Happy New Year.
I hope that 2015 is as busy and rewarding for everyone as 2014 was for us. We seemed to pack so much into the last 12 months that some parts of it already seem like a bit of blur. Music, of course, took up quite a bit of time but Doreen and I also managed to fit in quite a bit of travelling and sometimes managed to combine the two. Between us we travelled to the USA, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Gibraltar, Belgium, Portugal and most exciting – China. This trip was partly to celebrate the end of Doreen’s almost forty-year career in education. What a trip it was too. We managed to do pretty much all of the things that we had dreamt about doing for years; The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army etc. and of course trying, and for the most part, enjoying real Chinese food.
Musically 2014 was dominated by recording and releasing, “Long Way Home”. I can honestly say that the whole process was a joy which was down to the engineer and producer Chris Johnson at Nautical Studios in York and to the fantastic guest musicians Alex Cromarty, Angela Gordon, Bri Dales, Christian Topman, Heather Findlay and Mark Dunston. Chris really brings the best out of people with his calm, unflappable and encouraging manner. If you’re looking to do a record this year you can’t go wrong with Chris.
It was great to be able to play songs from the new CD at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of days after its release. The Wee Folk Club in Edinburgh is such an intimate venue, and the audience are so enthusiastic, that it creates a wonderful atmosphere – thanks Paddy Eberhard. I hope to be back in August 2015. Other stand out gigs include the “Home Coming Concert”, back in my home town of Bolsover for the release of “Long Way Home”. It was quite an emotional event, with family and lots of familiar faces from the past in the audience including members of the Blue Bell folk Club from the late 60s and early 70s, and my old scout leader – brilliant.
Another stand-out gig was a fund-raiser that I did with my mate, Vin Garbutt, for Chernobyl Children Life Line. The charity is one that Doreen and I have been closely involved in for the last 10 years or so. I was particularly pleased that Vin volunteered to do it, as in July we hosted two wonderful 9 year old boys from Belarus for a month of respite care from the effects of the Chernobyl disaster. The concert itself raised over £1500.00 and was a stormer. Thanks Vin and it’s good to see that you are getting back to full health.
Rounding off 2014, it was a privilege to share the stage with the wonderful Jez Lowe. This was a concert arranged at the last minute to replace Vin’s annual Christmas concert on Teesside that had to be cancelled due to ill health. Jez’s songwriting just gets better and better. (There’s a chance to see me and Jez in concert again on Saturday 28th March at Hutton Rudby)
…and finally I was really chuffed to have been invited on to the BBC Radio Tees John Foster Show to play live, choose some influential tracks and chat about about life in general, and the icing on the cake was that the interview was included in his “Best of 2014 Show” – thanks John Foster !
More news soon about further 2015 gigs.
Long Way Home is now available on iTunes!
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