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.