New Zealand is good…

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Dear all,

The tour is very much underway here in New Zealand as I go from beautiful place to beautiful place. After the festival in Auckland I spent a couple of weeks in the city with my old friend Tom and it’s a cracking city with lots going on but it’s been nice to see the stunning natural beauty of this wonderful country. On Friday night I headed north to Tutukaka where I played a very lively entertaining gig in Schnappa Rock bar. Everyone there made it a very fun night and it was great to meet more splendid people and see a few faces from the festival.

Last night I played in just about the most stunning setting I think I ever have played in! Kerikeri was the destination in a quite amazingly idyllic garden – do check out the photo on my facebook page. I would post it here but having one or two issues with technology! It was a lovely gig and great to meet Toby Garland who set up both the aforementioned gigs for me and Rachael, daughter of my old chum Garry Copeland from Stafford. A great time had aside from pesky insects who are rapidly beginning to irritate me…

Tonight I’m in Whangerei playing in a wonderful house, built by the householders themselves and then tomorrow it’s back to Auckland to play a sold out Devenport Folk Club. A TV appearance beckons the next day too, I’m sure I’ll look a treat…

It’s fairly hard to find anything to rant about out here. The weather’s been lovely and the people so friendly and the gigs highly enjoyable. And to top it all, Liverpool won 5-1 against Arsenal! So surely all must be well in my world? Well yes, but if UK gigs from months ago could pay me that would really really help…What these cretins fail to understand is I don’t care one iota that you only pay the thirtieth day after your granny’s dog dies. I need money. Thanks.

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