Following a great Christmas and New Year the brakes were firmly put on shortly after! Like many others I succumbed to the dreaded ‘lurg’, which came and went right through to the start of April! I did manage to get in a couple of nice plays: one supporting Ninebarrow at St Neots Folk Club (and amazing they are) and also a full electric band show at the Broadway in Peterborough which was great fun. Sadly I had to pull out of a number of other opportunities to play.
Made some new friends in Stella Hensley & Chris Newman, two lovely and amazing people who’ve helped with advice and some gigs too – thanks both (check them out either under names or as the ‘Barefoot Doctors’. I also renewed some old musical friendships: one with my old mate Keith Hagger and the second with fiddler Colleen Laura – playing opportunities being explored and arranged.
So now the bug has departed I’m looking forward to plays at St Neots and Cambridge Folk Festivals (solo), the ‘Up the Creek Fest’ at Downham Market, a couple of local open air plays (with full electric band) locally and a support slot at St Neots Folk Club for Clive Gregson (which I’m really looking forward). I last saw this amazing singer & song writer some 25/30 years back.
As for the album many thanks for the review and kind words from R n R Magazine “… wordy and thought provoking. There is a wry intelligence at work here”. And yes I know, I’m still long overdue some on-line content – I’ll get there!
Although 2018 didn’t start as I’d hoped (guess I’m not as young as I was), I’m quietly content with the pace of things and happy with the important stuff, enjoying the amazing music and company of others, making friends and … playing a bit myself.
Best wishes to all and enjoy your summer of music be it playing or listening. Support live music it’s good for the soul.