As of August 24th I am officially married to my lovely Ben - source of 'with you,' 'shoulder to shoulder' and pretty much every happy song post 2012 *awww*
It is quite surreal as in many ways nothing has changed, and yet everything has. The ceremony was beautiful and it truly made us both realise we are rich in friends. So many people pitched in by baking cakes, picking people up and dropping amazing things off, I am so grateful to them because it really made us all feel like one big family getting stuck in together - especially on the dance floor later!
So where has this left the music? Alive and kicking (does anyone remember live & kicking?) and ready to record! I spent a large amount of my honeymoon listening to the new album - in demo form - trying to figure out tracks that worked well with each other and I think I've got it boiled down now to 10. I think I had about 16-18 before but I'd rather they told a story than I just bombard you with a bunch of songs that don't sit together. I am hoping to channel, the goddess that is, Alanis Morissette with my next album, so it should sit nicely with my album 'Ghosts.' Anyway I haven't started recording it properly yet, it's going to take the bulk of winter to get people together, get rehearsing and then finally (likely sometime in march next year) get recording it but I wanted to let you know I'm on it.
In other news my tutoring has taken off this year and I've met so many lovely people as a result. It's been really interesting to see the sorts of things people want to learn, I'll find that 2-3 people will want the same song one week but it'll be on Ukulele for one, mandolin for the other and guitar on the next. It has certainly kept me sharp and on my toes! Although the wedding, and subsequent honeymoon, has kept me away from my computer I have been trying to build up my youtube account with regarding to tutoring also and it has been an incredible motivator in those dark times to see the lovely comments posted, thanking me and encouraging me to upload more. I have so many thanks to give to those people who have watched any of my tutorials and found them useful enough that they felt compelled to tell me. xxx
With regards to gigging I am very happy to be supporting Katy Hurt at The Beehive in Honiton on November 9th. I hear we are both country girls so it should be a great night with a warm atmosphere - perfect for November!
And that's about it for now folks but I'll keep you up to date as always. My instagram is my main point of call these days for everyday goings on so pop on over and give me a follow if you're curious what I get up to!
As always thank you a thousand times over for your continued support of my music and musical endeavours.
Iliterally couldn't do it without you x
On a list of memorable moments, bashing out Folsom Prison as the Tarka Train rattles through Lapstock rates pretty high. Ian & I had a cracking time at Lapstock on Saturday. Lapford really is a lovely part of the world and we had great weather for it! It was great to play a mix of Johnny Cash and my music - can't wait to play more of my music and get recording in the winter!
We exhausted ourselves in June with gigs and July has been far more chilled out. We've just got our gig at RHS Rosemoor's Flower Show on the 17th of August and then my brain will switch permanently over to wedding mode - aaahhhh. Luckily I've pencilled in some me-time in the form of a really cool hen doo in Paris! Yay! I have never been to Paris so I really can't wait to check out the art, the river and hopefully swing by the opera to check out the buskers. I'm expecting to be proper-inspired :D
So just a quick little blog entry from me really but I felt the need to say how much I enjoyed Lapstock before I disappear for like a month whilst I cope with getting married! See you all on the other side of tulle & foliage haha
Today I went for a walk and I saw a squirrel, something I might've ordinarily missed, but today I was out walking with contacts on and it caught my eye. It hurried up the tree only to stop in the fork and stare at me. For a second there we shared a moment :D
I'm really enjoying having more time to get inspired and write and try new things; I've had so many wonderful experiences lately as a result! I definitely feel like I'm having a bit of a break through in my personal life... I've been trying contact lenses again (this time with far more success) and actually did my first gig with them in on Friday at The Black Cock Inn. It was surreal!
Rewind though because I thought I'd share some tales about our show at The Plough Arts Centre, April 12th. We had a fantastic turn out and it was incredible to walk out again on that stage and to have a full auditorium staring back at me. The evening began with some ridiculously tasty scampi and chips for me and a curry for Ian in the dressing room, straight after soundcheck at 6:15pm. After sharing the feast with Ben (faithful subject) and polishing off every last morsel it occurred to me I hadn't used the cutlery once. Which is weird. Clearly I was too excited... I went next door and got dressed into my new swishy pink dress (that I had been dying to try out I might add) and of course some sparkly heels (too damn high to walk further than 10 metres in I can assure you, sticky stage wear) and none of the boys commented. This PC world we live in haha they are damned if they do damned if they don't but sometimes you just wanna hear you look good.
Fast forward an hour and there's a nervous excitement backstage as we hear the auditorium fill. I am absolutely bouncing up and down, raring to go and then... we are introduced and out I go! Into the bright light *don't trip, mind the guitar, there's the seat, sit down ahhh* The moment I sit down I'm settled in for the night haha and the hilarities from Ian begin. Now I will confide in you lovely people, yes we were making notes on the songs but no there was no script that was pure banter and Ian really is that hilarious to be around. It just comes out of him and that bone solo! I mean he was already impressive and then he got up and started dancing around, completely unrehearsed. Fantastic. The evening was alive with magic and I especially liked our rhythm-off (like a dance off but with instruments) on Ghost Riders. When I ended with 'Hurt' I didn't want to stop. It is a painful song and brings up a lot of demons and I am quite reluctant to channel the buggers normally but I have to say I got to that final chorus and I could've gone on and on. Since that night I have had so many wonderful comments and such lovely feedback. Richard Wolfenden-Brown gave us a wonderful quote which allowed Ben to Kindly update the Johnny Cash Tribute section of the website so it has just been the most wonderful April! So here are my shoutouts, Thank you Di & Tim, Mike & Barbara, Richard, Ruth & Chris, Fiona & Mike, Sheila, Stef, Rich, Lizzie, Frances, Rachel, Louise & Liz, Colin, Matt & Angie, Uncle Ben and to Marcus for doing such a superb job on the sound.
Gigs and opportunities seem to be pouring in at the moment and I'm so grateful. I'm doing my best to keep you all updated - mailing list button coming soon! - but until then facebook and my newly established instagram are the best ways to keep round-the-clock up-to-date with what I'm up to.
As always thank you for your tremendous support everyone and I shall see you all again soon!
Happy Summer everyone! I say that with crinkly sun burnt cheeks - I fell asleep on an overcast beach... what can you do haha Okey dokey definitely time for an update. For those of you who don't know I'm getting married this year which has meant I haven't had much time to push my original stuff because prime-festival-time is completely taken up with wedding prep and then the actual event. Even so I do have three gigs coming up that I am super looking forward to, I have two booked for RHS Rosemoor (one is Friday 5th July 6pm and the other is 11am at the flower show) and the other is at Lapstock which avid readers will remember I had a fab time in the rain at several years ago and wore glitter on my face. So there's plenty to practice for!
I'm happy to say I've got some other weddings and garden parties coming up that I've been booked to play at which is just lovely so I'm really looking forward to travelling around playing them but now I shall tell you a good old fashioned love story... (not mine)... replacing all names with Buffy The Vampire Slayer Character's names just because...
I launched Dust Off last November at St Anne's Chapel and this is where I first met Buffy. She was so energetic and enthusiastic and I am so perpetually shy so she mostly just scared me haha but Buffy wanted guitar lessons. At the time I couldn't teach her but we stayed in touch and I saw her at local open mics and we became friends. Fast forward a bit and I could teach Buffy and I have to say teaching her has been the easiest thing ever. Buffy has a musical ear and is just the most wonderful company. Fast forward a month or so and she tells me her old flame Angel has been in touch and they're going to meet up. They haven't seen each other in 25 years and she is SO excited. I mean I have never seen anyone this excited and nervous and eager and terrified before. Fast forward, they meet up and the magic is there and it's weird how easily they click. Several meet ups, a yacht race and a Tom Jones Concert later Angel proposes! The whole world is just so happy for them and one day I just sit down and take all the things she's told me about him and put it into words. I write a song called Boomerang and forward it to Ben who then forwards it to Buffy. I panic that she might be totally creeped out by that but it turns out it's the opposite. The next day I record it properly and send it to her and I get a lovely email from both Buffy and Angel saying how it's brought them to tears and they love it. I'm gobsmacked and honoured!
And it's little moments like these that make my existence complete. Thank you universe x
So there you are, lots of Johnny Cash gigging going on, lots of musical endeavours and lots of love in the air. What more could you want :D haha
Yes! I have turned 30! How amazing is that? Now I'm pretty sure the majority of people lately have thought me to be bizarre on account of wanting to celebrate the fact
I am ten decades old... there is currently a helium balloon floating above my monitor... Some have wanted to make me feel as ancient as the granite on the moors but honestly I really don't feel like that. It feels like number that has no bearing on who I am or where I am in life. I don't feel particularly connected to it and it hasn't changed me and on a more personal level I am completely shocked and grateful that I have gotten this far in life. You need only listen to a few tracks of mine to hear that there have been dark times - I was recently completely taken back by the fact that of all the tracks I kept sending BBC Introducing they played one that was largely about suicide...maybe they didn't know it was ;) But hey this is the time, this is the place for dusting off. I've been listening to a lot of the lyrics floating about the airwaves these days and it definitely seems to be a time of acceptance; of anxieties, imperfections if only we could accept time? No not my album :D (inside joke). I know I'm coming across as a pretentious arse but I think I make a good point there and it is time we all accepted time and change - although nothing will stop me moisturising religiously, I do not have to accept the ravages of time through a lack of self care :D he he So that's my deep and heavy thoughts on turning 30 man, now onto the good stuff...
I've been busy! I'm really focusing in on music at long LONG last. I've had a string of strike-outs job-wise and a few health wobbles as a result but now what with embracing who I am and change and what not I have realised the universe has been trying to beat me into submission and get me on the right path. Point taken universe, please retract club... so as you may have seen more buttons are appearing in the menu and more strings are appearing on the bow so to speak and I have to say I am loving life! I have lots of gigs coming up, so many so my own impending wedding seems to of taken a back seat with plans! It's great though and I'm feeling more inspired than ever and this wonderful February sun is certainly helping sustain the optimism.
The biggest date for the calendar at the moment is the Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute evening at The Plough Arts Centre of April 12th 2019 as I am literally pouring everything I've got into getting that set sparkling. I've tallied it up and so far there are 6 brand new tracks on the set, compared with last years in October. I feel like we're developing a good range of the Cash/Carter repertoire and I'm determined to make it an unforgettable evening. Johnny & June have meant so much to me and their music truly does live on and I can't wait to share with you all what we've been working on. Click here for tickets: Johnny Cash Tribute Tickets
So there you have it, I shall waffle no further as I watched Monty Python & The Holy Grail last night so I am in full waffle mode...it's dangerous.
Take care and thank you, as always, for your continued love and support - and for listening on Spotify because it keeps this website up and running!
Love to you all,