There have been so many things happening over the last few weeks that I just don't have time to tell you them all. However, the main things are that my second album 'Home' is now finished and I'm awaiting delivery. Well actually, I'm not sitting in waiting on it but will be in France for the next few weeks and will get the cds on my return. (Although some are being sent out to me there for the gigs that I'll be doing).

I'm delighted with this album and have already been told that it's better than the first. I was very happy with 'Lazy and Mellow' as I am with 'Home' - but it's hard to be objective about your own stuff. I'm therefore glad to hear objective opinions about this one. In addition to having another album being released in October, I have also arranged for a single to be issued via downloads only on 23rd July - the day we play the Wickerman Festival. This first double A side single from the album is called 'Moonglow Music' and 'The End' and will be available on all major download stores from that date. You however, can hear a little snippet of these two songs as well as another little teaser from 'Home' called 'Precious Mistakes' (aka my driving song) on the music page.

Since last we communicated I've also been performing in the Leith Festival with my pal Martin Lennon sharing the bill. We had a great night and played our socks off. Excellent feedback from our audience who had chosen to come out and see us rather than sit in and watch the England game on telly. Well done you guys. I know you all thought you'd made the right choice (or that's what you told me anyway!).

Better go now and start packing.

A bientot mes amis and please continue to check here for updates because, even though I'm not physically here, I am still just a mouse click away and will be updating as necessary. Until next time...

PS: The website was moved to a different host recently, so it was offline for a few days - but now you can look forward to some changes in the coming weeks and months.

Fanastic concert on Saturday night at Portobello Community Centre featuring Hobotalk, Ian Petrie, Klive Smith, Stephen Price and finally, myself and Tommy. What a great night we all had in the packed room - a bit of a hot night given that the gig was sold out and we couldn't get the windows open. However, that didn't stop anyone's enjoyment of the event. All proceeds went to Musac, a charity working with adults with additional support needs, some of whom had come along and joined in the fun. Videos to follow.

This music thing just keeps on improving for me. The new album is moving along nicely and will actually be finished by late summer; loving the results and the process so far and the new songs are being very well received when I play them live.

The tickets for some of the festivals I'm playing in are now on sale and details can be found on the gigs page.

Hope you're all hale and hearty. Until the next time....

A super quick update: both the video pages and the gallery have had the Eric Bibb support gig photos and You Tube clips added, so if you didn't make it along (where were you?) you can watch them here on this site, and get a taste of what it was like.

PS: If you can't see the videos here on this site, you may have to update your Flash player, but in the meantime, here are the You Tube links for the Queen's Hall songs:

Well, I've now had a bit of time to come down from the ceiling where I've been since Friday night (well Friday morning if I'm honest, due to the anticipation).

The gig at the Queen's Hall was such a memorable experience, not least because we met the great man Eric Bibb and his gang, Sari and Grant. What a great bunch of guys and such musicianship!

Our part in the evening went off really well - fabulous acoustics in the hall - and we all had a lot of fun and feel that we acquitted ourselves well. Some great feedback from the audience and staff after the show too, which is heartening. Feels like we're on a good path just now.

And speaking of good paths, our musical path through life continues with a gig in Portobello Community Centre this Saturday, 22nd May, featuring Hobotalk, myself, Ian Petrie and Stephen Price. Tickets (selling out fast as it's in the small room so very limited number of seats) are priced at £10, all of which is going to the charity Musac. Available by contacting me via the website or speak with Stephen Price on 07946 680278.

Onwards and upwards my friends.

Here are the links to the videos that were taken on Friday in the Queen's Hall. More to follow.

(I just want to add a wee thank you to Dave for taking these videos - Thanks Dave!!)

Hope this finds you all well and happy.

What a busy little bee I've been, zzub, zzub, zzubing for weeks now. (Those of you who listen to lyrics will get that one) Latest in the line of amazing experiences was the Jane Siberry gig in Portobello where I did a short opening slot. What a fantastic night it was. The only other time I've seen Jane perform was in the Queen's Hall four years ago and it counts as one of my top three gigs ever. Last night she enthralled a packed salon to take us to another world of her (and our) imagination. A truly special night. Thank you Jane for your magic. Come back soon.

To add to my (already too high) levels of adrenalin, this Friday sees me and my band doing the support for Eric Bibb in the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Another of my favourite musicians, I'm really looking forward to starting the night for him. 'Who's in the band'? I hear you ask - well we've got Tommy on bass, Marc Pilley on percussion and Stuart Allardyce on lead guitar. A great combo which you might remember played at the Lucy Wainwright-Roche gig in March.

Marc is also hosting and playing (as Hobotalk with Ali Petrie) at a charity bash in Portobello on 22nd May and has asked me play there too. Details on gigs page.

That should keep you all going for a wee while.

Catch you soon.'

Here I am writing this while trying to keep my eyes open. Our lovely, relaxing and refreshing holiday in France was marred a bit by the return overland and by ferry that lasted for 26 hours and ended in the somewhat surreal experience of taking the overnight Megabus from London to Edinburgh. Not how I would have chosen to end a holiday but actually better than I would have anticipated. So thanks to those people who helped us get home, primarily Janne and our French friend Manuel, but not forgetting our two great Megabus drivers. Merci mes amis.

Thoroughly enjoyable gig on Saturday night in L'Escale, Siorac en Perigord, Dordogne, and have been invited back there in July, so thanks are due to M. et Mme. James et famille. A bientot and see you in July.

There are several musical things that I'm looking forward to in the near future, some of which you can already read about on the website and some of which you'll just have to wait a bit longer to hear about.

Talking of which - I have a new gig lined up with Marc Pilley and friends on 22nd May. Details on gigs page. Got to go now and catch up on some sleep. A bientot.

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