After a fantastic week of teaching and a great gig supporting Dervish at Les Celti’Cimes festival in the French Alps the husband and I decided to stop the idle chat about making an album and actually do it. We recorded it very close to where we live, crossing over to the island of Skye each day. The album will be out towards the end of this year, with a few dates in Scotland to launch it.
Aside from that I also did some recording on a lovely album of tunes written by a good friend called Fraser Shaw from Islay, who wrote an amazing amount of great tunes in his short life. That will be released this Spring/Summer and features some of the best young musicians around in Glasgow just now.
I’ve been doing a some work with the Danish world/roots outfit Himmerland, and this year we toured Scotland and Denmark, and finished up with my first trip to South America with 10 days in Chile. It was very beautiful and we were looked after by some fantastic people, including a great band called Golosa La Orquesta, who we ended up playing and recording some of their fantastic gypsy jazz music with. Hopefully there’ll be a video of that sometime soon. There was also delicious wine and my favourite food – ceviche. So I was very happy.
I went straight from there to Brittany to do some exciting but extremely scary gigs with the new Arnuad Ciopalino project, which features some proper heavyweights! Here’s a wee video from our first ever gig together:
I finished off the year in style on the wild and wonderful Isle of Eigg and cant wait to play lots of music with the new Poozies this year! Judging by what has emerged, musically, from the little amount of time we’ve had together so far it’s going to be exciting times ahead.