April has been incredibly hectic and enjoyable, and has seen me grace stages in Edinburgh, Glasgow (twice), Perth, Dundee, Glossop, Birmingham, Newcastle (twice), Livingston, Belfast (twice), Sligo & Derry.
Everyone I have met wherever I have been has been really welcoming, but I have to save a special mention for the people of Northern Ireland/Eire – I had a phenomenal time and met some amazing people & musicians, and I hope to keep in touch with them all. Belfast, what a city, I can’t wait to come back, & the crowd in Sligo were first rate. Special thanks also to Cherrie McIlwaine who gave ‘To the Wilderness’ and ‘Galway’ a spin and mentioned all the Northern Irish/Irish shows on her BBC Radio Ulster show. The gigs in Glossop (Red Rooms), Glasgow (Star Folk Club with Rallion) and Birmingham were also personal highlights.
The album also received the following review in Acoustic Magazine, much to our delight:
‘A battered, ancient woodland of rhythms, accompany weeping strings and softly spoken acoustic guitars, producing something Nick Drake would surely approve of. Songs can be fiercely independent and so have no trouble being separated from their fellows. The rousing, blood-pumping ‘Barricade’, marching melancholy that is ‘The Bleeding Mile’ and confidently beautiful ‘Sternest of Frowns’ are all memorable moments, making Carefree Prisoner a shimmering release which captures part of the Celtic and traditional rock genres and instantly personalises them. Scottish routes poke through, creating a beautifully sparse landscape which the listener can continually use to reflect and brood upon.’
Gary Munday, Acoustic Magazine
This month is a little quieter, a stag weekend in Bristol not exactly the welcome tonic for a life on the road…though I’m appearing live on the Sue Marchant Show which goes out on BBC Radio in the East of England on the 13th of May (available on iPlayer if you’re not in the area), as well as performances in Suffolk, Norwich, Edinburgh & my native and beloved Dundee.
Thanks to everyone who came to a show, bought a CD, offered me support in any way – it is much appreciated, as always.
All the best,