photo from outside a shop window in Wigan
Hi every one. I think I should apologise for being a bit lax with this blog over the past weeks. I hasten to add, by way of mitigation, that I have not been idle. Well – not all of the time though I have been on a few none fishing trips where the weather and all things, some of them sweet, conspired to thwart attempts that were a little half hearted in the first place. Ah well, in September I am off to Pembrokeshire for a two-week mission in quest of the elusive European sea bass. A local guide has been enlisted for a days coaching and guide to the best marks. A top day with a top tide has been selected so I shall expect to have a great deal of pleasure, especially if we get the little Indian summer we often get in September. Last year we missed it and it came in October. We have had the strangest winds that have blown quite strongly, almost all of the time, since September last year. Huh! Any one might think I care. Actually I do and this last week, with a gentle mostly southerly blow the milder weather has been very welcome.
Lately I have become much more interested by being in the countryside, especially by any kind of water, than in the city. I have no desire to leave London at this time though. I love the place but a wistful feeling that inspires a small, increasing desire to run away and to be in a great space arises from time to time.
I’m off to Ilfracombe tomorrow to play another FDPFAFDW gig. I love them all and I have quite a few to do this year. There are some dates still free if any one wants one. You know how to get in touch.
I was going to say how busy I have been and that I have not simply neglected to tell you what’s going on here. I seem to have lots to do and the more I do the more there is to do. I take this to be a good sign. It helps that I can do all of the admin from where I am sitting, writing this. There is nothing quite like working on your own as a solo performer to sharpen the discipline and the ability to get things done. Any real screw-ups are down to me and since I started out, wondering if the Fair days pay for a fair days work idea would catch on and what else might be tried out, I have had not had one screw up.
I have been hard at work finishing a few new songs and collating ideas for future projects. I am also writing some more sections for the book which seems never ending to me. Every time I get to the finish I need to go back and explain or clarify what is going on. Another problem is that almost any thing I have to say or might write down would be quite at home in Instantanium and do you know? – any thing you have to say could fit equally well. In fact a lot of what you have already said is enshrined there ha ha!
There are some more gigs on the gigs list for this year. See GIGS page on web site.
I am so enjoying playing and singing right now. I’ve just re-strung my Tanglewood acoustic guitar with some long life, light gauge strings by D’Addario. They are stunning. They are 20% easier to play and the tone would enhance any guitar. If you play acoustic try them. They cost about £12 quid but are the single, most affordable improvement I have ever come across. Enough tech non-sense. Except – I am having a great time with the Roland Looper pedal. Instead of using to record loops to play to in real time I’m turning it into a library of noise that I can kick in, on a foot-switch, when ever I like.
It's gonna be ..........“F+*@ me – what’s that noise”?
“ It’s just Edgar’s pedal”!
Nothing changes then. Just a different noise.