I'll be singing songs everyone knows, songs, some people will know, songs that I've written myself and tunes you can Strip-the-Willow to. There'll be everything from traditional folk to jazz and pop, all with my unique treatment and with a common theme that they're songs I love to perform.
Since being back in my home town, and with a few more rainy days, I've had the chance to really knuckle down. It has been great to have the time to finish songs I've been writing on the road or develop arrangements I made up on the spot to those songs I was randomly requested on the street. My hometown has also inspired me to pick up a bunch of my old favourite tunes so I'll be playing at fair slice of Trad instrumental stuff at Hoots next week. Being home has also allowed me to be reacquainted with my gigging piano so that will be featured in Hoots as well.
Most exciting of all, I'll be joined by my friend, Sean Cousins on guitar and percussion. Sean is a total whizz and has been picking up my material like shit to a blanket. He's part of the Scottish Trad group, Ho-ro, who have really only just stopped touring after winning the Danny Kyle Open Stage in January, so I'm really lucky to have him joining me on stage.
After Hoots I'll be making my way down South to catch a flight on the 26th for a romantic getaway with my Bae in Paris. I'll be there til the 5th so if anyone knows any Parisian venues who'd like to feature a Scottish dude with an accordion, let me know! Then on the 5th I'll be flying on to Istanbul to do a couple of gigs with my mate, Struan Thorpe. Can't wait to experience this fascinating city for the first time... and apparently we're being put up in the Ritz... get in!
Anyway, I'm going to head back into my wee makeshift studio. Learning lots about music technology right now and should be uploading some new sounds very soon.
Thanks for reading, and I'll hopefully see some of you in Hoots next week!
Lewis :) x