Blabbermouth and more

It was a privilege to be part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Blabbermouth – a twelve hour celebration of Scottish writing in song, poetry and speech – on Wednesday 17th September. A hugely  uplifting, moving and enjoyable experience. Read a round-up from Brian Ferguson here.

I’m off for a return visit to Ramsbottom Festival with Admiral Fallow tomorrow, having first played there in 2012. It has a great line up, friendly atmosphere (and good food stalls if I remember correctly…) Then, the following weekend brings a trio of shows: another outing of Inge Thomson‘s superb Da Fishing Hands at the inaugural Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, a lunchtime concert in Dundee with Northern Lights Wind Quintet, and a solo gig closer to home at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow, supporting Kim Churchill for Glow Arts.

I’m also really looking forward to beginning work with another Belt It Oot singing group next week. I had a wonderful few months teaching on the project earlier this year, and am so pleased it’s been awarded more funding.

Over and out for now…

Emerging Excellence Award

I am absolutely delighted to have received an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK, which will provide a vital contribution to the recording of my Celtic Connections commission, ‘Woven’. I’ve booked studio time for later in the year, and can’t wait to get started! For more information about how to apply for these awards, keep an eye on this page for the next deadline. Many thanks to Help Musicians UK for their support.

Coming up…

I’ve a very busy few weeks coming up, and am really looking forward to it all! Some canny suitcase packing is required once again, but I reckon I’ve got it down to a fine art now…

On 1st and 2nd Aug, Admiral Fallow will be heading out to a couple of festivals: Kendal Calling (Calling Out stage, 6pm) and The Glasgow Mixtape (Glasgow Green, 7:30pm). Then we’ve a day at home before the first of two chunks of tracking for our next album. 

It’s also going to be great to tutor at the Folkworks Junior Summer School again – last year was just brilliant. I’ll be part of a concert celebrating 25 years of the Summer Schools, Elvet Methodist Church, Durham on 15th August.

Then it’s straight back to the studio with the band to continue work on our new songs. There are sure to be photographic updates of the process over at AF’s Facebook page, so keep an eye on that for more information on our zen recording rituals.

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Thank you to all who tuned in to my Concert Window broadcast last night! Big cheerses also to Robyn and Laura who hosted the gig in their flat, and Blair McMillan at CW for inviting me to play.

Next solo outing is at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Celebration on Glasgow Green! More info here

Latest news

I had an absolutely wonderful week on Fair Isle and Shetland with Inge Thomson‘s ‘Da Fishing Hands’ project; lots of special moments and memories. Plans are afoot to perform Inge’s new music again sometime within the year, so keep your eyes peeled for updates. Here‘s a lovely review from the Hillswick concert.

Coming up next is Admiral Fallow’s Duke Street Expo gig for the East End Social on 31st May. Our show at the Everlasting Arms Church is now sold out, but there are a number of fringe performances happening that afternoon. I’ll be playing some solo songs at Florrester’s flower shop at 2pm! For the full fringe line-up, go here

And if you’re at a loose end the evening of 4th June, tune in to my half hour solo broadcast for Concert Window. It’s going to be a house concert, so there’s a good chance you’ll see my pals’ faces too: always a treat.

Signing off for now – this afternoon, singing workshops for New Rhythms for Glasgow‘s Belt it Oot programme await!