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  • 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.

  • 23/10/13

    I'm on a train heading south to Manchester and contemplating my travels over the next couple of weeks.

    I meet up with Kan this afternoon and rehearse for our WOMEX Showcase which is on Thursday night in Cardiff. On Friday Lau arrive and we showcase that evening. I played WOMEX once before with The Unusual Suspects in Gateshead and appreciate the opportunities it can open up globally. It's gonna be a full on few days.

    Then on Saturday morning I hop on a train to London with Kan and we fly out to India that night.
    We're guests of the British Council who have put on the following gigs:
    27/10/13 Mumbai at Bandra Fort amphitheatre
    30/10/13 Bengaluru at Windmills Craftworks
    01/11/13 Kolkata at Calcutta School of Music

    We'll be doing some workshops and masterclasses and hopefully a bit of collaborating in between.
    Pretty excited about this trip. I've never been to India but have heard countless positive reports from friends who have visited. Also had various bits of advice thrown at me the last few weeks: don't open your mouth in the shower, only eat peel-able fruit, sleep with passport under pillow on trains, get good at bartering....
    After we finish the gigs I'm flying north to Bagdogra and then travel to Darjeeling for a 5 day break. What awaits me there? Photos to follow. Ax

  • 15/10/13

    So here we are half way through October. I've had a few weeks off the road now and have been concentrating on writing new music. I've been sharing the writing between the Atomic Doric project through Woodend Barn and Lau's New Music Biennial commission through the PRSF for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

    But, fast approaching is another period of gigging.

    I'll be doing some SOLO-ish gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh this week. We'll be playing tracks from my latest record Hotline and also some from the previous An Tobar

    Thurs 17th October - Glasgow, The Glad Cafe
    with Sarah Hayes from Admiral Fallow opening

    Friday 18th October - Edinburgh, Pleasance Theatre as part of The Pleasance Sessions curated by The Insider Festival
    with Poppy Ackroyd opening.

    I'll be performing along with:
    Catriona McKay - Harp
    Phil Bancroft - Sax
    Paul Harrison- Piano and synths
    James Philip Goodwin (KAN) - Drums

    Hope to see you there.