Nov/Dec Tour Day 13

After 6 hours sleep on Saturday night, upstairs in the Blue Anchor in Brixham, Devon, I hit the road at 7.30am bound for Cambridge to make our regular 1st-Sunday-of-the-month gig at the Geldart with Andy & The Sure Can Play Boys. Not only had Andy brought his new resonator guitar but also had come armed […]

Nov/Dec Tour Day 12

Saturday found me making my way down to Brixham in Devon to spend the evening singing and playing in the Blue Anchor pub. I arrived in time for a short lie-down upstairs. Emma the landlady was most welcoming, and when I came downstairs, I set up my stuff and then sat down to enjoy a […]

Nov/Dec Tour Day 11

Once in a while I get to finally meet someone I have known digitally for a while, through mutual friends etc. Friday night produced one of those moments when I went to see and hear Aaron Beavers and his fabulous band SHURMAN. I had Friday off, so arranged to stay with my cousin Eva and […]

Nov/Dec Tour Day 10

Last night Matt Woosey¬†and I both performed sets at a special eating and hanging event organised by Angela Yon. It was a fabulous evening! Angela prepared some delicious food and the two dozen or so guests brought the drinks of their choice. Once most of the eating had been accomplished, the music began. Matt played […]

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 […]