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  • 24/02/14

    Last week I donned my best party clothes and headed south to London for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. This year they were held in the Albert Hall and what a fine night it was. Lau were nominated for Best Group and didn't win but I somehow managed to walk away with the Musician of the Year award. Martin and I joined the fantastic Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer for a song. You can see and hear it right HERE.

  • 11/01/14

    It's 2014! Now all the festive mischief is over I find myself in a relatively quiet spell before Celtic Connections kicks in. I traditionally go on an early January health kick and this year is no different. As I write I'm on day 4 of a 7 day juice detox, so forgive me if I go off track. I'll be back to normal for Celtic Connections don't worry. But I do feel good. A day or so of headaches and a general grump but after that it's fine. Lots of juicing and drinking green frothy liquid though.

    So I'll be pretty active at Celtic Connections. It kicks off for me with a guest spot with Capercaillie on the 18th. Then Lau are again playing in the Roaming Roots Revue in the concert hall on the 19th. It’s curated by Roddy Hart who did a great job last year on the Levon Helm tribute. This year we celebrate the Laurel Canyon scene so expect to hear the music of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, The Byrds, The Eagles, The Grateful Dead, the Mamas and the Papas and James Taylor. There’s lots of fantastic performers on the night including The Dawes and Roddy Woomble. Should be fun.

    Then there’s a little break from Celtic Connections and Lau head over to Dublin to play in an exciting new programme of music called Perspectives. This is at the National Concert Hall and the show includes ourselves along with At First Light, Padraig Rynne’s Notify, Mossy Nolan and Colm McGowan.

    We’re then straight back to Celtic Connections to rehearse our new commission called ‘The Bell That Never Rang’. This was commissioned by Celtic Connections and the PRSF as part of the Commonwealth Games celebrations. The premiere will be part of the Lau gig on the 30th January in the City Halls and features the incredible Elysian Quartet.

    Then the Kan lads arrive and we open for Seth Lakeman in the O2 ABC on the 31st.
    After that I’ll have a lie down for a few days.

    It’s gonna be a great few weeks.

    Hopefully see you in Glasgow.

  • 24/11/13

    The nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced earlier this week and I'm very pleased that Lau has been nominated as Best group and I've received a nomination as musician of the year. It should be a fun night at the Albert Hall on 19th February!
    Full list of nominations here.

  • 19/11/13

    I'm not long back from a fantastic trip to India with Kan. We each wrote a paragraph per day as a blog and you can read it here.