Looking back on these blogs it’s rare for me to be short of words. Does anyone actually read these things to the end? I think they’re mostly for my own benefit – a channel to spew out random thoughts instead of them rattling around my brain. My career might last another 50 years or 5 minutes so I might as well document it while it lasts.
When I was younger record deals were mystical treasure controlled by cigar-smoking demi-gods in stripey suits. Wooing them wasn’t me, so I just decided to work my ass off instead.
In Sowerby Bridge we were joined by up and coming artist Rae Morris, some of her friends and family, and one the major record labels courting her signature. Her rise seems inevitable at this point – she’s young and talented with an engaging voice and good management. I didn’t hear any hits yet, but I’d be very excited to see what she’s capable of. I just hope that whatever happens she retains her own artistic vision.
The Puzzle Hall is actually just a small, friendly local pub with a reputation for attracting the best up-and-coming artists. Familiar faces plaster the walls, peering at you, challenging you to live up to their reputations.
One of them was there in the flesh – Gideon Conn who’s name will live long in the memory of anyone who has seen him live. Take a listen to his music if you can. He’s a talented artist too, and was kind enough to draw a picture for Sunderland’s postcard winner.
And what a joy to play it was! Lovely crowd, which always helps bring out the best of John and I. I loved every minute.
No major record deal for me, but do have some good news to pass on which I think is even better. Watch this space….
Postcard sent to: Ditte
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Free t-shirt to: Yorkshire Lady Rachel
Thanks to: Ben, Martin the soundman, Simon, Rae, Gideon, Rachel, the Bakewell crew!