How's it going? That's yer spring here - ignore the snow forecast for later in the week. I spent most of the weekend inside doing music things - remixing something, practicing for shows in the cool dark of the unit, that sort of thing. Come down off my cross, I know. Here I am putting a brave face on it. Look at me there, what a trooper.
First of all, thank you for all the incredible support recently. To spend three weeks in the Scottish album chart, and to pop up in those various UK charts a few weeks ago, is mental, so thank you for buying the record and thank you to LNFG for making sure it was there for you to do so. Get your copy here, if you have yet to do so. Go on, you deserve it.
I'm off out on the road again this week with solo shows at Skye Bridge Studios in Kyle of Lochalsh on Friday (1st) and then Futtle Organic in St Monans on Saturday (2nd). These shows will just be me alternating between an acoustic and electric guitar and exploring stripped back versions of the songs from both BC LPs and beyond. I really enjoy these intimate shows because it's nice to present the songs in a different way and also the interaction you can have with the audience - there's no band to cough irritably when I'm off rambling on a tangent making a show of myself. I'm excited to head up to Skye Bridge Studios, it's a gorgeous new spot, and I'm really looking forward to heading back to the East Neuk too, as it's been an awfy long time since I've played on the Costa Del Fife.
Opening at these shows is the very talented Linzi Clark. Her album All I Have Now isa belter. She'll also be lending her wonderful voice to some BC tunes during my set.
Next week sees the return of full band action at The Glad Café in Glasgow on Friday 8th April. I'm really looking forward to this one. It's one of my absolute favourite venues and the band are sounding brilliant. You should definitely get your tickets in advance for this one to avoid howlin disappointment. The fantastic Raveloe will be opening.
It's hard to express how incredible it's been to play music in front of folk again. It's been a long, long two years being away from it. It's been necessary, I know; I'm not complaining at all about the precautions taken, of course. Booking shows amidst the COVID reschedulings and spikes has been challenging and I'm relieved that they've all been able to go ahead. I've been living like a hermit for the most part too, to make sure that I'm not near, well, almost anyone in the run up to gigs. I know it's a nervous time for all of us heading back towards something resembling normality, but it would be great to see your faces from the stage and a cathartic experience for us all.
1/4 KYLE OF LOCHALSH Skye Bridge Studio*
2/4 ST MONANS Futtle*
8/4 GLASGOW Glad Café**
13/5 IRVINE Harbour Arts^
14/5 STIRLING Tolbooth+
9/6 EDINBURGH Sneaky Pete's±
10/6 ABERDEEN Tunnels±
11/6 DUNDEE Hunter S Thompson±
29/7 CUMBERNAULD Lanternhouse Theatre>
with support from
±MJ Henry and Mt Doubt
>Man of The Minch