Wednesday 31 January 2018


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Interesting panel discussions at Showcase Scotland’s Artists’ Day.

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 of folks then the panels kick off at 11am with a session on international festival booking. Lunch is followed by another couple of panel sessions then Margaret meets me at the City Chambers for Showcase Scotland’s civic reception.

Great to catch up with more pals and meet delegates from overseas before we head to the concert hall to catch our pal Grainne playing the Danny Kyle stage. Our pals form Celtic Music Radio are broadcasting live…nice to catch up with them and cameraman Omar who we haven’t seen for a while.

Grainne plays a blinder and we hang out for the final two acts on the stage before the three of us (Margaret, Grainne and myself) make our way to Citizen M hotel for a joint Scottish Music Industry Association.Wide Days networking event with a presentation on the value of music tourism.

Great company and fantastic hospitality.

It’s after 9pm when we head back home. Grainne’s staying with us tonight – have some snacks, drink too much and blether into the wee hours.

Grainne Hunt plays a great set at Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle stage.

Sunday 27 August 2017


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Headlining the acoustic stage at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne.

BREAKFAST at the B&B is 8.30am..the latest they do! Not the best place for musicians playing a festival.

The proprietors are a lovely old couple but jeez, the breakfast is shit.

First up, the plate for fruit/cereal is manky, So bad that I pass on fruit or cereal. I ask for sausage and hash browns..the lady says she’s cooked bacon so I agree to some of that too. Then it comes. One sausage, one rasher of bacon and one hash brown. The bacon and hash brown is OK, but the sausage – which I’ve split and put between a couple of bits of toast is so bad it makes me gag. Never tasted anything like it. The remainder is wrapped in a  napkin to be disposed of later. They’re such a nice old couple I don’t want to cause any fuss.

Onward to Colne in Lancashire for the Great British R&B Festival –  a two-and-a-half/three-hour drive via a McDonalds for a replacement breakfast!

We roll up at our pals Rodge and Jan’s about 2pm, drop our bags and then we all head to the Little Theatre where I headline the festival’s acoustic stage at 5pm.

The place is busy and we catch up with loads of folks and chat over a few beers until it’s time to set up my gear and hit the stage. The Little Theatre is a fantastic venue and the sound is great too. The place is jammed and folks are craning their necks round the doors to catch some of my show.

As soon as I’m done I join Margaret at the merch table outside and chat with loads of folks and sign their CDs and vinyl.

We take everything back to Rodge and Jan’s then get a taxi back into town where we spend the rest of the evening doting form venue to venue watching lots of music and perhaps having a bit too much to drink too. Grand day out:-)

Some the youngest music fans at my show 🙂

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