I’ve had a marvellous time of it on the road so far, beginning in Scotland with John McCusker and Ben Nicholls, then joining up with John and Joe McGurgan, for a run of shows that resumes this week. The audiences have been generous and the venues have been really sweet. I couldn’t ask for much more…except perhaps, more gigs.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m pleased to announce a new run of UK solo dates! I’ll be playing some cities that you told me I should return to, and some others that I thought I’d visit anyway. I hope to see you out there.
In amongst these dates is a very special show for Celtic Connections; I’ll be playing the John Martyn tribute, ‘Grace & Danger’.
I was in Hank’s on Denmark St the day I heard John Martyn was dead. I had spent the last two years opening for him around the UK, finding a foothold in the touring circuit as a direct result. John’s acceptance of my presence within his touring machine changed my life in just about every way imaginable. I mourned for the man. He was several different people in one body and I caught a glimpse of each one, I think.
Almost ten years later I got a call from Danny Thompson, inviting me to pay tribute to John with him and his friends. I said Yes Sir. Life moves in weird and often beautiful circles. I’m looking forward to this show more than words can say.