March 2020. What happened to the world we knew?
What a disaster this year has been. In one day I had 9 gigs cancelled. By the end of the week it was 33. So far I’ve had 41 events cancelled. Worst of all are the amount of deaths in Care homes. I’ve lost a good friend & a neighbour to this dreadful disease. We will need to stay at home & be as careful as possible for the foreseeable future. So please, Stay Home & Stay Safe.
Well, that was 2019!
And it was a blast!
Yes 2019 has been an exceptional year. Started with Fags n’ Matches & ending with This N’ That. I’ve also managed to travel half the planet & even had time for holidays. January was Thailand – I love that country – with a couple of gigs then back to Murrayfield Wanderers for the 6 Nations matches. Still doing my “Day Care Centres” around Central Scotland on mid-week dates & had managed to add a couple of new ones to the list. Away for a couple of cruise liner stints but home for December & a multitude of gigs in varied guises. I’d like to thank everyone that booked me over the past year & wish them all best wishes for 2020. Remember ” An entertainer is not just for Christmas!” Lol
Riverdale Suite: I did my usual stint at the temporary home of Murrayfield Wanderers Rugby club for the Welsh Weekend on March 9th at the Riversdale suite. Once again great night was had by all! There will be a fund raiser for some of the team heading to the World Cup in Japan later this year. The date has still to be arranged but I’ll keep you informed.
Home: I will now be home for most of the summer from 10th May to 5th July & have some gigs already in the diary with a few dates still to be filled. So if you’re looking to make a booking just click on the link for the contact form. I’m off on my travels again in April but – for the first time in a few years – back in May for the whole of the summer season. Looking forward to the Edinburgh Festival in August. I was away for the Fringe last year & really missed all the fun. The month of August is like carnival time & I’m really looking forward to it!
Here’s a remix of my 80’s single A side. Superstar Megastar
B side. Hooked on a feeling
Fags n’ Matches: Thanks to everyone that came along to the “Fags n’ Matches” gig at the Maybury Casino on 2nd March. It’s great to see all the fans that have supported the band from their heyday of the 60’s & 70’s & It’s great that the band is still going after all this time. I’ll let you know when our next event is taking place.
2019!Happy New Year! I just got back from Thailand & had to hit the ground running with two gigs my first weekend back. On Saturday doing my “Roy O” tribute & then played guitar with the wonderful “Fayne & the Cruisers” at the Leith Dockers 60’s roadshow alongside the “Hipple People”. The cruisers are one of the best bands around so it was quite an honour to be asked to play guitar with them. I had filled in on vocals with the guys before but to be asked to fill in on guitar was really something special for me. Wow! I really enjoyed it & it was great experience.
was wonderful again. I played 5 gigs during what is really a holiday for me & they all went really well. I didn’t arrived home until the 8th February which meant I couldn’t do the 6 Nations match at against Ireland at Murrayfield Wanderers. But never fear……….
I’m really looking forward to doing my usual stint at the temporary home of Murrayfield Wanderers club for the Welsh Weekend on March 9th at the Riversdale suite. If you want to come along to the gig on the 9th March, get in touch & I’ll arrange entry for you.
Fags ‘N’ Matches
Sadly the gig with legendary Edinburgh band “Fags n’ Matches” at the Maybury Casino on January 5th 2019 has had to be cancelled due to illness. However a new date has been arranged for Saturday 2nd March. Tickets will be on sale from mid January & the price includes a buffet meal. You can get tickets directly from Maybury Casino by calling 0131 338 4444. Or send us an email using the contact form by clicking here.
Is almost over & it looks like the Festive period is going to be busier than ever. I’m at home from mid November until 8th January following my trip to the Indian Ocean. I did a lot of gravelling this year. The highlight must be going to the “Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame” in Cleveland Ohio. This was during my visit to the states & it was fantastic! Especially when I saw my name on one of the foundation bricks, I was in Heaven!!! The RnR HOF is well worth the visit. I could have spent days in there.
Then meeting one of my favourite guitar players, Eddie Perez (Mavericks – Dwight Yoakum) was a great thrill.
Sadly the Murrayfield Wanderers have lost their social club next to the National Stadium but they’ve moved just down the road a bit to Murrayfield Ice Rink. I did my first gig in the new venue after the game against South Africa on Saturday 17th November. I’ll be back there on 9th March 2019 for the game against Wales. Let me know if you’re intending to come along & I’ll arrange entry for you. I will be home for February , March & April & have some gigs already in the diary with a few dates still to be filled. So if you’re looking to make a booking just click on the link for the contact form.
Fags n’ Matches
The next gig with legendary Edinburgh band “Fags n’ Matches” will be at the Maybury Casino on January 5th 2019. As usual it’s tickets only, so please get in touch if you need tickets. It’ll be a great night & will probably feel like a continuation of your New Years Party. Tickets will be on sale from the first week of December & the price includes a buffet meal. You can get tickets directly from Maybury Casino by calling 0131 338 4444. Or send us an email using the contact form by clicking here.
What happened to 2017
Time seems to fly by nowadays. Maybe I’m just at that age? Lol! Last year was really good year for me. I did a lot of travellling & did some gigs in some amazing places. Middle of the Pacific Ocean comes to mind. Thank goodness I was on a ship at the time!
Right from January last year, my trip to Los Angeles then Hawaii & eventually Tahiti with Oceania Cruise Lines, went really well. Then I had a couple of weeks at home & a couple of “must do” gigs (Irish & Welsh Rugby weekends) before heading off to Cape Town for the second year running. After that, there was a short trip to Rome & a spot on the Med before heading back to the African coast.
Once again it was a privlege to be asked to prform at the Hibernian Supporters Clubs’ Xmas Party. Especially in the year of winning it! What a great night! A big thank you to the Staff & the unsung heroes of “The Committee”.
I thought it would be hard to beat my Las Vegas trip last year where I watched my all time musical hero John Fogerty playing all his hits at the Venetian Theatre on the strip.
Followed by my appearance on stage with “Train” singing their version of “Don’t stop Believing”! Who knows what’s next?
For me personally, I was really busy after my return from South Africa. Cape Town was a blast! A big thank you to Antoinette & Gert for their wonderful hospitality. The birthday party was a very up-market affair & the main act for the evening was a band called Watershed! They are a big act in Cape town & have 8 albums under their belt. For some reason it was deemed best that I should follow them. After my stint I cheekily thank them for being my warm- up act. Most people saw it as a joke but the guys in the band didn’t seem too pleased. Oh well. Lol! Since then I’ve managed to purchase a couple of their albums & they make great listening.
I was asked to do a couple of support slots during the Edinburgh Fringe festival. These were great for me, as it was back to just me with a guitar doing my Greatest Hits! Eh, yes well, ok, some of my self penned material. Here’s a clip from my support gig at Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick. Still lots of local gigs coming up. You can find these here on my Event Page.