Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone who has clicked on the Blog and made it such an interesting experience for me in 2014.
It has been viewed over 23K times since I started writing back in October 2103. And people are viewing from all over the world from America to New Zealand via many of the countries in between.
It really amazes me that people can be interested enough to click on and for that I thank each and every one of you who has read it.
Just a note to say that I am not affiliated or connected to ANY music label or company. This I do just for the love of the music - no monetary gain whatsoever.
Several people have contacted me regarding my musical heritage upon reading the Blog, so I'll just take a few lines to explain. I've always loved music, of all varieties, for as long as I can remember.
Music was always being played in my parent's home. Before I was born they used to run a pub and amassed hundreds of 78rpm records that used to be played all the time when my parents moved to their new home. My brother, who is 12 years older than myself, always played records.
I was in my local school & county orchestra playing trumpet and I've dabbled with guitars since my first 12 string (seen above) bought for me by my parents in 1974..
Over the years I've bought thousands of records, tapes, mini discs, Cds and downloads.
I don't think there's been a day that I've never played some music. Music has ALWAYS been a major part of my life.
So, now hopefully I've shined a light on where I'm coming from with this Blog.
I always highlight music I like - there's too much negativity on the internet as it is, without me contributing to it.
It's been an excellent year in my musical world. Many albums I've loved. Many gigs that have been an absolute joy to attend. I've discussed these as the year has progressed and will continue to do the same next year.
First Aid Kit - Bristol 2014
And 2015 looks to be as interesting as 2014.
With new music due from many artists I like, including
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Danny & The Champions of the World
Balsamo & Deighton
Zervas & Pepper
The Dreaming Spires
and many, many more.
As you can see above - I have contributed to several PledgeMusic campaigns over the last year and they are an excellent way to support artists directly. You can find out more details here
And gigs already booked, including
Luke Jackson/Amy Wadge
The Handsome Family
and several more
So, why not join me and I'll try and point you in the direction of some great music.
If you see me at a gig in 2015 - come and say Hello - we can talk music.