Possibly – just possibly – our poor, shrunken lives will soon be getting back to something approaching normality.
Live gigs, in front of real, breathing human beings, are beginning to fall into place. In addition to my gig on 8th June at the Crazy Coqs in London – a few tickets are still available for this socially distanced event – I’ll be performing The Shock of the Old, a musical journey through the joys and pains of age, at the Jermyn Street Theatre on 4th July – and tickets have just gone on sale. (This was originally announced as a show I’d be performing with Virginia Ironside. I hope our double act will be back later in the year)
Before that, I have a show at the Diss Corn Hall with the blues legend Dave Thomas, whose new album topped the roots charts earlier this year. Since this is one of our first post-lockdown shows, we’re calling it UNPLUGGED AND UNLOCKED: A celebration of folk, blues – and freedom. Tickets have just gone on sale.
Meanwhile life continues online. Many thanks to those who have written nice comments about my swish new website.
I’ve recently celebrated the 50th episode, and almost first anniversary, of my Monday Escape live show with a rather wild Zoom request party. Monday Escape is beginning to feel like a cyber version of The Mousetrap on Shaftesbury Avenue – the sort of show which make people say, ‘Good God, is that still going?’
Well, it is – into the spring (the next episode is called HULLO, BIRDS! HULLO, TREES!) and beyond. I’m happy to keep on playing our themed shows on Monday nights while escapers, including me, are still enjoying it.
Most importantly – for me, at least – the work is going well in spite of the chill winds blowing outside. New songs are beginning to take shape.
I can’t wait to start playing them to you in person.
In the latest edition of The Living Tradition, there’s profile of me to tie in with the release of Playing For Time.Read more