Goodbye Summer

7 Oct
The Jigantics soundcheck. Little Theatre, Sheringham.

The Jigantics soundcheck. Little Theatre, Sheringham.

It’s been that long since my last post I could have almost had a baby! Well, if I’d been a woman that is. But wait – I have had a baby! The new Sons of the Delta album Tasty Nuggets is out and is doing the media rounds with lots of airplay and great reviews. I won’t subject you to a full run down of album activity but highlights include airplay on BBC Radio 2 via the Paul Jones Show and being the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association’s Pick of the Month for August. To read all the reviews visit the Sons of the Delta website.

It’s been a hectic last few months with plenty of gigs and festival slots for both The Jigantics and the Sons of the Delta. We had a wonderful weekend in Enniscorthy, Ireland, at the Blackstairs Blues Festival and met some lovely, enthusiastic and warm people. A major bonus was the weather – it was the first time I’ve been to Ireland when it didn’t rain from the moment I arrived to the moment I left. Glorious sunshine pretty much the whole weekend! To add to all that I’d just put a new element in my harp mic – a 1955 Shure CR element – and I love it! So all three gigs that weekend I was on a high with the new hot dirty sound of my harp. I still am!

Talking of sunshine, my partner and I had a well-earned week off on the Greek island of Samos, in the beautiful little fishing town of Pythagorio which was the birthplace of someone famous – you can figure out who ;) The weather was fantastic as was the food and of course it didn’t take long for me to find some live music. I ended up sitting in on a few numbers with Dimos, a great acoustic guitarsist and singer who was performing on one of the boats in the harbour. If you like a quiet location with loads of history to go and visit plus some great eating and drinking then give Samos a try.

On a note of personal pride, my eldest son Josh graduated last month with a great degree in Film and Television and my youngest son Rory started on his path to a degree in Media Production. At Josh’s graduation ceremony an honorary degree was given to the singer/songwriter Barbara Dickson and she gave a stirring speech about grasping opportunities when they arise, even if you’re scared of failing. Great advice. As T Model Ford used to say “See what you get if you don’t clown”

So what’s coming up? Well I need to get on the ‘phone and email to all the 2015 blues festival organisers plus blues club organisers and take advantage of the Sons current media attention. The diary is filling nicely but the fuller the better! The Jigantics are off to the Netherlands at the end of the month for an eight date tour which we’re calling the Stroopwafel Tour. If you can’t get there but want to be a part of the action you can get your tour t-shirt here at the Rawtone Records t-shirt site. The Sons are in discussion with a new agent in Benelux so hopefully we will be back in the Netherlands with the other band in the not too distant future. Watch this space!

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