6-12-2020

C-19 demolished my album tour but there's always an upside

In March before Covid hit I was looking at a great run of shows in the Netherlands, bookings were coming in for Germany and the UK too. Australian dates were lining up easy-peasy in July/August -  it was coming together like a dream. Believe me, you dont get that happening so easily too many times in your music career if you work on the fringes of the bizz like I do. It all looked so good. Then BOOM! The whole lot came crashing down with the virus. It was a lot to let go of. Still is. And of course, you try to make it feel better by saying stuff to yourself like "oh well there are people worse off than me". That kind of helps but it doesnt change the reality of 18 months work down the drain. I decided back then not to delay the release because of Covid - fuck that! Im glad I didnt - it was a decsion that has led to some great reviews, and now things are opening up ever so tentatively, some great new show opportunities as well. It has also given me space to re-orient somewhat to the ever-expanding digital context that is consuming all of us whether we like it or not, and that I have been resisting like the plague. All the energy I had for taking this show out on the road needed a target. STORY SONGTIME WITH DAN has relieved me of some of the frustrated creative pressure Ive been feeling building up inside me. These kind press review quotes have helped too

"warmth, wit, unaffected integrity.....an instant classic"  Rhythms Magazine/Australia

"one of the most beautiful albums so far this year" GuitarPlayer Magazine/The Netherlands

"brilliantly floating quality music....best 2020 spring release" Blaskan/Sweden

"Letters of Gold; 8 classic songs of gold...." Rootstime/Belgium