Jinty M'Guinty's, Radio play and hello to Marti Pellow

Added on Monday 2 Feb 2009

Photo: Hercules Mandarin gig. I feel as if I've had a very busy weekend - because I'm shattered. I don't feel I should be so tired - as I didn't actually do a huge amount. I did, though, go out on Saturday night to King Tuts for the launch of the new album by Hercules Mandarin; it was a fairly late night - and apart from listening to the bands - I inhaled quite a lot of amospheric smoke that they pump out onto the stage at gigs - that may well have done some temporary damage to my delicate lungs.

The album launch part was absolutely packed - and I congratulate the band for putting on a great show. Best wishes for the new album - I'm sure it will be a smash. :-)

Gig at Jinty M'Guinty's

On Sunday afternoon I played a gig in Jinty M'Guinty's. It was - for me - one of the most enjoyable one's I've done lately. The atmosphere was very relaxed and I felt I played fairly well. I was also great to see and hear Nick (the man with no surname - see http://www.myspace.com/nickmusicscotland ) getting up to play a few songs on his Cittern and a tune on his flute. Nick is a really nice guy; we first met him up in Colonsay when we were there for the Colonsay Folk Festival - and both myself and Pat have been keeping in touch with him through myspace.

The other event of note over the weekend was having two of my tracks played on Mary Kathleen Burkes show on Celtic Music Radio (http://www.celticmusicradio.net/). Thanks Mary for playing my music - very much appreciated. :-) Mary has also said that she will be inviting me on to the show for a chat sometime soon.

Hello to Marti Pellow

Tonight, I'm feeling fairly cheery as I got a nice surprise. I got a note from Chris Difford (that would be Chris Difford from the band Squeeze) to tell me that a song I co-wrote will be on Marti Pellow's new album. This is a song I co-wrote with Marti himself - over in Italy - as part of Chris Difford's songwriting retreat.

Whahaa! To me this seems a bit surreal; if you had said to me at any point in my life, 'Jim, I've looked into my crystal ball, and I see you writing a song with Marti Pellow, which he will record and put on his album', I would not have believed you for a second. You just never know what's around the corner. :-)

That's all for now.

All the best, Jim

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