Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that other Seasonal Stuff.
2013 has been my best year yet, with my new album 'Chase The Night' released, two great UK tours and a magical tour of Australia. The first few months of the year were spent finishing off the album which was recorded in Austin, Texas with the incredible Mark Hallman and featuring legendary double bass player Danny Thompson. 'Chase The Night' is the best album I have done and the response has mirrored this.
After my tour of Australia in March, I came back to England and recorded a great session with Bob Harris for BBC Radio 2 . In April, I toured with the wonderful Chuck Prophet on his huge UK tour. My own UK tour kicked off in May playing both solo and with the amazing percussionist James Taylor.
In June and July, I did a few shows with the incredible Dick Gaughan, one of my heroes and a top fella. Then the next few months I put the finishing touches to my album with a great photo shoot with Peter Dunwell and amazing design work from Niall McCormack.
I also worked again with sensational Irish filmaker Colm McCarthy on my first ever spoken word piece, 'River'. There have been a lot of requests for the lyrics to 'River' so I have set up a page for them here ...
In September my second UK tour kicked off with loads of dates including two unforgettable shows with Danny Thompson one of the most incredible musicians ever and a lovely person as well.
As the tour gathered pace more and more gigs came in, including a special performance for Liverpool FC TV ... view here .
Great sessions also on Jazz FM and overall, the most airplay I’ve ever had, including Bob Harris, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Wales, BBC Introducing, and featured artist on Tom Robinson's Fresh on The Net.
Then in November my new single a version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' was released for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign . All profits go to the HJC, you can buy it here . It’s available online and at the HJC shop in Anfield, in return for a donation. The single received a great endorsement from another hero of mine Billy Bragg, see below.
See you in 2014 - which is looking dandy, with tours of France, Holland, Spain, Finland, and the UK already sorted. Tickets on sale here
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