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...

Monday 7 May 2018

AFTER the routine stuff I nip across to the studio and run through my set for tonight’s show at Broadcast in Glasgow. It’s been a couple of months since my last show and I need to make sure I’m match fit. I manage to remember the words to everything...

Friday 18 August 2017

AFTER packing up some more pre-orders to drop at the post office I get the gear read for tonight’s show in Newcastle. We leave just after midday and take turns driving. It;s not so far, but the traffic as we hit Newcastle is terrible. The Cluny has booked us...

Friday 28 July 2017

UP early  – Margaret’s going to a funeral in Dundee and I’ve got a big list of stuff to get through before we go to Glasgow for tonight’s fundraising show for the Strummerville Foundation. My main task to to get things set up so we can,...

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...

Thursday 2 March 2017

INTO Glasgow early. Again. I drop Margaret off then take the car to the garage to have the underbody cladding fixed and two new tyres. Margaret will pick the car up later, meantime, I’m off to a music industry day at Glasgow University which kicks off at 9.15am....

Saturday 24 December 2016

MY first job today is to get the rub on the turkey. A tricky feat. Once doen there’s some wood to chop to make sure we’re good over Christmas then Catriona arrives. I decide to make the cherry stuffing which, along with the turkey going on the smoker,...

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...

Monday 17 October 2016

Part two of the US tour videoblog – Monday 10 to Sunday 16 October in six minutes! MARGARET got a good deal on a family swanky hotel in Milwaukee – two nights’ too 🙂 Not only is there no gig tonight, but staying the same place for two nights means we can get...

Wednesday 12 October 2016

MY EYES are playing up which, combined with the lurgy I’ve had since we left home, made for a pretty restless night. It’s hard to concentrate on things so I decide to up the steroids in my eyes for a few days and see if I can blitz this uveitis and get it...

Sunday 28 August 2016

WHEN I get out the shower and go downstairs Joyce has breakfast on the go – mega fry-up for everyone. Once we’ve eaten I stick some of the photos from yesterday in a web gallery – see ’em here – then we pack the car and head up Cairngorm to see the bikes...

Saturday 27 August 2016

WILL knocks up chilli pancakes with maple bacon for breakfast then he, Joyce and Mike get ready for the Thunder in the Glens hideout. Our plan is to catch them on the way out of town, but we miss them, so we head out to Grantown on Spey and watch everyone roll into...

Friday 26 August 2016

ONCE again the garden’s like a scene from The Hangover after last night;s cookout – bit of a tidy up job to do before we head to Aviemore for Thunder in the Glens. Lots of other stuff to do to. Margaret’s making rhubarb pies for the coffee shop. She hoped...

Monday 30 May 2016

WE’RE worried about bank holiday Monday traffic jams and check out our hotel before 9.30am…but need to find some breakfast. There’s a Sainsbury’s nearby and despite my moans at the price and the time it takes to be delivered to our table,...

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...

Wednesday 30 Mach 2016

ANOTHER Glasgow day…I drop Margaret off, take some merch to the post office then hit McDonalds for breakfast and wifi. After an hour or so’s work I go and pick up some bits and bobs we’re needing fromS tables then make my way into town where...