UK Tour Begins

Little darling. It has been a long, cold, lonely winter. Little darling. It feels like years since it's been here. And I am the egg man. And mean Mr Mustard sleeps in the park.

What does this mean? It means I haven't had enough sleep, and I've been listening to The Beatles, of course.

But what it really means is Spring seems to be finally springing here in England - the big golden star is hovering over London for the first time in what seems like aeons - and my UK tour begins today.

It's been a manic few weeks getting everything together for the new album release. After a few days in Oxford working on the final mixes with Graeme, filming a new video, a few trips to Abbey Road to collect various versions of the final master, and many days of Photoshopping Joby Hardwick's brilliant artwork on the packaging templates, the packaged CDs are now being produced in what I can only imagine is a large machine that resembles the pie-maker in Chicken Run.

Today I'm heading over to Norwich for a session on BBC Radio at 3:30pm, before my gig at The Bicycle Shop tonight, a place with fantastic cake, which is always exciting. I've developed a new way of playing the songs on my own that I'm looking forward to putting through its paces.

Over the next few weeks myself and Cate Ferris will be zooming around to play shows in all sorts of exotic locations like Birmingham, Manchester, Southampton and Milton Keynes. I'll do my best to keep abreast of the updates on this here blog and document our adventure as much as humanly possible between playing the gigs, getting to the gigs, promoting the gigs and eating said cake.

For now I'll leave you with this little phone-filmed snippet of my set at the Isles of Scilly Folk Festival last week. I played as part of a singer-songwriter evening on the island of St Mary's. As always it was lovely to be out there on those little fragments of floating rock, and no one seemed to mind too much that I don't really play folk music as such.

See you on the road, I hope.