I suddenly realised that I’d not brought you up to date with how things have been going for a few weeks; my apologies. Can I just say in my defence that I have been, and continue to be, inordinately busy. Anyway, here goes.

As mentioned in the last blog, I was through in that dear green place on Sunday playing in Celtic Connections on the Danny Kyle Open Stage to a packed house. It’s a competition open to musicians worldwide and they do apparently get hundreds of applicants, so I was rather pleased to get a place. Stuart and Tommy gave their usual marvellous contributions on guitar and bass respectively. It was one of these things that I had been anticipating so much that, when we were actually there, seemed to be over in a moment. Just like life really, long wait for something then it’s over. I must say that it’s the first time I’ve played in Glasgow and the audience were great. They seemed as disappointed as me when it was last song time, with calls for another song. And what good singers they were! I always love it when people sing along and they did so with gusto to ‘girl on a bicycle’. Well done, Glasgow.

There are more events on the horizon. I’m about to launch a single in the near future and will keep you updated about which song it will be.

Gigswise, I will be playing at the Pleasance this coming Wednesday and on Friday, 12th, have a lovely gig lined up with the folk who played on the album including Mairi Campbell, Stuart Allardyce, Marc Pilley and Ali Petrie. See the gigs page for more details.

Stuart and I are also playing in the Fife Jazz Festival in the Rothes Halls on Saturday, 6th February supporting King King and Blues ‘n’ Trouble.

Marc and I are well underway with the second album and it’s a process that I just love to bits – it’s so much fun and incredibly rewarding to develop the new songs and bounce ideas off each other about their arrangements and production. (Expect a lot more harmonica playing on it). I have also written a couple of new songs in the last few days and these will be on the new album. Thank God a cheerful song has emerged. It was starting to get too dark and gloomy in my brain. Well I loved the snow and have written a wee ditty about it which I hope you all like when you hear it. Might give it an airing at the next couple of gigs – but only if it snows again.

Until then, adios amigos.

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