En route to the Barbican for the London leg of the Sandy Denny tour. It's been a great one so far, fantastic venues and a wonderful audience response. I've loved working with some of the fine musicians that were part of the original scene - Jerry Donahue and Dave Swarbrick, as well as folks from the younger generation like Joan
I've been in the studio this past week recording new material for my forthcoming album. I'm working at the Cowshed Studio again with engineer / producer Joe Leach (who also produced / engineered Keepsakes), working to 2" tape the old fashioned-way. For me the choice to work on tape is not so much about the sound as the approach it
After an awesome night at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham we had a day off, time to catch up on sleep and eat some proper food for a day or so. After the brief pit stop we were back out on the road to Colchester Arts Centre, then Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, and then onto Bristol where we are for the
Day four of the Seth Lakeman tour today, the gigs in Manchester, York and Lincoln were wonderful, thanks to everyone who's been showing support, singing along, buying CDs and coming up for a chat after the gigs. Getting into the swing of tour bus life now, had a hell of a roast dinner in Nottingham and feeling pretty smug. Looking
I've had loads of requests from people for a recording of 'Lumpy's Lullaby'. As this doesn't feature on Keepsakes or Here In The Ground I've decided to make it available as a 'name your price' download. The lyrics are also there in case you want to try it out on any sleepless youngsters you may have! http://samcarter.bandcamp.com/track/lumpys-lullaby
As we prepare for hibernation and over-indulgence over the Christmas and New Year break I'd like to wish everyone a splendid time. So much for hibernation, in fact I shall be writing my little socks off in preparation for a new album to be released in 2012. Yes indeedy! I hope you're as excited as I am.
Sincere thanks to everyone
Finally got around to getting myself on Twitter - follow me at @samcartermusic
New guitar is finally finished! What a lovely thing it is too. Many thanks to Richard Osborne, the Sussex luthier who put such time and care into making me the guitar I wanted. www.osborneguitars.co.uk
I spent this Sunday in Whitstable at the Oyster Festival, opening for the Oysterband at the Oyster Stores, not eating oysters. After meeting in local sessions many years ago the Oysterband returned for a homecoming gig to a rapturous reception from their obviously very dedicated fans. They were very nice to me too! Thanks to Johnny Fewings for putting on
I'm currently having a guitar made by Sussex luthier Richard Osborne. I initially went down to his workshop in Lewes to get some work done on my Lowden but enjoyed playing his guitars so much while I was there that I placed an order.
It's Richard's Dragonfly J (Small Jumbo) shape with a cutaway in cedar and rosewood, braced specifically for