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Heading back home in a land downunder…

2016 was another busy year split between the UK & Australia This year we flew out of the UK on Jan 6th so that we could play a posh wedding at Brocket Hall in rural Hertfordshire. Where we were playing … Continue reading

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Talking the talk, walking the walk…

Only 5 years to catch up on now so I reckon that I’ll try and power quickly through 2015… For me (and Dawn), the year starts out in England as we finish off a gig at the Lamb Inn in … Continue reading

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Where does the time go – or Catch up (if you can)

It’s been awhile since my last blog, perhaps I shouldn’t have written at the end of the last one; “Well that’s the end of Part One. My next blog will cover the Summer of 2013 and will be posted in … Continue reading

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The death of live music in Luton / Dunstable / UK?

Live music is the most engaging – and least monetised – of all the multifarious forms of entertainment available to us here in the UK – and perhaps the western world.  When I started writing my regular live column in the … Continue reading

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Veni, Vidi, Exi – I came, I saw, I went away…

Time Flies like an Arrow, Fruit Flies’ like a Banana  Finally the final instalment about my trip to Australia… After a packed musical weekend at The National Folk Festival in Canberra, I decide to drive up the Western side of … Continue reading

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Off to Canberra for the National Folk Festival

On the road… I head up to Canberra on the Wednesday (April 4) to get to the Folklore Conference on the Thursday. After a diversion to the centre of Melbourne to pick up a passenger (Wim) who offered to share … Continue reading

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Back in Australia – and a week passes by….

Another week just flys by in Melbourne… The weather is not great but still warm enough to have breakfast on the verandah. I spent the the first few days on the phone to various contacts and trying to get into … Continue reading

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Back in Australia – the first four days…

After about 24 hours in the air on QF030 I touched down at Tullamarine just before 8am on Thursday morning. It was quite a comfortable flight with an aisle seat on the first leg to Hong Kong where they turfed … Continue reading

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Sessions, a Royal encounter and a lot of horses running around…

The run up to my Antipodean expedition… On the last day of February I went down to the Blues session at the Goat in St Albans. This jam is run by Doctor Ika, an eastern European blues guitarist of some … Continue reading

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Free Range Musician…

A the end of January I decided to do something about my ‘free range musician’ idea so I started a page on Facebook and nabbed the top level domain. The idea is that musicians who are making a living out … Continue reading

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