Tuesday 2 October 2018


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Jesse Malin at Coney Island Baby, NYC

GOOD morning New York!

The guitars have arrived and the concierge guys have ’em downstairs. I go and pick them up and all’s well so we celebrate by going for breakfast at the Silver Dollar diner a couple of blocks away on 2nd.

Back ay Ginny’s we go down to the storage area in the basement and pickup all our USA tour stuff as well as my National ResoTone and the banjo.

I tune up the instruments and we do a quick livestream then Margaret gets busy folding and rolling t-shirts. We decide the best way to pack ’em is rolling thump with some masking tape round them marked with the size. We don’t have any masking tape tho’, so I go out an find an art supplier shop inside the interior design school then stop off at Morton Williams…a cool grocery store we like…and pick up some sushi and a couple of treats for lunch.

We eat then tape up and mark the shirts, do a little more work then make our way downtown to find something to eat before we go to Coney Island Baby to see Jesse Malin. The noodle place Margaret checked out inline is mobbed and there’s no chance of a table. After  wee bit of wandering about we find a poke bowl place which is pretty good then carry in to the bar/venue.

The support bands are good and the place fills up. I’m amazed there’s only one toilet cubicle for the entire place…mind you, at ten bucks a drink people probably don’t pish much here!

Jesse and his band – including hr guitar player I saw him with in Glasgow a couple weeks ago. – hit the stage soon after 10pm and play a storming 90-minute set.

When we get outside after the show there’ major rainstorm going on. After a couple of false starts we manage to get an Uber which drops us off back on the upper east side and we fall into bed at Ginny’s…

Sunday 6 November 2016


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Great time playing the final show of the tour at Rockwood Music Hall, New York

Great time playing the final show of the tour at Rockwood Music Hall, New York

WE wake up in the van in McDonalds’ car park around 6.45am. Feeling a bit rough…and drive the couple of blocks to Enterprise to hand the rental back.

Looks like it doesn’t open ’til 9am tho’, so we walk back to McDonalds and have some breakfast and the place is open by the time we wander back.

Then New York Marathon is playing havoc with the roads in Manhattan, but a bus and a subway ride get us to Lexington then a short walk to my cousin Ginny’s place where we’re staying. She’s already been downstairs and brought up all the gear we dropped off at 3am…we have a chat then grab a couple of hours sleep.

An Uber ride gets us and my gear downtown to Rockwood Music Hall in good time for my 5pm show…we load in and then nip across the road to Arlene’s Grocery for a quick drink where our pal Siouxie joins us…then back to Rockwood for a quick set up and…showtime!

Ginny, John and bunch of cousins and friends are in for the show and I have a great time playing…cool to see everyone πŸ™‚

We hang out for a drink afterwards and watch a set from San Diego artist Hilary Lankford…then join everyone for a bite to eat in a nearby Greek restaurant. 

There’s time for another drink and we hang out for a wee while downtown then head back to Ginny and John’s….been a great tour and whirlwind five weeks, but we’re knackered and need some sleep πŸ™‚

We're lucky to catch some great music from Hilary Lankford....

We’re lucky to catch some great music from Hilary Lankford….

...then dinner with family and friends...so cool to see everyone :-)

…then dinner with family and friends…so cool to see everyone πŸ™‚

 

 

 

Thursday 14 July 2016


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Tonight's line-up after the show....Vinnie, myself, Gina, Joey and Ruben :-)

Tonight’s line-up after the show….Vinnie, myself, Gina, Joey and Ruben πŸ™‚

NOT too long a journey today, so we have a lazy morning then make our way towards York.

There’s a Morrisons near our hotel so we stop for some lunch – supermarket cafe scampi and chips…kinda like an OAP lunch – and pick up some supplies.

We check into the hotel just after 2pm and I crash for a good couple of hours. Once I’ve come back to life I get some work done and catch up on a month-long tour/tech blog I’m putting together for ProSoundNews Europe.

The hotel’s about 1/2-hour drive from tonight’s venue. We’re there and loading in soon after 6pm – opening act Vinnie is a regular at the venue and gets the PA sorted which is augmented by some cool stuff Swampcandy have with them.

The gig was moved from Fibbers to The Woolpack at the last minute – too long a story for here – but everythingΒ Β goes to plan and we all have a good time. Nice to catch up with our pal Clatch and not one, but two Scottish radio DJs – Hugh and Paul – who both just happened to be in York πŸ™‚

We say goodbye to Swampcandy – hope to catch up with them again soon, pick up some grub and head back to the hotel for a wee glass of red.

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