5th of January

by on January 5th, 2018

Goodbye Christmas! It’s time to pack up Xmas 2017. I’m a bit superstitious generally and leaving up the tinsel and twinkle beyond the twelfth day is definitely a no no. With all the pipers piping outside it’s hard not to get the message. Thanks to everyone who sent us cards this year, as you can see they are fondly displayed above the piano that I wish I could play. Beth is here and has been tinkling away on it which is really nice. In fact Beth and I are rehearsing for a gig at Celtic Connections on the 19th of January, a nice warm up for me before my first tour of the year in the US. So it’s all coming down today including the tree which will no doubt shed a million needles in disgust. It always feels a bit ‘normal’ when the decorations are gone, but Spring Will Follow On!

 

 

2nd of January 2018

by on January 2nd, 2018

Happy New Year everyone and shut gate! This is a lovely old kirkyard on the Hebridean Island of Islay that the Malcolm family visited back in August. It’s the place where all the really smoky whisky comes from like Laphroaig and Lagavulin. It’s a dreary rainy day here so I thought wee shot from the summer would be more cheering. The Malcolms had a grand Xmas, with lashings of good food and company. We are now feeling suitably puritanical for the new year although that usually only lasts a few days. I spent quite a bit of time playing Christmas music, and just when you’ve got it mastered its time to pack it away for next year. But my favourite musical season is just about to begin as Burns Night hoves into view. Time to dust off a ranting,red fond kiss for a’ that lang syne !

4th of January 2017

by on January 4th, 2017

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Happy New Year folks! I was singing once again at a Hogmanay bash at the Dunkeld House Hotel in bonnie Perthshire. I think for the sixth year in a row – We are calling it Groundhogmanay! The band were giving it the usual laldy with the clientele all nicely scrubbed,dolled up and hoooching away the final moments of an ‘interesting’ year. From the left are Pete Clark on fiddle, Gregor Lowrey on box, Graham Mulholland on pipes and whistles, Steve Gillies on guitar, Erik knussen on bass and Jen Knussen on harp and fiddle. As usual the band stayed up till the larger small hours, with a great session when I even played “King of the Swingers” on the trumpet, which I’ve now been playing for a whole year – my only resolution that has ever made it out of January.
Have a brilliant year !
I have uploaded a clip of the band playing to my Facebook page

11th of September

by on September 11th, 2016

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Hello folks, Susie and I are just back from a ten day trip/writers retreat we helped organise for our good friend Grace Burrowes – a bestselling romantic fiction novelist. We had a wonderful time based near Aberfeldy visiting many of the surrounding attractions, as well as trips to inspirational locations such as Abbotsford (Sir Walter Scotts border home), Culloden, Roslyn Chapel and the Braemar Highland Games(to see the Queen!).
We also visited the Black Watch Museum in Perth where there is currently a travelling display called The Weeping Window – to commemorate the hundreth anniversary of the Great War. we also saw it up in Orkney back in May.
Scotland was looking very bonny…

15th of August

by on August 15th, 2016

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Had great gig in Portsoy, up on the Banffshire coast – very beautiful fishing village with an ancient harbour. The venue is called the Salmon Bothy, a lovely old building, used as a museum and arts centre.  I snapped the stage area to show you the fantastic knitted mural depicting the old harbour. The concert went well and I played my first ever trumpet solo in public. Ive been learning it as a New Year’s resolution! Thanks to Bob and the crew for organising and to all those who attended.
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“The land of the golden and the green” a snap of  ‘Valley of Strathmore’ on the way home with field of ripe corn waiting to be cut. The journey home from Portsoy was really like driving through the pages of a song book.