Well hey everybody. its been forever since theres been an update here on the news page so its Dave speaking here with a whole bunch on this years activities and on into 2017.
Im very pleased and excited to announce a show on Friday 3rd February at the 2017 Gathering in North Wales but more on that later down the page.
After a fantastic Winter tour of Ireland in February it was onwards and upwards into a great Spring Summer festival schedule.
On the way to Summer there was a memorable show in Stockton with Spear of Destiny. Its always a great pleasure and an inspiration to share the bill with Kirk Brandon.
Of the Summers festivals there were some memorable and notable performances. The Fling in Chelmsford was an unexpectedly superb day, its a yearly event with an eclectic line up of artists and a great atmosphere. SOL Party in Hawkhurst Kent and Festival 8 in Lincoln were two new events for me, both were amazing days and great shows. On both days I had the opportunity and great pleasure of performing alongside Bruce Barthol from Country Joe and The Fish. I had a wonderful time at the Volksfest Festival and got to say hello again to Buster Bloodvessel and the fine folks in Bad Manners who I last met at TOTP in the mid Eighties. On the August Devon trip I was delighted to make a return visit to the Calvertstock festival where I was delighted to host and perform on the Acoustic stage alongside some great new Noth Devon talent and for the first time I was invited to perform at the Watchet Festival where I performed on the Something Else stage. Later that day I had an opportunity to see a great set from the superbly incomparable Peter Hook. Another notable festival performance was an opportunity to open for The Stranglers and The Rezillos at the Great British Alternative Festival in Scarborough, a fine day indeed.
I was excited to receive an invitation to appear at Oxjam in Chelmsford. It marked a return to duty for my good friend Tim OSullivan who ran the Brecon Fringe Festival and has since relocated to The Kings Head in Chelmsford. As ever it was a full on day packed with acoustic and electric artists of all kinds and I had a superb day indeed.
Well that was Summer more or less and brings us up to date here to my current mini tour of Scotland on which Im playing a series of Lighting Up shows in the Glasgow area. Its my first time Lighting Up where I perform and the Christmas lights are switched on. A superfine thing indeed.
I have one or two shows left to close out an amazing year in 2016. One to watch for will be the Blue Funk Christmas Party. Ive had the great pleasure of performing at a couple of Blue Funk events in the past and can testify that plenty of superbly eclectic artists and bands will be well worth the trip to Poynton for folks who enjoy excellent music. The final shows of the year will be with my old friend Robin Sunflower on the 26th and 27th of December. Its always a great pleasure to perform with Robin and guaranteed to be an evening of great music and new talent.
Well into the year ahead in 2017.
Im very pleased and excited to be able to announce an appearance at the 2017 Gathering in Llandudno early February. Its been some time since Ive had a chance to perform there and very much looking forwards to being with all my friends and Alarm folks again.
In closing Id like to say a huge thank you to all whove travelled to the shows this year and to all the organisers and promoters who have supported me along the way.
Have a superfine Holiday Season folks and heres to a great year ahead in 2017.