Strings and Things

So it’s been a pretty busy month which is no bad thing, with a great deal of it spent with The People’s String Foundation out on the road playing at all sorts of festivals and venues over the UK.  Most recently we played at Secret Garden Party on the Chai Wallahs stage and then the Small World stage and a big thank you has to be said to all the people who came out and danced like demons to both shows with a special mention going out to the Cornish troop who did me proud! On stage we premiered some new tunes we had spent the previous few days working on and it went down really well.  It felt really good to be working on and playing material that is going to be part of the next generation of PSF music and possibly be on the next album, exciting times!  We’ve got a couple of dates down in Cornwall this weekend, St Austell Eden Café on Friday 29th and Peapods Café in Penryn on the Saturday so if anyone’s about and fancies a couple of beers and bit of a dance come on down.

Apart from that things have been moving on slowly but surely behind the scenes, I’m managing to write a few ideas for new tunes down once in a while and the contracts for the show I’m in the pit band for in Scotland are all signed and sealed which will take me into the New Year.  It’ll be great to spend Christmas and Hogmanay back in Scotland with family, it’s going to be a great couple of months.

Continuing on the family thread my little brother Seb is making great strides towards getting his micro brewery up and running and it is going to be fantastic.  He’s working so hard at organising equipment and premises not to mention continually brewing and experimenting with different ingredients that I have no doubt it’s going to be a great success, plus the beer tastes bloody lovely! He’s on Twitter so give him a follow here.



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Flickr Stuff

I love Flickr, I could spend hours on there.  The majority of the photos on have been taken by my good mate Matt Fletcher and I’ve finally bullied him into getting a Flickr account so everyone can see his stuff.  It’s still a new account but he’s got loads of shots worth looking at so keep an eye on it as it grows.  Also another friend’s photos I like to check out are Loren Picco‘s, ‘ave a butchers.

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Welcome to!

It feels great to have my own website at last and I owe a great deal of thanks to Gareth Sharples and Colin Ramsay for their time and advice, they’ve both been godsends!  Gareth is a really talented artist and animator and it was his animation “Swingheil” that I wrote the score for, check out his skills here. Colin is a top bloke, a font of all knowledge and a top twitterer(?) and has his own site too, check out his diary here.

So, it’s been a busy time since joining up with The People’s String Foundation and it’s been great fun so far.  We’ve already been all over doing various festivals and the like, Glastonbury was obviously a highlight it felt great to play there.  Just before that we played at a little festival in Ireland called Body and Soul which was brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, (possibly a bit too much).  We met some ace people, played a great gig and the whole trip was a great experience .  I’m really hopeful that we’ll get a chance to go back there next year and maybe play some surrounding gigs too.  Whilst we were recovering over the campfire in the morning we met a great brother/sister duo called Madu who you can check out here. Aside from being top people the music they make is ace so go have a butchers.

Since Glasto we’ve all gone our seperate ways for a week or two to recharge ready for the next string of gigs which include Wooley Festival and Secret Garden Party so there’s plenty to look forward to.  Check out the “Live” page for more gig info.



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