My head is a blur, and my mouth is a soup of tongues.
It’s been a total whirlwind travelling around Europe this last month and, without fail, each night I wake up an hour or so after dropping off, dozily look around the room and play the “where am I right now?” game. I can honestly say I’ve never been happier, though, even after one barbecued Portuguese meal too many made my body tell me to stop, I don’t want this tour to end. Fortunately for me I’ve still 2 weeks left and the English leg of the tour starts tomorrow. If you’re in the country, get yourselves down to a show (dates below), or if you know someone in the country, send them along, or, if neither of the above, I don’t know, eat some toast or something.
UK Album Release and Tour
The new album Go On just saw its English release last week, and it’s been going down great – it’s up in the listening booths in Rough Trade stores, is being featured as album of the month on Folk Radio UK, and I just stopped by rural Oxfordshire yesterday to record an “Under The Apple Tree” session for Whispering Bob TV (keep an eye out for that one in the coming weeks). Tour starts tomorrow in Sheffield! (take note of the changes in Newcastle and Bristol)
Feb 24 – Sheffield, UK: Cafe #9, 9 Nether Edge Rd
Feb 25 – Durham, UK: Empty Shop HQ // FB
Feb 26 – Newcastle, UK: True Coffeehouse, 234 Chillingham Road
Feb 28 – Nottingham, UK Jam Cafe
Feb 29 – Leeds, UK Gaslight Club at OportoBar, 33 Call Lane // FB
Mar 1 – London, UK: Aces & Eights, 156-158 Fortess Rd, NW5 2HP // FB
Mar 3 – Bristol, UK: Old England Pub // FB
Mar 4 – Birmingham, UK: Café Ort // tickets
Mar 5 – Bury, UK: The Metropolitan Theatre // tickets
Thank you so much to everybody who’s extended such amazing warmth and hospitality so far on this tour – I want to write a long list, but, honestly, I’d be scared to miss someone. You know who you are, and I look forward to seeing you again, soon. The forays into Spain and Portugal for the very first time were a wonderful success, and I must extend particular thanks to Diogo at Bolachas in Portugal and Vicente at Lucinda in Spain for booking the shows and making those tours happen. I’ve got so many great memories from this trip, but I’ll leave you with the cutest – in Vila Real in northern Portugal the promoter Mario was doing some magic tricks for his young nephew. When Mario told him I didn’t speak Portuguese, but English, the kid asked Mario to make me laugh, because he wanted to hear if laughter sounded the same in English as in Portuguese.
Photo courtesy of Lua Rios Watty, Go On up at the Rough Trade record store in London