What an incredible tour.
It had its ups and downs, but it was a once in a lifetime experience.
We played to some lovely lovely people, in some of the most beautiful places I have ever been.
I went there as an Englishman, and played original material to audiences only used to traditional Gaelic music. I confess, I was nervous about how I’d be received as I had had a couple of problems with racism while trying to book shows.
One venue stated “We have our own musicians thanks” before slamming the phone down on me.
But my fears where completely without foundation, and I can’t wait to get myself back to the Islands again.
Jono is putting together a feature length tour documentary over the next few weeks. I really think you’ll enjoy it.
Tomorrow I’m filming with Derby County FC as part of their DNA (Derby. Now. Always) campaign.
I have been a die hard fan since I was 8 years old, and it’s an honour to put my personal Derby experiences in part of their campaign.
On Thursday I am off to Manchester to rehearse for the first time, with my Manchester band. I’ve heard amazing things about the lads, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to it.
I now have some awesome musicians on the Isle of Wight, and in Manchester. Obviously Guy, Claydon, and Tippers, on the Island, have their own careers, and I can’t expect them to drop that to tour with me regularly.
I’m waiting on lots of tour confirmations that I’m really stoked about. Particularly some Festival dates in the Czech Republic, in September.
On Saturday, I’m off to London to meet with The Peoples Voice TV channel, to discuss my show, The Banned. Touch wood, I should have my team sorted by the end of the day.
The show is going to be amazing. It’ll be going out prime time in the UK, then repeated midweek, at a prime time for the USA.
The show will feature anything and everything. Music, Comedians, Jugglers, I don’t care. If you’re good at something, you’re on the show.
Boundaries are for pussies.
Much love. x