Well 2016 has certainly been a busy one for me! As well as releasing not one but two albums i have also appeared as a guest on the albums of four other artists; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage superb debut album as a duo, a tribute album to the late Tony Dean featuring friends of his performing a track each of his wonderful songs, the long awaited debut album of folk father extrodinaire Geoff Lakeman and an eargely anicipated new album from folk legend Chris Foster, now residnet in Iceland, this new album has been produced by Jim Moray and features a host of special guests. More info about all of these albums is available on the Discography page of this website.
And no rest for the wicked; i’ve already begun work on next year’s album! 2017 is the centennary of Charles Causley’s birth and the Charles Causley Trust have commissioned me to make another album as part of the centennary celebrations. I did not want to try and make a ‘Cyprus Well 2′ so this time i had a short residency in Cyprus Well, back in the autumn where i composed the music for the poems and as Charles’ Collected Poems for Children is being re-released next year with a new foreword by Sir Andrew Motion and the Trust are involved with lots of projects with schools in Cornwall i thought it would be fitting to focus on his childrens poems this time around and make a children’s album! It’s going to be great fun, i’ve picked some classic poems and some less well known ones and have lined-up a great gaggle of musicians to help bring it to life. It will be launched at Launceston’s annual Charles Causley Festival in eary June.
I think that’s all you need to know about for now! There are other ideas bubbling away for 2018 but i’ll save that for another time! I hope you’ve all had a great year, i have very much enjoyed all my various concerts up and down the land, solo and with Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll performing the Forgotten Kingdom album as well as the Jack Clemo project with author Luke Thompson. Many more dates coming next year which i am very much looking forward to.
Thank you all for coming along, supporting me and buying CDs, i couldn’t do it without you! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year