Iceland and Island-Hopping

I got back to London as the sun was coming up this morning after a long journey through the night. It's been a hectic couple of weeks that began with a trip to Iceland to run the Reykjavik marathon. As you can probably guess, I survived the 26.2 miles (with toenails intact) and actually had the time of my life. Iceland is one of the most beautiful places I've ever run around. Despite only having a few days to explore I managed to gawp at waterfalls, sprawling glaciers, geysers, mountains, and waddle around Reykjavik Culture Festival in a state of post-marathon euphoria. A totally magical place that I can't wait to go back to, 'if the accident will,' as Kurt Vonnegut says. I finished the run in 4 hours 1 minute for anyone interested in that sort of thing. No gold medals this time.

After four days in Reykjavik I flew back to London, grabbed a guitar, and set off straight down to Cornwall to sail over to the Isles of Scilly for a week of gigs with the Rough Island Band. I've been playing with this folk five-piece since it was formed around four years ago by islander Piers Lewin, with the intention of making music inspired by the landscape, the history, the people and traditions of this incredible place. It's always a joy to be able to sail back there a few times a year to write new material, record and perform with those guys. We're working on material for a third album at the moment and will hopefully be able to organise a return to the islands with a portable recording studio in 2013 to make a start on it. There will also be some film footage of our gigs floating around the internet in the next few days, I'll whack them up here when they're available.

I've got a few days to recuperate now and finish work on the music for a short film that's currently titled 'The Boy and the Bus' and that I'm very excited about. Then it's off to Weyfest for my final festival show of the year on Saturday. Does that mean summer is almost over already...?

I'll leave you with this video for a new song called 'Docklands' that was filmed atop the London skyline. Take care, mind the gap, and speak soon,

John