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,
Mar
25

Tales of the twat with a laptop

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


It's been a rather breathless time of it all and there's no let up any time soon! The tour has been fantastic and I'm loving life on the road and it's been great to play at, for the most part, full houses and sell loads of CDs. It's pretty full on though and my mileage has been nothing short of outrageous and my sleep deprivation is quite considerable! Thank god things calm down after this...oh wait.

Anyway, a bit of a report on my gigs:

05/03 - Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon - Oh my god! What a venue! What a venue! A beautiful and extremely old theatre with stunning acoustics. Added to which the crowd were lovely, CD sales were phenomenal and the host Geoff was just about the nicest guy you could ever meet. A wonderful night.

06-07/03 - Moonbeams March Weekend, Driffield - What a cracking little festival! Really enjoyed my sets and nice to catch up with some old faces. Discovery of the year in Plumhall too whose song 'Never Forget My Name' is a truly stunning song.

08/03 - Folk On The Moor, Plymouth -
Mar
05

Pride comes before a fall...

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Well it's been a rather breathless time since my last blog! As I write, I am being the steretypical twat with a laptop in a cafe. Ah the joys of being self employed. The tour is underway with three gigs down and another up tonight in Abingdon - what a pretty little town. Last night was Dorking, also a very nice town and I had a lovely gig with some of the loveliest praise to come my way. Thanks everyone! Twickfolk was equally lovely and great to have some family amongst those present! People seem to like the stuff from the new album which is of course always a plus as I now have bloody hundreds of them...The other gig to report on was The Bulls Head in Chelmarsh, a cracking music pub which always has a lovely crowd.


Early reviews for the album have also been great with glowing reports from Acoustic and Froots as well as some online ones and one even in Dutch! Waiting for reviews is a little like waiting for exam