On the first anniversary* of playing the Isle of Wight festival last year I'm reminded of all the great things playing this unique festival has brought. The contacts and new friends I made have seen me get signed to a fabulous boutique record label, record an LP in their beautiful converted Convent and be introduced to some of my heroes in the world of music. It's been an amazing year and I'm really looking forward to letting you all hear the new LP soon.
This year I've stayed away from applying to play any big festivals as I needed the time to get my new LP finished. It is now in a place where I could but it's a bit late to apply! Next year? Well it'd be nice to take my new band along for sure.
Now it's time for a cup of tea, fuss the cat and get a set list of sorts ready for my road trip to Diss 'dis' evening for the Waveney Valley Folk Collective thang.
Have a great weekend everyone.
X *this post is a week or so later than the actual anniversary.
An amazing first gig for the band playing the new LP set. Thanks to everyone that came it was lovely to see so many familiar faces.
I hope you enjoyed the new songs
Photo by Louise Frohock of Frohock Photography.
Photo by Sean Van Dam taken during the recording sessions for my new LP at The Convent
From a photoshoot with Louise Frohock of Frohock Photography
I met this fella today. He told me a tale of charming tourists out of a crust from a Pasty. However the crust givers weren't about and one man drinking beer and going red in the sun, tried to kick him. So he repeatedly went for his toes (open toe sandals) and 'kwarked' at him. He had a great attitude my new Gull friend. He then did a poo on a boat, looked at me and laughed.
Cheerio Devon it's been ace
Today we visited my favourite place in Devon. Hidden away off the beaten track is Bucks Mills. Scene of the origin of my song 'Rook and a Dove'. This time however we didn't get lost in the woods for 5 hours. Tomorrow we may go to Clovelly, old Karaoke John from Appledore reckons if you get there before 9am it's free to get in.. We'll see.
So a fun night was had in Appledore.
Next live gig is NNcafe Ale Festival on Sunday.
An update on what I've been up to.
I arrived at The Convent on Monday to help Dave Wah with some mixing and some field recording for the new LP, it is sounding amazing and I can't thank enough all at The Convent for their hospitality and skills. Matt, Charlotte, Dave, Naomi, Matt K, Lawrence, Mr Chef, Chris, Kieran. Mark D, Gin and Tonic all have been instrumental in helping this project come together. There's still a couple of overdubs to get done but it's all running towards an earlier release date than planned.
As I write this I'm in Devon. I'm playing at The Champ in Appledore tonight, so come down if you're local.
Then? Time with my favourite lady and some inspiring walks into the Devon flora and fauna, before heading back to Northampton on Sunday for the NNcafe Ale Festival.
I should also thank the contributing players on the recordings ( I wouldn't want them to feel left out)
J M Jones
Ross Alexander II
And also thanks to Sean Van Dam for the reportage photos.
This photo was taken by Sarah Gilmour during week 2 of the recordings.
Over and out for now.
I'm keeping fine company over here