It would seem that Spring is the time when I decide to sit down and let you know what I’ve been up to. I just noticed that I last updated the blog in March 2017. I must try and write this blog more than once a year! My excuse is that I’ve been a bit busy…
I was away on tour again with The Transports in January. It was such a pleasure to be back on the road with everyone again. We really were all living together on the road in a big tour bus! Sean was chief post-gig sandwich maker and Michael and Saul were often on hand to help park the enormous bus and trailer in some tight spots at the venues! There’s a little clip here of me chatting about my character Susannah Holmes and the tour. The album is out now and it’s something we’re all very proud of. Here’s the link if you fancy getting your hands on a copy.
December was a pretty busy month as I was in the studio with my new band – Rachael McShane & The Cartographers (plus one or two special guests!) recording a new album…more details on this soon. We were recording up in rural Northumberland in a beautiful studio that used to be a church. The acoustics there are amazing and I can’t wait for you all to hear the album. It was really cold up there in December, slippers were an essential and we drank a lot of Yorkshire tea. Photos above courtesy of producer and friend Ian Stephenson. I can’t say much more yet apart from that it will be out in the summer and there will be a tour to follow in the autumn. Eek…exciting! Check out the Shows page for some upcoming gigs this summer.
I was also on the road with RJ Thompson back in December opening for Jools Holland. We played some lovely venues along the way promoting his new album Echo Chamber.
More album news soon. In the meantime, I’ve started making a few playlists over on Spotify if you fancy a listen and I’ll keep making more. I’m not really the biggest fan of Spotify on account of them paying artists virtually nothing, but it’s a great tool for finding new artists and sharing music that you love. I hope if you hear something that you love and didn’t already know about that you’ll head to your local record shop and buy the album…or even better, buy direct from the artist. Happy listening and exploring.