Celtic Connections was a whirlwind this year! I'd six appearances in different guises: with Bella Hardy (Mitchell Theatre), Inge Thomson's Da Fishing Hands (Tron Theatre), in a duo with Fiona MacAskill (Art Club and festival club) and solo (Oran Mor and the Late Night Sessions). It was great to be in the audience for the opening concert's mighty orchestral realisation of Martyn Bennett's seminal album Grit, Sam Sweeney's poignant Made In The Great War, the colourful Elizabethan Session, Ian Carr & the Various Artists in joyful quirky mode and Siobhan Wilson's graceful New Voices gig to close proceedings. And, as always, to catch up with pals at the festival club... I'm back at Gran's House Studio this weekend for the final two days of tracking my New Voices album, Woven, before it's mixed by Iain Hutchison next week. It's a really exciting time just now, pulling together artwork ideas, updating the release plan and generally faffing about on Pinterest making moodboards.
It's also action stations at Admiral Fallow HQ as we prepare to release our third album. First single Evangeline streaming here.
There's a couple more projects in the pipeline: a new band playing Northumbrian music (more on this later) and the first launch of contemporary classical chamber ensemble, the Glasgow New Music Expedition.
A couple of my good friends and favourite musicians are up to exciting things at the moment: Hannah James and her new project Jig Doll and Jennifer Austin's adventures in Mumbai...read, share, check back for updates on their beautiful work.