I have just landed back in London after a short but busy visit to Scotland. I arrived on Friday past and had time for a brief practice with the talented Outi Smith before our gig supporting the Long Notes at Glasgow’s Oran Mor on Saturday night. This gig was brilliant fun. We managed to persuade a hardcore of twenty or so folk to fill the floor with stories of my unauthorised crowd surfing ….. The place was just warming up as we handed over to the Long Notes. It was lovely to see them all again and hear them play. Tom Oakes was standing in for Alex their normal guitarist and fair to say he played brilliantly.
Next on the agenda was the Old Library in Kilbarchan- great venue , amazing staff and a fantastic evening.I was very lucky to be be joined by Outi Smith and Mike Vass. Having such talented musicians beside you always makes a gig so much more fun (not to mention easier!)
Carol Smith of CSF music had worked her fingers to the bone planning for this gig and that it was a sell out is a tribute to her hard work. We had lights, cameras and of course an American manager 😉 Dann Moss made his way from LA via London to stage manage the whole event which was great . I learned a lot. I was also very lucky to have an excellent photographer in the form of Renato Ve. A talented gentleman who’s name you should keep an eye out for. The pictures peppered through out this post are all his handy work.
I have a few exciting projects in the pipeline at the moment. Weaving Musical Threads have commissioned me to write a song to compliment an anthology of poetry they are putting together and I will be visiting Paisley for the launch of this in early November. There are also various recording works, tour plans (suggestions welcome!) and secret (!) talks ongoing 😉
I had a great time up the road and looking ahead to the next couple of weeks in London they look pretty good too!
oh and thanks to everyone who came to the Old Library- lovely to see you 🙂