Dear friends,

I have eventually got some writing time so here is an update on the music front.

After last year’s offensive on the live front as a full band, we are once again changing shape and form, as Dave C is moving down south, after being the drummer at many shows including Kelburn Garden Part, King Tuts and The Cluny, Dave we will miss you man.

Steve has been bought a sax for Christmas and was last seen panhandling on the Marseille docks moonlighting as a Louisiana drifter.

Its a funny thing, it really takes time and work from all members of a band to get a live act on the go and I’m really happy with 2011. Big thanks to all the lads in the band and also to the people who came to our shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. We played at some great venues to over 100 people at a time in some cases which was a new experience for us all.

I would also like to thank the other bands that we performed with, many of whom have been consistently putting that level of effort in for longer than we could, in all fairness conceivably manage to do.

Particularly Blackcatwhitecat from Sheffield who are the best band Ive played on the same bill as. With rock and roll act of this kind of quality it takes a group with the lifestyle of a band to carry on. Hence most bands do it for a while, dont make a living at it, and have to spend time on other things.

But, and here is the truth, I would rather not stop making music, but have to accept that for now, a band is not a realistic way to go about doing it.

So, with that in mind this year I have moved to a little place in the countryside just outside Edinburgh, where I have started writing for a new project with other members of the band pitching in as and when  time permits, but with Jon starting to get creative aswell , it frees me up to play more guitar and write less about my own experience. Which , lets face it, you can only do so much of without becoming overwhelmingly self aware 🙂

Yesterday in Avalanche Records , Kev, the owner reminded me that the self aware miserable thing is what sells in his shop, so I will pitch in a bit of that just for good old measure. And since I have written a bit of that , as well a some light hearted satire, I think Im due some time playing music as well as the rigour of writing.

Living in the country side…..yawn, almost time for River Cottage. So anyway I had a really good weekend jamming with Jon, watching the shop for Kev whilst he got a toastie, keeping me late for getting a haircut and having a lovey lunch today, I salute you all and hope to keep the tunes coming this year , in whatever way possible.Keep writing and doing creative things or reading and listening to mine. In the end whatever makes you feel better. Because you deserve to.

Lots of Love