Monday 14 April 2014

Update from Nottingham

Hi Folks, - I am writing to you whilst stood in my little dressing room at the legendary Bodega in Nottingham(formerly the heavenly social) that has played host to a number of artists who've gone onto great things including arctic monkeys,the strokes,the white stripes and a band called Starsailor(nope me neither :-)).

It's great to be back here after all these years a little older and not much wiser. The tour so far has been fantastic. Hare and Hounds in Birmingham a great venue to kick off with. Nice intimate room above a friendly little pub. Next up was another famous venue King Tuts in Glasgow. I had plenty of my family & extended family down for this one so there was a few drinks back at the citizen m Glasgow afterwards!

The response to the new album 'Turning Point' has been great & I'm glad so many people are picking it up at the gigs too. Reassures me that the songs are coming across well live. Whilst I was in Glasgow I paid a visit to Billy Sloan to record a session for his how on Clyde 1. Will keep you posted about when it goes out.

He's always been a big supporter of my music and even hosted a concert I did in Aberfeldy many moons ago. It was good to catch up. Then it was a short hop over to Leeds to play The Brudenell. A cool little venue run by the tireless Nathan who makes sure there always a welcoming atmosphere in the place.

I have been trying to get back here after an enjoyable night with Ian Broudie a few years ago so it was good to finally make it. After Leeds I went over to Liverpool to record a session for Dave Monks show on Radio Merseyside. I've always go to well with Dave(despite him being a blue!) and he's a great supporter of Liverpool and northwest music.

Listen out for that one soon. The following day it was onwards to manchester. During soundcheck I welcomed some pledgers into the venue and they got a mini personal concert before I came down for a chat and some pictures. It was great to meet some of the people who've helped get the album made.

The gig at the deaf institute in Manchester was as rowdy and brilliant as I expected thanks to a fantastic northern crowd. Unusually for Manchester there was no boozing afterwards so I was able to jump on the train and head to nottingham for a session with imagesound.

A brilliant website who have hosted sessions with Mark Morriss and Jack Savoretti in recent times and always make sure the videos are well shot in good locations. And so here I am looking forward to another great show in Nottingham!

See You Soon!

James W