Feb
02

Eat a mix

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


It's been a fun old time since my last blog. I haven't been hareing around the country as much as normal so I'm not too tired but I have had plenty on and it's an exciting time for me with my new album coming up and a big tour on both sides of the Atlantic to accompany it! There's always a lot of planning involved - posters and flyers, publicity, travel plans, visas etc etc yawn yawn! However it's not been all admin, I've been teaching plenty as well as a recording session over at Andrew Curran's for his new album. As always it was a lot of fun and we always have a good chat about India too!


Then came my first gig of the year and what a night it was. As a bit of a warm up for my tour and to test out my new material from my album in a live setting I played at the Floodgate in Stafford, a wonderful micropub who stage most excellent concerts about six times a year. As the pub looks so nice I decided to get the cameras in too so Kate Gallow of Shoot This Media did a fantastic job of getting some videos together (see photo below). These will be released in due course ahead of the album
Jan
20

Exciting news!

Author // Dan Walsh


Dear all,


Exciting news time! I will have a new album 'Verging On The Perpendicular' out in April. I can't wait for you all to hear it and I will be on a mammoth tour of the UK with a quick zip over to the USA as well. See the dates, pick your date and I will see you there :)




Jan
04

Zizzi in Earl's Court

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


A very happy new year to you all. There's slightly less to catch up on retrospectively than normal as I took my annual 'I'm actually not going to do much for a couple of weeks at Christmas' Christmas. So my gig at the Market Vaults, the usual pre-Christmas epic that it is, was my last gig and as always it was a belter because let's face it, it is the best pub in all the world. After this, it was off to my parents in Penrith for a thoroughly lazy week and then a great time at new year with extended family down in Chichester. I feel much better and greatly refreshed as I prepare for 2017.


This year will see a new album and a lot of touring again including my return to the USA (don't worry the visa situation is all in hand and after all they've got this new president who's apparently much more open minded...). I'm excited about my new album - it's a bit of a revisit to some of my original love: the folk music of Ireland. There's a few trad tunes on there and quite a few trad-type tunes as well as some of my usual things like funk and a bit of bluegrass. I'm excited!


Now then, I'd like to tell you about the heaping pile of turd that was Zizzi in Earls Court, London. This experience can be best described as shite. Have a read through my letter of complaint to them...

Dear Zizzi,

My family and I went to see Paul Simon recently, a very exiting occasion for us all. As we had plenty of time (or so we thought...) we decided it would be nice to go out for a meal and sit down and enjoy it. Zizzi seemed a good bet as I had been before and the food had been as distinctly bland and generic as one might expect but of reasonable value and it had arrived relatively quickly. That this was not true across all restaurants became quickly rather apparent. After being given a welcome that was about
Dec
14

New car!

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


I write to you from beautiful Northumberland where I'm preparing for tonight's concert with Alistair Anderson. It's our second house concert with an invited audience with a view to making a live album! It's such a blast playing with Alistair, a legend of the folk world and one of the most wonderful ambassadors for the music around the world as well as his extraordinary role in keeping the music alive and vibrant for the younger generation. It was Alistair who created the folk degree programme which I was lucky enough to be a part of. We had fun last night so we're looking forward to this one too!


Since my last blog it's been typically hectic. The Urban Folk Quartet were hard at it in the latter half of November starting with a memorable gig back in my former home of Newcastle at the Cumberland Arms. The audience were wonderful and I had a lovely time getting pleasantly sozzled with many of my chums out in town afterwards. It's a funny one with Newcastle really - I yield to no-one in my fondness and admiration for the place but it's always difficult for me going back because I'm never quite sure how much I still
Nov
15

No I don't want to play you a tune...

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,


Greetings from North Wales where I write to you from the ever classy Wetherspoons. Don't judge me, it has wifi and most of North Wales doesn't it seems! It does a job that's all I can say and one of the great things is I don't feel guilty about staying for ages and only having a couple of cups of tea!


Anyway, it's been a slightly less hectic time since I got back from India. Well sort of...straight after India I was into a crazy few days with gigs in Leek and London with the UFQ, the latter of which was great craic particularly and then it was on up north to Huddersfield to play for the first time at the annual event organised by Eagle Music and