Happy 2018 Ratfans!

Ratfans 2018

Regular readers (Mum?) will know I like to post a little something at the end of the year to reflect on the previous and ponder the new.

Well 2017 has been good to The Boy With The Greyhound Tattoo. After a shaky start in the studio resulting in a complete re-record in my home studio, “Naranja” was released on download and CD. I’ve just listened back to it for the first time in a while which has given my overly critical ears time to rest and you know what? I like it! I feel that wee EP is something to be proud of considering it was written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered all by me. I apologise if that seems a little self-indulgent but I think it does one some good sometimes to be satisfied with one’s own efforts.

As for gigs, well golly, I’ve had a few. I’ve headlined a couple of my own shows, I’ve hosted Blukulele numerous times, I’ve played at Summer Strum and GNUF, supported Manitoba Hal, heck I’ve even performed my show in Munich for Cliff’s sake! I also had the great honour of performing with The Ukelites at the Czech Ukulele Festival. Oh yes, it’s been a good year.

So what are the plans for 2018? Well so far I hope to playing Summer Strum again and indeed making a camping weekend of it this year. I will also be performing at GNUF as part of… well you’ll see… and Blukulele will be back for 2 or 3 shows I’m sure. As for recordings, well I’ve made quite a big decision on that score. I’m going to put all my time into YouTube in 2018. It seems to me it’s all too easy to spread oneself way too thin over the internet so I want to focus on one channel and make it the best it can be. YouTube is available to everyone extremely easily, right down to my Mum’s TV, so it’s the obvious basket in which to place my eggs.

I’ve also recently bought a new bass guitar which should be creeping into my looper pedal so strap yourselves in to see me dart between bass and soprano uke live on stage during the same song. I like to make things challenging!

Also, finally, I’ve been putting some work into my one man tribute to the music of Paul Heaton… so watch out for that as I already have 2 or 3 gigs in mind!

So a HUGE thank you to every single person who clapped, jeered, bought an EP, booked me and resisted the temptation to make a joke about “When I’m Cleaning Windows”. Peace, love and ukulele to you all in 2018.