Tia’s newsFinished off the previous year with a tour of Austria playing for Michelle Burke in ‘Welcome to my Parlour.’ Here I learned some questionable old school tips on various aspects of life, definitely worth checking out if you get the chance. Then it was off to Shetland Folk Festival to play for ‘The Outside Track’ with Baltimore Fiddle Festival and some other dates round about it. I love the ferry, which is where the festival really starts. It’s an intense 12 hour opportunity to catch up with people I haven’t seen for years and ultimately have tunes with these folk as well as people just met for the first time. It really is a great journey to the festival and a brilliant way to start a tour so thanks everyone! Over the last couple of years, I have been fortunate to cover guitar for a few bands and was excited to learn Gillian Frame’s new album ‘Pendulum.’ I loved the album but then playing it at such a well supported CD launch was great to be part of. We finished off with Arran Folk Festival which had various highlights, but for me it was learning that the average number of steps in a group is 13. I enjoy a good fact and interesting people. Brilliant time all round. The overall highlight of my year has been joining the Poozies. It has felt like such a natural fit and ideas from all four of us are flooding out which is exciting! To me that’s what a band is, people who trigger and bounce ideas with each other respectfully and with ease. Also being comfortable to just say if something doesn’t sound quite right is hugely important to me. This combination of people is working, from my eyes anyway, and I’m over the moon to be part of it. Thanks Poozies! At the start of this blog, I mentioned being in Austria.. here is a wee video of tunes after a gig in a Garden Centre.
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