If you are new here, welcome to my monthly newsletter! We are on the cusp of a new season, and as I write the weather changes from sun to rain and back again. My recent pilgrimage to Solsbury Hill was abandoned due to a closed road, but I did hear Vera Lynn on the radio singing 'Night and Day'... which seemed appropriate for the equinox. To be honest, I didn't realise she was still alive. I wonder if I will still be putting out records at the age of 100...
The month began with a beautiful day of sunshine and songwriting with my dear friend Miranda Sykes. It was one of those occasions when everything just flowed into being. Miranda is recording a new solo album (which you can now pre-order) called 'Borrowed Places'. She needed another song - ideally a song about where she currently lives in Devon - and I already had an idea for a song following a personal story she shared on Facebook that generated a lot of comments and opinions. One of those (thank you Richard) became the title: 'Sea Glass'.It felt like the missing piece, and, for me it was a wonderful reminder of how much I love the process of creating and collaborating, and how easy it can be with the right people and a little inspiration on your side.
NEW TRIO! I am delighted to tell you that Scottish musician and singer Clare Lindley will be joining Mike and I for some gigs starting with Ely Folk Festival! I first met Clare at Shetland Folk Festival in about 1999 and more recently she has been performing with Stackridge and with Andy Davis as DLM. Andy of course sang the harmonies on 'The March Hare' and I just read his bio and it made me chuckle. You can read about my obsession with metaphor and internal rhyme and some of the challenges of recording the song for March in this months BLOG and LISTEN to me having a chat with Fay Morgan Hine on the podcast.'The March Hare' was played on Dublin City FM recently and Noel Casey promised to play the rest of the songs on his show every month.
PERFORMANCES Our next gig is on April 23rd at Folk Weekend Oxford. Harp workshop in the morning and an afternoon performance with Mike Cosgrave. Perhaps you have been wanting to come to a concert but not been able to make the dates. Do you have a a suitable room in your own house where we could come and play? House concerts can be a great way of catching up with friends and hearing some live music. If you like the idea, please drop me an email.
Thanks again for letting me into your inbox and taking the time to read about my musical endeavours. Wishing you all the best as we move forward into Spring. On Sunday the clock in my car will tell the right time again... for the next 6 months anyway!
MAKING 'THE YEAR, SHE TURNS' - MARCH So here we are in March. A new day beckons and the weather is as changeable as life itself. I am pleased to say that ’The March Hare’ has been getting some airplay in the UK and over in Ireland. The song has also been given a re-write by my delightful 9-year old niece. “Tick-tock in the hallway..” she sings, “March is my favourite one of the year.” Her version is more optimistic than mine, ending with lots of rainbows and how we are going to celebrate… it brought tears to my eyes! I spent a lot of time on the lyrics of this song.…