Saturday 20 October 2018

NOT much time to hang around this morning – we need to get to Green Bay and pay Kip at Printables Inc for the tour t-shirts he printed and shipped to New York. He’s around ’til 1pm.We leave Wausau int he snow and hit Green Bay and Kip’s place with 15...

Sunday 14 October 2018

IT’S snowing when we wake up in Winona…and we’ve a good five hour drive to Chicago ahead. We pack up, say cheerio to Ken and hit the road, stopping at Perkins for some breakfast. The weather eases up and we take turns driving, arriving at our pals...

Friday 12 October 2018

A BIT of a fluster this morning…we need packed up and on the road as soon as possible. Four hundred and thirty miles to Racine today. There’s some stuff we need to pick up then we hit the road. We keeper eyes peeled for a Panera Bread but end up having a quick pit...

Thursday 11 October 2018

AFTER clearing the decks work-wise, we’re out the hotel by 11am and on the 150-mile journey north to Annandale, Minnesota. We stop for fuel and pick ip some stuff in a supermarket, grab a snack and continue on our way. Load in is 5pm and we want to get checked...

Saturday 25 November 2017

AFTER a lazy morning I do some last-minute online promo for tonight’s show at Strathblane Village Club and print off the list of advance ticket sales . I make a big pot of veggie black bean soup – a bit of an experiment after last week’s effort using...

Friday 15 September 2017

SOME last minute promo for tonight’s show then I print out the ticket list before heading to the studio to pack the gear. We’re taking our own PA so there’s a load of stuff to fit in the car. Margaret sorts the merch and we’re off. A stop in...

Sunday 10 September 2017

BED & Breakfast places aren’t always very ‘musician-friendly’ when it comes to breakfast times and checkout…the place we’re in – Abermar Guest House – is pretty good tho’, allowing us to have breakfast up until 9am. And the...

Sunday 30 July 2017

UP early! Gotta get everything sorted and hit MugStock Festival by midday. My stage time on the main stage isn’t ’til 4.25pm, but we have to get parked up, loaded in and all sorted out. Old pal Paul Henry greets us when we check in at artist liaison and...

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Click above to watch Whisky in my Blood at Glengoyne distillery 🙂 THERE’S a few wee things to edit on the Whisky in my Blood video I shot at Glengoyne distillery yesterday, so it’s straight into the studio to get the final version done and rendering. I...

Tuesday 20 June 2017

MARGARET drops me, my guitar and all the video gear at Glengoyne distillery at 8am. We shooting a quick d-i-y video of Whisky in my Blood for World Music Day. It’s a fun and productive morning, then I’m given a lift home in the Glengoyne landrover....

Thursday 15 June 2017

A RUSH to get out the door to meet Catriona and Will and Glengoyne. I’d promised Will at Christmas that we’d go on a distillery tour at Glengoyne and we finally sorted a date.  While we’re on the tour Catriona and Margaret go to a place nearby...

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...

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...

Wednesday 14 December 2016

BEFORE I do anything else, I go up the attic and get the Christmas tree and decorations down. I doubt we’ll have time to do anything with them today – or even tomorrow – but if we’re tripping over the boxes and bags in the hall we;re likely to...

Sunday 30 October 2016

BY the time we get up and get all the online stuff out the way, we chat with Nan and Mark then head to out to pick up some stuff…Matty’s asked if we can find a baseball shirt from Chicago. By the time we hit the shops we’re thinking about having a...

Friday 28 October 2016

WE sleep in a bit then have breakfast and coffee at Doug and Micki’s. We’re not long done when folks start arriving for the big party…Pete and Sue are first here…then Sue and Jim. Jim and I go for a walk round the trails in Doug’s...

Tuesday 25 October 2017

WE sleep in. Totally mis-managed the time difference! Regardless, there’s an amazing spread of breakfast stuff waiting when we get downstairs and we eat and then enjoy chatting with Charley over coffee. Part three of the tour videoblog has been uploading...

Monday 24 October 2016

AFTER breakfast I try and get part three of the tour videoblog finished – some videoclips to be added, a voiceover added and then saved as a file for Facebook and YouTube. I’m still at it when we need to check out, then I sit in the hotel lobby and get my blog...

Friday 21 October 2016

NOT terribly sad to leave Fond Du Lac behind…not the most exciting place to stay…and make for Wausau a couple of hours’ drive away. Suffering from my 3am ‘everything’ burrito and pile of tater tots I need to try and eat something healthy....

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....

Friday 14 October 2016

BEFORE we leave Minneapolis we spend a while trying to sort out some iCloud Mac/iPhone sync issues…our diaries seem to sync sporadically and I really should get to the bottom of the problem. We spend an hour messing about and trying to work out exactly what is –...

Thursday 13 October 2016

JUST 150 miles today from Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Annandale, Minnesota. We stop short of Annandale to check into our hotel in Minneapolis but we’re way too early so find a Panera Bread for lunch. At 2pm I have a phone interview on Winona’s KQAL89.5 FM to...

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...

Monday 10 October 2016

WE have a busy morning in the hotel… I have to edit a touring feature and photos for a spread in an upcoming issue of ProSound News Europe which we’ve been working on for a while. That takes a bit of time, then we do a quick Facebook Livestream update....

Saturday 8 October 2016

BREAKFAST at the HoJo is pretty much non-existent….Margaret remembered we stayed here on a previous tour and it was shit…we’ll avoid them where possible! So where do we go? Panera Bread, of course…right beside the hotel. Once we’ve eaten...

Thursday 6 October 2016

WE broke the back of the NYC to Pittsburgh drive yesterday, so only 100-miles to do today. Before we leave our Super 8 I do a quick Facebook Livestream update – I also attempt to sort some of the wee video clips we’ve taken so far, but for some reason neither...