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Italy, Norway and Me

In a few days time I will perform a solo piano gig at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. It’s kind of a first for me.  Not the solo thing (although they’re something of a rare occurrence) – but it’s really the first gig that I’ll have done under my[…]

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Just come in… no need to knock

I always intended to write a monthly blog. It appears to be turning in to more of an annual event. Ah well. I just wanted to let you know that I’m writing a new blog, and it’ll be up here in the next… well, any day now. *Coughs* In the[…]

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December, Nativity, Steinway, Tony…

Well, hello December. I didn’t see you coming, and to be honest I’m not quite ready for you… However, you placed this sky outside my front door this morning so I forgive you. I’m looking forward to hooking up with Sardinian saxophonist Enzo Favata and his group for a concert in[…]

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Norway, Shetland & Sardinia…

June 2014   As we watch June whooshing by, I just want to take a moment to let you know about a few things coming up. Next for me is a visit to the Førde Festival in Norway. I’ll be performing with String Sisters on Saturday 5th July. Always a joy[…]

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Ever since it all clicked…

Ever since it all clicked, creating original music has been as important to me as anything else I do, as elemental as breathing. I do it nearly all the time, even when I’m not composing or playing.  At the age of six, I was sent for piano lessons. I remember[…]

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Spring Can Really Fire You Up The Most

Here we are, Spring. I spent last week at Ardkinglas House by Loch Fyne. I was  hanging there with some pals from the Pathhead Music Collective, writing, sharing & practicing music. Turned out to be a very creative and inspiring week. Not difficult for me when the view from the[…]

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A Trip To Halifax

This is the story of a trip that the Dave Milligan Trio took for a gig in Halifax some years ago. At least, as I remember it. It’s epic, and possibly too long for a mere blog post but it kind of needs to be this long, and it’s all true.[…]

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An Tobar Sessions Tour : Day 3

21 April 2010   Today is technically a day off – still a gig to do in the evening, but no traveling or soundcheck. And what a cracker of a day. We decided to drive over to beautiful Calgary Bay on the north west of the island. Went to Martyn[…]

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An Tobar Sessions Tour : Day 2

20 April 2010  Arrived on Mull just after lunchtime. Good to be back where it all started. Gordon Maclean is in good form as usual. Had a fairly predictable afternoon of soundcheck/eating /rehearsal/eating/coffee drinking/checking emails/eating etc…   Gig went very well. The wee room in An Tobar was full as[…]

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An Tobar Sessions Tour : Day 1

19 April 2010   Well, we have arrived in Perth for our first gig of the tour. And it would appear that we didn’t forget to bring anything. How unusual. We’re still waiting for the piano to arrive though. Not the easiest soundcheck I’ve ever done…   Today’s quote of[…]