A couple of weeks ago a new year began and I’ve been thinking about this coming year and what it may bring. I love the new year’s opportunity to recapitulate, regroup, and begin to look forward and plan the next 12 months. 2022 felt a little like the year was placed into a holding pattern for me, and now the plane has landed and is ready to take off for new destinations.
So what are those destinations?
I’ve booked a lot more festivals and camps this year. Not too many but more than last year – as they are confirmed I’ll be popping them onto my Events page here on the website. Some I’ve played before and a couple of brand-new experiences. I’ve been booked to play on the acoustic stage at this year’s Rebellion Punk festival! I’ve not had confirmation of the day I’ll be playing just yet but when I do I’ll add that to the events listings too. Bad Manners, New Model Army, UK Subs, Ruts DC, Ferocious Dog and me! Get ready for some Pagan folk my punk friends! My son’s band Chub are also booked to play the Introducing Stage, so a proper punk family affair it is!
There will be a new album of songs this year. I’m hoping it will be out by June as I’ve only got 3 or 4 more songs to write and record. So far I have to tell you I’m so happy with the new songs. If you’ve been tuning into my House Concerts (which will also continue online) you will have heard most of them – and I’ll also be playing them at my gigs this year.
I’m returning to the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms for a concert on the 24th of March – the first one since 2019. I put the tickets on sale at 1 am and the concert was sold out by 6 pm the next day! After all this time you are still there my friends! I can’t tell you how excited I am for the live shows this year. It feels like something has moved back into place after the craziness of the Pandemic. I’m feeling closer to the Land, the Gods and my Path than I have for many years, and I cannot wait to be with you in person again, in some field or conference centre, somewhere in the UK. I have plans for more tour dates in the Autumn so again, keep an eye out on the events page.
The blog has been quiet. I wondered if people still read blog posts in this age of Social Media, but I want to write more here. Use this space to explore ritual, music, magic, and seasonal thoughts. So expect blog posts to appear more regularly than they have been. I’ve even started a TikTok account as so many of you are on that platform now. It’s actually quite fun but I’m so obviously a TikTok beginner…
Two new instruments made their way into the family recently – an Anglo-Saxon Lyre and a Tagelharpa. There is no doubt these ancient instruments will influence new songs and I love the connection they bring to the Ancestors by simply playing them. In the Spring I’ll be taking them out into the woods and to the seashore here in Sussex to sit and play them for the Spirits there. They will have heard their voices before, but not for a very long time. Music is magic, and when we play music out in Nature, the trees, plants, animals, birds, and those Spirits unseen turn their heads and listen. I’ll be listening too, to their voices, to sing their tales, and continue to give voice to the Old Ways.
Thank you for being there. For reading these words, for listening to my music, for tuning in online, for following me on Social Media, for singing and dancing at the live shows. May 2023 bring you wonder and joy.
Peace, and blessed be.