So far 2012 has been a hectic year. Celtic in January was as much fun as ever. The highlight was the Gerry Rafferty concert which had sold out two nights at the concert hall – an audience full of Rafferty fans! The concert was led by fellow Humblebums band member Rab Noakes and his daughter Martha Rafferty. The concert was shown on BBC tv – you can even see me taking photos at the start of the Proclaimers set, fame at last!
I also took photos of several younger folk artists – Kris Drever, Manran, Fred Morrison. Thea Gilmore, Canadians Madison Violet.
Emeli Sande, who I’ve followed since 2007, released her debut album Our Version Of Events to good reviews and was also no I in the UK album charts. Emeli plays her Glasgow gig April 10th at the Old Fruitmarket which I expect will be a very fun event for her. I spoke with Emeli at her King Tuts gig 2011.
Viking Galaxy are still busy in the studio rehearsing. They played a gig at 13th Note Glasgow in March.
My Musicfootnotes BLOG has started to receive a good deal of interest with all the recent news with the number of hits increasing dramatically – mostly from America. (Emeli, David, Lana, Rafferty concert)
My Musicnotes PHOTO blog also gets interest. I need to send out prints.
My writing continues to go well and I am still inspired. I am taking a lot less images this year and therefore stepping back to ponder angles and reflections. I know that my writing and my photography keep improving so that’s the important thing.
Paying for Music! In my view its a moral issue here to pay for music, and people in general, especially those who can afford to should support the Arts. The exception is when a musician puts out some music to promote themselves. We don’t expect gigs to be free after all.