#ONEBLOGAWEEK

One blog a week, for the whole of 2013.

Week 31 – Belladrum / Bonnie Scotland

First things first, I wanted to remind you about this (my biggest ever headline show)…

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You can grab tickets from here for £8: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/frank-hamilton/69587

FYI: It’s an all ages show with a 10pm curfew (for trains home) and after-party details (it’s my Birthday the day after!) will be announced in a few weeks.

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From the future to the past, and back to last week’s little jaunt to Scotland (to perform at Belladrum festival).

Thursday morning didn’t go entirely to plan.  I was en route to Clapham Common tube station carrying 2 guitars, a ukulele, a guitar stand, merch suitcase, laptop and hand luggage case when my ‘duct tape’ system (which involves taping things together so there are less things to carry) failed miserably.  15 minutes later I was in a taxi en route to Kings Cross train station, slightly stressed and £25 lighter.

We (myself and Andy, who was also carrying too much stuff) made the 12:23 to Huntingdon with about 3 minutes to spare before travelling for an hour, meeting my parents and picking up the car, which was to take us 7 hours north for a stopover in Edinburgh…

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We arrived a little groggy but the view of the castle from my friends flat on Frederick Street (and the fact that it was day 1 of the Edinburgh fringe) soon perked us up!  We went for a few drinks in town and wound up at the Speigal tent on George Street – where none other than Holly Drummond (from week 31 of #OneSongaWeek) served me the poor mans equivalent of Jack Daniels in with some Cocacola and ice!

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I banished the Edinburgh hangover with a cold shower in Inverness, where the hotel was kind of nice but also kind of weird.  Pro’s included a cafetiere in the room and free WIFI… con’s included the smell and the fact that the coffee tasted less like coffee and more like dirt.

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Arriving at Belladrum on Friday afternoon

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Playing some songs (to another packed out tent!) on Friday evening.

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Last (and favourite) festival of the Summer?!

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Someone gave me this after my set (and then ran away)!

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The ‘Summer 2014’ look. #AheadOfHisTime

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Ghosts by the fire (which couldn’t have been lit at a better time – we were cold).

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Jacob and Rox flew back. Me and Andy took on the 10 hour drive… #Bleak

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Fork You if you think I’m coming back…

Back in London and in the studio.  Can’t wait to tell you all about it (very, very soon)!

This Time Last Year:

I wrote a song with my friend Terry (who used to be in Alicia’s Attic back in the day) and a girl called Holly (the same Holly who I bumped into in Edinburgh this week) featured on vocals!!

Week 30 – Redfest, SGP & ‘other stuff’.

Greetings!

I said the next blog would be less about pictures and more about words but on the basis that I’m playing catch up (again) we might go for an equal split of both…

This Week

The week began with a TicketWeb session (watch it here), ended with a couple of festivals (Redfest and Secret Garden Party) and had a bunch of other stuff in the middle.

‘Other stuff’ included various meetings (with radio pluggers, press folk, video directors and even a stylist – I know, I know!), a night out for Lauren‘s EP launch and a long overdue catch up the absolute gent that is Ben Price (Lucy‘s tour manager).

As you might expect, there’s an awful lot going on behind the scenes at the moment (and most of it concerns a new record which you’ll be hearing about very soon).

Back to Photo-land

Firstly, the VIP tickets for tour sold out a while ago (but there ARE still some normal ones available)!  Here’s a link to my website, which has all the dates and ticket links on…

(Some of you have asked if I’ll be around after the shows to meet those of you without a VIP ticket and the answer to that is obviously, ‘Yes – of course!’)

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Penguin Clothes sent me some clobber last week (which was nice).

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Redfest was a bit of a wash-out (but also a lot of fun)!

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This whole ‘packed out tent’ thing is becoming a bit of a habit… You guys were AMAZING!

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Redfest Montage.

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Someone sent in this awesome drawing for ‘Words and Nothing More‘!!  Apparently it was done by the lovely Aileen (who also made this website – which you should all get involved in).  Sometimes I wonder if you guys know just how much all this support means – it makes the shit days less shit and the good days even better – so this is me saying thanks (for existing).

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SGP was sunny (and very, very messy).  Turning up sober on a Sunday at most festivals is weird, but this was something else!

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SGP montage (feat. Andy, Jacob, Emily and copious amounts of cream cheese).

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You know when Petrol Stations are on ‘night mode’ (and you can’t go inside)…?  Does anyone else take photos of the sandwiches before zooming in and deciding which one to order?!  It’s fast becoming my favourite past-time…

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Babies?  Great.

Royal babies?  Still great.

Magazines about royal babies for £9.99?!  No. Just no.

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Next week, a (long) trip to Scotland and a slot at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.  Until then… x

 

This Time Last Year:

I wrote a song called ‘Typewriter’ with a chap called Jacob (the same one in the SGP montage photo)!  We didn’t know each other until the session in week 30 of #OneSongaWeek and now he plays in the band / is one of my good friends. Nice when that happens 🙂

There were 2 versions of the song in week 30 and this is the one we decided NOT to go with in the end.  I actually like this one more but the other one was more interesting from a musical/production point of view. Here’s the blog if you’d like to read it and here’s the song (which you can download for free):