The Easter Spring shows are well underway and I'm up here in Inverness kicking back briefly after an amazing trip to North Devon and Somerset for the St Patricks weekend.
Throughout the trip I was based in Lynton, North Devon with my very good friends Phil and Marie at the Chez Marie Vinyl Lounge. The Vinyl Lounge is a super fine Vinyl Record shop where anyone can chill out with a favourite record wired through some very excellent vintage hifi equipment with a coffee, wine or whatever takes your fancy. My time there was spent getting into most all of the Tony Joe White catalogue, mind blowing indeed.
The Devon trip included a return visit to Whatchet where I had played a festival the previous Summer and a show at a new venue for me The Blue Ball along with return visits to The Joiners in Bideford, The Marine Bar in Sidmouth and The Thatch in Croyde. I'd like to thank one and all for the wonderful friendship and hospitality along the way, a fine St Pats no question, thankyou guys.
From there it was up to Chester to support "Rock Off Fibro" at The Live Rooms and for a midnight show at The Commercial Hotel. Both events were particularly intense and it was amazing to have been able to contribute to such an important awareness concert. A huge thanks goes out to Dave and Jackie for the organisation and to John from the Commercial for helping to keep it all together.
After the Chester show it was an overnight drive to Montrose in Aberdeenshire for a first time show with Stuart and Miss Dawn, owners of a fine music house The Black Abbot followed by another overnighter on through the Cairngorms to Inverness. All power be to my wheels, the trusty "Blue Max" quite how she made it over the mountains I'll never know, it was a very close run thing!!
Easter will consist of a number of shows here in the Highlands before heading South again for 2 shows in May with Mike Peters in Glasgow and London, not to be missed!!
The "Live at The Vic" record continues to be very well received and there should be some press reviews posted in the next news update.
For those who might not be familiar "Live at The Vic" is a new Dave Sharp live acoustic album available via mail order from Little London Records. There is a link here to Little London Records also a link can be found on Facebook.
An excerpt from the liner notes reads: The album was recorded live on a cold November Sunday evening, 3 days before the US presidential election result. Dave gave a totally unrehearsed and spontaneous solo acoustic performance for an intimate crowd at the Victoria Inn, one of Colchesters premier live music venues. There was a palpable sense of something special in the air that night. It's all captured here on "Live at the Vic", alive, in detail, between the notes and between the lines on this new 11 track album.
Well I guess thats it for now folks, A huge thanks to all of you who are turning out for the shows and to all who have mailed in for a copy of the new record.
Go Well and Travel Easy, Happy Easter.