’Tis the merry month of May! It’s been a busy year, starting with a concert at the Acorn Penzance in January – my sixth time playing there, followed in February by my sixth visit to the Bridge Topsham. Happy to report that both venues have already re-booked me for my seventh respective visits in 2020. I also had a lovely run of village hall gigs in Devon, made my third visit to the Poly in Falmouth, and spent a most enjoyable day recording backing vocals for what’s going to be a beautiful new album by my great friend and fellow songwriter Lawrence Illsley – stay tuned for more news about that!
In March I headed over to Ireland for concerts and workshops in Limerick and a gig at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. Videos of live performances from both the Belfast and the Limerick gigs are now up on my YouTube page – do check ’em out if you get a chance, and please spread the word if you can.
On the way back from Ireland we made a detour to Nottingham to see Kevin Fegan’s stunning play Bess The Commoner Queen at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. I was seriously honoured to have been involved in the project albeit in a small way, with my 2012 album The Plum Tree And The Rose (which includes my song about Bess, “Hardwick’s Lofty Towers”) featured as pre-show music. See photo below of me with Kevin and director Rikki Tarascas after the performance. I’m looking forward to meeting up with Kevin again this coming Monday, when I’ll be giving a guitar workshop and concert in Kevin’s home town of Belper, Derbyshire, as part of the Belper Arts Festival. Before that, I’ll be making a return visit to The Roses in Tewkesbury tomorrow (!) and playing the Wath Festival in Yorkshire on Sunday. Busy busy! Huge thanks for your support, and I hope to see you down the road ....
With director Rikki Tarascas (left) and playwright Kevin Fegan (right) at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.