News June 6th 2018

Hiya all

Here’s the first note in the month of June. There won’t be as many in June as there were in May, I guarantee.

During the wee trip North with Allan Taylor last weekend I was really pleased to learn that we had reached, and surpassed, the target for our Kickstarter campaign.

We are now within a day or so of the end of this. It’s been, and is, an interesting activity and I’m really pleased to report that, as of this morning, the Pledges so far total £5,977. That’s £977 beyond target. If you have visited and Pledged, and many of you have, we send you a serious Thank you. If you haven’t yet visited, why not take a look.


Here’s notice of a couple of June activities:-

On Friday June 22nd I’ll be at Partick Folk Club. It’s run by a long-term pal, Gavin Livingstone with a grand team and it upholds all the best values of Folk Clubs of old. It’s in St Peter’s Hall in Chancellor Street. By coincidence, that’s just around the corner from what was Billy Connolly’s dad’s house in White Street. That’s where I first met Gerry Rafferty in February 1969. I’m really looking forward to it.

I’m also looking forward to appearing with sculptor David Mach at the Corn Exchange in Cupar, Fife on Sunday 17th. There’ll be a Mach installation, art, conversation and music’n’songs. I’m delighted I’ve been invited by Cupar Arts Festival to appear. It’s my home-town and I do like it. I really like David’s work too. He’s from Methil so growing up in Fife will be among our topics. The direction of my life was largely designed by the juke-boxes in Cupar’s cafes, (Stisi’s [later Fusaro’s], Bonnelli’s, Cura’s and others), in the early ’60s. The record corner in J.A Stewart’s played a major part too. I remember Radio Scotland (the Pirate one) doing a roadshow at the Corn Exchange in 1966 with Stuart Henry as host. It served as a Polling Station in the 1970 election. I only dwelt there sporadically after 1963, but my registration remained. That was my first vote (voting age was 21 in those days). Seeya on Sunday 17th. The photo was taken by Walter Neilson at a similar conversation event at CASSART Glasgow in April where David has an installation.


The other forthcoming Fife appearance is the official launch of my ‘Welcome to Anniversaryville’ at the Lochgelly Centre on Wednesday 29th August. There’ll be a concert with members of the 70/50 in 2017 band, who all made marvellous contributions to the record, playing songs from it. Keep an eye on their site for further info.



17 Cupar                                               Corn Exchange         


In conversation with David Mach (songs included)

22 Glasgow                                           Partick Folk Club



12 Edinburgh (Fringe)                             AMC


Above show with Jill Jackson

20 Edinburgh (Fringe)                             AMC                                                                           

Solo show


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