Whatever the weather it’s festival season and so far I’ve managed to play at the dry ones! Coming up I’ll be performing at the Harbour Festival in Bristol, Upton Blues Festival, Gloucester Food Festival, Gloucester Blues Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Sportbeat Festival and Whitcombe Festival – and that’s just up til the end of August! I’ll have the great pleasure of entertaining the masses at these festivals with Damon T, The Jigantics and Sons of the Delta. Something for everybody and after all, variety is the spice of life they say!
I’m also excited about two album releases this month – firstly the new Sons of the Delta album – Red Hot at Peppers – an acoustic duo album recorded live at Peppers Cafe at last year’s Gloucester Blues Festival. Not surprisingly we’ve chosen to celebrate the launch at our Peppers cafe gig at this years Gloucester Blues Festival on Friday 29th July. The very next day sees the launch of the new album by The Jigantics at the wonderful Convent at Woodchester near Stroud. The Jigs will be performing many tracks from the album plus some old favourites in the amazing chapel auditorium and it will be filmed and streamed live! Tickets are still available from The Convent so get yours while you can! Better to be there in person and get your free CD than pay to watch us on your computer screen although for our overseas friends that is a good thing to have.
While we are on the subject of albums I’ve been recording some harmonica for Damon T’s next record due for release later in the year, although some exclusive three track CDs of some of the album songs will be available at the gigs I’m playing with him over the next month or so. If you’re wondering about the Brothers and Sons recordings that I made with the Myers Brothers when we met up in Clarksdale Mississippi back in April, they are also moving forwards. More news on that a little later in the year.
Be happy everyone, keep supporting live music wherever you find it and I’ll catch up with you at a gig somewhere soon hopefully!