I have just finished part 2 of my Arts Council funded UK tour promoting my album 'Night & Day'. Now, despite leaving my capo at Hitchin Folk Club on the last gig, it went tremendously well, and I wanted to put up a few of the highlights here!
Huuuuuuuuge thank you's to my tremendous fellow artists involved, to Rush Release PR, and to every venue, host, sound techie, to all the fans that came out and to anyone who offered me a cup of tea upon arrival!
To a bigger and better one next time!
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.