Can’t believe it’s Feb 10th, and I’m only just updating my website to wish you happy new year!
Suffice to say (sic) I had a pretty good Christmas, nice to have a bit of a lay-off and recharge the batteries before touring started again in Jan, easing in gently with a couple of gigs in Yorkshire…a folk club in Doncaster, and a village Hall in Hunmanby, both fabulous.
Then last weekend housegig season started, which sometimes means CAKE….but, honest, it’s not as tho’ it’s part of some “prima donna rider”, that means I INSIST on cake (and a white lily be-decked dressing room) before I’ll even contemplate the gig…don’t even quite know how the cake thing started (no doubt someone will remind me who was the first), but they’ve gone from strength to strength…get a load of this 2-tiered beauty that I was presented with at last weekend’s Stockton Heath gig.
I’ve already got over 50 gigs in already for 2016 (so Les & I must be doing something right), including, incredibly, 25 housegigs: from Glasgow to Godalming, Hinckley to Hull, Clitheroe to Cardiff, and many points in between.
Thanks to all the promoters and housegig organisers who keep on booking (and rebooking) us (many of the gigs are return visits) and we look forward to hopefully seeing some of you out on the road throughout 2016.
This weekend we have a rather special gig in Liverpool, a Valentine’s Day Songwriter Circle gig featuring myself, my old guitarist (and mucker) Pete Riley and the inimitable Les Glover.
We did one last year (basically we sing a song in turn, often talking about them, and we carry on until either we or the audience gets fed up!), and what was meant to last an hour went on for more like 2 hours, what with all our banter..well the three of us can’t half go on, and we do enjoy being in each others’ company; check this Narrowboat Sessions video out from the other year:
…it’s all we can do to stop crackin’ up most of the time…like 3 naughty school kids!
Anyway, it should be a great gig, and it sold out pretty quickly, so we may do another same time next year.
Well, that’s it for now…if you want to keep up with what I get up to on a more regular basis, I do post bits of info/pics/ruminations/twaddle on my Facebook page, at least a couple of times each week, so check me out there; or you can see these Facebook posts on the home-page on this website, in the right hand column…and I try to keep my gig-list up to date on my website site (under GIGS), so have a look there if you fancy coming to a concert….I’ll copy a full list of current 2016 gigs below.
Bye for now
22nd Doncaster – Roots Music (return visit)
23rd Hunmanby, Yorkshire – Hunmanby Community Centre
5th Stockton Heath – housegig* (return visit)
6th Hinckley – housegig @Greyhound Inn* (4th visit)
12th West Kirby – housegig*
14th Liverpool – Studio 2 Parr Street, Songwriter Circle
4th Lytham/St Annes – St Annes Folk Club (return visit)
5th Appletreewick (Skipton) – Cruck Barn, Craven Arms (return visit)
11th Leytonstone – housegig*
12th Wellingborough – Diggers Festival
13th Knutsford – housegig*
19th St Helens – Citadel
26th Anglesey – housgig* TBC
9th Glasgow – Berits & Brown (4th visit)
10th Glasgow – housegig* (return visit) 15th Chirk(Wrexham) – BlackPark Chapel
16th Martinstown (Dorset) – Village Hall
4th Bury – Songwriter’s Circle
6th London – Green Note (3rd visit)
7th Melksham (Wilts) – Rachel Fowler Centre
8th Kennet & Avon Canal – On the Kenavon Venture canal boat! (return visit)
20th Hornsea Floral Hall (E.Yorks)
21st Thonton Hough (Wirral) – TH Village Club (4th visit)
22nd Whalley/Clitheroe (Lancs) – housegig*
27th Doncaster – housegig*
28th Beverley (E Yorks) – housegig*
29th Cherry Burton (E Yorks) – housegig* (return visit)
11th Grimsby – Music Café @St Martin’s Church
17th Richmond (Yorks) – Dalton & Gayles Village Hall
18th Huddersfield – housegig*
19th Middlewich FAB (Folk & Boat) Festival
2nd Huntingdon – housegig*
3rd Northampton – housegig*
6th Southport – Atkinson Arts Centre
15th Godalming – Jan & Bill’s housegig* (4th visit)
16th Bourton (Oxfordshire) – housegig/wedding*
29th New Brighton Festival, Wirral
30th Abingdon, housegig* TBC
2nd Coventry – Albany Club
3rd Fleetwood Folk Festival
9th Gloucester – housegig*
10th Cardiff – housegig*
30th East Sussex – housegig*
1st Worthing – housegig* (return visit) 2nd Bristol – housegig*
7th Penymynydd (Chester) – housegig* (return visit)
21st Longton (Preston) – housegig* (3rd visit)
22nd Burton-on-Trent – The mADhOUSE (5th visit)
11th Garway (Herefordshire) – Village Hall
12th Tallarn Green – housegig* (3rd visit)
5th Etton -Processed Pea Folk Club (8th annual visit!)
*housegigs are mostly private affairs, but some ARE open to the public, so it’s worth checking on website