This year, as we’ve a pandemic on our plates, I’ve decided to focus some of my efforts on solo performance. I’ve been a team player for most of my career thus far and although I’ve done a little bit of solo gigging it is now time to try and make that one of the strings to my bow indefinitely.
Some days are easier than others where this is concerned and I’d like to think there’s a few folk out there would like to hear what I’ve got to say. In case you didn’t know, I’m a song writer now. Boo and Findlay said so.
So on top of working up to live streaming short spots of “witty banter” and song singing, I’m looking at adding some gigs to my diary when it is safe to do so – next year (perhaps later this year if we’re lucky).
I kind of imagine picking up other performers as I go along, I’m very lucky to have worked on the skillset of “playing well with others”. It said so on most of my report cards at school and, aw yeah of course, that’s what I spent the first 10-15 years of my career focussing on! I’m always up for sharing the stage and having company playing all sorts of material.
I was once lucky enough to accompany Tim O’Brien as he was doing a solo spot at the festival club of Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, 2007/8. I loved that he just dragged me up on stage for a tune and that’s right up my street. I can play anything with anyone (to a certain extent!)