Quiet start to the year on the gig front, but behind the scenes things have been manic as I try to write and record the next album before the gigs and We Shall Overcome suck up all the spare time.
There has been a slight change of plan in that the proposed ‘Potter’s Field’ album has been put on hold for 12 months following my reading two books by Brian W. Lavery about Hull’s fishing industry and the Hessle Road community central to it. My head went BANG and I wrote an album of songs in three weeks. With time on my hands I set about recording them and I’m currently 9 down out of 11 and looking good to be finished the first stage for Easter meaning I can focus on the live stuff after that.
If you’re interested in my progress, the demo versions are here:
and I’m hoping to have the album, ‘Headscarves & Hurricanes’ out this year as it is the 50th anniversary of the Triple Trawler disaster which sparked many of the songs on the record.
From next week the gigs come thick and fast, and if you want to catch me out there then here’s where to find me between now and the end of June.
24th LEEDS – The Chemic (WSO)
30th SCARBOROUGH– Cask (WSO)
13th MANCHESTER– Moston Miners Club (Labour Party Fundraiser)
14th WIGAN– IBMT Memorial Unveiling
15th CROXTON KERRIAL– Geese & Fountain
22nd MANCHESTER– Curzon Ashton FC Function Room (2pm)
22nd ROTHERHAM– Trades Club (Evening)
6th BARNSLEY– May day Festival Of Solidarity
11th DURHAM– Old Cinema Launderette (with Grace Petrie)
19th BOLTON– Socialist Club
20th WAKEFIELD– With Banners Held High 2018
25th LEEDS– New Headingley Club
27th MANCHESTER– Strummercamp 2018
27th WARRINGTON– Old Town House
2nd GLASTONWICK FESTIVAL 2018
3rd DONCASTER– Something to Smile About Festival – 2018 – Doncaster
5th MANCHESTER– Mechanics Institute (TUC 150 with Oysters 3)
9th WARSOP– Black Market Venue (with Blyth Power & Star Botherers)
10th SOUTHPORT– Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union – BFAWU Conference
15th DONCASTER– Bob Crow Education Centre
16th MANCHESTER– 0161 Festival
….and there’s more to come.
Plus all the plotting and scheming for We Shall Overcome.
Going to be a busy year.