Checking In – and a Gig!
Long overdue an update here. Firstly, all is well, rest assured that behind the scenes things are still ticking over well. There have been a lot of Zoom lessons and a little rush of new harmonica players wanting help and guidance which has been great. Pleased to say I’m doing regular sessions with folk as far and wide as Australia and the USA.
Still struggling to find a rhythm with the variable work hours on the day job but I’ve got plans for new YouTube videos and new material for the site. I’ve given up trying to be regular and accepted that things will just have to drop as and when I’m ready. If I rush to meet a self imposed deadline I’ll just turn in sub-standard content, which I really don’t want to do.
HOWEVER, I’m ready to start opening the door for 1-1 sessions again. Please bear in mind I teach from my home, and both me and my wife need to be in regular contact with vulnerable people so I need to be very careful. I know two people personally who have suffered terribly – and are still suffering over a month in – from COVID-19, so I take it seriously.
It’s unfortunate that our instrument could have been custom designed to spread saliva everywhere, so it’s slow and careful for the time being.
In other news, I’m doing an actual real life in person gig this Sunday 26th at The Rose and Monkey Hotel in Manchester. It will be outdoors and with strict social distancing and other protective measures in place. Doors at 18:00, I’ll start around 20:00 and play for about 90 mins. It will be mainly guitar but with a good amount of solo harmonica pieces peppered in. I can’t wait to get back behind the mic. It’s been way too long.
One of the videos I have on the boil is an intro to the style of Sonny Boy I, the father of Chicago blues harp. So I’ll leave you with one of his great cuts Sloppy Drunk. See ya soon!