This year has been hard work. And it has ended WILDLY differently to how it started!
Jan: I was down and out, but recieved some good news... I was awarded my first grant! The Arts Council England gave me £5000 to tour my debut album across the UK. Which I did!
Feb: I launched my first album! In front of everyone who mattered; my friends, family, people who supported my crowdfunding campaign, the press and the town mayor! Hopping onto two BBC radio stations and getting my picture in several papers.
March/April/May: My first tour...everything from crappy pub gigs to enormous concert halls! I collaborated with as many artists as possible and met some wonderful musicians.
June/July/August: My first festivals!! Small ones! Firs Field, East Harptree Playing Ground, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Lockleaze Festival, Priston Festival, Lyme Folk Festival. I have not yet been to Glastonbury...either as a performer or attendee...
And, I hired my first assistant! The beautiful Lauren Kirkpatrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help me out at concerts and with admin here and there.
Sept/Oct: My first DONATION based tour! And it worked! No ticket prices, just donations...
Nov/Dec: Well, now it's Christmas season, and I've never seen what that does to a retial business before! I've posted out nearly ALL of my remaining Gentle Heart CD's! Ready for recording a second album in 2017!
I also played at the Green Note in London for the first time! I had wanted to play there for ages, and finally got a chance thanks to all my new youtube videos :)
These last two months saw my online following explode, and bookings in 2017 run all the way till Novemeber (and a few international ones!). I've a feeling 2017 will be my year :)
A HUGE thank you to everyone reading this, and everyone who has supported my music from day 1. Y'all know who you are, and I could not be here without you.