I can’t believe we’re already into November!
Greetings from beautiful Islay. I’m over in Port Charlotte for a couple of days with Laura-Beth Salter and John Somerville (and family!) for a wee musical holiday. It’s lovely to spend some time relaxing, playing some nice music and catching up with a few people I haven’t seen for a while. The Port Charlotte Hotel is such a nice place to stay too (and amazing food and drink)!
Back to Glasgow tomorrow though, and I hit the ground running, catching up with some bands in preparation for a busy weekend at the Scots Fiddle Festival later this month. It’s going to be a busy but fun weekend – taking place 16th – 18th Nov in Edinburgh, I’m playing on the Friday night with Ryan Young, the Saturday *sold out* concert with Kinnaris Quintet and the Sunday afternoon with David Foley and Jack Smedley (RURA). The programme looks excellent – so much great music to see and take part in!
However, before that, I’ll be heading to Belgium with fiddler Ryan Young to perform at Celtic Night 20 in CC De Adelberg, along with Manran and the Atlantic Arc Orchestra! Ryan and I are planning our upcoming duo album, watch this space or make sure you’re following me on Facebook / Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.
Later in the month on 24th Nov, I’m heading to Aberdeen to play the Aberdeen Strathspey & Reel Society Fiddler’s Rally with fiddler Adam Sutherland. Adam and I have been playing music together in various guises for the past 18 years, and he’s a great friend and amazing player. We also work together regularly in the Blas Collective along with Laura-Beth Salter and Steve Forman, which is a night of improvised trad-influenced music that we perform in Bloc+, Glasgow, a few evenings each month (Nov dates are 12th and 26th, from around 10pm – midnight).
On 25th Nov I’m off to Penistone in Yorkshire to play Folk Prostate Cancer with Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton. Organised by banjo sensation Damien O’Kane, the 2 gigs in Penistone Paramount have been organised to both raise awareness of prostate cancer, and raise money for the cause.
We’re playing in the evening concert along with Jack Rutter and the Kate Rusby Band. Performing in the afternoon concert are Dave Burland and the Awkward Squad, Lori Watson, Mawkin and Kate Rusby & Damien O’Kane duo. It’s an amazing lineup of music for a very good cause.
To finish the month, I’m heading back to the Coronation Hall in Ulverston with Laura-Beth Salter for a duo gig. We had a lovely time at Furness Tradition earlier this year, so we’re delighted to be returning!
Also this month, I have my regular guitar classes at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, and as usual I’m working with the fabulous students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Lots to be keeping busy with, and always inspiring!
Hope to see some of you along the way!