How lucky am I? Every gig this year so far has been utterly different and thoroughly enjoyable. Starting with Hedleys shed two weekends ago to a maximum crowd of thirty good people with the bonus of Dave (we are not worthy) Burland in the audience and a superb debut gig from a brand new band, the Dovetail Trio.
Next up was a new sunday afternoon venture in beautiful Bedale in the Yorkshire Dales with a capacity crowd and an excellent opening set from the talented Sunjay Brayne. More sunday afternoon shows please!
A pleasant surprise last friday in the theatre in Brixham with another sell out crowd and a fine support from local heroes Maggie Duffy and Mike Weed.
Finally, last night at The Orange Tree in Baldock was a lovely experience with yet another great support, this time from Freds House whose very distinct, country tinged harmonies and brilliantly tight musicianship when down a storm at the folk club. They’ll storm it when they eventually get into the festival circuit.
I will be joining the Bully Wee tour this weekend for four shows
Friday 17th. South Petherton.
Sat 18th. Matthews Hall Topsham
Sun 19th. Bishops Cleeve Tithe Barn.
Mon 20th. Nettlebed village club.
I will play a short solo opener and join them at the end of the night. Always a pleasure to do this and looking forward to it.
Next solo show in the theatre next friday with Maggie Duffy and Mike Weed.
Looking forward to it. A lovely Theatre and a great town with serious maritime history. See you there.
Not only was it a lovely packed gig at Bedale on sunday but the huge advantage of it being a late afternoon show got the thumbs up from everyone I spoke to. People travelled from further away because they could easily get home early evening. I was having a quiet coffee in the lovely little Belgian style restaurant around the corner beforehand when folks coming to the gig dropped in for lunch . It made for a very relaxed and enjoyable afternoon and Jon and I still got to go out with mates for an evening meal afterwards. It was a brilliant and civilised day and actually a model for other people to seriously consider .
Thanks Paul and Wendy and the team.
Sunjay Brayne was on before me and was excellent. Check him out.