Saturday 2 September 2017

Snacks, drinks and chatter when we get home after the show

WE have a lazy morning – I drive to the village to post of some merch orders –then we take Lucy a walk up the lochside.

On the way back we stop in at Betty and Joe’s for a coffee before wandering home, packing the car and making our way to Edinburgh for a 4pm load-in at Sneaky Petes.

Soundman Ross takes us both through soundchecks and there’s time to grab some grub from a place along the road…Lucy enjoys her veggie haggis wrap. Margaret and I have pulled beef tacos. All good 🙂

Doors open at 7pm and it;s nice to see some familiar faces…Lucy’s godmother and her partner gave driven up form Lancashire to surprise her and we have a nice wee crowd in. Lucy plays another spectacular set and we resolve to do a show together at our local village hall next time she comes to Scotland.

The winner of my Facebook giveaway for guesties, special edition Dave Arcari whisky from Glengoyne and vinyl test pressings is in for the show and picks up her winnings after the show.

There’s time to chat with folks at the merch table after the show then we load out and are home just after midnight.

Snacks, drinks and chat follow and before we know it it’s after 4am. Another grand night 😉

Lucy plays another killer set…

…then I hit the stage

With Laura Dewar – winner of my tickets/whisky/test pressing giveaway on Facebook – after the show.

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Wednesday 24 May 2017

A good night at the SAY Awards longlist announcement

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 special guest opening the Glasgow show at Broadcast on Friday 1 September and Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, on Saturday 2 September.

I get Facebook events set up for the two shows and get the ball rolling on spreading the word.

I have mail to pick up in the centre of town so park up at the People’s Palace and enjoy a walk through Glasgow Green. I check out a few things int he city centre, pick the mail, deal with some other and pick up a wrap and walk back. Just as I get tot he car a huge bird shite lands on my left leg, Uuuurgh, Luckily the People’s Palace toilets have hot water!

I eat my wrap then go to pick up Margaret via Tiso’s where I get some advice on walking footwear. My walking boots have soles in both soles and are pretty worn – they were a bargain a year or so ago at about £60 but even so, I’m surprised the soles have worn so fast. The assistant in Tiso’s confirms my thoughts that the wear is down to the amount of walking on tarmac and we come to the conclusion that a shoe with a sole more suited to tarmac, trails and paths might be a better choice. I can always get a new pair of boots later on for the more serious hill walking.

Downside is, as usual, we’re skint! I get Margaret and she’s adamant we should go back to Tiso;s and get the shoes, so that’s what we do. Then we pick up some shopping and make our way to the O2 ABC for the Scottish Album of the Year longlist announcement. IT;s a good event and there’s a load of folks we know. Nice to catch up. The live music from Steve Mason, Admiral Fallow and Mungo’s Hi-Fi is disappointing. We like all three and were looking forward to seeing them, but the performances are lacklustre and lacking in any dynamic…we hang around for the longlist announcement and listen to a bit of Mungo’s Hi-Fi’s DJ set then head for home.

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Friday 10 June 2016

The Hellbound Train EP goes into the iTunes blues charts at number seven. Hell yeah!

The Hellbound Train EP goes into the iTunes blues charts at number seven. Hell yeah!

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 deal with the new release.

Then liaising with The Blues Magazine for the online premiere of the Hellbound Train video and co-ordinating it with my Facebook page, we get that all going before moving onto some last minute promo for tonight’s (Friday) show at Sneaky pete’s in Edinburgh.

We get checked out the hotel and leave Aberdeen behind. When we stop for a coffee I do some online stuff and, on checking out iTunes see that Hellbound Train has entered the iTunes blues chart at number seven. Result! It’ll probably only be there for a day, but it’s up there in the top ten with some big names 🙂

Arriving in Edinburgh, we drop our bags off at Lesley’s, pick up ticket money at Ripping Records then load in at Sneaky Pete’s.

There’s a good crowd in when Lee opens the show at 7.30pm and by the time I kick off my set the place is pretty full. A great crowd.

I have a real blast playing and after two encores manage to get off the stage. Covered in sweat, whisky and buzzing from everyone’s enthusiasm. Great to catch up with pals old and new too.

Back at Lesley’s we eat, drink and chat til after 2am then….zzzzzzzzzz….

An amazing night at Sneaky Pete's :-)

An amazing night at Sneaky Pete’s 🙂

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