Music has been a major part of my life since I was 12, you’ll find a biography and a blog about how it all started on the site, Currently I’m working on a Pilch and the Midnight Tinklers album and a new musical called Second Time Around on which I’m very pleased to say I’ll be collaborating musically with Michael Andrews (www.michaelandrewsmusic.co.uk). Still gigging with the Impossible Groovers and Shot in the Dark are back in the saddle again. I also enjoy enormously getting the opportunity to sing with the English Jazz Orchestra from time to time…
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STOP PRESS “Someone Started Shouting” Shot in the Dark’s album first released in 1991 now available on CDBaby, iTunes etc…
From the mid eighties to the early nineties I fronted a rock band called Shot in the Dark for whom Ralph Stringer, the keyboard player and I wrote the songs. After the band came to an end we continued to write together, we even got a publishing deal for a time, but never saw a penny…. Anyway a while after that we came up with the idea of writing a Christmas song and Shine On was born.Learn more
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Pilch’s musical career started aged 12 as a boy soprano for the English National Opera playing a street urchin in “La Boheme”, typecasting at such a young age! He joined his first band at 14 and has over the years played in many lineups covering a wide range of styles from Rock to West Coast, Acoustic to Jazz, Gospel to Soul.
For 6 years he fronted the Rock Band “Shot in the Dark” regulars on the London pub/club scene, for whom he was a principal songwriter and with whom he recorded the album “Someone’s Started Shouting” A resulting writing partnership with Ralph Stringer led to a publishing contract with Leo song.
In the late 90’s Pilch wrote the musical “Streets Paved with Gold”. Having its professional premier in 1998 the show has been well received by audiences and critics alike.
These days you’ll most likely find him playing acoustic gigs around London backed by the magnificent “Midnight Tinklers”. A survivor, Pilch has undoubtedly been around the block and the honesty and humour he brings to his performances add a tangible intimacy to his gigs. At the other extreme he enjoys fronting “The Impossible Groovers” a nine-piece soul band playing fund raisers and corporate events.
In 2012 two of Pilch’s songs made it to the semi-final stage of the UK Songwriting Contest
“Shine On” a Christmas song written with Ralph is currently at the semi final stage of the 2014 UK Songwriting Contest and will be available for download from all the normal sources this Christmas season
Currently Pilch is working on an album with the “Midnight Tinklers” and a new musical, “Second Time Around”
He also considers it a privilege to be on the worship team at Christ Church Cockfosters and Northern Lights. Pilch is married with two children and lives in North London.
What does he sound like? Well imagine Bruce Springsteen meets Phil Collins in a dark alley somewhere in North London wearing a stetson…..
Follow the link to hear and see the latest from “Pilch and the Midnight Tinklers” on YouTube.