got talked about. I convinced Shave she was worth auditioning and
is, bringing new talent, ideas, sounds – as
well as a very stabilising atmosphere. Fran always has time for people,
has a very balanced view and a warmth that is showing more and more
on stage – unlike Bryan and I who get grumpier with age!
Another major life change.
Sarah and I and the boys moved to Glastonbury in November
of 2002. Sarah being
a Dorset lass was keen
to move West from Cambridge and we all shared that dream. So
here we are in Glastonbury. Well, Butleigh to be precise – a small village
4 miles from the Tor. I drive around and still find the views incredible
and I’ve never lived so near the sea before. However, tears
shed for missing Mike Gilpin in Swaffham Prior and all at the
Red Lion Folk Club in Whittlesford, Cambs. where I spent so
still going strong and it’s amazing to be playing
at Shetland and Lomond festivals in 2003.Always wanted to go to Shetland,
and my mother always said she would come too. We nearly got the gig
4 years ago, and she nearly bought her ticket. Sad thing is, she died
in 2000 at 80 and her dream never had a chance. I’d take her
tomorrow if given the chance. As a friend said, “you can still
take her there now” – and I will.
12 year old) has had the hardest adjustment, we now know, having
had to leave Cambridge
where he was established
to his new school
in Glastonbury. However, he, at 12 don’t forget, passed his grade
6 flute exam recently (apart from 5 theory grades, a piano and a sax
grade!!) His presence at gigs (to which he now adores coming) is a
wonderful experience for me, and I’m pleased to say is joining
a youth ceilidh band very soon and surpasses my flute and piccolo
I want us to go? To continue. I can’t see huge changes.
We’re too old and won’t relive that sex appeal we all once
had (!!!) I guess I’ve come to that time when I want to continue
on a sort of plateau – not stale, but stable with creating more
music and diversifying, but having the pleasure of continuing to perform.
I’m using my sopranino sax more and the band made me buy a new
soprano rauschpfeife! I didn’t argue with them much and it was
a delight to actually meet Eric Moulder, the maker, at our recent gig
in Lichfield’s Guildhall.
of the year must go to Gilles Chabanet for incredible hurdy gurdy
and Hevia (thanks
to Guido for the
CD loan) for bagpipe playing
that makes me wet my pants. I’m also getting back into Camel,
having seen then at a reunion gig last year
wonderful experiences were at the 2 “Lord of the Rings” films
with “Withnail and I” and “The Others” close
by. I’ve also introduced my family to “God Shuffled His
Feet” by Crash Test Dummies and my 4 year old knows the words.
Well, the family as usual, Sarah, Jake, Arch and Felix.
for getting us back to together, the James family in Wiltshire
for never loosing
that enthusiasm and helping
us practically and again everyone that has taken the time to
come and say hello at gigs.
31st December 2002