Duncan’s Blog – September 2014

Escape go the sun for a week at the start of the month – Irene and I spent a week in Port de Soller in North Majorca. We love the island, but hadn’t been to this part before. Soller is a beautiful rural town, connected to its port by a tram service. It’s a lovely area, with beautiful walks all around, but the heat was phenomenal (for me, anyway!). 33 degrees, and very humid, and our apartment was 122 steps from the top of a steep hill. I reckoned I’d have lost a stone by the time I get home, but…..not an ounce, sadly. Funny how small a world it is, right enough. Walking along the promenade we met two people we knew. David, from Anstruther, who brings his fish van to our village every week then, minutes later, Grant Dickson, who used to manage Dundee band The View. Grant’s living in Soller now, and spends most of the time on his yacht in the Port. Living the Life……

We also spent a couple of days earlier in the month attending our friends Gavin and Laura’s wedding at the beautiful Crear venue near Kilberry in Kintyre. My grandfather was born in Kilberry, and the area has a particular pull on me. Gav and Laura both worked at MCPS Scotland with me at different times, but their paths crossed on one occasion, which was enough to bring them together for life. Irene and I were special guests, as I’d been the one to introduce them to one another!

Then, of course, came the Referendum…..

I’ve always known which way I’d vote, but avoided posting on social networks or putting stickers on the car etc. This is partly because my work requires neutrality, but also I’ve been aware of the divisions the issue caused, and I genuinely don’t want to offend friends, neighbours or anyone coming to my concerts. I avoided discussion with anyone entrenched in the opposite view, but did try and talk to as many undecided voters as I could, as I knew the vote would be quite tight, and I do feel passionately about the future of this fantastic wee country. That 1.6 million voted yes, despite the relentless barrage of negativity, the scare stories and the lack of media support has been some consolation, and I guess we all wait and see how things roll in the future. That’s enough politics, now.

Picked up my new Lowden guitar when I got back from Spain and boy, what an instrument. I can’t put it down, and I’m trying hard to learn to play in the DADGAD opening tuning. First gig with it will be in Overtown, Lanarkshire, on October 1st, so can’t wait.

WE also had a great weekend in Carradale, Kintyre with our daughter Julie and her husband Ally. To help get over the real feeling of depression after he big vote, our pals Lachie Paterson and his partner Shelagh took us out for an afternoon in his boat the ‘Rolling Wave’ on my birthday. They’d bought me a bottle of cask-strength Springbank malt whisky, labelled with my photo and a bunch of saltires. The message on the label was ‘Everything is all right in the end, and if it’s not – it isn’t the end!’ Shelagh had also prepared a huge picnic, Julie had brought Champagne and our pals Davie and Carol brought Davie’s guitar, so we had food, drink, music and good blethers out in Dippen Bay, as the seals swam all around us, and two sea eagles soared overhead. It was a magical afternoon, and I got to drive the boat back to harbour. Great times with great friends – just imagine if it had been a Yes vote into the bargain!!

London for two days after I got back, and I seemed to have spent the whole month on the move. Three gigs in October, and quite a lot of travel in prospect, so I’m quite tired just thinking about it……

Tell you all about it next month.

Take care

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – August 2014

I’m never all that sure about August – one one hand, it’s still supposed to be summer, but after the first week or so, there’s definitely a wee feeling of autumn taking hold. Some of the trees begin to turn, and there’s the beginnings of a chill in the evening air. No gigs in the diary this month either, so it’s maybe time to start the horror of pitching for work in 2015…something I find really difficult.

It’s actually looking ok though – gigs confirmed for Stirling, Bishopbriggs, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh so far, with others booked but dates to be finalised. We’re also trying to book a few new venues for the ‘McGinn meets Seeger and McColl’ shows with the Cameron Brothers’ Band, so I’m hopeful of it being a good year. As always, there are frustrations – unreturned emails, and requests for CDs to be sent in, but no response afterwards. My CDs have always been released by record labels, so I have to buy them first – I think some people think they cost nothing! As always though, I’m very grateful to the radio stations that play our tracks and keep the name to the fore – Celtic Music Radio and ‘The Gaithering’ on TD1 Radio are great supporters, as is Iain Anderson on BBC Scotland.

One thing I did decide on was to cull my guitar collection a bit – I’ve really got far too many instruments, and I really only play my two Gibsons at gigs and in the studio, so with a heavy heart I made up my mind that my beautiful 1991 Martin D41 had to go. I’m the worst salesman in the World, so I asked my pal Bruce Davies, the acclaimed singer-songwriter from Fife, if he would sell it for me, and it duly went up on eBay. It’s been bought by an established and very talented artist on the Scottish folk scene, and that has softened the blow for me. I had bought the guitar new, but rarely use it, and don’t see the point of instruments lying in their cases. Spurred on by this, I also sold the 1997 Taylor 810 I used for several years with the Clydesiders, and a Taylor Big Baby travel guitar. and I’m getting ready to move on my Fender US Stratocaster and my Japanese-made Fender Mustang bass – both are immaculate, but never used. After all that, I needed to address the pain it all caused, so in two week’s time I’ll be collecting my brand-new Lowden O25 – cedar and rosewood – from Guitar Guitar in Glasgow. I tried two or three, and the one I’ve gone for is just gorgeous. We’re off to Majorca for over a week, so that will soften the blow of coming back to reality…..

So that’s about it for August – by the time I post the September blog, the big vote will have happened and one way or another, Scotland will have changed forever. I have really good friends in England, and I love their country too. Despite what the doom-mongers say, and whatever the outcome of the referendum no one from or in England, Wales or any part of Ireland could ever be foreigners to me, although as another friend recently said on Facebook – what’s wrong with foreigners anyway??!?

See you next month!

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – June/July 2014

I think this has been one of the best Springs of my life, what with the wedding, holidays and so on. Only thing lacking has been gigs – with everything that’s been going on I haven’t put much effort into ‘marketing’. It’s not easy, and I hate it, especially when clubs don’t bother to respond to personally written emails – I’d never spam them with generic marketing material. I know the sheer volume of social marketing attacks must be a turn-off, so I keep that to a minimum – just the odd FaceBook invitation sent to chosen ‘friends’ only. The answer is to arrange for someone to take care of all this for me, I suppose.

We had a fab time as always at Balerno Folk Club on the 24th June, an absolute favourite venue where everyone’s out for a good time. I think my blethers kept them a bit late, so sorry to anyoe who missed their bus. See me, see Ken Dodd…….. I was also delighted that folk icon Ronnie Browne of the Corries came along with his son Gavin, as did my pal Dave Gray from the Sound Cafe in Penicuick. We all meet up quite regularly for lunch and chat, and I really appreciated them making the effort.

Irene and I took the campervan to Arisaig for a few relaxing days in early June – Suunyside Croft is a great site, brilliantly run by owners Ian and Julie. Later, we went for our usual July week at Carradale Bay – surely one of the most glorious sites in Scotland (wee discount, Colin?!) – followed by an adventure taking us to Skye, Harris and Barra, in the sunshine. What can I say??

So it’s back to work, although things are very quiet at this time of year, which I really don’t like. My job’s much more fun when things are busy.

Time’s ticking away until the Referendum in September, and I’m swithering as to whether I nail my colours to the mast. I’ve never been undecided, but I really don’t want to upset the pals I disagree with, although there aren’t many of them. I don’t get involved in posting political thoughts – if in doubt ask a folk singer? Aye right.

Maybe I’ll post my thoughts in August – I’m sure very few people will give a monkey’s anyway! Meantime, be nice to each other and remember, we’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns, eh?

Cheers

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – April/May 2014

Very busy times this Spring, so as usual I’ve fallen behind with updating the site.

April was a gig-free zone, unfortunately, but it gave us time to head up to Skye for a few days, staying with my sister in Broadford for a night then a couple of nights with our pals Billy and Christine in Braes. We had a marvellous walk to the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle, and I managed to get stuck down a ravine trying to rescue Dougal, our friends’ Italian Spinone. I have a real horror of heights, and the climb back up absolutely terrified me – nightmares for days after! Other than that it was a month of more work than play, culminating in a two-day trip to London at the end of the month, which was actually quite good fun – I still find the place quite exciting.

May promises to be the best month in years, and as I write this on the 26th, so far it hasn’t disappointed. We began with a gig at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom as part of the East End Social festival. What can I say…..sitting in the same unaltered dressing room that had been used by the greatest names in music – Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Kinks and countless others – was emotional, but not as thrilling as standing singing on that famous stage. Definitely a tick on the bucket list, that one. Two days later, off with Irene for seven nights in Puerto Pollensa, Majorca, where we relaxed in the Eolo Hotel, which is becoming a home from home. Very basic, but really clean and comfortable, with the best views in the resort, by far. Much cheaper than other hotels, and great value for money. With what we saved, we ate out every night like rich folk. With a bit of luck, we’ll go back in September for another week.

While we were away, we missed the screening of ‘Creating the Kelpies’ on BBC Scotland, which was produced by our daughter Julie for Caledonia TV, the company she has worked for since she graduated from university. We caught it on the iPlayer though, and it was fantastic – very proud dad!!

Back from Majorca, three days at work, catching up on emails, phone calls etc, and it was off in the campervan to Carradale, in Kintyre, for the wedding of our pals Archie and Jane. Archie is a retired fisherman, who now runs a seafood smokehouse in Campbeltown, and his lovely bride Jane is a busy actor, who runs her own company and puts on plays all over Scotland. Celebrations began on Friday afternoon, and the survivors were tidying up the aftermath in the village hall at lunchtime on Sunday. It was an absolutely fabulous celebration with fantastic food (with Archie and Jane, the ‘purvey’ is always utterly stunning) and great music from local band the Twisted Melons, an indie band I’ve got to know well over the years. I’d never heard them play covers before – they were brilliant, and I haven’t danced as much in years.

Six days later, and we have the opening ceremony for our newly-refurbished village hall. Irene has been part of the group of local enthusiasts that have worked tirelessly to make it all happen, and the end result is just stunning. We’re all so proud of it, and the opening day brought the whole village together to celebrate an afternoon of theatre, dance and classical, jazz and choral music, featuring incredibly talented local people of all ages, both professional and amateur . In the evening Cy, Jim and I had the immense privilege of performing the first evening concert to a packed hall. It was a fantastic day, and one I’ll never forget.

The absolute pinnacle of happiness for me, however, is due to take place on Saturday 31st May, when my beautiful daughter Julie marries her fiance Ally in the new hall – its first wedding! I’ve been working on my ‘father of the bride’ speech, and have been sprucing up my 1968 MGC, which will be the wedding car. I’ve never seen Julie happier than she is just now, and she and Ally seem to laugh together all the time. He’s a very welcome addition to our family, so I’m really looking forward to the big day.

I’ll tell you all about it next month. Stay safe, and enjoy the Spring!

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – March 2014

A grand start to the month, with two days in London for a party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Performing Right Society (PRS). I’ve been a member since 1982, and have worked for their sister society MCPS since 1989, so it was nice to get together with over 600 colleagues, amny of whom have become friends over the years. I’ve been so lucky to have made my living from music, one way or another, for so long. Everyone moans about their job at some point, but mine is really good fun – and interesting – and I’ve got to know an incredible number of decent, friendly people over the past 25 years. Good times, with hopefully many more still to come!

March has brought a perceptible shift in the weather, and it fairly lifts the spirits. I’m writing this bit of the blog on Sunday the 9th, and I’ve just taken my old MG out for its first run of the year. A bit lumpy and wheezy for the first couple of miles – the car was too, right enough (boom boom). I’ve vowed to use it more this year, otherwise I’d be as well selling it – I’ve had it for nearly 16 years though, and it would be a terrible wrench.

Things are racking up a bit in the referendum debate but I think I’ll keep out of it for the time being. I’m very decided, but I genuinely do worry that, whatever the result, we’ll have a divided country. I love Scotland with an absolute passion, and I’m devastated at the increase I see in poverty I see in a nation so rich in talent, ability and natural resources. Let’s hope we make the right decision on September 18th.

Two really enjoyable gigs this month – Greenock Boat Club, one of our favourite folk clubs, and a fantastic wee night at the Buchanan Memorial Hall, near Drymen. I love these village hall gigs, where everyone comes out determined to have a good time – it really lifts the band’s spirits, too.

Take care, and have a great Easter

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – February 2014

Normally weeks of relentless rain and gales would get to me, and I’d be desperate to head off to the sun for a while, but I’ve been so busy in all sorts of ways I haven’t spent too much time fretting about it. I just hope we’re rewarded with a good Spring and Summer – we deserve it, I’d say.

I think I mentioned before that Cy and I have been working on a song about ‘Skylark IX’, one of the ‘little ships’ involved in the Dunkirk evacuation during the early years of WW2. The ‘Skylark’ had been working as a cruise boat on Loch Lomond, unrecognised, for decades, eventually sinking at the moorings on the River Leven. A Dunkirk veteran, on holiday from the US, spotted the sad wreck, and identified her as the boat that saved 600 lives, including his own. A group of volunteers in the Vale of Leven have spent the past year or so fundraising to restore her to life, with the help of several young people who have not had the best deal from life, and who will learn new skills and play a part in the wee boat’s rebirth. We managed to deliver the song to the Trust this month, and at the time of writing, we’re hoping a well-known actor and musician will be recording it as a fundraising single. I hope to be able to name names next month!

Gig-wise, we’re hoping to go out on the road with Duncan & Johnny Cameron’s ‘McGinn Meets Seeger and McColl’ show, which sold out (with a waiting list of over 50 at Celtic Connections) so we’re busy sending out info to theatres around Scotland – two provisional bookings so far, so that’s a good start. March will see us at Greenock Boat Club (a particular favourite gig) on Saturday 15th and at Milton of Buchanan Memorial Hall, near Drymen on the 29th. Stevie Lawrence can’t make these gigs – he’s getting increasingly busy with his other bands, such as the Chili Pipers and Raintown – so we’ll be joined by our old pal Jim Yule, who is one of the most gifted guitarists we’ve ever worked with, and a founder-member of 70s and 80s folk-rock outfit New Celeste. He’s also a natural entertainer, so we’re really looking forward to the gigs.

In other news, we’re in talks about another Clydesiders CD – the one released at Christmas 2012 has sold really well, so the record label is keen to follow up its success. As ever, time is the enemy, and trying to get everyone in the band together to get things moving is really difficult, bt I’d really like to make it happen.

Cy and I seem to be getting a bit more productive at the writing, and we’ve a couple of quite strong ideas on the go. Because the band is in my name, a lot of people think that I write all the songs, but everything we do is a collaboration between the two of us – some are predominantly Cy’s, some mine, and some real 50/50s, but our ethos is that we share everything, and have done since we first started writing and playing together, abck in our school days. Cy Jack is a quiet, understated guy, and very modest, but I’d like to put on record that he’s very much the engine room of what we do. Far, far more of a musician than I could ever be, he’s responsible for many of the arrangements, and keeps the sound tight. I’m the blethery one who does the singing, and that gets the attention – rather unfairly. I’d be lost without him.

Anyway – late with the blog again, as per usual. March has come blinking into the sunlight already, and I can’t wait for the days to get longer and longer.

All the best

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – January 2014

Well, happy new year – starting the blog early in the month…one of many resolutions I expect to fall by the wayside.

It was a great festive season – lots happening around the village, and trips to Glasgow, Balmaha and London to see friends. I got to the stage of feeling quite grim at the sight of yet another glass of red wine, but you’ll be glad to know I’ve recovered. Plan is dry weeks and wet weekends, alcohol-wise. We’ll see…..

One highlight was a classic car ‘rally’ with pals who live in the village. I’ve had a really nice 1968 MG roadster for nearly sixteen years, and a slightly scruffier Morris 1000 Traveller for five, so the Morris was wheeled out, along with my pals’ cars – a 1936 Austin 10, 1975 MGB GT V8, a 1969 Riley Elf and a 1987 Citroen 2CV. 40-mile local run, everyone survived, although the old Austin did run out of petrol at one point! Great fun – I’m not into sport, don’t smoke, don’t spend a lot on clothes (that’s enough at the back there!) and drink only in, er…moderation, so apart from guitars, it’s the only thing I really spend any money on.

Gigs are starting to come in okay – quite a few in the diary, so it’s an encouraging start to the year. 2014 starts on the 29th of this month at Celtic Connections, opening for the Cameron Brothers’ superb tribute show ‘McGinn Meets Seeger and McColl’ at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre. Tickets have been sold out for ages, with a long waiting list, but that’s entirely due to the main feature, I assure you!

31/1 – Still buzzing after the Tron gig. Sound engineer was superb, which makes all the difference. Our set seemed to be well-received, and the main act – well, they got a standing ovation at the end! We’re hoping to put a few more of these shows on around Scotland, so I’ll put them up on the website as and when.

I’m also looking forward to hearing my big pal Bruce Davies’s new album, which is just about to be released on Rothes Records. Bruce has a great voice, and he has recorded ‘The Road to Fife’ which Cy and I wrote for him a couple of years ago, so we’re delighted.

Right-oh, that’s enough for now. Hope to see you at one of our gigs sometme this year – don’t forget to come over and say hello.

Cheers

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – December 2013

After taking my eye off the ball a bit for a couple of months. I thought I’d try a bit harder with December’s blog. I’m starting it late on Boxing Day, after a great Christmas with the family. On reflection, this has been a good year for us, although it was blighted by the loss of a good friend and workmate, Alan Neve, during the summer (see July blog). We raised a glass to him at Christmas, and I’ll do the same at Hogmanay. I’m hoping that 2014 will be very special, though – for various reasons that’ll I’ll write about as the year goes on…

The month started well, with a visit to the Trad Awards at the Music Hall in Aberdeen. I love this event – so brilliantly organised by Simon Thoumire’s Hand Up For Trad team. I always catch up with loads of folk I know in the roots music scene, and everyone’s always delighted for the winners. I was particularly thrilled for my pal Chris Stout, who was voted Instrumentalist of the Year – so well deserved, as he’s a truly outstanding talent. He’s also been a great support to me over the past twenty years, both musically and as a mate.

Musically, it’s mostly been about writing. Cy and I are currently working on a song about ‘Skylark IX’ one of the flotilla of ‘brave little ships’ which ferried the Allied troops back and forward to the bigger ships during the evacuation of Dunkirk. My friend Mary contacted me as she’s involved in the mission to rescue and restore the Skylark, which had sunk at its moorings in the River Leven at Balloch, so the plan is to arrange for a local choir to record the song (if it’s any good…) as a fundraiser. I love stories like this. I truly believe in the importance of these heritage projects. It bothers me that parts of our maritime past are allowed to perish because restoring them wouldn’t be ‘economically viable’ – the ‘Maid of the Loch’ on Loch Lomond, for example, is the last paddle steamer built in the UK, and having her sail again would hugely enhance this magnificent part of Scotland. Why should it have to turn a profit? It would attract tourists in all sorts of ways, and bring benefits to the area that couldn’t be fully measured in economic terms. I’ve a feeling that the Lake Windermere steamers, the Cutty Sark or the Victory will survive regardless of cost, but maybe i’m staring to get a bit Scottish……..

December also started with the Clutha tragedy, of course – although it was really at the very end of November. I must be one of the few Scottish folk musicians who has never played a gig there, but it was (is) iconic, and it was such a shock. Enough has been said by others more entitled to comment, but it was a terrible thing to happen to decent folk just doing their jobs or enjoying a good night out.

Anyway, on a happier note, I’m looking forward to January and Celtic Connections. We’re supporting our pals Duncan and Johnny Cameron and their band at the Tron Theatre on Wednesday 29th Jan in their show ‘McGinn Meets Seeger and McColl’ – a tribute to three folk music legends. We’re playing the opening set, and will be including a couple of McGinn and McColl songs. Be great to see you there, if you can make it.

My only ‘live’ performance this month is on the 28th in our local pub, singing two songs as guest vocalist with our village rock band DIGG. They’re a really tight, talented outfit, so it’s no walk in the park for me – I’m singing ‘Pretty Woman’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘Never Can Tell’, so I’ll need to put a bit of work into it. Great fun, though!

From now until the end of the year, the plan is to relax and recharge our batteries. We had a great month, which also included a trip down to London for me and the missus. It was primarily for me to have Christmas lunch with my colleagues and pals at PRS/MCPS, but we also managed to catch up with old friends for a night at a fab seafood restaurant in Charlotte Street, and got to see ‘The Jersey Boys’ in the West End, which was fabulous. Little did we realise that a short distance away eighty-odd people would be injured that same evening in a ceiling collapse. It’s just not possible to be safe 100% of the time, even when you’re having a great night out at the theatre, or in the pub, so I guess it’s true what they say – live for the day, and worry about tomorrow when it comes, which it never actually does. I’m doing my best to adopt that attitude, despite being a natural worrier

All that’s left to say is thanks to everyone who supported us by coming to gigs or buying our music in 2013. I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2014.

Cheers

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – October/November 2013

Most annoyed with myself that I didn’t get round to writing anything in the last couple of months – as I write this, we’re well into December!

October was pretty much gig-free, although I did manage a guest appearance with local rock band Digg, singing Roy Orbison’s ‘Pretty Woman’ in our local pub….quite nerve-wracking. Although I’ve played hundreds of songs in cover bands over the decades, it’s usually been as bass player or rhythm guitarist. I’m reprising the spot on 29th December, and actually getting to sing two songs this time, adding Chuck Berry’s ‘Never Can Tell’. Rehearsals are very sociable, and great fun.

In early November, we played a headline spot in the inaugural Inverclyde Folk and Roots Festival at the fabulous new Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock. I have to say that the treatment we received from the promoter, Neil Lochiel, was among the best we’ve ever experienced – lovely three-course meal, great dressing room with drinks, snacks, chocolate etc. This was an ambitious event held over four weeks, and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone I’ve spoken to who took part or attended. I really hope Neil runs the event again next year, even if we’re not in it – it deserves to succeed, and will get my wholehearted support.

Work was really busy around that time too, taking part in music industry seminars all over the place – Glenfinnan, Skye, Newcastle, Hawick and Edinburgh to name just a few. I love meeting up and coming musicians and songwriters – my job can be great fun, a lot of the time! It’s tiring too, though, so we took ourselves off for a week in Lanzarote in mid-November, which was great for recharging the batteries.

Quite a fair few gigs have come in already for 2014, which I’ll get round to posting up any day now, but one of the most exciting will be doing the opening set at the Tron Theatre on Wednesday 29th January, as part of a Celtic Connections concert called ‘McGinn Meets Seeger and McColl’ headlined by our good pals Duncan and Johnny Cameron, with Andy Hamilton. It celebrates the work of Matt McGinn, and the time he met and worked with Ewan McColl and Pete Seeger in NYC in the 60s. The Cameron Brothers have been touring the show for some time, and I’m just thrilled we’ll be part of it at CC – and, hopefully, a few more venues around the country in 2014. Watch this space for details!

Right, that’s it for now – I’ll hopefully have more to tell you in the December post.

Have a wonderful Christmas, and I’ll try and get somthing posted for December before the year is over!

Duncan x

Duncan’s Blog – September 2013

Well, September’s over – blimey, that was quick! No gigs, sadly, but I’ve taken a deep breath and started to send a few emails out – couple of successes so far, so I’ll post the dates up as soon as they’re confirmed. I really don’t like self-promotion, wish the work would just come in of its own accord, but life ain’t that simple…

Highlight of an otherwise unremarkable month was a week in Puerto Pollensa, in Majorca – Irene and I just spent it wandering around the town, reading books and eating out every night. Just what we both needed – hope the effects last for a while!

Only bit of music news this month is that I’ve been asked to do a guest spot with Digg, a really good four-piece covers band based in our village, at their concert on 19th October. We rehearsed today at my pal Dave Lang’s studio Abair Audio, and it seemed to come together well – ‘Pretty Woman’ cover, but I had to sing it a tone lower than the Big O!!

Anyways – don’t forget the Inverclyde Folk and Roots Festival, that’s happening over two weeks in late October/early November. It’s a new event, and the organiser Neil Lochiel has put a phenomenal amount of work into booking loads of fantastic artists. We’re playing on Saturday 2nd November at the Studio Theatre in the fantastic new Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, supported by the superb Lynnie Carson and her band. Doors are at 7.30, and tickets are only £5 if booked in advance. Come along and support the festival if you can – it’s a bold initiative, and it’s great that folk like Neil have the passion and energy to make these new events happen – he deserves to have a great success with it. Here’s a link to the Facebook page :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142017992675565/

So that’s September, then – autumn colours are becoming well established out here, and summer’s a fading memory…….looking forward to the crisper weather, I must say.

Keep safe and well

Cheers

Duncan x