The Road to Glastonbury 2014
Well, well folks, the first leg of the Summer Tour has gone down nicely, thanks to you all for coming along and digging’ the tunes from the new album. The build up to Glastonbury was great; The Reverend Toby Murray, Pete Episcopo and myself caught the ferry over to Ireland at the end of May for the Irish Biker Fest in Kilkenny. Got to party with the Hell’s Angels and miraculously still alive to tell the tale. Love Ireland. The treat was squeezing in some time to go fishing with the reverend.
Will be back in Ireland for the Cork Jazz Festival on October 25th and 26th and some more dates will be announced soon. Keep an eye on our gigs page.
The kick off was playing at the Harley Davidson Festival in Biograd, Croatia. Flew over with Toby and jammed with Tom Swann on bass. A lot of Hendrix was played, Red House was a belter.
Biograd, Croatia, Harley Festival
Back to Bristol, working on the post production for the new album “Salt Water”. My producer Alex Beitzke sent the files off for mastering to Mr Ray Staff (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Clash) we can’t wait to hear the results. Will have to go through mastering twice as we will be doing our very bests to get Salt Water out in vinyl too.
Rehearsals in Bristol at Nathan Evan’s Studio to finalise our Glastonbury set and we were ready to go. Loud and heavy, just as we like it. Pete “Chewbacca” Episcopo got back on bass after holidays in Italy and was in pensive mood. For a while….
Less subtlety was to be expected from Mr Murray
We soon got going……
Glastonbury 2014 has been my best so far…. 4 gigs; two acoustic at the Small World and Green Fields, and two with my lads at the Rum Shack and the beautiful people at the Bimble Inn. Two Radio interviews too; with Suzy from Glasto Radio and Jazz FM so a good balance between work and fun and with producer Alex and band manager Fabio “Petrovic” Suttle in the equation It was bound to be carnage.
Lovely spot at the top of the Park with view overlooking the madness. Chris from Jazz FM came over to our hilltop for the interview
Friday afternoon at the Green Fields was an unlucky one; Dan Tsu from Lyrix Organix had made a lot of effort to promote our show and make us feel at home but 5 minutes before my acoustic set…. well, the heavens broke loose. Thunder, Lighting and the circus came to a halt as they powered down the electricity for the whole Festival. Ouch. Lovely rainbow, mind you.
Pete, Toby, the lovely Hannah Jones, and myself happily oblivious of the approaching storm before the Green Fields gig. Thought I’d felt in my bones.
There was no pulling back from the Rum Shack gig, and a belter it was too. The last of the bad luck materialised when I shredded two strings during a busy rendition of the opening song “Who you Foolin’?”. Fortunately Mr Beitzke was there and re-strung my Les Paul while the crowd head banged away to the next tune. Lots of you bought copies of the Hungry Blues EP! Thanks folks. Hope you liked it. I bet you’ll dig Salt Water even more.
The Rum Shack, Glastonbury 27th June, 2014
That was some of the best fun I ever had with my pants on. Which meant we made it back by……
Saturday was an acoustic gig at the Small World tent, very chilled atmosphere and got to play some Delta Blues and Indian Ragas to the lovely people who were sprawled out under the canopy.
The sins from the night before made me miss Jack White at the Pyramid stage. Toby, Pete, Alex and Count Dracula Fabio attended religiously and did say I missed one hell of a show. Hoping to catch him on his UK tour this Autumn.
On Sunday we got a call to go and play The Glade stage as the artist who had been booked wasn’t given a UK visa in time for the show. Great stage and a lot of people stopped by once they heard some slide guitar licks played on my Resonator. Most came back to see me close the Bimble Inn on Sunday Night with the rest of the band. Some dude kept coming on stage to help out with some air guitar. We must have touched the right spot.
Thanks to all who came to see us, bought the CDs and joined our news letter. We’ve already been invited to play Glastonbury 2015! We’ve got the Cock and Bull Festival, Bimble Bandada, Shambala, Beautiful Days, Small World and the Bestival lined up for the rest of Summer 2014.
Salt Water with most of the tunes we are playing live will be out in October so keep tuned in. Guess how I recovered from it all…..
Peace and Love to all.