Hello there! Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve uploaded half a dozen new live concert videos, thanks to one Roy Flitcroft, who made an impressively high-quality recording of my gig at the Perthshire Amber festival in Dunkeld, Scotland, last October and was kind enough to send me a DVD of it. Have a look and let me know what you think.
In other news, no less a personage than Aled Jones made me the subject of his ‘Sunday Spotlight’ on his BBC Radio 2 show Good Morning Sunday last weekend, saying in his intro to ‘Wondrous Love’ that it was “likely to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck”. If you’re reading this on Saturday the 31st, you’ve still got until tomorrow morning to go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/goodmorningsun/ontheshow.shtml and click on ‘Listen Again’ to hear it – it’s about an hour and 25 minutes into the show. You’ll find it on the playlist as well, in amongst the likes of Supertramp, The Proclaimers and Bruce Springsteen ...
Over at Mama headquarters we’ve got a bit to crow about as well, having achieved that Holy Grail of independent recording artists, a review in MOJO! Reviewer Colin Irwin gave us three stars and described Crow Coyote Buffalo as “a pleasingly maverick mix” that “recalls both the eccentricity of The Incredible String Band and the pastoral narratives of Lal Waterson.” If you’d like to be on the Mama mailing list, do sign up on www.mamamusic.co.uk.
There are also a couple of changes to the tour schedule sent out previously.
On 22 February at TwickFolk in London, I was originally meant to be playing support to Peter Case, but now that Case is recovering from double heart bypass surgery there’s been a change of plan. Crosby Tyler, a Californian singer-songwriter whose latest album was produced by Case, has taken over Case’s tour dates and the format has now been changed to a double-header, with Crosby and myself each playing a one-hour set and the advance ticket price reduced to £8 from the original £10. Crosby is donating half of his tour proceeds to help meet the extensive costs of Case’s medical treatment, and there will be Peter Case merchandise on sale at the gig in addition to a fundraising raffle.
And there are two new dates added – one in Wadebridge, Cornwall on February 5 and the other in Liskeard, Cornwall, on March 25 – see the CALENDAR page for details!
Until the next time ...