I really enjoyed getting involved with Lancaster Music Festival this weekend! On Saturday I did a solo set to a packed out Robert Gillow, and it was awesome to see so many familiar faces there, I really love it when people come out to listen and enjoy live music – very reassuing for the local arts scene!! On Sunday evening I played with Counting Days (Or Counting Daisies as we were written in the program!) and we got The Taphouse really pumping with some joint vocals from the very talented, Beth Jones. As well as performing two gigs, I also got to watch some other fantastic live music across the weekend in the great city of Lancaster. We watched The Feud rock out at Lancaster Castle, Jeremiah Ferrari got everyone dancing at The Bobbin, Sensory Hoverload (who flew all the way from New Jersey!) funked up the Wagon & Horses, and new band – The Black Eyes Suzies threw a great set at the Robert Gillow. I already can’t wait until next year!
Here’s a video of everyone joining me for a rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” at The Robert Gillow on Saturday:
Last night I supported the fantastic north Yorkshire band, Hope & Social! They are a funky, experimental jazz group who wear blue jackets and are currently on tour. They stopped off at the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster and, being a student at Lancaster, I was asked to support them.
It was just a quick set, but to a great audience who tolerated me playing a few of my own songs and trialling out a few tunes which are to go on my upcoming album! It was on a much bigger stage than usual and the lights made it really hot on stage, so I don’t know how Hope&Social managed with their blue jackets on as well!
Also supporting was Lancaster PhD student and amazing blues musician, Fumina. Having just got back from her hometown of Tokyo, Fumina raised the roof with her astonishing vocals and wicked guitar skills – she’s one to watch and will no doubt be playing on the campus bar circuit as well as in city venues in the near future.
Last night I played at Barker House Farm at Lancaster University for Pendle College’s 40th Anniversary!
It was a fantastic event with a big dinner, speeches and around 200 people all dressed in their finest in celebration of one of Lancaster’s best colleges.
It was great to be performing again in the city, and specifically at my university campus after a year away. I look forward to many more gigs on campus this coming year!
Thanks very much to Jill and Rachel for organising the do, to Stephen and Chris for sorting all the stage and sound tech, and to Chris Holmes (www.chrisholmesphoto.co.uk), the brilliant photographer, for taking some shots on his fancy camera! I will upload them soon.
I’m back up to the Eskdale valley tomorrow for a week of gigs there at the Woolpack Inn – would be great to see you if you’re in that area of the Lakes.
Yesterday I spent a few hours recording at The Music Farm Studios in West Cumbria. They have a fantastic set up there, and Tom the sound engineer has got his craft perfected! Managed to blitz through 8 songs so some of that should be going up on Youtube, soundcloud and here on the website very soon!
I also enjoyed a great, if not intimate, set last night at Bootleggers in Kendal, supporting Kev Kendal – man, that guy can sing!! Thanks to Chris @ Balance Pro Audio for making it happen.