Look back at 2013


“What made 2013 special was the varied experiences and people I got to meet through playing music. I got to play at my favourite museum (The People’s History Museum), I got to play at Glastonbury alongside one of my favourite songwriters (Billy Bragg) and tour the Netherlands with another (Kirsty McGee).  I got to collaborate with Longfella – the poet Tony Walsh, one of the best artists in the UK. It’s certainly true that trying to make music as an independent artist is very challenging, but the reaction of audiences and the faith shown by promoters and bookers, has been inspiring.”


UK TOUR : A short tour for the release of ‘The Captain’s Diseased single and video
Watch the video by K.Craig  |   See performance footage from the Liverpool tour date

DUTCH TOUR : First ever overseas tour a week of dates in Holland with Kirsty McGee
See video from the Dutch tour

REVIEW :  Five star review in Maverick Magazine.  See photo

FUNERAL : Thatcher inspired song ‘Discontented winter is given away as a free download on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Watch song video 


ART OF PROTEST FESTIVAL : Debut performance of “The making of a Protest Album (in 5 easy steps)” at Manchester’s People’s History Museum as part of the Art of Protest Festival.  Read reviews of the performance : Power points for the people  |   After the performance there was a sense of elation


GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL : Perform on Glastonbury’s Leftfield stage in a songwriters circle show with Billy Bragg, Amanda Palmer & Sean McGowan   Watch video   |  Read an audience review 


FUNDRAISER : Buskathon for Glossopdale Food bank
FESTIVALS : Perform at The Tolpuddle Martyrs festival and Manchester Americana Festival.


FESTIVALS : Play two sets at the Green Gathering Festival in Chepstow, the UK’s only sustainable festival and perform an updated version of “How to make a Protest record in 5 easy steps” as an exclusive for the Glossop People’s Festival


UK TOUR : Includes a return to The Gladstone in London where I used to have my ‘Quiet Loner’s Journey to the Netherworld’ residency.

FUNDRAISER : An unplugged show in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to raise funds for Amnesty and appear at Seasons in Bethnal Green, London, a night in remembrance of Fiona Struthers raising money for St.Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.

FESTIVAL : First ever folk festival performance with a debut at Otley Folk festival


FUNDRAISER : Performance at the Truth and Justice for Orgreave campaign gig in Barnsley


TOUR : Rounds off 2013 gigs with a trio of shows in North West England. Including an unplugged performance at the Irish World Heritage centre and a hometown show at Glossop’s Oakwood.

RADIO : Appear on Jumpin Hot Radio Remembrance Day special reading the WW1 letters that inspired the song ‘Unmarked grave’   Listen again


DUET : Christmas duet with Kirsty McGee covering the Bee Gees ‘Islands in the Stream’

Tolpuddle to Jarrow