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....

Monday 3 September 2018

MARGARET drops me in Milngavie and I walk to the station and jump on a train into town. My meeting isn’t ’til 11.30am, so McDonalds is my office until then and I get artwork done for – and oder – a banner stand for the local community trust. En route to my...

Friday 27 July 2018

IT’S nearly 11am when we wake up at Jon and Maggi’s. I’m feeling a little rough, but a shower helps and Jon’s got bacon rolls on the go when we get downstairs. Maggi’s off to meet her sister in Edinburgh how she got up and into town in...

Thursday 30 May 2018

I DROP Margaret off, take the car to the garage for a service then walk into town to find some coffee and wifi. After a few hours work and a coffee I walk up to Geoge Square and sit in the sunshine and do a little more work before dropping into the Scottish Music...

Monday 7 May 2018

AFTER the routine stuff I nip across to the studio and run through my set for tonight’s show at Broadcast in Glasgow. It’s been a couple of months since my last show and I need to make sure I’m match fit. I manage to remember the words to everything...

Saturday 21 April 2018

I’M just finished breakfast and getting on with some work when my pal Martyn calls to see if I’m covering a Music in Hospitals event in the village this morning. Nope. Never heard of it and the woman organising hasn’t been in  touch…and...

Monday 16 April 2018

A 6.45am call from a courier with a delivery gets me out of bed… No bad thing, really, as Margaret’s gonna be in Glasgow all day today and the kitchen folks are coming around 9am to start ripping out our cranky old kitchen. After breakfast I tidy up some...

Friday 13 April 2018

FRIDAY the 13th! All starts fine – I go out with Margaret on her ‘couch to 5k’ training run and she does well considering both knees are now giving her a bit of pain. We’re planning on getting her some decent shoes later on in Glasgow, so hopefully...

Wednesday 11 April 2018

MARGARET drives to the village after breakfast to get stuff to make lunch for some pals passing by later…I get busy with my accounts in the office. Looks like my PRS royalties this quarter could save our (financial) ass. When Margaret’s back I accompany...

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...

Tuesday 27 March 2018

MARGARET drops me in Milngavie and I jump a train to Anniesland where I grab a roll and sausage and walk along to Gartnavel for my six-monthly eye hospital appointment. My slot isn’t ’til 10.20am and I;m an hour or so early – but it means I get the...

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...

Friday 23 March 2018

ANOTHER jaunt into Glasgow – today it’s for music industry event Question Session 03 at the CCA. We register in time to catch the first session on publishing – our pal Duncan’s on the panel. We catch up with him and a few other pals up afterwards then grab...

Saturday 3 March 2018

WE CHECK the weather and roads situation first thing. I’m nervous about getting into Glasgow and really hope we don;t have to cancel tonight’s show. Things look fairly positive and after packing the gear and merch we hit the road just after 11am – a good...

Friday 26 January 2018

IT’S a beautiful day, so right after breakfast I grab a couple of cameras and nip along the road to take some photos for a web project I’m about to embark on for a local pal. Once done I wander back and dump the photos onto the computer – I’ll check...

Friday 25 November 2017

OFF into Glasgow early..it’s icy and snowy. Brrrr….. I drop Margaret off then hole myself up in McDonalds for a coffee and free wifi. I get a bunch of work done while I drink my coffee and manage to send a 150+ meg video file I’ve been working on in...

Saturday 11 November 2017

MY website’s still getting messed up by the malware or whatever…seems to have injected a script that’s still hanging around. I think it may be ‘hidden’ in the database. I escalate by efforts to rid the site of the infection and cross my...

Wednesday 11 October 2017

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...

Thursday 22 September 2017

A BUSY day today…lots to get ready for the next couple weeks’-worth of shows and we leave tomorrow morning. Once the daily emails and other routine stuff’s out the way I pack a couple or guitars for tonight’s live session and interview on...

Friday 1 September 2017

RELEASE day for Live at Memorial Hall! I get a bunch of stuff done online and pack up a bunch or orders that have come in before we need to head into Glasgow to meet Lucy who’s opening the shows tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Lucy’s train from...

Friday 28 July 2017

UP early  – Margaret’s going to a funeral in Dundee and I’ve got a big list of stuff to get through before we go to Glasgow for tonight’s fundraising show for the Strummerville Foundation. My main task to to get things set up so we can,...

Wednesday 24 May 2017

WE BOTH hit Glasgow early. I make my usual stop at McDonalds for coffee and wifi and get a bunch of stuff done, including getting the four track Live EP up on Bandcamp. We’re also delighted that our pal, London-based singer/songwriter Lucy Zirins will be my...

Saturday 15 April 2017

AFTER a pretty lazy start to the day I start work on putting together a downloadable EP of some tracks recorded at the live album recording show that aren’t going too be on the vinyl or CD formats of the album. There’s nothing wrong with the...

Saturday 25 March 2017

A HEAP of stuff to be done this morning. I have to re-list some of the gear I have for sale online with revised prices. Time’s getting tight on vinyl and CD production for the new album and I need to shift the gear and get some cash in. There’s a...

Thursday 2 March 2017

INTO Glasgow early. Again. I drop Margaret off then take the car to the garage to have the underbody cladding fixed and two new tyres. Margaret will pick the car up later, meantime, I’m off to a music industry day at Glasgow University which kicks off at 9.15am....

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...

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...

Saturday 28 January 2017

AFTER a late breakfast, Matty heads off and I get the stuff together for my 2pm Facebook livestream. I’ve bumped my gums often about how our broadband at home;s so slow we can’t do a Facebook livestream from the house, yet a mile or two up the lochside...

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...

Tuesday 10 January 2017

WE HEAD into Glasgow early. Margaret’s got stuff all day…and I have a mentor meeting with Google. I drop Margaret off then stop in McDonald’s for a coffee. Nothing to eat ‘cos I’m skint! My Google meeting is part of...

Wednesday 23 November 2016

ANOTHER early start…a beautiful clear blue sky but freezing cold and the car takes a good while to defrost before we head into Glasgow. A warning message on the dash tells us there’s some kind of airbag problem, so after I drop  Margaret off I nip...

Friday 11 November 2016

FUNNY being back into the early morning routine of cleaning the fire, chopping wood and stuff before breakfast…already feels like we’ve been home for a month. The diary’s full of things to get done – mostly small jobs – then I put out a news release...

Wednesday 15 June 2016

WE’RE going to see a show in Glasgow this evening, so decide to kill as many birds with one stone as possible and head into the city early to make the most of the trip. I drop Margaret off then hit a McDonalds for a sneaky breakfast, coffee and free wifi. I get...

Saturday 11 June 2016

WE have a lazy morning – recovery, I guess – at Lesley’s and after breakfast and catching up with some online stuff we pack the car and make our way to Glasgow. It’s an easy load in at The Hug & Pint and nice to see engineer Doug who’s done my...

Tuesday 7 June 2016

ANOTHER early trip into Glasgow – my six-monthly appointment at the eye hospital, then on to STV. We get to the hospital early to minimise the chances of being late for my 11.15am call at STV – I get seen early, but have to hang out a while for the consultant....

Thursday 26 May 2016

AFTER some more rehearsals of the new songs for this weekend’s shows down south I deal with a bunch of EP pre-orders…and orders for the new Hellbound Train t-shirt. Next job is to get a holding page up for another website I’m developing for some...

Monday 16 May 2016

AFTER a bit of a late start I get the news releases written for the Scottish dates – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow…plus the Ayr in-store – around the release of the Hellbound Train EP. We make our way to Clydebank where I take Margaret to the hospital – she...

Thursday 12 May 2016

MY call time for Scrotal Recall isn’t ’til 3pm, so time to get some work done this morning before we head in to Glasgow. I have some work to do on the G63.scot website and a bunch of merch orders to parcel up…some Hellbound Train pre-orders to go in...

Monday 25 April 2016

ANOTHER panic to get some stuff done before I get down to the village to take some snaps of cars taking part in the Scottish Malts rally. This is the first stop on the first day! I get there and set up a vantage point to grab some pix of the cars driving into the...

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...

Thursday 31 March 2016

CHECKING emails and Facebook before I jump in the shower I see Trossachs Search + Rescue are launching a defibrillator location app this morning. That’d be a good story for the G63.scot webzine but, as usual, no-one’s thought of telling us. Not that we...

Wednesday 30 Mach 2016

ANOTHER Glasgow day…I drop Margaret off, take some merch to the post office then hit McDonalds for breakfast and wifi. After an hour or so’s work I go and pick up some bits and bobs we’re needing fromS tables then make my way into town where...