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 hell of a ride 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 uber 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 are working on new music to put early next year.
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!