Apologies for the long break between updates, been a busy last 12 months so here's a quick catchup.
Summer 2018 saw me continuing to sail the high seas with Gareth Gates taking in some more lovely parts of the world from the Caribbean to the Med, always fun playing with Gareth. Very talented and a good friend, even got busy writing some new material too so looking forward to that in the future...
Played with another good friend Rich Brook (Headspace's first drummer) at Britannia festival playing some classic Brit songs, with an orchestra, highlighted with playing Parklife with none other than Phil Daniels. Great memory.
Then, continuing the theme of being able to work with good friends, Adam Falkner and Jimmy Simms and I got to be a scratch band for Nashville country artist Logan Brill. Logan was a pleasure to work with, and really talented, was fun to be part of.
One bad inclusion is that my car got broken into in Central London and my Kiesel Vader 8 (yes the Headspace bright green one) got stolen. Completely gutted as my "extra music based" insurance policy said it wasn't covered as it was on the back seat of my car. Thanks Aviva, policy cancelled.
Anyway if you see a Kiesel Headless Bright Green 8 string guitar in your travels drop me a line please.
I did get Kiesel to build me another one though, its equally awesome, love those guitars. I'll put some pics up, but for the more observant at Dido shows, you'll notice it is my spare in my guitar rack.
Later in the year saw some seasonal shows with Alfie Boe, playing some xmas classics and even a lovely arrangement of O Come All Ye Faithful, that the brilliant Murray Gould and I managed to channel our inner medieval sides. Was filmed in a church for ITV's carol service.
The next morning i was off to Dubai with another good friend Natalie Imbruglia to play a chartity event for artists for peace. Was an acoustic set with guests including Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon and the Duchess of York. (Of course i played it cool by saying as little as possible to not seem like a weirdo but they were all lovely).
Always love working with Nat, and looking forward to some new things on the horizon too.
Another Xmas show with Alfie, being joined by Rick Wakeman and Roy Wood, pretty great night, always great to see Rick too.
Quick visit back to Perth for a week to see some friends and family then...
After a few years of just working together on acoustic arrangements of tunes prepping for the idea that one day we might hit the road it happened. Dido released her new album Still On My Mind.
Was a real pleasure to play guitar on the album and work with Dido and her brother Rollo on it, and now the first half of 2019 has seen us take to the stage (for the first time in 15 years) to some amazing audiences and some great experiences. I feel very honoured to be a small part of this show and Dido has become such a good friend over the years that i am genuinely excited to see the reactions she gets every night she walks onto the stage.
Check the live section for tour dates and look forward to seeing you on the road in 2019/20.
At the moment we have a week between EU and US legs of the Dido tour I managed to get on the ship with Gareth in Southampton and play a few shows in the Limelight Club, learn the Anastacia set in my cabin and fly to Bologna to play a festival at Comacchio Beach. I do love playing with Anastacia, so much great music and a real high energy show.
Fly out tomorrow to Chicago to start the US/Canada leg of the Dido tour. Can't wait to see some old friends, meet some new ones and play these fantastic songs!
Summer will see plenty of writing and some updates for Headspace soon too, busy working on new record, can't wait to get that together. From October the Dido tour is headed to South America and then back to Europe and the UK. I have never been to South America, and neither has Dido. Judging from the amount of fans that travelled to Europe from South America to see her its going to be pretty amazing. Looking forward to that!
Also managed to record some guitars parts for the UK radio edit of Michael Buble's beautiful song Forever Now. Although guitar parts were just for this version on UK radio, Its a beautiful and touching song about his family's experience and was an honour to play on it.
Thanks for checking out my site, will endeavor to add more frequently, see you on the road!