Album time!

Dear all,

I am very excited to tell you that a new album is on the way soon. It’s been a while since my last outing The Same But Different so I’m writing to you from Northampton where I’ve been in the studio for the last couple of days with producer Mark Hutchinson. The new stuff’s sounding great and you can expect something a bit more like my gigs this time – it’s fairly stripped down. Some live favourites and some new surprises are on there and I am a little excited! It’s all going very well so I shall keep you posted.

So after a fairly crazy August, September is not much quieter! The last weekend in August saw two festivals with the Urban Folk Quartet at Burnham on Sea and Fylde folk festivals. We had a good time and overcame one or two technical issues! I then headed off for a holiday with my mum which was very nice indeed and much needed. We played a lot of scrabble!

It’s been a packed month or so with the band and so it continued last weekend at Swanage festival which was a lot of fun and one of our best gigs yet I’d say. Thanks to all who were there. I was even in solo action the night before at Belbroughton Beer Festival where I had much fun playing and catching up with my pals Clutching At Straws. Check them out, great band!

Coming up then is a UFQ gig at Sturminster Cheese Festival of all things (
and afterwards is a little solo mini-tour after my studio time:

16/09 – St Neot’s Folk Club, Cambridgeshire
19/09 – Shakespeare’s Live, Sheffield
20/09 – Spirit Of Folk Festival, Navan, Ireland
21/09 – Monroe’s Live, Galway, Ireland
22/09 – Ballymore Acoustic Gigs @ Mick Murphy’s, Ballymore Eustace, Ireland
25/09 – Uxbridge Folk Club, Middlesex
28/09 – Walthamstow Folk Club, London
30/09 – Bicycle Shop, Norwich (featuring Nic Zuppardi)

So it’s all go basically. So nothing could possibly cheese me off…or maybe it could. I watched the news the other day and the headline piece of news – a rich woman is pregnant and has morning sickness. There, I just told you the news in nine words. BBC News took FIFTEEN MINUTES. And it was the main story, far more important than you know Scotland, Israel, Syria, a five year old with a brain tumour…