Duncan’s Blog – August 2017

It’s been a while since I last wrote on here – nothing unusual about that! I’d like to say it was because I’ve been so busy gigging, but things have been quiet over the summer.

Cy and I played our first-ever house concert at a friend Janice’s house in the lovely village of Dullatur, which was great fun. Janice had invited friends and family from home and abroad, and guest of honour was her childhood friend Janilee, who was returning home to Scotland from Canada for a holiday. Lovely people, and everyone joined in the spirit of the evening. It’s got me thinking about offering this kind of gig more widely. I don’t know if there would be a huge demand, but it might be worth a thought. Contact me through the website here if you know anyone who would be interested.

At the time of writing, I’m really looking forward to our next gig at Glenfarg Village Folk Club in Kinross on Monday 7th August. It’s our first visit to the new venue ‘Backstage at the Green’ in Kinross, and we’ve heard it’s a fantastic set up. After that, Fintry in October, so not exactly deluged with work, but there are a few irons in the fire, so keep an eye out on the gigs section.

There seems to be a real growth in the number of venues offering gigs on the basis of the artists receiving the lion’s share of the door money, which is fine in venues we know we can expect to be well supported, but it’s a bit risky in areas where we’re less well-known. I see it from both sides, though – it’s hard to take a risk if it’s a less well-known artist in your locality, but it’s equally hard for a three-piece band to appear for less than petrol money. It’s a tricky one.

Anyway, I hope this summer has been fun for everyone, despite the disappointing weather. Two weeks’ holiday for us in the West of Scotland in early July and the temperature only hitting 20 degrees twice!

Keep safe and well, and it’s always nice to hear from anyone who wants to drop me a line – other than those promising to ‘drive traffic’ to the site for a fee. They can take a hike!

All the best

Duncan x

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