Roger Thomas in Hampshire has done a fabulous restoration on my grandfather’s Wheatstone McCann duet concertina. My grandfather, Tomas White (Rushden, Northamptonshire), was a fine player but I haven’t heard it played since I was 6 years old so more news coming soon as to when it will be played in public and bought back to life again.
It was a great festival and such fun being with We Are Sound to sing alongside the great band ‘Darlingside’ on their track Go Back. I managed to grab a pic with Darlingside’s gorgeous David Senft. Alex Elbro did even better after interviewing the band!! The two lovely policemen decided not to arrest me, but stuck a hat on me and asked me to cover their tea-break 😳 😆
This annual concert comes around so quickly and tomorrow Thursday (5th July) will be the twelfth year that we’ve played this outdoor event. It’s always packed with an enthusiastic audience, and we’ve only ever had to play indoors once due to inclement weather. So, tomorrow promises to be a glorious evening and Scotsdales complementary hospitality will be as wonderful as ever, no ticket needed, just turn up.
It was a privilege to perform a jazz concert with Hungarian pianist Zoltan Kovacs on MS Oscar Wilde in Switzerland. The 160 guests were a fabulous group of people and the crew were absolutely amazing.
We had a great time playing jazz and blues and kicking off the Budleigh Salterton Gala Week. I was there for 6 days staying at the best B n B ever, so thank you Nicki for your wonderful hospitality in the fabulous setting of ‘Pebbles.’
Thank you Bowmers restaurant for the best Crab Soufflé I’ve ever eaten.
Musicians Pat Brandon, Marius Rudnick, Jim Newton and Peter Canter were just brilliant, many thanks for your wonderful musicianship.
Thank you Mark Warner for your wonderful hospitality and accommodation in your lovely home. The music was great and I look forward to your next visit to the UK to gig some blues again.
Had a great night with Mark Warner’s band, Road Doctor Revue. Played the blues at Clementines, New Iberia, moving on to New Orleans tomorrow.