order to do so. (She went to jail for nearly two years for the band's performance in the Russian Orthodox church in Moscow). 

As I was walking her out, I asked her if she had seen what Green Day did at the American Music Awards the night before ("No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA"). Because she had arrived in Vancouver late that night, she hadn't seen it. I described what happened, and her face lit up. She looked genuinely pleased. Then, hilariously and stupidly, I said "...it was pretty gutsy.". I immediately realized who I was talking to, and quickly added, "...but I guess that's nothing compared to playing in a church in Moscow." Thankfully, she laughed and told me that any form of political message in music is really important and powerful. Masha, thank you for your work, your sacrifice and for your graciousness. It was an honour to meet you!

JA LIVE at Persephone Brewing Co. on the Sunshine Coast 

Josh and I had an awesome time playing the Persephone Brewing Company on the Sunshine Coast this past Sunday. It was raining like crazy, but the place was packed with beer drinkers of all ages as well as a bunch of awesome kids. Really outstanding crowd...standing room only for pretty much the entire set. Thanks to my buddy Angie who came out despite being 38 weeks pregnant and to everyone who took it in. We neglected to get a live shot, but here are a couple from the trip. Note to selves: reserve ferry spots on the Sunday of a long weekend. We waited 5.5 hours to get on the boat! All in good fun though.

Slickity Jim's LIVE featuring JDKK 


Josh and I had an outstanding show down at Slickity Jim's. Love the speakeasy feel of the back room. It only holds about 30-35, but we packed 40+ in there. Thanks so much to everyone for cramming in and listening so intently. We hear there isn't going to be live music at Slickity's much longer, which is a cryin' shame because it's a great room. Bittersweet to be one of the last few to play it.


Little pitch and catch pre-show

Here are the set lists from the intimate Slickity's set:

Set 1

Zamboni Man
Wasted Too Long
Better Days
Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagles cover)
Carry On (Factories & Alleyways)
Black & Blue
Teenage Autumn Nights

Set 2

Find Love
Sing To Me (Factories & Alleyways)
My Brother (Factories & Alleyways)
Flying Over Water (Jason Isbell cover)
Restless Fool
Come and Go
The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
1000 Beers (Factories & Alleyways with MDK)
Right Now (Factories & Alleyways with MDK)

 

Fraser Valley Music Awards 

Saj and I takin' in the FVMAs.

Had a great time down at the Fraser Valley Music Awards gala with my girl Saj, Joshy-poo and my mom and dad. Didn't take home the roots/folk hardware this time around, but it was a big honour to be there. Thanks to Aaron Levy and James Kasper who organized the event and the awards!

Me with my old man Keith and the legend, JDKK!

JA charting on CJSF and CIVL 

I've been getting some awesome love from a couple of local Metro Vancouver stations over the past month. MEMORY ELECTRIC charted on Burnaby's CJSF at #5 on the Top 30 (just ahead of Royal Wood, Suuns and Wintersleep).

Also snuck onto the Top 30 on Abbotsford's CIVL radio (sponsor station of the Fraser Valley Music Awards for which I'm nominated!). Memory Electric came in at #30, just behind Radiohead. hahaha. 

Thanks to the local stations for playing the record and let's keep this thing going!

VINYL IS BACK AT THE ALLINGHAM HOUSEHOLD 


About a year ago my record player was struggling and needed to be fixed. I was told I could "probably fix it myself" and obviously that was an inane statement because I can't fix anything myself. I can barely string my guitars (that's only slightly hyperbolic - it takes a long, long time. ha). 

So the record player sat there and then in January we moved. Finally, I got it fixed and set it up this week, and man am I ever relieved and pumped. Earlier tonight I had the misfortune and embarrassment of having to admit to my guests that my record collection was not in alphabetical order. Sooooo, after they left and I bathed Maliyah, read to her and put her to bed, I got down to it. Ahhh, the cathartic OCD massage that is record organizing. 

I have a philosophy when it comes to vinyl records: Because of their cost and size, I only purchase records that I REALLY like. So I wouldn't call myself a collector at all. I only own albums that, to me, are the grade A shit. Obviously there are big holes in my collection, and I will continue to build it through my lifetime, (and I need a bunch of new stuff!) but here's what it's lookin' like as of right now:

AC/DC - Highway to Hell (dick rock can be good)
At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command (for trashing the house or cleaning it (after trashing it?))
Bryan Adams - Cuts Like A Knife (he's a butt head about CANCON, but an undeniable legend)
Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker (in my top 10 of all-time, but the opening track proves what a dick he is and I hate that it's a double)
Ryan Adams - Demolition (he has the worst, most arrogant stage banter in the business, and also some of the best songs)
Ryan Adams - Cardinology (that Taylor Swift thing he did made me hate him so much. but often, hate is borne from love)
Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (majestic grandeur)
Band of Horses - Mirage Rock (can't wait to see them at the Orpheum next month!)
The Beach Boys - Endless Summer (the standard for pop rock)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo (weird that I have this one and not the others, which I love, but I bought it at a show at the Showbox in Seattle and it hand't come out yet, so I spazzed and yelled that I would pay $35 for it and the merch girl relented. ha.)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live (I am not a great fan of live albums, but I love BRMC enough to own this)
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I See A Darkness (present from my boy MDK. Another strange genius man whose talent is undeniable.)
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Beware (Ive always loved the opening line of the record "I want to be your only friend. Is that scary?" He is so good. Insane and good.)
Buck 65 - Square (I had a huge man crush on Bucky from about 2002 - 2007. Saw a bunch of shows and met him a number of times. Even did an interview. He has shown himself to be not such a great guy in recent years, so this record has nostalgic value but doesn't end up on the turntable much.)
JJ Cale - Naturally (Likely my favourite album of all time. Saj and I danced to 'Magnolia' for the first dance at our wedding. Legendary song writer, perfect subtlety and tenderness.)
JJ Cale - Grasshopper (Doesn't have the magic of Naturally for me, but still, a bunch of very cool shit on here.)
JJ Cale - Troubadour (Love him. RIP.)

 to be continued....

FVMA Showcase and the VIP Fan 



Had the good pleasure of playing an intimate, solo acoustic show out at Old Abbey Ales in a showcase of Fraser Valley Music Award nominees a couple of weekends back. It was a beautiful day at a great little brewery and a bunch of kind folks were out to support. But most importantly for me, was getting to play for my little buddy, Maliyah. My girl came out in a tie-dye shirt, got into the free popcorn, made a couple of friends and danced her ass off. 

She and I play guitar and sing and dance around the house all the time, but getting to see her see me performing live was a thrill. She saw me play once before live on CBC Radio when she was about 8-months-old, but obviously that doesn't really count.

When the show started, she began by sitting quietly, but then as the performance went on and she recognized the songs more and more, the dance party began. At one point she came roasting out of the venue with a massively excited smile on her face and she turned and seemed to be headed straight for the parking lot (I was playing outside facing into the venue through a large garage door). I nearly panicked and dropped the guitar, but then my mom (grandma!) grabbed her and everything was fine. Somehow the song that I was playing was still on the rails and seemed to have been progressing nicely. Auto pilot!! Ha!

Also, playing Factories & Alleyways' '1000 Beers' at brewery was highly satisfying. Stay tuned for July 16th to find out if I take home a Fraser Valley Music Award for best Roots/Folk artist. 

Old Abbey Ales acoustic set list:

Teenage Autumn Nights
Atlantic City (Springsteen cover)
1000 Beers
Long Shadows (as yet unrecorded)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
Find Love

Previous events

Oct14

Jeremy Allingham ft. Josh Denny-Keys LIVE in Squamish

Howe Sound Brewing, 37801 Cleveland Ave., Squamish

Jeremy and Josh play an intimate featuring lush harmonies and stripped-down arrangements from JA's solo catalogue, Factories & Alleyways and cover songs.

Aug27

Jeremy Allingham w/Josh Denny-Keys LIVE at Slickity Jim's

Slickity Jim's, 3475 Main St. , Vancouver

Jeremy and Josh play an intimate duo set featuring soft hits, sweet harmonies and tunes from the JA solo catalogue, as well as songs from Factories & Alleyways and a few covers.

Jul23

Jeremy Allingham LIVE @ Uptown Live! Music Festival

6th ave. and 6th st. , New Westminster

Jeremy takes to the main stage at Uptown Live! Music Festival, an awesome outdoor street fest in New West.

The event is FREE to attend!

Jun26

Jeremy Allingham LIVE @ FVMA Nominee Showcase

Old Abbey Ales, 30321 Fraser Hwy #1a, Abbotsford

Jeremy performs an intimate acoustic show alongside other Fraser Valley Music Award nominees at Old Abbey Ales. Come down, grab a craft beer and enjoy the tunes!

May14

Daniel Wesley w/ special guest Jeremy Allingham @ The Commodore Ballroom

The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. , Vancouver

Jeremy opens for Daniel Wesley at the Commodore Ballroom as he celebrates 10 years of music with a live recording.

May13

Jeremy Allingham ft. Josh Denny-Keys live @ Roberts Creek Legion (Sunshine Coast)

Roberts Creek Legion, 3064 Lower Rd. , Roberts Creek

Jeremy and Josh bring the stripped-down, harmony-drenched set of originals and beauty covers to the Sunshine Coast!

Jeremy Allingham - Memory Electric Album Release show

The Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St. , Vancouver

Jeremy releases his debut solo LP "Memory Electric" at the Biltmore Cabaret, ft. special guest, Westwinds.

EARLY SHOW Doors at 7.

Jan29

Jeremy Allingham ft. Josh Denny-Keys

Howe Sound Brewing, 37801 Cleveland Ave., Squamish

Free show!

Nov21

Jeremy Allingham ft. Josh Denny-Keys

Skinny Fat Jack's, 3475 Main Street (Alley Entrance), Vancouver

Jeremy Allingham and Josh Denny-Keys play Skinny Fat Jack's on Main Street in East Vancouver.

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