August, what to say about August? I need a holiday that's what! I had a busy time personally with my friend being here from New Orleans for the first part, it was always going to be a mad month having started so crazily. I went to Ireland and sang with The amazing Revolutionaires and myself and The Right Band supported The phenomenal Stargazers in THE 100 CLUB, what an honour with such great guys in such a special venue, thank you fellas! The best bit though I'm not afraid to say, was being able to go home and play Lindisfarne festival and then The Brewery Tap in Gateshead; I seen so many people I've known for a long long time, it made it all so very special AND I could use my accent between songs to its full strength and probably causing much confusion to the rest of the band ha ha ha ha …… what a trip!!
I did forget my dress at Lindisfarne strangely, so did the gig in my boilersuit, a clip here almost grabs the energy we had there though, it was fantastic!!
Yup, I'm useless, I'm heavy and tired and partied out. July seen; my playing with Boz and Lyn Boorer, Chad Strentz, sweet Brian, Jittery Jack and Miss Amy at Jester fest very exciting!; a family wedding and my birthday; My GRADUATION! and graduation party gig, which was one of the best shows I ever played EVER I simply love Hastings and how much energy they have for our music; I got to play The Summertyne Americana festival at The Sage on the bank of the river Tyne which was so fantastic, I could speak with full slang and accent and be understood ha ha ha, and a dance hall in Wallsend right next to where I lived last before I came south which was made me surprisingly emotional; We had a great time at Atomic vintage festival too and a very lovely Sunday in a the countryside to contrast the madness.
See some pictures from the shows we did are in my gallery but for this post I would like to share a video my friend Bruce Barlow took at Summertyne, it's an original song from our album 'Ain't No Lady' and we don't have alive clip of this as yet so thank you Bruce (all though you could have climbed some ladders to get a better angle ;) ) xx
And the madness continues, we played Glastonbury five nights in a row and it almost killed me at the same time as being the most spiritual time a lass could have; if you haven't done Glastonbury it's hard to describe, if you have then you know just what I mean. Thanks to the borrowed brothers Andy and Phil for filling in and to Gaz Mayall for booking us AND to the wonderful team at The Rocket Lounge for making our week so special.
Here's a clip from Venlo's Fell The 50s festival I really love this song man.
Big news is we just got nominated for best newcomers debut album from American Blues Blast magazine, I am THRILLED to be nominated all ready - to win would be NUTS; you can vote for us here:http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/vote/?fbclid=IwAR2NQPrPzPK8KQ9Mg1M4Jzkpa76wazQEH2QMRthYWJnJJhKUUeriYBBPwfg
Here I am home after a wild time. The Right band and I had a great time playing The Prague-Paris Jazz club in Paris, what an intimate little venue and a beautiful and appreciative audience, we'll definitely take up your offer of returning! We headed straight on to Venlo to 'Feel The 50s' festival, those guys know how to put on a great show and the whole of Venlo it seems dresses to impress and dances their socks off for the weekend (we did try and keep up!). I was home for a day or two and had to leave my Right Band to go play in Nashville at The Nashville Boogie, I had attended the festival last year and sang a number so returned to do my own show, such fun it was and an honour to be on that bill alongside Nicki Hill, The 52s and The Ronettes to name a few. Its the most laid back festival that isn't in a field in my opinion, no one cares too much, they're just out for a great time!
I got to go pay my respects at Memphis Minnie's grave on my little road trip down to Louisiana after the boogie, she is an inspiration to me and I wrote a lot about her in my thesis so it was a real special moment for me. New Orleans is my favourite place on earth so to fly so it was only right I spend a few days there before home, it took me by the heart strings and made me cry all over again to leave. Massive thanks to my friend Andy J Forest for letting me sit in with him in the famous Spotted Cat on Frenchmen, always a pleasure.
One single day home and The Right Band and I were re-united for a special trip to the very North of Norway, so far so that the sun doesn't go down right now. Codstock fest took 4 planes to get to and we were tired but boy oh boy was that a treat, speed boat rides, magical views, the best sound on stage and the most welcoming people... Thank you Norway xx
Oh yeah..... my thesis got A FIRST ;) !!!