Radio sessions, getting lost and CDs arrive

Added on Thursday 4 Dec 2008

On Tuesday I did the radio session for Sunny Govan Radio on the Felonius Munk show. I played four songs and had a bit of chat with Felonius; all very enjoyable. All the drama occurred before I got to there because I managed to get lost on the way there. If you know me - then you know that this is a common occurrence; but this was a particularly good/bad one - as it gave a few people a bit of a laugh when they announced on the radio show that I was lost in Govan and they were currently 'trying to guide me in' via mobile phone. I did get there eventually after being pointed in entirely the wrong direction on two occasions by well meaning locals. I don't think they did it on purpose, but maybe in Govan they don't like people with funny wee hats worn the wrong way around.

On the Thursday I played a few songs at the Tchai Ovna Tea room in the South Side - as a guest of Mike Simons - who has a regular Thursday evening slot. There were some talented musicians in attendance; so it was good to hear some fiddle and harp music in addition to Mike's finger-picking guitar. It's a pity that there are plans to close the south side Tchai Ovna tea shop down - as it's a nice place to play and hang-out in.

Next up was Partick Folk club on Friday night - where due to the over abundance of talented singers and musicians I only had time to play one song. However, I took the time to remind everyone that they were invited to my CD launch in the Hidden Lane Cafe on 12 December - 'I put it in a positive light by saying that I was inviting everyone to a party'. Maybe a few will turn up - maybe not. I played the song Weather girl which went down well.

A few nights ago I went round to my friend Graham Mackintosh for a chat and a jam. Graham played guitar on the CD during the first recording session - but he hadn't heard the later recordings so I also wanted to give him a copy of the latest songs. Graham is a fantastic guitar player - in a bewildering array of different styles. He played me some classical, some fancy finger-picking, and a few jazz tunes of his own. He's looking for a Jazz bass player if anyone out there is music land is interested.

Talking of recordings, I've finally got my CDs. Hurrahh! I got 150 in a big box yesterday - and they are looking good - so it's all go for the launch. Hope to see you there.

All the best,
Jim

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