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....

Sunday 12 August 2018

AN early start (for a Sunday)..we’re up, showered, some work done, breakfasted and on the road by 10am. First stop is Perth for a session on touring in Australia, New Zealand and China organised by Showcase Scotland and Help Musicians Scotland as part of The...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wednesday 31 January 2018

MARGARET drops me at the station and I get ona train into Glasgow. First stop, McDonalds for some breakfast, then a quick gander round GuitarGuitar before heading up to the City Halls to register for Showcase Scotland’s Artists’ Day. I catch up with a load...

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...

Thursday 14 September 2017

SOME last minute promo for Aberdeen…ticket sales have thankfully picked up. A combination of some targeted Facebook and Instagram video ads and a nice wee preview in the Press & Journal. There’s a lot of photo, video and other backups/archiving needing...

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...

Thursday 23 March 2017

WE drive into Glasgow early, drop Margaret off, then I take Mikey to the bus station before making my way to Braehead. I’ve only just got a coffee and the laptop open when an alarm goes off and the place is evacuated due to ‘an incident’. I sit in...

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...

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...

Monday 27 February 2017

STRAIGHT into the studio to run through some of the songs for Saturday’s live album recording show. I’m hoping to get more than 30 songs ‘in the bag’ – my usual 60-70-minute set probably has about 20 songs. There’s quite a few songs I...

Friday 17 February 2017

WE’RE up at a reasonable time and got some work out the way by the time Davie from Glengoyne distillery comes to pick us up at 10am. Stuart at the distillery has lined up a day of whisky-related activities for Margaret and I and is waiting to welcome us. We...

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...

Monday 16 January 2017

ONCE the routine things are out the way I try and work out why a form on a pal’s site isn’t passing all the info entered into the resulting email. I dig about for a lot longer than I expect and come up with a workaround which seems to solve the main...

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...

Friday 30 January 2016

I stumble across a neatly edited clip from River City earlier this year featuring yours truly….click above to watch! ANOTHER (!) long lie. Yesterday’s alcohol-free day and exercise doesn’t seem to have made waking up any easier. Ah well,...

Thursday 20 October 2016

THE Microtel in Fond Du Lac proves to be another breakfast disaster. Available ’til 10am says the sign, but t 9.30am there’ nothing – fridge empty, no yogurt, bread, bagels, muffins, cereal, milk…just a waffle machine and some crappy waffle batter....

Tuesday 30 August 2016

EARLY start into Glasgow. I drop Margaret off and go to grab some breakfast, deal with emails and get some work done. Looks like a couple of cool gigs are on the cards to fill in some of the available dates on the USA tour. I’m indebted to the ongoing support...

Tuesday 16 August 2016

WE’RE off into Glasgow early. I drop Margaret off for her meetings and stop to grab a quick sausage and egg McMuffin en route to see Rab and Stephy. After a coffee and a blether I help Stephy with some Mac stuff then we discuss ideas for her new website that...

Monday 6 June 2016

ANOTHER of these days where we have to try and get (more than) a day’s-worth of work done by 11am before we head off. Somehow we manage and pull up at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow and find our guest parking spot which is as close to the...

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...