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 13 October 2017

MARGARET goes to meet our American pals for a coffee before they leave the village…I’d like to go too, but have far too much to get done before I have to go into Glasgow at midday. Turns out my old graphics tablet won’t work with my current laptop,...

Tuesday 13 June 2017

FIRST trip into Glasgow of the week.  Margaret drops me in Milngavie and I get the train into town where I hole myself up in McDonalds with a coffee and use the wifi for a few hours. When I’ve got most of the day’s work done – or at least under...

Tuesday 30 May 2017

INTO Glasgow this morning. The usual routine – drop Margaret off and stop at McDonald’s for coffee and wifi! I’m on a mission today. Having researched a bit on how best to make promo downloads of my forthcoming Live at Memorial Hall album I decide to...

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...

Thursday 23 February 2017

THERE’S a fair bit of snow when we leave the house at 7.30am and when we reach Croftamie, there’s a big tailback of cars. Not moving. Normally the road’s almost deserted, so this ain’t good as I need to get to Milngavie to catch a train into...

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...

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...