Nov/Dec Tour Day 9

After 8 gigs in 7 days I was looking forward to my day off, but at the same time I found myself itching to play. So when my friend Ian Perry with whom I was staying in Bristol suggested going to an open mike I jumped at the chance. And am I glad I did! […]

Nov/Dec Tour 2013 Day 8

Yesterday I spent a most enjoyable day in the company of Tony Hobden, a music lecturer at Weston College, a very talented fellow and all round good guy! I had left Nottingham a little before 9 and had to drop Si Anthony off in Malvern on the way. I called Tony to say I was […]

Nov/Dec Tour 2013 Day 7

On Monday night I performed at a house concert in Nottingham. It took place in the house I described in my previous post. It was a great night, with a gathering ¬†comprised of a lovely mix of people. Some young student types(!) rubbed shoulders with more well-to-do local residents, a couple who had travelled from […]

Nov/Dec Tour Day 6

Last night I played a short set in the Jam Cafe in Nottingham. There was a small but enthusiastic audience who generously weighed down the hat. For this and tonight’s gig, I have a support act named Si Anthony. He travelled up from Malvern with me yesterday and I’ll drop him off there tomorrow on […]

Nov/Dec Tour day 4

Went for a walk in the Malvern hills this morning with my hosts Lisa & Matt, pictured here, the proprietors and CEOs of Hatters Touring. Freezing but bright and beautiful….           We had a great night last night at the Great Malvern Hotel. Lazibyrd opened, and I took the stage around […]

Nov/Dec Tour day 3

Last night I played as the featured act at the Open Mike night of the West Malvern Social Club. What a treat! This gathering is an object lesson in how folk clubs used to, and should be. Local folks each playing a few tunes or songs, supporting each other, dancing, drinking and carousing together for […]

UK Tour Nov/Dec day 2

Last night I played my first gig of the tour, in the B Bar in Plymouth, Devon. It was a cold and blustery night, so I was very grateful that the 6 tables full of people had made it, and stuck around to listen. If the contents of the hat are in any indication, then […]

les rues de France 2012 pt 5 Tina’s Cafe & Steve Davey’s funeral

Tina’s Cafe, in Mescher-sur-Gironde, is about three and a half hours from Nantes and I arrived there in the late afternoon, having stopped for a short nap in a shady spot along the way. Both Alex and Tina were there to greet me and I was made to feel most ¬†welcome. It turned out that […]

les rues de France 2012 pt 4 Rennes & Nantes

After a picnic style supper in my Caen Formule 1 sleeping box, I went to bed happy and sober, and was blessed with a deep ,dreamless nights sleep. The plan the next morning was to make my way to Rennes. My memories of Rennes were that it was a beautiful old city, the capital of […]

les rues de France 2012 pt 3 Le Havre & Caen

On Sunday morning, my plan was to go to an 11.00am mass in Rouen and then head for Le Havre. This meant getting packed and vacating my room by 10 to give me time to get down town, park and find the church. In a town full of lovely old churches I found myself in […]