This is the first video in a series of videos I will be putting together to showcase songs I like to perform, including my own songs, traditional songs and folk covers. This first song is a brilliant, popular traditional Scottish song called “The Barnyards O Dalgety” and I first heard it performed by the Old Blind Dogs. I’ve added a wee bit of a rock ‘n’ roll twist to it, so I hope you enjoy it!
Well hello there! It’s been a while, which I apologise for. there hasn’t been much happening with me lately, I’ve been focusing my efforts on learning new songs, writing new songs, doing “back office” stuff etc. However! I am pleased to announce I have two gigs coming up in Glasgow within the next week.
The first of these is on Sunday 28th July when I will be performing at an acoustic night at Glasgow’s Pivo Pivo. I played there before a few years back so will be nice to be back. I’ve not been informed on who the other acts are yet, but I’m sure it will be a great night. The gig starts at 7:30pm and entry is £5 on the door.
The next one is a performance at the launch night of somewhereto_re:store, which is a wonderful project focused on bringing the arts to disused spaces. It has already been a success in other parts of the UK, so I am looking forward to help launch this in Glasgow. This will take place at DNA, 12-16 South Frederick St and begins at 6pm. This gig is free entry and there will also be free drinks on arrival, possibly some nibbles too!
At both of these gigs I will be performing some of my brand new songs, as well as some new trad and cover songs I have been learning recently. Looking forward to gigging in Glasgow again and I hope to see you there!
In other news, proud to say that a great fan and friend of mine, Michael Gille, was flaunting his “Travels” executive producer t-shirt with pride at the Hebridean Celtic Festival last week…Michael, thank you for showing your support!
It’s been a wee while since I posted some sort of video, so I have put together a wee simple video for my song “In The Glen”. It’s something I had planned to do when I was working on my album but never got round to it! Thankfully I came across the footage I took with my phone during a walk up Alva Glen and put it together with some photos and the track from my album “Travels”.
So here it is, I hope you enjoy it and if you, do please share it with your friends!
Well, I’m back from a great wee trip down to the lovely Berwick Upon Tweed where I was playing at the Barrels Ale House for St Patrick’s Night. What a great trip!
I got into Berwick at around 12:30 and after getting myself checked into the hostel where I was staying, I decided to take the time to have a walk around town walls. It didn’t take too long to walk around the walls, but it was interesting seeing all the old battlements and defences of the town (even if they were made to keep Scots like myself out!). I love being by the sea and so I took a walk out along the pier to lighthouse. The tide was starting to come in and it was very windy and freezing cold, but it was still worth it.
As I walked back from the lighthouse I noticed something in the water. At first I thought that it was bunch of seaweed or something, but as it drifted closer…it was a seal! Despite the wind and the cold, I had to hand around and watch it for a while. It really is true what I say in The Selkies’ Song “everywhere I go I hear the selkies singing”. As I walked back towards the town, it followed me for a while before getting bored with me and getting back to its fishing.
I got back to the hostel and decided to have a wee cup of tea to heat me up. I then went out to a local pub to have dinner before the night began. After my meal I walked back to the hostel via the river. It was raining a bit, but off to the south-west the sun was starting to go down so I took the opportunity to take a few photos. While I was doing so, I heard a snorting noise out in the water…it was a selkie again! So that was me transfixed for another wee while, watching it go about its business.
It was time to head to The Barrels Ale House so I went back to my room to get ready. When I got to the pub they had kept a section clear for me. The pub was small, busy and full of life and character…my kind of place! I got myself set up and had a chat with a couple of the locals that were sitting nearby. Armed with Guinness hats, they were well up for a great night of music, fun and laughter. I started my set with Great Big Sea’s “Goin’ Up” which I always think is the perfect song to start a party. People were enjoying it and clapping and even singing along once they caught on to the chorus. I continued to play through the first hour of my set playing a mixture of traditional songs, folk covers and my own songs and everyone appeared to be having a great time.
After the first half, I had a drink with friends Fiona, John and Janet who had been enjoying my music. It was great to catch up and have a blether about music and stuff. A few of the locals approached me and told me they were really enjoying my music, which is always nice to hear. As soon as I know people are enjoying themselves, I tend to relax a lot more and get more into it.
I began the second half with The Galway Shawl, which appears on my album Travels. People were singing along and the St Patrick’s party was getting into full swing. I saved the lively more well-known songs til last and had everyone singing along to The Wild Rover. I ended with The Rattlin Bog, which seemed a big hit with everyone in the pub. They asked me for more, so I sang In The Reek Of The Smouldering Peat to end my set. They asked or yet more but I had to end as my voice was starting to go a bit (and I was running out of songs!)
When I finished I enjoyed a few well-earned drinks while chatting with the locals and my friends. Fiona Elcoat presents a show “Big Boots And Celtic Roots” on Lionheart Radio and happened to have her portable recorder with her so she interviewed me for her show. You will be able to hear the interview on this weeks show on Saturday 23rd March from 7-10pm.
All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night in a wonderful little pub full of friendly people. Can’t really ask for much more than that can you? Here’s hoping they enjoyed having me as much as I enjoyed being there!
Hello folks, today from 1pm I will be playing a set on Celtic Music Radio as part of their Celtic Connections broadcast from Adelaide’s. Be sure to tune into http://www.celticmusicradio.net. Did you know that it was during Celtic Connections two years ago that I wrote “Meetings and Partings”? Might have to play it today 🙂
It’s great to be back in Glasgow, it always is, despite the rain. I’m looking forward to going to a few gigs over the next few days…gonna be wild!
A very happy new year to you! It’s a bit late, I know, but been taking a wee bit of a breather over the festive period. I hope you had a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. With all the snow we’ve had the last few days, it almost feels like we’ve went back in time!
I’ve got a few gigs in Glasgow throughout the year, with the first gig of the year at the Classic Grand coming up on 20th February. I am just waiting on final details before I share them with you!
I hope you have been enjoying my debut album “Travels”, if not, remember you can buy it in my “Shop” page.
It’s a moment that felt like it was never going to arrive, but my debut album Travels is released today! You can have a listen to the album and order a CD (£10) or digital download (£8) from my shop. I will donate 20% of all sales today to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
I am immensely looking forward to my launch event tonight at Caffe Nero in Stirling. The night will feature performances from local singers Andrew Wyper and End of Neil as well the main performance from myself, as well as jewellery sales from Kit’s Lovely Treasures. I will also be having a raffle with great prizes, to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. Come along from 8pm tonight it’s gonna be belter!
It is with great pride that I can announce that my album is Celtic Music Radio’s album of the week! It’s a nice wee surprise and I still can’t quite believe it. From today, presenters on CMR will be playing some music from Travels on their shows. There is also a feature where you can listen to an interview where I talk about the album, my influences and I also play some songs. You can listen to it here.
I am delighted to say that after 5 months of working on my debut album “Travels”, it is finally complete!
It’s been a brilliant journey, there’s been many ups, a few downs, some frustrations and delays, but also much laughter, happiness and pride. I just can’t believe that my debut album is now finally a real thing. I am very pleased with it, when I hear it I get a great feeling of pride, that satisfying feeling that I made this.
Following recording and mixing by myself, the album was mastered by the Tolbooth’s Mark Lough who has his own mastering business, Hillfoots Mastering.
Now it’s your turn to have a listen! The first three tracks can now be listened to in my shop. Also, if you pre-order the full album now, you will also get an instant download of these tracks. As for the rest of the album…I don’t want to ruin the surprise! The album is due to be released on 1st December, so if you pre-order now, you will receive the full album as a download on this date. If you order the CD, this will arrive a few days later.
Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the whole recording process…and enjoy Travels!!!
It’s been a while since my last post here, but I’ve been a busy guy! My debut album “Travels” is progressing well and the end is now in sight.
It’s been a crazy couple of months, full of challenges, successes, learning and fun. I never realised just how big an undertaking this album was going to be, but I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this. There have, of course, been times of frustration and times when it felt like I was getting nowhere, but thankfully these times are fewer than the good times.
I can now reveal to you a draft of the album cover. I wanted to portray the line “waiting at the station” from my song Meetings and Partings and I’m sure you’ll agree it work’s quite well!
Hiya folks! Can’t believe it’s been a month since my last newsletter. This year is going in far too quick for my liking!
What’s Been Happening?
A lot of my time has been spent working on my album “Travels” which is due out later this year. Apart from that, I’ve been getting some practise in for Folk On The Boat 2 this Friday, oh and moving house!
For various reasons, I did not perform at Katie’s Bar in Stirling last month. I was scheduled to, but for reasons I will not go into here I decided not to perform.
As if recording my debut album wasn’t taking up enough time, I am delighted to announce that I am now presenting my own weekly radio show “Folk With Drew” on Heartland FM. I have performed on Heartland FM before and Andrew Gordon has featured tracks from my EP “Taste of Freedom” on his show. Andrew Gordon left Heartland FM, so I have taken his place with my very own folk show every Friday from 6pm. The station broadcasts on 97.5 & 106.6FM across Perthshire, but also streams online at www.heartlandfm.co.uk.
What’s Coming Up?
Folk On The Boat 2 takes place on the Maid of the Loch, Balloch this Friday from 7PM. This fantastic event is almost sold out, with only a handful of tickets left. If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, see you there! The gig will also be streamed live on Celtic Music Radio as part of their “Radiothon” fundraiser. I will be performing from 10:30pm, so if you can’t be at the gig, you can still listen in!
That’s all for now folks!