A new year and I’m very excited about what’s coming up! Firstly, I’m just happy to be able to continue making music and sharing it with folks whether on stage, here or wherever.  It’s an ever interesting ride,  travelling from place to place on a whistle-stop tour of places, lives and cultures, bringing a little something, hopefully leaving a little something positive then heading off somewhere else.  Through music I have met some truly amazing and inspirational people this year from many different places and cultures and this is one of the gifts that make the more wearing sides of the job totally worth it. Some musical highlights of 2010 include a great little ‘Bonfanti/Milner’ tour in wintry northern Norway, playing in the middle of the Spanish Navarra Desert, sitting in with Jon Cleary in New Orleans, playing some fun shows in Poland, a couple of lovely gigs back in my hometown of Dorchester (including a charity gig in memory of my dear mother), and some killing shows at Ronnie Scott’s with special guests like Jack Bruce, Joe Louis Walker and many more. Looking forward to a lot more in 2011…

I can’t believe I’m off to Mustique tomorrow for the annual Blues festival, an amazing first trip of 2011. Just hope the alarm goes off.  Passport’s already in the bag (err…it wouldn’t be the first time I’d have forgotten my passport for a gig – that’s another story with a fairly tragic ending for me!).  There are some great players going to be there and can’t wait to get stuck in.

I’m glad the new site is up and running and I’ll make sure it gets a good workout with as many updates as possible.  The new album is edging closer to release and with the video for a fun new mix of ‘Going To See My Baby’ (a different mix to the one on the player) we’ll be getting things going some more from March onwards.

So, wishing you all the best for 2011 and beyond and, as always, thankyou for all your support. Catch you soon I hope,

Paddy x

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