Happy 2017 – next show, next album

I hope you’re well in 2017, and somehow surviving the seemingly ongoing worldwide palavas . . . here’s my annual blog post ūüôā

I’ve been busy studying music therapy, teaching piano & loving life!

And – planning the next album – currently the title is:

stars from a sidecar

Most songs are written, some are still in progress, aiming to release in 2018. Meantime you can hear a demo of one of the songs over here: soundcloud

Next Friday night I’ll sing that and a few others in a live show at the launch of an awesome exhibition for Fun-A-Day 2017. ¬†You may have heard me mention this in previous years – making art each day of January then showing it in Feb – well this time they asked me to sing at the launch!

Friday 10th Feb from 7pm at Wasps Studio, West Henderson Wynd
I’ll sing from 8 till 9pm

There will be artwork from at least 50 Dundee people – all kinds of stuff they have made throughout January. I highly recommend coming along if you’re in or near Dundee next weekend – poster below & read more online.
Thanks for reading – and hopefully it’s not so long till the next one ūüôā
Take care



Late November, Live Music

So, the nights are drawing in…

Dundee, late November: it’s cold outside.¬†Here’s a night of music¬†to warm the coldest heart.
Thu 28 Nov 2013 – 8pm onwards – 15 Ward Road (Buskers/ex-20Rocks/ex-Doghouse)


Original songwriters that will move you.

In one way or another.

esperi – lush & layered

the strangers almanac Рhonest & hopeful

ed muirhead – passionate & pithy

marley davidson – smooth & soaring

Listen to the music:

And watch some marvellous movies:

Simple Life Launch

Hi, it’s about time for a blog post – here’s a quick summary of the weekend, upcoming shows & more…

kingswayFirst – WOW, what a night on Friday, the Simple Life Album Launch Party was buzzing, Drouthy’s was packed! ¬†Thank you to everyone who came along and helped to celebrate the new album – you are a delightful bunch ūüôā ¬†We enjoyed music from Darren Campbell and Susan McCathie (many comments about your great voice Susan!) – then I had tremendous fun singing an hour of songs to a very appreciative audience. ¬†The volume of the audience on “Ode to the Kingsway” took me by surprise . . . maybe a new Dundee anthem in the making.

Special thanks to Graeme, (CD salesman), Kerri (scones/shortie), Ruaraidh (bagpipes!) and our hard-working barman – he was busy all night! ¬†Following the success of the evening, I’m planning more musical evenings to follow in the new year, watch this space.

On Saturday I visited the fair city of Perth, belting out songs for over two hours at Greyfriars Bar. ¬†The audience changed a few times throughout the night, but I¬†made a few new fans and had a wee taste of “celebrity” – As I was setting up the keyboard, I said hello to the couple at the nearby table, mentioning my name, to which came the immediate reply: “do you have a CD, can I buy one?!” ¬†They’d heard all about the Kingsway and Magdalen songs, and were delighted to meet me, buy the CD and hear the songs live… what a wonderful start to the night! ¬† Several other people showed great support during the songs, and put a stash of cash in the tip jar as well as buying CDs. ¬†Special thanks to Barry for carrying gear!

Tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th Oct) – I’m in Edinburgh playing at the Songwriter’s Cellar. ¬†It’s a regular event, hosted by Lach, a New York “Anti-Folk” pioneer now based in Scotland’s capital. ¬†There’s a¬†Facebook event for the evening¬†– plus more links below to the other songwriters who will be singing. ¬†After listening to songs by Georgia, Abi & Lach, it sounds like it will be a great evening, looking forward to it!

Georgia Gordon (Tweets/FB) &¬†Abi McQuater (FB) &¬†Lach¬†(Tweets/FB) @¬†Henry’s Cellar Bar (Tweets/FB)

Plus: on Friday evening I’ll be in Aberdeen, Downstairs at the Malt Mill – and Saturday at Clarkson Beanscene, south of Glasgow – more about these shows soon.

The Bay View…

View of the Bay...

Saturday tea-time, live at five I played a set at Dundee’s Bay View bar. This photo shows the view which gives the bar its name – Invergowrie Bay on the silvery Tay… and in turn, the bar passed its name on to a certain Dundee band who are still doing well and return to their home town for a 3-night-gig-stravaganza soon…

Um Bongo…

So, after a darn good gig last week, I’ve been asked back – in fact they want me as a regular fixture…

What am I talking about?  Bar Bongo Sunday night Acoustic sessions, hosted by DD Promotions of course!!

Where’s that? ¬†Bar Bongo is a newly refurbished pub, used to be The Ascot Bar, on the corner of West Port and South Tay St (map).

When? Every Sunday night from about 9pm.

Eleventh gig, best yet…

So, Sunday night at Tonic Dundee was my eleventh solo appearance, and possibly the best yet!   Not since my lowly debut at the Underground 17 months previously have I strung together 10 songs on-stage.  (Full gig history here)

And all this while recovering from a 10km run (fancy sponsoring?) and an inflamed throat…¬† aw well, it helped lend a husky sound to the bar-room drawl…

The bar was pretty well full – and they seemed to enjoy the music…¬† it takes guts to sing your songs in a room full of drinkers, but there was plenty of smiles and applause, so I’m happy.¬† I heard the comment from a punter that it’s nice to hear a piano for a change.

After my set I sold a couple of CDs and got talking to some guys in the audience who enjoyed the music… may have a useful contact and some developments there: watch this space…

Finlay and Nicky both appeared on the bill too: playing acoustic guitar and singing a range of familiar songs.¬† Keith + James were up later, and I had a chin-wag, though I couldn’t stay long enough to hear them – though going on previous performances they would have done a good job of pleasing the crowd.

Hoped to have some video footage of the evening, but none due to technical difficulties: you’ll just have to get out and see me live!!

Speaking of which, there should be one or two more gigs coming soon: see you there.