Apr
04

Back home

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,

Well I am once again back home and a resident of Stafford. It feels good, I've bumped into countless people I know, had my regular pub to go to of course and oh it's just great! I write happily, so what's been going on since my last entry? Well Walsh and Pound's hectic April began on the 31st March...which isn't in April...at Newhampton Folk Club in Wolverhampton. It's fair to say it wasn't a classic but still a good night with a wonderful support act in Sunjay Brayne who showed some dazzling blues guitar. A great future awaits for him I'm sure. The next night we were in the capital for Walthamstow Folk Club which was a classic! A great gig at a great club with a great audience. Simples as that irritating advert about markets and meerkats would say. Thanks to all who came, it was quite extraordinary how at 7.45 we were thinking it wasn't going to be much of a turnout then suddenly in they all came! I guess the tube not really working properly on a Sunday might have had something to do with it...

Mar
29

I have left Newcastle, good lord

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,

Apologies for the delay in bloggage, my laptop helpfully decided to cease performing that most basic of functions last Sunday, that of booting up and no amount of encouragement, gentle or otherwise compelled the machine to alter its stance. I then managed to persuade my old laptop which I thought had ceased to turn on at all long ago to turn on again albeit whilst making rather worrying whirring noises and with the monitor still half detached from when I dropped it down the stairs some time ago, and the internet worked which I thought was good...except facebook chat didn't which when it is your only means of instant communication with a girlfriend on a trip in Asia is not overly helpful, neither is the fact that this blog for some reason didn't work on it either.

Mar
29

Earl Scruggs = Legend

Author // Dan Walsh

I have to say here rest in peace the mighty Earl Scruggs, the most influential banjo player of the 20th century who passed away. Gigging virtually to the end, the man invented the most used banjo playing style in the world and pretty much co-invented bluegrass.

Mar
15

Drink spilling

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,

Well the Durham special school stuff was fun. It was social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which is quite hard work, especially when a 'workshop' with year 9's actually involves watching them attempt to kill each other, storm out at various intervals and call the teacher a f**king slut among other things...it was hard to watch and I felt desperately sorry for them but there were some kids in that school that really got something out of us being there so it was still very rewarding in a less obvious way!

Mar
05

A scientific approach to computer repair

Author // Dan Walsh

Dear all,

Well since my last blog, Will and I finished our Live Music Now work in Lincolnshire playing concerts in special schools through the week. It was a real joy and a couple of times a real eye opener. I must pay special mention to a school that was for children who had been exluded from mainstream schools on the grounds of violence, so you can imagine what we might have been expecting. The children were amazingly well behaved and very friendly and welcoming and it became so clear how much the school turned the lives of these children around and how much the staff cared about it all. It was a wonderfully rewarding gig as well as some of the others where the children were simply beside themselves with joy and fun at our music (a strange reaction I know!). We're also doing Live Music Now this week working in special schools in Durham and it is a challenge, a real challenge but with great rewards.