I'd like to say thanks to all the people who helped Kate and I. Thanks to Andy in Bath for putting us up, and Reuben and Max for booking us a fantastic show at The Royal Oak, my favourite show of the tour. Thanks to Kate's lovely friend Fiona and chums in Bristol, and Mr Wolfs for putting us on. The Hobgoblin in Staines, lovely pub and venue, thank you. Huge thanks to Chris and co at Chambers, I will never get tired of playing your venue (starting to think my biggest fanbase is actually in Folkestone), and the lovely people at Platform 5 Ashford, cracking night not far from home.
Thanks to Rockbitch and the lovely people at The Sanctuary in Basingstoke, you have a wonderful venue and it was a pleasure to play. A massive thank you to Kate's dad for putting us up on his narrowboat for a couple of nights, a fantastic experience and he couldn't have been a kinder host. Thanks to Chris in Derby for putting us on, and to Kate's mum and step-dad for having us to stay in Brigg (not Scunthorpe), and making me feel hugely welcome in their gorgeous home.
Cheers to all the legends at Verve Bar in Leeds, for putting us on, and plying us with booze so we didn't have to remember too much about the horrible hotel we were staying in, and to the mighty Shlaybear and Gemma, Rose and Milo for giving us a cosy home for the night in Nottingham, thanks Nirvana for putting us on. To the folks at Sound Food and Drink, and all the amazing people at St Hilda Hotel in Liverpool... in fact, all of Liverpool. We were only in your town for 24 hours, but everyone we met was so ridiculously friendly it can't have been a fluke.
Thanks to Stretch and Ellie, for not only having us to stay for the night, but also coming to see us at our Staines show the week before. Thanks to the Fiddler's Elbow Camden for giving us a show on a Sunday night in what turned out to be a great venue with amazing sound, to Paul and Bell for having us to stay for 2 nights, despite it being Bell's birthday, and to Chuck at The Hope Brighton for providing a fitting venue for our final night. Massive massive thank you to Mark for letting me drive all over the north of England with his guitar when my one broke, genuinely don't know what I'd have done without you.
To everybody who came out to see us, came and spoke to us at shows, bought CDs and so on, thank you so much for your support. Most dedicated fan goes to LadyFace, who made it out to see us at the Bath, Staines, Camden AND Brighton dates. My folks for supporting me far longer than they probably should, and anybody I've forgotten.
Most importantly I'd like to say what a privilege and a pleasure it was to be touring with Kate Wintie. I will never get sick of listening to her, she has a rich, powerful emotive voice, I've never heard anything like it. Her songs are spellbinding, nothing phases her and she leaves it all on the stage. She absolutely nailed it, night after night, despite coming down with a chesty cold at one point. I learnt a great deal from her, I've made a friend for life, and I can't wait to play loads more shows with her in the future. Her Kate Bush cover is THE best version of that song.
What's next for me? I really couldn't tell you. I have 3 shows in December and 2 in January, info on all that in the coming weeks. I really do mean it though, thank you from the bottom of my heart, to everybody who helped make this thing happen, and a special mention to anybody who came out to a show and really, really listened.
It feels like there's a real shortage of polite respectful folk at gigs these days. When I stand up in front of you with my guitar and my little vocal pedal, I am totally exposed and at your mercy. Please understand how that feels. All over the country, people are stepping up to play unique and original songs, and getting shouted over or ignored. I don't care whether you came out to see live music, I don't care if you don't like what someone is singing or what they're playing, if you're shouting over them, you are rude. It isn't their job to win you over, it's yours to be a good person. On this tour I was greeted with far more good folk than bad, and that was so comforting. I met artists that listened, chatted with me, bought me drinks and offered me gigs with them in the future, and artists who talked over my entire performance, before taking to the stage themselves. I like to think that your odds of becoming a successful musician are greatly diminished if you don't even respect the artists on the same bill as you. Considering how many people are trying to 'make it', you probably don't want to make enemies at this level.
This tour has taught me that I deserve respect for what I do, like all the other musicians who work their socks off, writing music, practicing daily and travelling all over the place, just to get themselves heard. I love playing my music, there's nothing quite like it, and in terms of connecting with people it is absolutely unrivalled.
Thanks one more time,