December has been fun! Here’s what I’ve been getting up to:
Jenn & Laura-Beth mini-tour
I headed out for a few gigs with Laura-Beth Salter at the beginning of the month. We began at the end of November with a trip to the Coronation Hall in Ulverston, where we had a lovely evening, and even ended up in the pub listening to some local musicians and having a post-gig pint with the locals.
The week after, we had a road trip south for three sold out gigs, heading to the Old King’s Head in Belper, then over to Chester for a house concert before returning north for our final gig. We had amazing hospitality from Andy Inns (host of Black Dog Radio) and his wife Linda, Jacky and Mark Pankhurst on a brilliant and margarita fuelled day off near Yarm, and then Andy & Morag Scargill in Chester. We even managed to catch a murmuration of starlings pre-gig in Chester, which was amazing.
Jacky Pankhurst has been helping Laura-Beth and I with a few gigs, and she’s also a wizard with social media. She and Mark are avid followers of trad music, and you’ll often see them driving around the country to numerous different gigs! They have such energy and enthusiasm, and it’s always lovely to see their smiling faces, and sometimes Mark’s dancing…
We finished up with a gig at Strathblane & Blanefield Village Club. The hall was beautiful, and we were looked after so well while we were there.
Following the Strathblane gig, we even managed to squeeze in a rehearsal with fiddler & accordion extraordinaires Greg Lawson and Pete Garnett, who we’re looking forward to hopefully doing a few gigs with in 2019.
There have been lots of exciting discussions about musical projects for next year. I already have shows lined up with my regular collaborators Laura-Beth Salter, Kinnaris Quintet, Ryan Young, Ross & Ali, the Claire Hastings Band, but there are a few other projects on the horizon too if everything can fit into the busy schedule!