Friday, 23 June 2017

The United Tour

I had the most amazing time on The United Tour, my join headline tour with Kyshona Armstrong. We performed in Camden, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Maidenhead, Market Rasen, and Sedgefield.

How amazing to have people turn out to support us everywhere on what was my first proper headline tour and Kyshona's second visit to the UK. Here's some images from the tour

 BBC WM for an interview with Paul Franks
We then did an interview "down the line" to BBC Lincolnshire with Rob Underwood

Our first gig was at MENCAP in Birmingham to help raise money for their hockey team's trip to Holland

Green Note, Camden. Images by Tony Birch

On the way to Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham

Image by Ian Lane 

Image by Ian Lane

Kyshona drives in the UK!

 BBC Leicester (on a narrow boat!)

Election night curry!

The Musician, Leicester

Nordern Farm, Maidenhead 

Image by Adam Jenkins

Image by Adam Jenkins

Image by Adam Jenkins

Piercebridge church

Piercebridge Roman Fort

The amazing Manor House, Sedgefield was the scene of our final gig

Monday, 29 May 2017

My first album has received a couple of reviews recently

Tony Birch at Fatea

Phil the Music Quill

Some of the songs on that album go back a fair way now, and it's interesting to read these reviews and think about the process and context of writing them. Tony at Fatea draws particular focus to Don't Know Love. This is a song that I remember being pretty proud of at the time, but it's fallen out of my regular set list, probably because it's pretty hard to perform!


Friday, 7 April 2017

recent radio and media appearances

Many thanks to Neil King for playing my track Day To Day on his Along The Tracks show recently. You can listen again via mix cloud

Robb Powell is playing one of my tracks and a song from Kyshona on his show on NNBC FM 106.9 Northampton tonight (Friday 7th of April.). Those outside of Northampton can listen via the Tune In mobile app and online via the website at
Show starts at 7pm. Thanks Robb!

The United Tour has received coverage from Building Our OwnNashville and Sam Liddicott's musicmusingsandsuch

Phil the musical quill recently reviewed my first album

The United Tour with Kyshona Armstrong

Have I mentioned how thrilled and excited I am to be going on a joint headline tour with the fantastic Kyshona Armstrong, who flies over from Nashville especially to do these shows!?

6th June Green Note Camden
7th June Kitchen Garden Cafe Birmingham
11th June The Musician Leicester
13th June The Stables 2 Milton Keynes
15th June Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Maidenhead
16th June Festival Hall Market Rasen (triple header with Jonathan Byrd)
17th June The Manor House Sedgefield

I'm so pleased this is happening. The tickets are on sale now and moving fast so make sure you get yours now. Here's proof of how great Kyshona is

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Band

Heard a great interview with Robbie Robertson, love his philosophy about music and how musicianship can be about leaving space. I’ve always felt that way but struggled to articulate it. I’ve got a deeply ingrained but slightly unexplainable love for the music of The Band and the feel of the music they created.

The Band's music is another example of the idea of genre being a load of tishy tosh. It bothers and surprises me that people remain so hung up on what counts as folk/blues/rock/pop/rock and roll or whatever. It’s all a big cake and always has been, why so precious? Like so many “traditional” things when you look at them these set rules are not as old as anybody thinks anyway.

This post is of course something of a disclaimer to be used as a defence when people say my music doesn’t fit the “rules” of some genre or style. I like like lots of music and we are all informed by what we’ve listened to. There’s plenty of people sticking within the set parameters of genres and making fantastic music, and more power to them. I’m probably a jack of a few trades and far from a master of any but I think I’d get bored throwing my musical eggs into one basket.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Nashville in the Round

I've had a brilliant time on tour supporting "Nashville in the Round" a songwriters circle featuring Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling and Kyshona Armstrong. The tour has taken in venues around the UK in places including London, Norwich, Birmingham, Southport and Maidenhead. The shows have been sold out, the crowds fantastic and Kyshona, Sarah and Jenn not only fantastic musicians and songwriters but very lovely people too.

Here's some images (of varying quality) from the tour.

Tiny (but comfortable) motel room

Stage set at The Atkinson, Southport

Sarah, Jenn and Kyshona at The Hive, Shrewsbury 

Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Sarah, Jenn and Kyshona at a very full and sweaty Bicycle Shop, Norwich

Me and Kyshona
Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Me and Kyshona

Me and Jenn 
Me and Sarah 
Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography

Image by Andy at Photocillin Photography