Thursday 22 November 2018

WITH the car loaded with gear for tonight’s show at King Tuts we make our way into Glasgow early. I drop Margaret off then go and set up camp in McDonalds for coffee and wifi to get some work done and last minute online promo etc for tonight’s gig....

Wednesday 4 April 2018

An impromptu song at last year’s Red Rooster Festival caught by Bopflix Films’ Chris Magee. Click to watch! MORE things than usual to be dealt with before breakfast…lots of emails and some stuff for the local community trust. After my porridge I...

Thursday 29 March 2018

Click above to watch the video for Glasgow Blues Players…visit the website here. I MANAGE to get a few things done before breakfast so that after my fruit, yogurt and porridge I can go straight across to the studio. The guitar part of a new song idea I’ve...

Sunday 25 March 2018

LOOKS like a nice day. After breakfast I tidy the studio and try and set things up to be conducive to my intended routine of spending an hour every morning – right after breakfast – to play guitar and work on new ideas. For too long songwriting and playing have been...

Tuesday 14 November 2017

AN EARLY start….up at 5am and on the road by 6am! We stop at Carlisle for breakfast and pick up some sandwiches for lunch on the hoof later on. Swapping driving duties along the way, we head down the A1 and  make good time, hitting the Ramada at South Mimms...

Thursday 5 October 2017

THE morning’s spent at the old mill catching up with some work then we drive to the festival site for lunch with the FestivalBAR team and folks building the ‘festival village’. After a nice two-hour lunch we tale a trip to Chinon to pick up some...

Sunday 27 August 2017

BREAKFAST at the B&B is 8.30am..the latest they do! Not the best place for musicians playing a festival. The proprietors are a lovely old couple but jeez, the breakfast is shit. First up, the plate for fruit/cereal is manky, So bad that I pass on fruit or cereal....

Saturday 26 August 2017

THERE’S a few things to get done in the office then we pack the gear and merch and hit the road. We’ve a 300-odd mile drive to heather in Leicestershire where I’m playing at the Hardtail Blues Festival.  Margaret’s not feeling great so,...

Tuesday 8 August 2017

WE’VE a late checkout from the hotel in Birmingham – so plenty of time to get some last minute promo done for tonight’s (Tuesday) show in London. Before we leave the city, though, Margaret insists we hit the Levi’s shop to try and get a new pair of...

Friday 14 July 2017

SINGLE release day! Givers & Takers is now available. Get it here. I’m up at a decent time to add a landing page to the website, post Facebook profile and page banners and a bunch of other social media stuff to spread the word…and, of course, an iTunes...

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Click above to watch Whisky in my Blood at Glengoyne distillery 🙂 THERE’S a few wee things to edit on the Whisky in my Blood video I shot at Glengoyne distillery yesterday, so it’s straight into the studio to get the final version done and rendering. I...

Tuesday 20 June 2017

MARGARET drops me, my guitar and all the video gear at Glengoyne distillery at 8am. We shooting a quick d-i-y video of Whisky in my Blood for World Music Day. It’s a fun and productive morning, then I’m given a lift home in the Glengoyne landrover....

Tuesday 28 February 2017

THERE’S a few reminders pop up in the diary. First, book a haircut for tomorrow (Wednesday) while I’m in Glasgow. Actually, that was in the diary yesterday, but the Soul Barber Room’s closed on a Monday. I make an appointment for early...

Tuesday 14 February 2017

IT’S VALENTINE’S Day – we swap cards but, as agreed, no presents. In saying that, after givin spiralising a whirl with the wee manual gadget I bought last week Margaret did buy an electric spiraliser as a mutual gift. A half-price bargain on Amazon. A...

Monday 13 February 2017

OFF TO London…but not so early as to have to catch the red eye. My meeting’s not ’til 2.30pm, but my flight from Glasgow to London City leaves 1/2-hour late which means I have to rush across London to get to Musicians’ Union (MU) HQ so’s...

Friday 10 February 2017

GIG day today – so first task is printing out set lists and getting some last-miniute online and social media promo out. We’re also gonna try recording tonight’s show and I spend a while gathering an assortment of mics, cables, splitter boxes and other...

Saturday 4 February 2017

THE merch that had gone missing en route to the USA has turned up! Phew! But there’s some orders come in thatI need to get packed up and away before the last post pickup at midday. Also realised I hadn’t made up set lists for tonight’s...

Thursday 2 February 2017

ANOTHER early start into Glasgow…glad I packed the gear for tonight’s show yesterday! There’s quite a lot to get done in town before we head for Edinburgh, including a bunch of last minute online promo for the gig at the Voodoo Rooms. First stop when...

Wednesday 1 February 2017

NOT too an early a start…but we still need to get to STV’s studios in Glasgow soon after 11am. STV is starting to feel a little like a home-from-home. Innes comes to meet us in reception and Murray and Dot are on the studio floor getting everything...

Monday 23 January 2017

BLUDDY cold today…so we light the fire as soon as it’s set! There’s a lot on the to-list so we have a ‘Buzz meeting’ to catch up. In addition, I really need to update the ‘Introduction to Dave Arcari’ video  that means...

Friday 20 January 2017

Scottish shows info/trailer video…click above to watch! THERE’S a note in the diary that the episode of Julia Bradbury’s Best British Walks featuring yours truly is airing on ITV tonight. I spend a while spreading some ‘hints’ around...

Friday 13 January 2016

IT CERTAINLY is ‘Friday the 13th’ – either that or I got out the wrong side of bed this morning. First up, I’m getting security notifications when visiting my website. The SSL certificate I installed the other day seems to be creating more problems...

Thursday 3 November 2016

A DAY off today…and we’re in the same hotel, so no mad rush to get stuff done before check out! After breakfast I restring my guitars ready for the final three shows of the tour then we do a quick Facebook Livestream. An email from my cousin in New...

Tuesday 9 August 2016

Good Friend Blues live at Glasgow’s O2 ABC2 AN EARLY start – need to get the gear for tonight’s show packed and get into Glasgow for a photo job for a pal. Margaret comes with me and we spend four hours taking photos at Rouken Glen park –the brief is quite...

Thursday 28 July 2016

AFTER breakfast at the yacht club we go back to the room and get some work done…no show ’til tonight. My last show in Parnu. Our pal Martin’s staying on a  yacht moored at the club’s marina. I meet him and we take a walk into town to the...

Wednesday 27 July 2016

WE’RE up in time for breakfast at the yacht club….watermelon, cheese, cold meat, bread and lots of coffee.  The temperature’s through the roof again today and I have two shows. One at 3pm at Versus, then a main stage show at the yacht club tonight....

Tuesday 26 July 2016

  WE’RE pretty gubbed when we wake up…and we’ve slept in a bit. Not to worry, we;re soon up, dressed and on our way to Versus – ‘the blues cafe’ – the venue for today’s kick off shows for Parnu Blues Festival. We need something...

Monday 25 July 2016

THE alarm goes off just before 2am. Three hours’ sleep…uuuurgh. After a quick shower we pack the car, drive to Glasgow airport and checkin with KLM – looks like we’re good to get the guitars in the cabin…if there’s a problem they’ll...

Friday 15 July 2016

WE CONTINUE heading south today – last show of the mini-tour tonight at Smokin’ Billy’s in Reading. Check out time’s 11am, but I still have some stuff to finish off, so I sit in the hotel foyer and take care of business while Margaret packs the car....

Tuesday 12 July 2016

WE enjoy a lazy breakfast with Chris and Richard then catch up on a bit of online work. Our pal Barry is only a few miles away and he’s not been well recently so we drive over ti see him and catch up over a coffee. Back at Chris and Richard’s we get some...

Saturday 2 July 2016

OOOFFFT…feeling pretty broken and busted this morning. Too much whisky, hard bed and generally knackered. We head off to meet Susie for coffee in the centre of Dundee and have some lunch too. Nice to see her and catch up. There’s some stuff we forgot to...

Friday 10 June 2016

WELL…EP release day, video premiere day…and a show in Edinburgh tonight that needs last minute promo. So you can imagine my annoyance when the hotel wifi decides to go on a go-slow. Just gotta bash on though and somehow we manage everything….first I...

Monday 30 May 2016

WE’RE worried about bank holiday Monday traffic jams and check out our hotel before 9.30am…but need to find some breakfast. There’s a Sainsbury’s nearby and despite my moans at the price and the time it takes to be delivered to our table,...

Tuesday 12 April 2016

I MANAGE to get a few things off the to-do list before a courier drops off a garden seat/swing thing that Margaret ordered from Amazon the other day at a bargain price. She’s always wanted an American-style porch swing, but our house doesn’t have a porch...