Why hello there, guys. I’ve been back in London a few months and have been lucky to play some rewarding gigs in special places. It began on Sark Island where I had the chance to play the Tintague Stage at the Sark Folk Festival with talented multi-instrumentalist James Le Huray on mandolin, as well as camp out under the stars on a fairy-tale island where the only modes of transport allowed are bikes, horses and tractors! In the beginning of August I opened up for the illustrious Ethan Johns and the Black Eyed Dogs at Spiritual Bar in Chalk farm. The Monarch bar in Camden saw the return of The Spiritual Records Summer Festival on August 26th, an event which showcases some of the best talent who perform regularly at Spiritual Bar, just around the corner.
I performed there with fiddle player Georgina Leach, who also features on my first EP The Suspects. Gina was nominated for ‘Instrumentalist Of The Year 2018’ by the Americana Music Association UK, and also plays with The Black Eyed Dogs and Seasick Steve. It’s been a real joy to make music with her!
In July I recorded a live session of my song ‘Trouble’ at St John’s Church in Hoxton with the wonderful Max Benoist and Go Out of Tune which you can watch below. Just this week I was invited to play the Bedford, a historic pub and out-of-this-world music venue with Talentbanq, an agency who represent some of the best independent bands in London.
Hey, thanks a lot for letting me blow my own horn like that and if you’re still reading, let me fill you in on the mini tour I got going on in Cornwall this week. It’s a trip I’ve been planning since I got back to London and I’m really excited to share my music with the Cornish peninsula.
First stop on 12th September will be The Acorn in Penzance, a former Wesleyan Methodist chapel which now welcomes a wide range of arts, including live music, theatre, dance, film and lectures. Next is Falmouth where I’ll be gigging at The Poly on Friday 13th. Lastly, I’ll make my way to Newquay to play at the Whiskers Bar on Wednesday 18th, as well as search out a surfboard and hit the waves after far too long a time. You can find out more info on each show on the events page of my website right here.
You may find me busking here and there along the way as well. There is even talk of a Cider Festival next weekend but this is yet to be confirmed. If you know anyone in the region that may enjoy my tunes do let them know. If you can suggest any other spots where I should play that would be most welcome too!
Until next time, I leave you with this video we made for my track No Advice, track four on The Suspects EP. It was my first project with director Kalai Faye Barlow and cinematographer Richard Watson, a power duo if ever I saw one! We filmed it back home in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. This week has seen the passing of the country’s former president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe. My heart is heavy with the last images I have before I left, a country still ravaged my his brutal regime. I’m singing songs for you guys over here, keep strong and one love. I miss you all dearly.
See ya soon Cornwall!