November 16-19 2018
What a fantastic weekend!! On Fri 16th Catching Fireflies, Emily Best and Olivia Campbell were magnificent at the Saltire Awards. It was held in the beautifully laid out Horizon Hotel Ayr for V.A.S.A. They each played a very strong 5 song set and the crowd just loved them.
On Sunday 18th I was very privileged to play the Main Stage at the Prestwick Lights Switch on event. I had a fantastic group of musicians/singers with me… Bernadette Matytsine, Lorraine Handling, Olivia Campbell, Jamie Clark and Gary MacDonald. They all (apart from Gary) took the lead on a song and we backed each other. Most were original compositions and we finished with Hope for Justice. This is a song I wrote dealing with the amazing work the organisation Hope for Justice do in different countries of the world. Look out for more info about the track in the coming days.
On Monday 19th Elaine Lamb played my interview on her show Heat FM Radio New York. She kindly played 5 tracks and talked to me about all things musical. It’s been a great few days and it looks like the Christmas season will be busy for me also.
Hope to see you along the way xx
The music adventure just keeps getting more exciting and interesting for me. Apart from my ‘normal’ gigs, Catching Fireflies / Lori Smith and myself all took part in a very successful Live@Troon 2018 in September. Although on holiday in the USA in Sept/Oct I was interviewed on Radio in Arlington VA by legendary producer Don Zientara for a future broadcast to be available on Mixcloud called Stagecraft.
I was in Sandown Racecourse just outside London in Oct for one day Speaking at an event within the larger C.R.E. event. I also sang and played at night. It was a real privilege to be involved and meet some amazing musicians and singers.
Nick Morgan and myself played at the 25th Anniversary Party for the Tam O’Shanter Ayr, as you can imagine it was packed and a lot of fun. One of the young artists that I work with Michael Crawford put out his debut EP The High Line and had his launch night at The Harbour Arts Centre Irvine. The EP is fantastic.
Catching Fireflies / Lori Smith and Emily Best were magnificent at the TamFest event in Ayr playing great sets featuring original songs and covers.
I was interviewed by Elaine Lamb for Heat FM/Sparkle FM to be broadcasted in the coming weeks. My track The City at Night was played by presenter Gavin Wallace at Rugby Park during the Kilmarnock and Aberdeen fixture on Nov 4th and I was their featured artist in their Club programme, which is all very exciting.
We are still working on the track Hope for Justice with Bernadette Matytsine / Jamie Clark / Lorraine Handling. It sounds amazing and hopefully will be mixed and ready to go very soon.
We are playing Prestwick Lights on main stage 18th Nov 3.15pm. Olivia Campbell and Gary MacDonald will join us onstage also.
Catching Fireflies / Olivia Campbell and Emily Best will be playing at The Saltire Awards in Ayr Nov 16th.
I am playing in Houston TX next March, 2019 and am getting my itinerary set up at the moment.
So as you can see there is no let up.. the excitement continues.
The best is yet to be xx
It was an amazing honour to be part of Heart and Sound in Dunfermline on 8th September. I was invited to take a song writing workshop. It went really well and all the other speakers were fantastic also. It was the same weekend as Live@Troon. As you can imagine I was all over it, Fri/Sat and Sun. It was a great weekend and I also had two of my young artists playing, Catching Fireflies and Lori Smith. They were Brilliant!
What a week! Played a fantastic gig in Spain on 14th Aug at El Cortijo, Paredon. I had an amazing crowd both in numbers and in spirit. The setting was stunning, outside on the stage, great sound and I was so well looked after. I even had a serious offer to come back with some of my Possibility Screams young artists so watch this space. Then on Friday and Satursday 17th/18th I played in Arran and had a ball. Thanks for everyone who came and helped make it a special weekend. x
Raincoats and Sunglasses 7/8/18
I had a lovely day today. Very exciting and interesting. My friend and Author Caroline Johnston invited me and singer/song writer Ellyn Oliver to Heart and Sound studio in Dunfermline.
We were there to shoot a promo video for Caroline’s forthcoming book Raincoats and Sunglasses. We had so much fun and were treated so well. The reason we are involved is simply this... Caroline has included us as characters in her book. We are musicians, playing ourselves so it seemed only right to rock up today and sing during filming. Ellyn sang a stunning original piece Arms wide open while I sang the appropriately titled Refreshing Rain. As I said we had a lot of fun and just had to adorn ourselves with... Raincoats and Sunglasses... at some point during the shoot. Watch out for details of the book launch in the Autumn, meanwhile checkout Caroline’s first book What If which is available now. xx
Minstrels and Mayhem 2018 Dundonald Castle Ayrshire
Saturday 4th August proved to be an amazing day of music at Dundonald Castle. This is the 2nd year for this fantastic event set next to the majestic backdrop of the Castle itself on top of the hill looking out over a spectacular view of some of Ayrshire’s finest countryside.
The weather was kind to us for this outdoor event and we had a great crowd who came and many stayed till the end and danced and had a wonderful time. I was so privileged to have 5 of my young artists take to the stage and they all were on fine form. Evie O’Hagan Hughes / Michael Crawford-Ewan McCauley / Catching fireflies / Lori Smith and Olivia Campbell mixed up a brilliant set of covers and original songs which the crowd just loved. Ken O’Hara and Jeremy Levif played blinding sets before our double headline acts.
Anna Sweeney and her spectacular band hit us hard with some memorable and catchy pop hooks to die for. They sounded fresh and she has an amazing future ahead of her. Audioclass closed the night with a terrific array of covers from Blink 182 to Abba. The people sang, danced and it was wonderful to look around as they brought the house down with the very appropriate Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran. It was a sight to behold... the Castle ...the dancing ...the lights and the view as it grew dark over the end of a magnificent day.
Prestfest goes from Strength to strength every year . I want to thank the organisers who gave us the chance to Play Sunday 5th Aug. The venue was The Buf Prestwick Main St.
Olivia Campbell / Michael Crawford-Ewan McCauley / Catching Fireflies / Lori Smith all played barnstorming sets again mixing up originals with covers. The crowd loved them all and these young artists will only go on to greater things in the future.
Great news just in... The Streets by Catching Fireflies got to no. 5 in the Scottish New Music Global Chart in June. I co-wrote the track with Scott Hewitt and helped with the arrangement, so this is a real thrill.
It was a real privilege to be part of The Big Lunch at the beginning of June in Ayr. Lori Smith and Catching Fireflies played great sets, both young acts have new recorded material that sound amazing. Lori also gained new fans when she was invited to sing at the new Steven Brown Art Gallery alongside X Factor winner Sam Bailey. Michael Crawford and Charlotte Rutter were in the Studio in June putting the final touches to Michael’s forthcoming debut 5 track E.P.
Along with playing my own gigs and hosting a regular #openmic night, I played in Arran for the first time 1st July. The sun shone, the people sang, it was just a perfect day... and they invited me back to play 2 dates in August (17th/18th), which is fantastic!
I am also looking forward to performing in the London area end of July which will be a wonderful trip. It will be great to meet up with friends I haven’t seen for a while.
Prestfest will soon be here - 3-5th August and I will be playing along with some of my young artists as well as at the fantastic Minstrels and Mayhem 2018 at Dundonald Castle on 4th August from 5.30pm. What an Incredible line up of acts… Anna Sweeney (band) Audioclass, Jeremy Levif, Jemma-Kate, Ken O’Hara, Olivia Campbell, Lori Smith, Catching Fireflies, Michael Crawford and Evie O’Hagan Hughes. Hope you make it along the way x
Studio by Dermalounge Gig
May 13th 2018 was the date for the Possibility Screams Showcase at Studio by Dermalounge in Prestwick. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon, the doors were open and the music drifted onto the street. The sun shone but the young Artists lit up the venue inside with their unique brilliance.