Video: 'Pure Black Coal' from Kröpelin last weekend.

Here’s a video filmed by Marv from my concert in Kröpelin at de DROM.

This was a difficult night for me somehow, perhaps due to the events of the night before (see this post for that) but the room sounded grand and there were enough people to shout this stuff to. Perhaps it’s time to put this odd, spiteful song away for a little while though - have been singing it with a little too much joy and relish for my liking recently.

Anyhow, more to come from this show perhaps. For now, here comes an early night. Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.


Karlsruhe and Bern (free download)

Have most of the day free in Bern so I’m spending it catching up with booking shows for the next months, writing some verses for new songs and getting a little distracted by this new website I’ve found called the Youtube. Also listening to concerts recorded recently and pledging to speak less between songs, my word.

Last night I played at La Cappella so this is where I am now. A beautiful wooden church converted into a theatre and music venue 20 years ago and run by Christoph and his team. Honestly, the concert was pretty empty last night but I had a lovely evening and I think the people who came had a nice enough time too. We got it dark and lit the candles and played the songs without mics or electricity distracting and making things louder than they need to be. I hope to come back someday and urge you to visit this place as well.


The night before was a concert at the NUN café in Karlsruhe. A perfect bunch of volunteers running the venue wonderfully and helping out to no end. Nice friendly audience and I played so-so ok and these are pictures from the lovely evening by Simon Beha.

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Perhaps I will upload the complete recording of the concert soon, as it was kind of solid and sounded grand. I just need to cut out some of the talking for I did go on and on and on and on. Here’s something in the meantime, download and share and what you will.

Tonight I’m heading across to St Gallen for a concert at Sandro’s house. I think it might be pretty full already but if you are in the area and would like to join by all means email me and I’ll stand up so you can have my seat.

Otherwise, it’s Luzern tomorrow, Wienacht-Tobel on Wednesday, Thun on Thursday, Freiburg, Landau and Baden after that. Full dates here.

Between Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe (free download)

I left town mid-morning rode west and up across towards Köln and a couple of small local trains to Grevenbroich. Nicole picked me and up and took her to her house - it was her birthday and I had been asked to play a little concert at her place for her, her friends and family. 

We walked down the lane, by fields and the river. Warm, spring evening.

Everyone sat around and I sat around too and played a bunch of things, actually quite a lot of things. Loads. Half an hour after I finally stopped Achim said he wanted to go home right away to get his saxophone and play some with me, so that happened as well. Maybe you’ll get to hear that but someone has to ask because it’s kind of a mess. The best kind.

The next morning he kindly drove me back to the station and I rode down to Stuttgart for a day off, completely not on the route but really exactly the right place to be for a brilliant evening of delicious Swabian food at Vetter, lovely company and the next day the Seilbahn and a graveyard and all the good things to be found down there.

Yesterday I took a train back up along the Rhine, around the Loreley corner and to Wiesbaden where I was back at the lovely little Wakker room. I’ve played here a few times before and it’s always been very cosy and fun. Last night was no exception and the room filled up and people squeezed in and sat down the front and I played some new songs, plenty old songs.

From the back of the tiny room here’s a free download the last song of the evening. It does go on a bit.

I’m in Karlsruhe tonight to play a long overdue concert at NUN. I was last here back in 2009 or so with Liz Green and her band and it was the first the first time I stood up to play a gig. We were all barefoot that week and super pretentious and sloppy. Was a grand time.

Lichtensteig and Basel this weekend

I’ll unpack my guitar this weekend when I get to play two concerts in Switzerland. The first is in Lichtensteig at FeinerFreitag and seems to be a special sit down and eat brilliant food and at some point music is served too. I’ve been to this part of the country for concerts before and they’re a good crowd there so I’m looking forward to this. Information is on their site here, but be quick as it seems you have until Wednesday to reserve a place.

The next night I’ll travel across to Basel for a concert at Irrsinn Bar with my friend Lukas and his The Cause Acoustic project:

Irrsinn Bar is underground, dark and sometimes smoky and last time was just great. Starts at 21:00 and it’s at Rebgasse 43, 4058 Basel, Switzerland.

So that’s my plans for the weekend. Out of town, always good.