Perthshire Amber Festival adventures

Added on Monday 27 Oct 2008

What a day yesterday was; we traveled up to the Perthshire Amber Festival - where I was playing at the open stage. Nothing unusual about that you might think - and there wouldn't have been if I had read the website about the festival more carefully - and if we hadn't traveled to the wrong place.

Rather than fully read the page about the open stage I just noted the address at the foot of the article and assumed that was the address of the venue. Which of course it wasn't - that was the address of the folk singer Dougie MacLean - who is a main organiser of the festival. At 1pm when we were supposed to be in the theatre in Pitlochry we were knocking Dougie MacLean' door and thinking that things were not looking quite right. We did have an inkling that we were on the wrong track when we were about half way up the mountain - driving on a single track dirt road.

Unfortunately This kind of mistake isn't unusual for me - if you were kind you would say it is just because I'm a bit of an endearing eccentric - but if you are not kind you would say I'm frustratingly stupid at times and should try to get my act together. :-(

After a bit of asking around and driving around - we did eventually get to the correct place. We were only an hour late - and the organisers where kind enough to still let me play. I was a bit knackered from all the rushing around trying to find the place - so my concentration was shot and I sang the wrong words on the first two songs. I'm sure nobody noticed - apart from Pat - who would be the only person in the room who knew what the words should have been.

Apart from our adventures in Perthshire - there's been lots of other stuff been happening lately. For one, I've decided to releases a CD; rather than just a few songs promotional purposes, which was my original plan. Geoff Martyn will be doing the recording of the additional songs - and I'll also be including on the CD a live recording from Italy of a song I wrote with Vivien Scotson and Madelaine Hart. I've always liked the song - and the recordings got a nice feel to it - with nice three-part harmonies - so it's a great addition to the CD.

I've also got lots of gigs lined up over the next couple of months - including support slots with Southern Tenant Folk Union (27th October Brel, Ashton Lane, Glasgow), Canadian singer songwriter Allison Lickley (21st November, The Liquid Ship) and David Ferrard (17th January Woodend Bowling Club). Also playing at the New Year Hooley The Liquid Ship with Hercules Mandarin - among many other gigs. Check the myspace for the full list of live dates.

Also of interest is an appearance on Sunny Govan Radio on the 29th October (listen via the website at

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