Duncan’s Blog – March 2013

Good times at the March gigs – Glenfarg is always a great night and really friendly people, Cy and I enjoyed the annual Matt McGinn night in Linlithgow (as we always do) and it was a welcome return to Dalgety Bay. We played here four years ago, however Stevie’s mum had sadly just passed away and he was unable to play with us that time, so it was good to come back with the ‘full team’ and we had a great time playing to a capacity crowd.

That’s it for a while, though – no gigs at all in April, but we’re in Carradale and Fintry in May, so very much looking forward to those. No time to rest, though – we’ve some media music tracks to produce, and my daughter Julie has commissioned us to write a short piece for a series of thumbnail sketches she’s producing for her company’s archive – a bit stressful, as she’ll be a tough boss.

Easter weekend is looming, so Irene and I will be heading through the snow for a weekend in Skye, staying a night with my sister Anne and brother-in-law Ian in Broadford, then two nights with my old pal and former Dapplegrim band-mate Billy Ross and his wife Christine in the North of the island. Can’t wait – long walks with our dogs Duggie and Dougal, drams by the log fire and dinner at a nice restauarant in Portree on the Sunday.

We’ve also booked a week in Lanzarote in mid-April, which we should have done weeks ago. 2013 has been a bit full-on, and last year ended badly when we lost Irene’s dad, so some time in the sun is very overdue. I’m not great at relaxing, but I’ll do my best…….

It’ll be good when winter finally takes its sorry ass off to Australia, or wherever it goes, though. Just had the campervan serviced in readiness, so hopefully a few good trips in prospect this summer. It’s a grand big bus, and doubles as an office and writing room/studio when it’s parked out in the back garden (which is 97% of the time!), so I’ve spent a few happy hours out there with the guitar and wee recording set up over the winter months – wish I could say I’d written a whole lot of great songs, but I’m still struggling a bit for ideas. Thing is not to think about it, or I’ll get psyched. The TV music tunes are sounding good, so at least there’s some good ideas still there, thankfully.

Anyway, that’s about it for March. By the time I get back to you with April’s story, hopefully Spring will have finally appeared. See you then – keep warm!


Duncan x

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