OFF into Glasgow first thing. I drop Margaret off then go and install myself in McDonalds for a coffee and wifi.
Actually, it’s two coffees as I’m in the place for three hours! I get a lot of work done tho’…and decent internet speed. Lots of upcoming shows to get online and poster art to send to the printers.
Then it’s off to the Money Shop to change some currency – much better rate than the bank or post office – then off to Costco for some shopping and a hotdog.
I pick Margaret up then we head into town and I pick some mail before killing an hour or so at Braehead. We’re off to our pal Catfish Keith’s show at the Glad Cafe, so no point going home..and hence the reason for us both coming into Glasgow today.
We decide to eat at the Glad Cafe and I’m particularly delighted to find an Asian-themed restaurant space called Nanika…that wasn’t there last time we were here (albeit two years ago when I played a show at the venue)!
Margaret has the best katsu she’s tasted with a side of her favourite enoki mushrooms – I have salt and chilli tofu with a steamed pork belly bao bun. Amazing!
We catch up with Catfish before doors open…it’s great to see him and we’re glad we’re home for his visit to Glasgow. From 1993 until eight or nine years ago I booked his Scottish dates and handled all is UK and Ireland tour promotion/publicity…then my own gigging moved up a gear and we’ve been on the road – ironically often in the USA – when Catfish and Penny have been here. We did stage a show in the local village hall (where I recorded my new live album) for him a couple of years ago…and we’ve stayed with them in the USA when I’ve been playing in Iowa.
Anyway! It’s a great show and the venue/sound is fantastic…we loved it when I played there a couple of years ago but it’s never been available on the dates we’ve needed for subsequent Glasgow shows. Hopefully we’ll visit again soon.
It’s also great to catch up with some folks we know that are in for the gig 🙂
Afterwards we hang out for a while with Catfish and Penny putting the blues/music world to rights and resolve to have a proper get-together before too long.
We say cheerio, pick up a bag of chips for Margaret (unusual for her to be hungry this late…must be all the red wine 😉 …and drive home. I’m on long overdue driving duties tonight – been a great night out 🙂