Here's a recording of a Little Daylight In - which will be on the new album. This was recorded in the deep dark and cold month of January at the excellent New Hellfire Club's record shop in the Hidden Lane in Glasgow..
As the the last few days of 2015 drained away into the dark December night, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to perform and be filmed within an iconic Glasgow building. This former Royal Mail sorting office in Cubie Street provided the ideal opportunity for playing a few songs in an atmospheric environment and cool December light, filmed by Glasgow's Beaten Track Productions. If anyone is looking for a fantastic space for their business - check out www.cubiestreet.com if it is not occupied soon I i think it will become a fantastic gig venue. More songs to follow...
Looking forward to starting 2016 with a show at a sold out Edinburgh Blues Club night , opening for Paul Jones & Dave Kelly. Bring it on!
Just in case anyone missed it, the youtube video to Lorna Reid's Smash Gamble is below. I was extremely please to be asked to join Lorna Reid during her set for STV Edinburgh. We recorded 4 songs in a very hot and stuffy studio and it was great to meet the team behind the cameras. Not all songs have been broadcast yet, so in the meantime here is the video for Smash Gamble.
I'll be teaming up with my old friends The Doghouse Roses for 2 shows next month , the 4th September sees us at our regular haunt - The State Bar in Glasgow and then in Aberdeen on the 5th at The Blue Lamp. We expect the Glasgow show to be busy - tickets are on sale at tickets scotland. Joining in the fun will be Slovenian folk / rock duo Katarina Juvanic & Dejan Lapanja
Last week I was asked to play guitar on Edinburgh based singer songwriter -Lorna Reid's session for STV's The Fountain Bridge Show. We played 4 of Lorna's songs which will be broadcast over the coming weeks. In the meantime - the first of Lorna's songs can be seen playing out the show that was broadcast on Wednesday 8th July and is now available online check out 'Smash Gamble' here.
If you can make it along to The State Bar on 26th June, you will hear some fine tunes emanating from the basement venue. Paul Tasker of the Doghouse Roses and myself will be teaming up for a rare duo gig performing a mix our own songs. Also on the bill will be Newcastle based Shipcote & Friends, providing an altogether splendid evenings entertainment.. get your tickets now from tickets scotland
Looking forward to playing at Falkirk's very own blues club this month - 30th April. Please come along or spread the word it all help keeps these clubs going - http://falkirkbluesclub.com
Due to the success of the Bringing It On Home songwriters in the round show were are now taking the show on the road. Ok the road is a lot closer to home than the last one but it's still a road we haven't done a gig on before and I suppose we are bringing it on home... is 19th August @ The Star Folk Club , Admiral Bar , Waterloo Street, Glasgow.
Check out the Star Folk Club - it's a great club with world class acts every week! www.starfolkclub.com
A special night of songwriters from Scotland will be taking place at Mugdock Theatre on 10th May. This show will be a songwriters in the round format, with all performers on stage at the one time, taking it in turn to sing and play their craft. We have a variety of styles from Paul Tasker, Larry Guild, Stephen Maguire and myself, all presenting our own take on the craft of songwriting. Whatever happens on the night , it will be a soulful, country tinged, blues and folk evening in the fantastic springtime setting of Mugdock Park, near Milngavie. Tickets are limited and available from Tickets Scotland. There is a facebook page for this event for more info
my first attempt at making a video with an iphone. All footage from NZ trip earlier this year.
I should be plastered around Edinburgh now, so to speak..
I will shortly be releasing an EP of new material for download , will aim on having this available, watch this space.
My annual run at the fring is on next month and really hope the weather cools down for this as the AMC gets very hot!. I am plannin on taking abreak from the fringe next year so this will be the last chance for a while to see the Dustbowl Blues show get your tickets here! 14th August & 21st August
Had my first views of Christchurch post quake today and it's heartbreaking to see just how much of the city has gone.
Emerging from the rubble and dust are inspiring examples of kiwi ingenuity - pop up coffee and entertainment areas, the re start shopping mall made from metal containers has created focus and character in one of the worst affected zones, and close to all my old haunts.