Goodbye 2017

20 Dec
Fat Tone Amps

My harp set up thanks to Fat Tone Amps!

I had to get another post in this year. I know this is an irregular blog but one post a year is just a bit too slack. My excuse is that it has been a busy year. The year started with a trip to Canada and ended with a trip to hospital (nothing bad thankfully).

I have never been a great fan of the cold and snow but I had only experienced UK snow until I went to Ottawa, Canada, in February. Minus thirty and deep snow but fantastic as it was lovely dry crunchy snow and not the slushy mess we get in the UK. It was an unforgettable experience which included racing across a frozen lake on an ATV (a quad if you’re in the UK) and a vigorous walk on snowshoes through the woods. It was fantastic to spend time once again with my spiritual brothers Mike and Stevie Myers and their lovely families and to record some new material (which we are still working on for Brothers and Sons: Volume 2) and to get a gig in with the Myers Brothers Band. I also got to see Toronto and wake up in Niagara on Valentine’s Day with my lovely lady, sit up in bed and look straight out over Niagara Falls. Wonderful.

While I’m talking about travel, both the Sons of the Delta and the Jigantics have enjoyed overseas gigs again this year and we’ve had the great pleasure of playing for fantastic audiences in France, the Netherlands and Portugal. Our hosts have looked after us wonderfully and we look forwards to working with them again next year.

It’s been business as usual for the Sons of the Delta with both duo and band gigs far and wide and next year is looking great already with thoughts of recording at some point. The Jigantics have had a wonderful year too despite a number of changes in the line-up and again, next year is looking to be busy with plenty of gigs in the pipeline and some fresh recording too. As for the new line-up, we’ve been told by one of our promoters that it’s “the best line-up yet” so we’re excited about the way forwards.

It has been fantastic to play more dates this year with the excellent Damon T and I’ve continued to record some solo material which encompasses the various styles I write and play in and at some point I will have enough material to release a mini-album. If I have enough solo or collaborative gigs next year I will consider pressing some CDs as well as a definite digital release.

Other highlights of the year? Getting endorsed by Fat Tone Amps, who make bespoke high-end harp amps, which has given me THE best amplified harp sound I’ve ever had, and being invited in to the RAW Guitar family by Simon Raw and asked to perform in a promo video they filmed for their latest guitar the Predator, alongside the wonderful Bob ‘Snakeshaker’ Angell from Rhode Island and the excellent guitarist and blues DJ Gary Grainger.

So here’s hoping you have all had a good year too and wishing you an even better one in 2018. Cheers everybody!

4 Responses to “Goodbye 2017”

  1. Darrel Kirby December 23, 2017 at 4:54 am #

    You can’t leave us hanging about that trip to the hospital…

    • markjcole December 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      No disease and no details but a small scheduled op which turned out to need more done than expected. I’m 99% better and I’ll be fighting fit come the new year. Thanks.

      • Darrel Kirby December 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

        Pleased to hear it – I’ll no doubt see you somewhere around Gloucester I 2018. Have a good Christmas.

      • markjcole December 24, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

        You too Darrel. Thanks!

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