This year has been the busiest year of my life for playing music and creating. Since joining Night Flight, we’ve been lucky enough to record at some of Londons best recording studios for extended periods of time, we’ve supported Paul Simon at Hyde Park, All Points East in Victoria Park alongside The National and War On Drugs, played live in Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Coventry, Cardiff, Aldershot(?!), Bristol, Brighton, one of my first ever venues The Horn in St Albans, as well as all over London and even a festival in Cornwall. Our debut album comes out on the 7th December, which is a dream. We’re already working on the second one which is keeping us busy as winter sets in.
I’ve been doing more session work this year too which has been a huge learning curve and a lot of fun. I’ve played in countless sessions at Resident Studios, my spiritual home, alongside some of my best friends, as well as working with hip hop artist Zion, folk singer Odette Michell, soul singer Emily Stratford, J. Lennox, long time friends Sarah Riches, Alex Tinlin, Charles Bush and more. Session work keeps my recording chops up to scratch, as well as giving me a chance to write and record different styles to my main work in Night Flight.
I’m continuing to write for myself, and working with such talented songwriters, especially Sam Ford, has really inspired me to push for more. I’m very slowly working on an album of my own songs which I hope to release at some point next year.
Thank you to everyone who has played music with me or allowed me to play for them this year, thanks to all at Night Flight and CRC records, all at Resident Studios, and anyone who has played a part in making this year so special. This time last year I couldn’t have imagined what would unfold for 2018, and I might not have believed some of it if you’d told me, I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
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This has been a long year and it's hard to believe how much has happened in 365 days. I couldn't possibly list every musical event that's happened, but here are some highlights;
My first full UK tour with Jeannine Barry and Lucy May, playing Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival main stage with Lucy, and doing an acoustic session for BBC Scotland. Continuing to play live and release music with The Empty House Band, including a show at Bush Hall, one of my bucket list London venues. Performing alongside Holiday Oscar at Bestival and Camp Bestival, as well as recording electric guitar throughout the year for upcoming releases.
Joining Night Flight has been a whirlwind so far. I joined the band as lead guitarist in September, and have since played shows throughout London, including a sold out Notting Hill Arts Club before Christmas. Getting the opportunity to spend a week at Urchin Studios with the talented producer, James Mottershead has been a real highlight. Hearing Elton John play our music on his 'Rocket Hour' Apple Radio show, and being selected as Featured artist on BBC Introducing London. I can't wait to see what 2018 brings this band, and I feel truly lucky to be able to be a part of it, thanks to Sam, Dan, Nick and Andy, as well as everyone at CRC Music.
My own music has obviously taken a back seat this year, as I couldn't pass up on all of the opportunities to play with so many artists. But a couple of great shows as a trio with Simon Treasure and Matt Dinnadge has been really fun, and we’ll definitely be doing more of that in the future.
Continuing sessions at my musical home Resident Studios, Urchin Studios, Tinlin Towers, Stakeout Studios among others has provided a lot of learning opportunities. I've also really enjoyed teaching students of all ages and watching young guitar players grow into fine musicians. Playing jazz with Dan Brown at a Wedding a stones throw from our childhood homes was a great trip, as well as playing and singing as a part of the trio Highway 21 for weddings in the summer.
Dates for 2018 are coming in thick and fast, I'm really grateful to everybody who wants to continue to allow me to be a part of their music. If you would like to get in touch about playing, teaching, recording, please do - there is always space for more!