It's been a busy old month. First up were Admiral Fallow's three album preview shows in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. It felt great to play the new songs live and be touring again (even though it was only for three days this time around). Here's a lovely review of the Manchester gig. Then I spent a week in Northumberland playing ten solo concerts in care homes and day centres for the Live Music Now scheme - lots of lovely moments, singing, percussion, foot tapping and dancing!
I arrived back in Glasgow on 14th March, and rehearsals began in earnest the following day for The Glasgow New Music Expedition's first launch concert at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. With Richard Greer as Artistic Director and Jessica Cottis at the conducting helm, we premiered six new works by Scottish-based composers last Saturday night. Here's a positive and thoughtful piece from Ken Walton about the ensemble and its first outing.
It was then time to put the final touches to the setlist for my first solo headline gig in a while, which took place at The Music Hub, Penicuik. Organised by Burnt Out Records, a music label and promotions agency run by pupils from Penicuik High School, it was a really lovely night. The whole team did a great job. Special thanks to Sophie Burt, Holly Taylor and Caitlin Andrew for performing too!