Happy new year to all!
Hope you had a braw festive time, I certainly enjoyed a couple of weeks down time (eating drinking and walking mostly) and capped it off with a couple of fun shows; the Arisaig Christmas Dance with Dàimh-mor (acoustic gaelic rap bonanza) and a great new years eve gig at the Edinburgh Street Party with Breabach. Here we are below (photo from Mark Brown).
Batteries are now recharged and ready for the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. This year I am lucky enough to be performing with a number of amazing artists. It’s always a fun & rewarding challenge to learn a ton of new music, all of which is performed within the space of a few days, as well as keeping the pace with whatever late night goings on there may be.
First off I’m going to be working with fellow Breabach band mates Calum & James at the Crossing the Minch show (17/01/15 @ Mitchell Theatre), a celebration of the music of piper and composer Donald Macleod. Then the following week I’ll be joining Michelle Burke for her Step into my parlour gig at the Old Fruitmarket (21/01/15). Breabach also play the Old Fruitmarket (22/01/15) where we will be joined by our Maori friend & Boomerang Collaborator – Horomona Horo.
I’m excited to be standing in with Inge Thomson’s band for a performance of her beautiful piece Da Fishing Hands. This will be performed on 23/01/15 at the Tron Theatre. Have a listen, it’s lovely – www.ingethomson.com
Ross Ainslie is one of this years New Voices composers and I’m chuffed to be performing his new music alongside a band of great musicians (Hamish Napier, Laura Beth Salter, Gordy Duncan, Matheu Watson, John Sommerville, Laura Jane Wilkie & Ali Hutton). Come see the show at 1pm on 25/01/15!
Culminating the festival for me, on the 31st I’ll be joining ‘boss of the guitar’ Ian Carr and the Various Artists at the Strathclyde Suite to perform music form his awesome new album. Have a listen and come to the gig because it will be fun.
Then I will sleep for a few days. It’s set to be an exciting year with more from Breabach, Ross Ainslie, the Big Music Society and more. Stay tuned. Now I’m going to get back to practising in my newly tidied out office, tidy for how long I don’t know but it feels good for now.