What to do with this stack of new songs?
It’s been a couple of years since touring the UK. In advance of releasing another album I’d love to get back out on the road and share these with you.
Next week I’ll be joining hundreds of other songwriters, musicians and artists at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. They include heroes like Billy Bragg and Ani DiFranco and friend-eroes like Samantha Whates, Ben Walker and Josienne Clarke, Blair Dunlop and Rachel Sermmani.
We’re going to sit around sharing songs with each other and people in the music industry and see where it leads. Hopefully some touring, recording, and excellent times.
More news on some big Canada tours coming soon!
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My to-do list for the year:
1) writing 2) writing 3) tour north america 4) get married 5) writing.
Only one UK show confirmed so far – a special one-off duo concert with John Parker on March 2nd at the Velo House Music Club, Tunbridge Wells: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/385356
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Toronto – what a city to end the year in.
US / Canada touring is now firmly in my sights. I’ll keep you posted.
A brief round-up:
The results are in and – folks – the rumours are true. Canadians are really really nice.
Exhibit A: The guy next to me on the plane randomly gives me a box of Guylian. The king of chocolates! Imagine it. What a hero.
Exhibit B: someone who couldn’t make one of the concerts turned up early, left $20 and then dashed off. Extraordinary.
**full disclaimer – I re-gifted the chocolates but kept the $20**
Plans are taking shape for 2017. Am gunning for all three of the Big Three – more writing, more recording, more touring.
But that’s it for me and concerts this year. Want to thank everyone for their foolish loyalty to the cause, you shall be rewarded many times over… Read the rest
It’s been an absolute thrill to perform with the Real Voices choir this year. These photos are from their concert at St Barnabas Church last week.
This last week has been every bit as fulfilling as I’d dared to hope. The audiences have been so up for it – giving so much to the music. Thank you all!
It’s hard to believe this tour could have ended any better than it did in Bristol and London. What a night. Anyone have any photos?
Here are some of mine from this week…
Meet the band! This bunch have brought more than I ever hoped to the music.
Thanks so much to everyone who already has tickets for next month. It’s going to be so much fun.
16th Nov – Manchester
17th Nov – Kendal
18th Nov – Birmingham
19th Nov – Bristol
23rd Nov – London
Absolutely delighted to confirm Kizzy Crawford as support act for the November tour.
She’s a young Welsh / Bajan artist with talent to burn. Get to know her music here:
16th November – Manchester
17th November – Kendal
18th November – Birmingham
19th November – Bristol
23rd November – London
In support of international charity Postcards For Peace, whose goal is to end discrimination and violence through education, I’ve joined with twenty five other incredible musicians to contribute a song to this album
The title, A World of Hope, comes from the lyrics to Jo Hamilton’s ‘There It Is’ (one of the first tracks contributed to the project) and it is a fitting name for an album that features 26 songs of war and peace, of hope and of love, of living life to the full, of not giving up and of having the courage to face adversity.
It includes acts that have truly earned the right to be called legends, Grammy award nominees, multiple BBC Folk Award winners, acts that have enjoyed chart success and artists that spend their lives travelling the world to get their music heard. From octogenarian Peggy Seeger to teenager Breeze Redwine, every single one … Read the rest