A brief note to update you all on what has been happening since I last posted on here many moons ago.
This year has been an incredible year thus far, fit for my tenth year as a recording artist, featuring my first ever tour in New Zealand along with concerts in Scotland, England, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. The inclusion of New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud in my tour itinerary meant I had to choose between either performing at the Edinburgh Festival or a first ever summer tour of Western Canada. In the end, I opted for the latter, but fear not those of you who have enjoyed my Festival performances in the past, I fully intend to be back for 2020.
I had the privilege of performing my latest European tour with a young and talented Canadian acoustic guitarist, Don Bartlett, who was a worthy and wonderful support act, providing a superb counterpoint to my own act, and audiences warmed to him wherever we played which bodes well for his chosen career. I shall be back on the road with fiddle player extraordinaire Robbie Greig in November/December for those of you who have been asking, we are currently finalising the itinerary at the moment and should have news for you all soon.
The songs for the next album are nearly finished and it is my intention to head back into the studio in late summer/early autumn to put down my parts ahead of the other musicians. For followers of my instrumental work, I have also been hard at work producing a more ambitious follow-up to Onwards She Travels, this has been recorded and is in the final stages of mixing.
The touring itinerary will continue in typically ambitious fashion in the autumn to celebrate this milestone in my career, a first Asian performance in Tashkent, Uzbekhistan and performances in Siberia, places I have long dreamt about visiting, let alone giving concerts in. There may be other exotic locations in the pipeline also, and I shall write far more extensively on all of these incredible places in due course.
For now, as I stand on the threshold of my 6th tour of Western Canada, this great country still holds as much mystery and magic for me, and stirs as much excitement and anticipation in me as it did when I first set foot there in Autumn 2014.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all down the road somewhere.