Jul
28

The passport thing...

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Well it's been a while since my last blog since when I've moved house! It's great to be in anyway and things are beautifully organised...again (more to follow). Coming back from Norway I was straight back into gigging action with an appearance at Maverick Festival which was a whole lot of fun! It was particularly great to meet the great Billy Bragg who was an absolute gentleman and very entertaining with it. My gig was a lot of fun too with a standing crowd so a very energetic set!


Next up was a week of Live Music Now work with Mr Nic Zuppardi on the mandolin. First up was the Manchester area where we played at a youth centre in the morning then a home for former service men and women in the afternoon. Both were really rewarding and one girl who attempted to play eleven percussion instruments at once rather stood out! Then came four days in
Jul
04

Beautiful Norway

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


I have returned to the UK once again from a foreign jaunt and I've a few gigs and home time to look forward to in July before heading to France with Urban Folk Quartet. I have returned from the wonderful Norway which is a beautiful country and one I particularly enjoyed this time. Norway is breathtaking in its beautiful views and phenomenal expense but the former far outweighs the latter. Upon arriving last Saturday it was straight to Nystua Bluegrass Festival, about an hour outside Oslo and the setting was absolutely lovely. The Norwegian sun shone down on some terrific music outside during the afternoon before the evening's entertainment moved inside to a delightful old barn which was packed to the rafters. My set was in the barn and I had a wonderful time and the audience were certainly up for it! A good party was had afterwards too so all in all a delightful gig. There followed the rare luxury of a few days abroad not gigging so after a day in Oslo I headed to Bergen to see chums
Jun
21

Six foot sandwiches?

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


My Canadian trip is nearly at an end, I depart for Heathrow tomorrow evening. It has been an absolute blast as it was last time and the first big thank you I have to say is to the marvellous Meaghan Blanchard who once again has been fantastic and talented company as we've driven around the Maritimes and played our shows. First up after the excellent opening show outlined in my previous blog, we headed to Four Corners house concerts in Sackville which was a nice cosy little gig. Next up it was off to Halifax to play an afternoon show at the Carleton and an evening show at GPS house concerts in Dartmouth. Both were an absolute delight and it was particularly great to hear stunning fiddler Wendy McIsaac at the Carleton who performed after Meaghan and I. A couple of days rest followed before heading back to Halifax to play the Company
Jun
12

Canadian sun

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Well here I am in Canada. I'm in an extremely jolly mood after a really lovely evening last night. I write to you on a lovely day - the sun is shining, birds are singing and the view is beautiful! Last night Meaghan and I began our tour with a house concert run by two of the nicest people you could possibly meet. Michael and Shawn are so hospitable and so welcoming and they gave us a wonderful gig. The audience were similarly delightful and I feel I've made some new friends here in New Brunswick. As regular readers of this blog will know, there are things about my job that drive me up the pole and international travel can be hard work and stressful but it's so wonderful to come to another country, share music and meet such remarkable people. So quite a start to the tour and a lot to live up to!




Anyway, just to update you on happenings too I had a fantastic tour with UFQ. After Fishguard we played two delightful village halls in Wiltshire and stayed with some lovely people
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