Blimey, the year end and a year it’s been! One that started with trepidation is ending on a high. I’m flabbergasted!
When 2017 hit I was still working on an album I started back in November 2015! Would it match my expectations? I know I was nervous about it. Hey, I got the album I’d hoped for. But it would not have been possible without the help of some truly amazing people. Time for a roll call …
Production: Tony Rawson CEO Music Street, Rob Bond Boskey Recording Studio, Nev Barker CEO Confidential Records UK, Karen Klein Kenney, Tim Courtnall, Andrew Thompson at Sound Performance, Heather Birnie Photography (along with Amber Lu), Emm Rouse Graphic Design and ‘ear bending’ … and there was some! Thank you all for your advice and talents.
Musicians: Rob Bond (Pedal steel), Andy Childs (Bass), Joel Waters, Mitch Field (Drums), Chas Hutchings (Trumpet & Trombone), Joel Mason (Acoustic guitar), Gareth Stuart (Bass) and Katy Watts (B/Vocal). Thank you for your musicianship and creativity.
Si Dartford thanks for being the friend and peer who gave the album its first listen ‘outside of the bubble’ … phew!
Bless you all xx
Released at the end of September digitally and physically, it has so far been received well. Radio, peers and friends have embraced it and I’ve been blown away by the positive feedback. It means a great deal to me. To those who remember my previous stuff your ‘leap of faith’ into the world of the more mellow Soloman Smith (a place I’m personally happier to be) is humbling. Ok I’ll still play the odd old one now and again … well maybe!
I’ve played a few live shows which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Including a support for the amazing Jim Moray, a headline at a new songwriter session at Pepys, Huntingdon and a few support/floor spots . I’ve renewed my membership at St Neots Folk Club (Roger & Patti Pitt thanks for the welcome). Ive appeared on some Community Radio Stations. Many thanks to Doc Mason at Peterborough, Les Ray at Cambridge and Liz Kelly/Mel Tait (Huntingdon) for having me on.
Muso friends old and new thank you for your generosity of spirit: the great Paul Downes (thanks for the banjo tips), Chris Fox for ‘the gas’, Christian Smith, Nick Hall (for steers) and the lovely Katie Watts for faith.
I’m really looking forward to getting out and playing more live shows. Hopefully some with a backline! I’ve a few things lined up for next year and if anyone is happy to offer me an opportunity to play it will be gratefully received. Older and maybe a bit wiser I’ve realised I can dip in and out of genres and styles and enjoy performing for the joy of it. I think I’m well past being a rock star … did I ever want that? Nah! (Mild chuckles ensue). Not that I don’t still have my professional pride.”If a thing’s worth doing” as the saying goes! Oh and I suppose I ought to enter the spirit of the ‘online age’ and post some more content up (I’ll get there)!
In essence 2018 will I hope be a year of re-engaging and making new friends on the musical circuit, being amazed by their talents and creativity, continuing to learn more about the ‘craft’ myself and to play and create music in the groove and space I find myself happy to be in. I’ve been too long away from it!
Have a great Christmas and I’ll see you on the other side. Oh … stuck for Christmas gift ideas how about an itunes card with a buying recommendation;)
This year has been filled with some amazing ‘Lasagne Moments’ for me and I hope yours has too? Let’s hope 2018 brings us more.
Sorry for waffling … oh no it’s called blogging isn’ t it. Maybe I am getting the hang of this I.T. thing?