I decided to delete virtually all of the old web site and make a fresh start in 2016. The plan is to have a more ECO friendly journal, that I can develop and update, while I am on the road...
I recorded a LIVE Acoustic Session and interview for Irish TV station NVTV on January 7th 2016. The full interview was broadcast on Freeview & Virgin TV on Sat 30th January 2016 @ 10.45pm. An edited version of the two songs performed 'Cell Of Fame' by Wishbone Ash & 'The Repo Man' written for the new solo album, can be viewed on the video player.June 2016 will see the launch of my new campaign Homeless Jesus. The objective is to use my professional experience as a musician to help raise funds in order to purchase 100 specially designed coat for the homeless, that turns in to a sleeping bag created by the Empowerment Plan in Detroit. The ugly face of homelessness was highlighted shamefully at the beginning of 2016 in N Ireland, when four innocent homeless people died of exposure in Belfast City Centre within four weeks of each other. These coats are not the solution but, it could help prevent this happening again.
A new look?, new shoes, a new album and a new journey begins! after what I can only describe as several unpleasant years lost in a very unforgiving World. But, I feel blessed, positive and hopeful, as there are many unfortunate souls on this Planet, who are much, much worse off than me.
Musically I have been very active with song writing and recording, taking influence by going back to my Irish roots. I also found some of my old 12" vinyl record collection in my mother's attic and even with that unmistakable sound of bacon and eggs frying coming out of the speakers, Neil Young, America and the Eagles still sounded fantastic! There is just something so pure and organic with vinyl.
To date I have well over twenty five new songs written for an acoustic based solo album entitled 'Songs from the Attic', I also have a further ten in place for the new Phenomena Project album.
I plan to record the new solo album first, then tour and perform LIVE acoustically in 2016 as much as I physically can. There are other other exciting plans connected to this, I am continuing to develop, so watch this space kiddies!
The videos above are a small sample of bands and projects I have contributed to in the capacity as a musician, singer/songwriter & producer. It also includes some solo work and new music/media concepts in development.
Merv Spence (aka Spam) is an Irish musician, songwriter and music/media producer, best known for his work as bass player & lead vocalist with British rock bands Wishbone Ash, Trapeze & the Phenomena Project. All bands have achieved international chart success, including a number 1 single & album with Phenomena Project II (Dream Runner) in South America. He has also written and produced a number of solo albums, with a new acoustic album written and in pre-production for 2016/17. A new Phenomena Project studio album is also in pre-production.