Updated: Feb 1
I write this at the end of a long todo list that is probably as long as this newsletter itself! Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you just have to take it on the chin, but at least this time it’s a nice curveball. I’ve finally moved into my own place so the normaly hectic music workload has now had added to it all the fun and games of moving home.... and to top it all off the music side of things seems to be racing away from me at the moment, thus this months newsletter is admitity a tad late. Anyway enough of my personal life, here’s what’s been going on in my music life so to speak.
I write this on a crowded flight back from Barcelona where I’ve been playing the last of three European dates. The first being Switzerland and the exceptionally accommodating Gator Saloon. The hosts Beat and Guido really couldn’t have looked after me better and I enjoyed a post gig beer or two at their quirky biker bar in the small town of Muri. There was also a Medieval fair the day after which my hungover self stumbled around before the flight back to London.
It was then onto Copenhagen, a favourite city of mine, and the famous Mojo Blues Bar. A one of a kind in the city and a fantastic venue to belt out my particular brand of Blues. After that it was Barcelona, a city that holds some fond memories of the times I’ve been there especially at Harlem Jazz Club, a hip venue right in the hart of the gothic quarter. There I was lucky enough to share the stage with local Blues band Mr Shingles and for the closing songs I joined them on stage to jam out a couple of songs of my own, before disappearing into the night for more adventures. It was then I faced an appearance on BBC Radio London on the Sunny & Shay Show were I was due to perform and join in a talk show about the weeks events. I've become some what of a regular on this show, with another date booked for February next year. And it didn't disappoint, it was a great night of chat and banter, and I'm looking forward to next time round.
And last but no means least I returned to my home area of the midlands for a gig at the superb Claptrap in Stourbridge. It was only a fleeting visit, but leaving London gave me a brief moment to reflect on the train. And that combined with a fantastic crowd at an awesome venue, made me realise how far I've come and how lucky I am to have found something that I love so very much. Looking forward too seeing you all soon on the journey, were ever it takes me next...