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....

Tuesday 3 April 2018

UURGH….cold, wet and grey today…looks like I’ll be stuck indoors. There’s more security notices from the web client that need checked out..still nothing to worry about, I fiddle with some code to try and prevent her getting these false...

Wednesday 21 March 2018

WE’RE off to the BBC’s Quay Sessions this evening, so both of us go into Glasgow early. I drop Margaret off then go for coffee and spend an few hours on the local community trust website before parking up at the People’s Palace and wandering into...

Tuesday 6 June 2017

I GET cracking on the holiday lodge website – and start uploading a video ‘walk through.  We reckoned it might be a good idea to put out a download-only single in advance of the album launch – so Givers & Takers will be released on Friday 14...

Sunday 28 May 2017

DESPITE the late night and amount of bevvy we’re up and about ay a semi-reasonable time. Watch the Livestream on replay above – or visit my Facebook page. Alastair and Karen get breakfast on the go and after we eat we spend the rest of the morning gabbing and...

Saturday 22 April 2017

FEELING rough again this morning…I blame the late night chips. My belly’s not used to the carbs these days! We get the bus into the centre of Edinburgh and meet up with some of the other Wide Days speakers and folks. Olaf’s taking us all on a bus...

Saturday 11 March 2017

AFTER a long lie we have breakfast and I start pulling the live mixes we’ve been working on over the last few days into iTunes and onto our Sonos server so we can listen easily. We spend the remainder of the morning and all afternoon listening and checking...

Saturday 4 March 2017

WE’RE up early and have breakfast then pack the car with the rest of the gear for tonight’s show. By 10.30am I’ve got a time-lapse camera set up to capture preparations for the gig and all the gear’s in the hall. Margaret leaves me to rig the...

Wednesday 1 March 2017

AN early jaunt into Glasgow – I drop Margaret off then head for the VW garage on Crow Road. The car’s booked in for whatever it is that VW need to do as a result of the ’emissions scandal’. I don;t suspect we’ll notice any difference! Anyway, I...

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...

Thursday 29 December 2016

WE sleep in. Again. Dunno if this is down to tiredness, lack of exercise or too much bevvy. It certainly isn’t down to a lack of things needing done! At our pals Duncan and Irene’s the other night, Duncan re-inforced the idea of doing a live album. A lot...

Thursday 22 December 2016

STRAIGHT into the studio after breakfast to work out what I’m gonna play in this evening’s Facebook livestream ‘festive special’. I run through a few tunes and, as we’ve got a live audience, a few songs to warm ’em up before we go...

Saturday 1 October 2016

NOT only is it eNewsletter day, it’s Balmaha’s Braw Weekend…and we leave for the US tour at 4am on Monday morning. Once the eNEwsletter’s out and shared on social media I take some extra lighting down to the festival site for tonight’s...

Thursday 29 September 2016

AFTER breakfast and the usual email activity I pack a guitar and head to the Braw Weekend festival site – STV folks are coming to film a preview piece for tomorrow’s (Friday) Live at Five. It’s been really (really!) windy and wet all night and earlier this...

Wednesday 17 August 2016

I GET the usual emails, blogging and social media stuff done before breakfast then embark on the first big task of the day…making another batch of burgers. We’re not sure how many we need for Margaret’s party – an awful lot of folks haven’t...

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...

Friday 29 July 2016

THE alarm goes off at 6am…we need to be packed and ready to meet Martin outside the yacht club at 7am…he’s taking us to the dental place to have Margaret checked out. We;re there by 7.30am, and first in the queue for when doors open at 8am. When we...

Friday 22 July 2016

AN ONLSLAUGHT of emails keeps me busy after breakfast, then my pal Rab calls – he needs some guidance on updating his website and wonders if I can make up some notes for him. It takes me a good couple of hours, but hopefully it’s a good step-by-step guide to...

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....

Friday 27 May 2016

HAVE to be on the ball this morning. Quite a lot to get done before we hit the road south for this evening’s show at the Dubs in the Middle Festival near Evesham. We fire through all the work needing done before we go, Margaret makes a couple of apple and...

Thursday 19 May 2016

FEELING a bit gubbed this morning…but no time to mess around, there;s too much to get done. I spread the word about tonight’s Facebook live stream then make some spinach pasta dough. We’re taking some lasagne along to our pals’ place for after...

Tuesday 19 April 2016

MARGARET confirms some more gigs this morning…Parnu Blues Festival in Estonia, York and some other stuff. Lookin’ good. I’m busy with a story for the G63 webzine when Betty pops round for a coffee, then there’s lots of social media posting to...

Wednesday 6 April 2016

I’VE GOT someone coming to have a chat about web design…I did her website 15 years ago and it;s still going, but definitely time for an update. Our paths crossed recently for the first time since! She’s a wee bit early, and I’m not quite...

Tuesday 5 April 2016

AFTER yesterday’s experiment with Facebook Live video streaming I plan a more organised stream for this evening…a new song, some chat and some Q&A at 7.30pm. I spread the word via Facebook, Twitter etc. Messing about with my iPhone and Facebook’s...

Monday 4 April 2016

AFTER breakfast we have our first proper ‘Buzz meeting’ in a while.  A much slicker affair since we started using Trello – out of date to-do lists on bits of paper are a thing of the past…now we can see what’s needing done and where we are with...

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...