Been a wonderful month or so…firstly I have to thank everyone who sent their best wishes to me (literally hundreds of people, mostly via Facebook) for my 60th birthday in June…made an old man very happy….I’m actually appearing even older at the mo, as I’m still having to sit on a stool at gigs, being not fully recovered from my hernia op earlier in the year. Don’t worry, even seated I can still give it loads, especially with trusty Loved up Les at my side, and I’ll be back standing up and stomping before you know it!
My good friend Helen Stephens (who created this website, and is part of the Sandbox Digital team, who made the “Settle Down” DVD) decided we should do a special limited edition “60th birthday T-shirt” to celebrate me reaching that venerable age, and being eligible for a bus pass! The T-shirts bear the line from my song “Old”: “I’m the same age that my father was when I first thought he was old”..with “a henry priestman tee, 60th birthday edition” on the back (perfect for any upcoming 60th birthdays!).
We put these up for sale via Facebook and the offer ran from June 21st (my birthday) for a week. Amazing response, and the idea was, that would be that; but I’ve had a few people at gigs (who don’t use Facebook) saying that they’d have loved the chance to buy one. Fair comment; we wouldn’t want to be accused of being Facebook-centric (tho’ I virtually do daily posts on FB, I love it!), so we’ve decided to extend the offer (on a “first come first served” basis). So, if you want to pick up a T-shirt, here’s the link:
The shirts are £12 plus P&P.
Just a few more gigs before I take a break in Aug/Sept..including a return to London’s Green Note on July 24, the wonderful “Folk On The Farm” Festival on July 17-19th, plus 5 housegigs. Loads more gigs coming in (especially housegigs; I’ve had 4 enquiries about them this week alone). All live concerts are listed below…I plan to call the autumn set of gigs my “Complete Renaissance Man Tour 2015”, nicking a line from “In My Head” off my “Last Mad Surge Of Youth” album.
Anyway, enjoy the summer everyone, and try and get to a gig if you can!
PS re gigs, some are so hot off the press that ticket details aren’t up on website/Facebook gig/event lists yet…don’t worry, all info will there soon.
10th-12th Moonbeams Festival (N Yorks)
17th -19th Folk on the Farm Fest (Anglesey)
24th London – Green Note
25th Godalming – housegig*
7th Kirkby Fleetham (N Yorks) – housegig*
8th Alnwick (Northumberland) – housegig*
9th Derby – housegig*
“The Complete Renaissance Man Tour 2016”
2nd Hull –Kardomah
4th Liverpool – WSO Festival (short set)
8th Manchester (supporting Fisherman’s Friends)
9th Penymynydd (Nr Chester) – housegig*
15th Wrexham – housegig*
16th Burscough – Wharf Theatre
23rd Durham – Old Cinema Launderette
24th Saltburn – Saltburn Blues Club
31st Burton on Trent – mADhOUSE @Brewhouse
20th Skelmersdale – housegig*
27th Longton (Preston) – housegig*
28th Tallarn Green (Malpas) – housegig*
6th North Newbald (E Yorks) – housegig*
7th Beverley (Etton) – Processed Pea Folk Club
12th Liverpool – The Lantern Theatre
18th Farnham – Huxley House housegig*
19th Uxbridge – Uxbridge Cricket Club
*Denotes a house gig -some are open to the public, please check website/Facebook