So, the second long stretch away from home on our Mike & the Mechanics support tour the begins. Ron has been up since 5 schlepping across the countryside to collect us all from the four corners of London and afar.

Sadie and the Hotheads performing in Chatham

Setting off from Mortlake with Simon, we pick Terl up in Hatfield then roll North East to King’s Lynn. Flat country. Rain. The radio on. Conversation.

Norwich Theatre Royal

Before the Romans invaded Iron Age Britain in AD 43, Norfolk had been the territory of the Iceni people.

Buxton Opera House

After a wet morning hanging around the hotel we load up for the forty mile trip to Buxton.

Sadie and the Hotheads at Holmfirth Picturedrome

Valentines Day.... after a late breakfast and a lazy morning, with more wind, rain and hill snow forecast, we head over the hills to Holmfirth...

Map

Rolling out of London into the eye of a storm. In the ‘Splitter’, Ron driving, with James and Ian, Terl, Nick and Simon. Battered up through the Midlands we pick Dani up at Chester Station, then brave the last few miles out to Rhyl.

Sadie and the Hotheads at Celtic Connections

Simon and I are on the train rolling back up the East Coast Line to Edinburgh. We change trains in Edinburgh for Glasgow Central where we are picked up by taxi and deposited over at the Holiday Inn on West Nile Street.

Elizabeth McGovern at Lilleyard Studios

Lillie Yard, next to the Lillie Langtry pub, opposite the Prince of Wales in Lillie Road, Fulham.

Banjo

I love the banjo. The butt of many musician jokes, the banjo is enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to the likes of Mumford and Sons.

Haselmere Sign

The Nelson Brothers are heading down to Kipper’s studio on a beautiful blue and gold autumn morning. After hot chocolate in the station café, we take the train from Clapham Junction to Haslemere… then stroll down to the barn, guitars on backs…

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