I have enjoyed the gigs lately. From the majesty of the Black Dyke Mill, where the famous brass band got their name and still sometime rehearse, to the Musician in leciester, to the Half Moon, to my old favourite though far from home - The Railway, to Stan’s Bike Shack in a snowy South Downs. It’s been good to get in the car and play a load of songs. I played at a friend’s wedding the other weekend, a beautiful occasion, and this week I am off to Kinross and a near hometown gig in Edinburgh.
I was thinking as I drove to the gig the other day that it’s been 11 years since I put out my debut album from my Edinburgh flat. When I started there was no Twitter, no Facebook and Myspace was king. CDs still sold in the bucket load and Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime didn’t exist. But through all these changes there is so much great music around. My new favourites are Flyte and Alela Diane’s new record – the song Ether and Wood stopped me in my footsteps as I walked to the station a few weeks ago.
Well out here on the coast, the sound of the sea is my constant backing track. I have been writing new stuff. I am not sure how it’s going to turn out. I am trying (as ever) to keep it simple. We’ll see how it turns out this year.