Travel has become an obsession in the last few weeks as J. and I have travelled up and down the length of Scotland following Aberfeldy. The gigs last week in Dunfermline, Stirling, Aberdeen and Inverness turned out to be a brilliant start to several months of touring for Aberfeldy. I, of course, loved all the gigs and Inverness was particularly memorable as a posse of girls displayed the lyrics to Tom Weir on their T-shirts (see pic).
The Beautiful South started the next night in Glasgow, and what a contrast it was from the homeliness of the band's own dates to playing in front of a packed Carling Academy crowd as the opening act. The band went down really well to an unsuspecting audience and the same again the following night in Newcastle.
I'll be dipping in and out of the rest of the tour but keeping in touch with Rough Trade as the excitement builds for the imminent release of the new album "Do Whatever Turns You On", which is being released on the 3rd of July. Before that however,"Hypnotised", the first single from the album is being released on the 26th of June. Watch out for the video.
The week before last I spent two amazing days in Aberdeen at 'Go North', Scotland's innovative annual music convention. Apart from talking on a panel about artist management my time was spent watching lots of great bands and solo artists. The pick of the bunch for me were 'Attic Lights' a band oozing great tunes and wonderful harmonies and 'Stanley' who were the most original act I saw over the two days. The man's voice and again great melodies made for a splendid climax to my time in Aberdeen.
I'm off to catch the bus now - speak again soon.