As 2019 draws to a close, I wanted to just post a little update of my favourite highlights of the year, and thank you all for your support. Although once again I was plagued with a few health issues which meant an involuntary hiatus over November & December, it was also filled with fantastic memories and even better support.
The number one highlight for me has to be releasing my second E.P ‘On My Own’ in on 23 March 2019 at a sold out launch in my home village of Fovant. This evening is not only my highlight of 2019 but of my musical career so far! I am not, and have never claimed to be, an event organiser. So taking on the challenge of organising a launch show – from the food, drink, tickets, venue to also arranging a band and playing myself, was no mean feat – and I think that’s why this meant so much to me when (in my opinion) it was a great success. It felt like all the hard work paid off when the venue was full to the rafters of friends, family and strangers alike with a drink in hand enjoying a night of grass roots music. Thank you to everyone who made that evening special to me, it means the world.
The second best highlight was touring ‘On My Own’ across the UK and Netherlands. This was an exciting first for me and it allowed me to meet new artists, new fans and travel to places I’d not been before. This was not only great for my music, but enriching for the soul. The foreign stint was especially exciting and eye opening. It was amazing to be able to hop in my car head down to Folkestone in the early morning and be eating Moules & Frites on Dunkirk beach by lunchtime! Then the ease of driving to Antwerp, Belgium for the night – then heading on to Amsterdam in the morning for a run of gigs in the centre – wow how amazing is that! I hope with the uncertainty that lies ahead this doesn’t become too tricky from 2020 on wards…. A big thank you to the people that were involved in this – especially Simon my partner, and the venues that gave me a chance to sing for them.
My third and final highlight for me was getting together a fantastic band which backed me not only at my launch, but also at a super fun gig at The Cavern in London in October. It’s been really fun to play with a fantastic group of fellow musos and bring a new sound to my songs – I can’t wait to play more band shows in 2020.
So all in all, 2019 has been a fantastic year, and I can’t say it enough just thank YOU all for your ongoing support! By coming to my shows, buying my CD’s, watching my videos and continuing to follow my online presence, you give me the chance to really make my mark in the musical world – I literally couldn’t have achieved any of the above with you! Thank you.
I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
So now we enter August, my ‘On My Own’ tour has come to an end. This was such a fun tour and I couldn’t be more grateful to the venues, audiences and other musicians that were involved. I wanted to give you a little blog update of what we got up to and where….
The tour started with a relaxed festival style gig on the 6th July at ‘Farmival’ in Dorset, where my dad, Tom, joined me on bass – we played a relaxed set on probably one of the hottest stages ever – but it was good fun nonetheless.
Next up was one of my favourite venues – now actually in a new place much to our confusion – Mr Wolf’s in Bristol. I was joined on this one by my brother, Dom, on the saxophone. There was a great vibe at this gig and we shared the stage with some other muso’s and were greeted by a welcoming and attentive audience.
On the 20th July we drove down to Salisbury – my hometown – for a headline gig at The Winchester Gate. We played this as a trio and had a fantastic evening in the company of good friends. As per usual the sound was great and we had old friend and local photographer – John Palmer – taking some snaps, some of which you can see below. The next day it was a swift drive up to Maidenhead Festival in Maidenhead for a solo show on the main stage. This isn’t a festival I’ve attended before but they had some serious gear on a very prestigious stage which was great fun to play on…Thank you to Maidenhead fest!
On Tuesday 23rd July, my first time being and playing in Oxford. Wow what a beautiful city, I don’t think I was far off taking out a few lampposts whilst admiring the stunning architecture on my way in! This gig was at ‘Sandy’s Piano Bar’ an intimate venue tucked away on a small side street that echoed the vibe of the city just right. I shared the stage with two other fantastic female musicians and was lucky to have an audience who were interested in the lyrics and stories behind the songs which can make a change to some venues – a great evening.
The next two gigs took me to a different country all together. The journey started in France and much to my happinesses with a large meal of ‘Moules & Frites.’ We then drove up to Antwerp, Belgium where we stayed for the night, then in the morning we headed to Amsterdam. On the 27th July I played my first ever gig in the Netherlands at Terrasmus which is in Erasmus park just outside of the heart of Amsterdam. This was a sweet little cafe / drinks spot overlooking a beautiful sun-filled park and I had a great afternoon playing here. On the 28th July I played my second gig in Amsterdam at Hannekes Boom which was near enough in the heart of the action, but just far enough out to avoid being a tourist hot-spot and more a bar and eatery loved by the locals. It was right on the canal and served a mean beer!
This takes me to my final gig of the tour on August 1st which was a cracking evening at Forest Arts Centre, New Milton. This is a well attended local arts centre which had a lovely appreciative audience that hung on every word you said. It makes me smile to see these arts centres so well used and appreciated by the community.
So that concludes my July tour. A big thank you again to everyone involved – you know who you are – and here’s to the next! But don’t forget I’ve got lots of other gigs coming up, so check my ‘Tour’ page for more info!