May
25

The adventures of Fishguard!

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


It's just a shade over two weeks til I return to Canada! Exciting stuff. Working with Meaghan Blanchard on two previous tours was an absolute joy and it will be great to collaborate with her once again. We were paired up by English Folk, Dance and Song Society and Music PEI to work together out in Canada in September 2013 then Meaghan came over here in November last year. The giglist is as follows:

11 Jun 2015
08:00 pm
with Meaghan Blanchard House Concert, Dieppe, NB, Canada
12 Jun 2015
08:00 pm
with Meaghan Blanchard House Concert, Sackville, NB, Canada
13 Jun 2015
08:00 pm
with Meaghan Blanchard House Concert, Dartmouth, NS, Canada
16 Jun 2015
08:00 pm
with Meaghan Blanchard Company House, Halifax, NS, Canada
17 Jun 2015
08:00 pm
with Meaghan Blanchard Roots and Soul Room, Frederiction, NB, Canada
18 Jun 2015
08:00 pm
with Meaghan Blanchard Magnolia Cafe, Saint John, NB, Canada
19 Jun 2015 - 21 Jun 2015
07:30 pm
Solo Small Halls Festival, PEI, Canada

So exciting stuff! Norway, France, Belgium, Germany, USA and Denmark also await before the end of the year. Dashed exhausting really! Exciting times of course though. My I'm using some very short sentences today.

Anyway a couple of gigs to tell you about. First up UFQ
May
19

Carefully planned touring...

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


The UFQ tour is in full swing and we're having a ball. After such a relentless solo tour, it's great to be back with the band for a while. People often ask me which I enjoy more and it genuinely is impossible to answer, I'm not just being a politician. There's a magic about being up there just on my own with total control over what happens both musically and in terms of the gig. Then there's that brilliant feeling when 4 musicians are playing really well together and bouncing off each other. Both are priceless and both are currently going rather well!


So then to report on the latest...after my rather bizarre non-brush with the law, I had the rare experience of actually going to a gig on the night of my last blog and it was none other than my old chum Lucy Ward who played at the Gatehouse in Stafford. As ever, she gave a very entertaining show and showed her fine voice to typically compelling effect and even managed to
May
05

POLICE!

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Apologies for a bit of a delay since the last bloggage, it has been a manic old time. Lots of gigs to tell you about so without further ado I shall bring things up to date after the end of my mammoth spring solo tour.


07/04 - Green Note, London

One of my favourite venues and once again it was lovely. Marvellous.

10/04 - Swan, Staunton

A return to pub gigging and I rather enjoyed it! Knocked out a few Saw Doctors song I hadn't played in a long long time owing to some big Saw Doctors fans being amongst those present.

11/04 - Kingswood Wine Vaults, Bristol

Well this was quite a night. Thanks one and all, I had an absolute ball and a good old drink and rant with a few folks afterwards too which always helps I find. A mammoth set is testament to how much I was enjoying myself!

12/04 - Nailsea
Apr
07

Rocking out to AC/DC...at 80.

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


London today for to launch Incidents and Accidents at the Green Note in Camden, one of my very favourite venues. It's been one hell of a time with a lot of travelling and playing but I've been having a lot of fun on the road. To bring you up to date on the gigs:

25/03 - Faversham Folk Club

A cracking little gig with plenty of my extended family present which was nice! A bit weird playing in front of a mirror but this was corrected midway through the gig by a willing member of the audience...

27/03 - Hales Club, Market Drayton

A lovely little place this and somewhere I have always had such a lovely time. A bloody brilliant night.

28/03 - Bromyard Sessions
Apr
04

It's good to be proved wrong

Author // Dan Walsh

I am thought of by some as a ranter. It is indeed true that many things do cheese me off but really I just like discussion and find it interesting and worthwhile to analyse and question rather than simply accept things how they are. There's one area I've largely kept quiet about but I thought maybe it might be time for a confession and it's a while since I wrote an 'article' on this blog rather than my regular gig updates and silly stories. I get unbelievably bored, irritated and drained by the endless apparent need to justify the instrument. There, I said it. I'm bloody sick of banjo jokes, I'm bloody sick of most radio interviews turning into a 'justify why you play a weird instrument that was in that film' session, I'm bloody sick of hearing that it takes a lot of persuading people to come to a gig where it's just one guy, a voice and a banjo (with a bit of guitar) for 2 hours rather than a more 'normal' instrument. Yes, it drives me mad.


Some may be saying, well yes of course it would. Some may be saying chill out man it's all a joke. Some may say get over yourself. I'm not saying any of them are wrong either and the whole reason I've never had this rant, other than with people I know well of course, is because I do understand. Whether people like my music or not I think most would admit that my show is not a usual banjoist's concert. But I completely get that that is hard to explain to people. Whether I like it or not,