Maybe I should've titled this blog entry kick-up-the-ass! I certainly feel I've had one... and not in a bad way! Scotland gave me a week to gather my thoughts and unwind but it also made me realise nothing will happen if I don't make it happen so I've been pushing the Kickstarter like mad and I am happy to announce I will be performing at Nature's Nutrition, 45 Mill Street EX39 2JW Bideford this Saturday to promote it. I'll be there from 12 noon singing some tunes and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the project. I'm very happy to see us pass the £700 mark. 20 days to go, can we make it?
I was lucky enough to play on The Voice FM's Colin Slatter breakfast show last Saturday and had an absolute blast trying out some new tunes. Ironic he enjoyed the one I had a slight slip-up on the most!
I'm heading down to Riviera FM next Saturday to play for Jackson Cooper, any song suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Last time I was there I remember I played the mandolin and dulcimer so I'm hoping to mix it up a bit for him and do something a bit different.
I'm also in the midst of arranging to go back on the Voice FM for their street live show in the next week. I'll let you know when dates have been confirmed! Can you tell I've been cramming?
On the more creative side I've really enjoyed hearing feedback this week from Amazon and Soundcloud. I cannot begin to tell you how great it feels to be told by someone you've never met that your music touched them. I make music because I can't not make music so to hear that this involuntary word play of mine brings you happiness is pure magic and it makes it all the more worth while. So thank you, you lovely bunch. You're awesome x
That's not some he-man reference (by the power of grey skull and all) it's the title of a new song I wrote on the flight back. Flight back? You say, yes the flight back from an unexpected and early birthday present to...... Scotland!
I have always longed for Scotland, probably something to do with it being in my blood on both sides of the tree, but when I saw those mountains it was like it was like everything else melted away. Such a peaceful and stunning place; a bit like middle earth really but better 'cause there were no pesky orcs. Wonderful, mysterious land, I fully recommend it! I'll save the best stories for my gigs but I will say I had my first sip of Drambuie and my best taste of Haggis there. IF you're still um-ing and ah-ing on whether or not to go. Book it. Book it now!
So that was good but it did distract me from the stresses of kickstarter and getting the word out; which was probably the lovely Ben's intention. So here I am back home, sheltering from the rain thinking "ahhh 27 days to go!!!" but thankfully wheels are in motion for some radio spots and a local promo in the centre of Bideford in the next few weeks so really it's not so bad and I'm going to try and stay positive and optimistic that we'll get there. I'm also going to try and shake this sore throat and get practising this week as I've got some demos to be a-making!
It feels very strange that I'll turn 26 on Wednesday and will have been performing for about 9 years - where on earth does the time go? I remember one of my first gigs was singing summer of 69 at the Buller's arms. I still cringe when I remember how my voice split because I was so nervous! wow that was more like 10 years ago now... and I remember how I'd attempt to frequent the Old Smithy Inn's open mic on a Tuesday to try out new tunes and covers and you could hear a pin drop whenever I sang 'Bird on a wire.' Sadly that turned me into a bit of a one trick pony but I'd like to think I've come a long way since then! Here's to another nine years!
or did it? ahh I've got you thinking now haven't I ;) Yes, I am heading for the air waves! I'm so excited to be seeing the whacky South West Music Award Nominee Jackson Cooper again on Riviera FM. This time I must try not to pull such a dorky face in the picture so that Ben can actually use it..... I actually managed t come off as chinless in the last one! I'll be plugging the kickstarter and performing three lives tracks, though I haven't decided which songs I'll be doing yet (I'm all ears for requests). I'm thinking give you something a bit different but then everything is a bit different when it comes to me haha. I've also been approached by another radio station and I'm going to be all secretive and not tell you who just yet - no it's not radio 1 - just 'cause I don't like to count my chickens before they've hatched. Needless to say though I will keep you posted as soon as it's confirmed!
Kickstarter update and I have reached £576 and I've got 39 days to go! Feels a bit like that Johnny Cash song, 25 minutes to go..... I received an incredible anonymous donation which is why it has leapt so far in the last week and to the unnamed hero I just want you to know it's fairly inevitable you're going to get a song written about you in the near future. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Okay okay I can hear you all throwing up 'cause I got so squishy and sentimental but honestly that did make a huge difference. I will be doing a little busk outside Nature's Nutrition in Bideford on the 7th of March to help raise awareness of the project so if you're still not sure I'm worth it come on down and I'll sing you a little song :)
That's pretty much it for the minute, gigs and backers keep coming in and my head continues to spin so all that's left to say is thank you for your support and keep spreading the word!
Love you all!