Caipirinhas and a London gig…

Had a great time at Tweedsmuir Festival last weekend and the lovely Zoë Bestel posted this video of my band playing the not entirely serious Caipirinha song…

Caipirinha Song at Tweedsmuir Festival

This Sunday I’ll be in London to play a charity gig at Kiss The Sky bar in Crouch End as part of a 5 act bill.  Be lovely to see some of you there!

Omid flyer


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Tweedsmuir Music Festival

Tweedsmuir Music Festival A4 PosterI’ve been delaying switching on the central heating in denial that the summer is over – and to continue that theme, there’s just time for one more music festival!

Tomorrow I’m delighted to be part of Scotland’s newest boutique music festival – Tweedsmuir Festival - and part of such a great line-up.

I’m on around 3pm – come and milk the summer with me one last time!


  • Horse
  • Dirty Harry
  • Zoe Bestel
  • The Gillyflowers
  • Lee Patterson
  • Alan R Davison,
  • Horndog Brass Band
  • Brawth
  • DJ Si
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Peebles Arts Festival

First of all a massive thanks to all who came to my Edinburgh Fringe festival shows – sadly I didn’t get any audio or video recordings which was a shame as I was very proud of the band and my special guests Tracey & Mat.

We did, however get a FIVE STAR REVIEW so big thanks to Broadway Baby‘s Stuart McKenzie for taking the time to come and write about us!

Kudos to my underpaid musicians: Andy Farquhar, John Need, Jules Philip, Tracey Braithwaite and Mat Clements.

Peebles Arts Festival logoTomorrow (Sat 24th August) I’m delighted to have been asked to play a special Fondoo event at The Peebles Arts Festival!

It’s FREE and sharing the bill are 3 stunning musicians I know well:

Kat Healy, Alan R Davison and Georgia Gordon.

Beer may also be involved…

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Special guest percussionist – Mr. Mat Clements

Last chance to hear my full band show at the Edinburgh Fringe tomorrow night, this time featuring special guest – percussionist extraordinaire Mat Clements (of Orkestra del Sol fame).

Mat ClementsMat & I have worked together as part of seminal funk outfit The Ugly Groove Movement and more recently on my own music.  Above is a pic of Mat playing Hang on an early recording of Quicksand which may yet surface…

Hope you’re all having a good August!


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Tonight’s Special Guest…

Tracey BraithwaiteThe first of my two Edinburgh Fringe full band shows is TONIGHT!

I’m delighted to announce my special guest is my old pal Tracey Braithwaite with whom I’ve performed with the likes of KT Tunstall, Horse and The Gospel Truth Choir.

Show starts at 10pm at The Jazz Bar (venue 57) and there will be tickets on the door.

In other news, those of you who were at the Stanley Odd & the Electric String Orchestra gig were treated to a stunning evening of music reflected by this lovely 5 star review!

Nice bit about my support slot too – thanks to Jack McLuckie (reviewer)!

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Edinburgh Fringe 2013

It’s that time of year again – so I thought I’d be the first to thrust a flyer in your face!
PG fringe flyer front fmg 2013PG fringe flyer back fmg 2013
I’m doing two 90 min sets with my band this year at The Jazz Bar and will be featuring a special guest musician each night!

Get Tickets HERE

In other news, I’m honoured to be supporting the band that put Scottish Hip-Hop on the map – Stanley Odd – as they reprise their incredible Celtic Connections performance with the Electric String Orchestra TONIGHT at the Queen’s Hall!

Queen’s Hall tickets HERE

Stanley Odd linkHave a great August whatever you’re doing!

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The Insider Festival!

Summer has finally arrived and I’m very chuffed to announce I’ll be doing a wee acoustic set at this year’s Insider Festival!  Think stunning location (near Aviemore), laid-back friendly vibe, great food, fancy dress and above all – amazing music (full line-up HERE)

If you go to one boutique festival this year – this one’s my absolute favourite.

This’ll be my third year performing in one guise or another but first time with my own music so really excited!  My MaGoodBody compadres are also doing their own sets so who knows what may happen under the influence of a 3 days of music and fine ale

Insider 2011 picThe theme this year is Around the World so I’m working on my costume.  Here’s me with some friends at the 2011 Victorian themed Insider!





Flight’s leave very soon so make sure you have your tickets!

Insider Festival ticket link
..and if you aren’t sure how to get there, this video may inspire:
Insider Travel video

Good weekends all!



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3 Nations Music on St. Patrick’s Day!

So another RBS 6 Nations rugby tournament comes to an end this week and as a bloke born & raised in Belfast to English parents who’s lived more than half my life in Scotland (and with a great affection for the French, Italians & Welsh), I take a musicians approach to sports i.e. I’m never too bothered who wins as long as everyone’s had enough beer.

The final matches are this Saturday and I thought we should mark the event with a very special gig in Edinburgh on Sunday with performances by musicians from 3 of those 6 nations (all 6 would have taken too long) at the beautiful Caves venue!


Edinburgh eflyer

I’ll be doing a set with my 4-piece band and I’ll be joined on the bill by two incredible talents – Donna Maciocia and Emily Baker.

Donna needs no introduction for those of you in Edinburgh but if you haven’t heard her incredible music, look her up HERE!  We’ve done quite a bit of collaboration over the years, (including THIS VIDEO) so it’s going to be a lot of fun sharing the bill with her again.

Emily is another brilliant songstress who’s on a UK tour promoting her brand new album “All at Sea”.  She came and played the acoustic night I co-organise (Acoustic Edinburgh) during the Edinburgh Festival a few years back and blew us away.  I saw her on her Edinburgh tour date last year too and I’m so chuffed she’s completing the line-up along with her amazing side-man Fiddes Smith.  If you like your music real and raw, you’ll be swept away by All At Sea!

I’ll also be officially launching my latest record on the night – a 3-track single of Ricochet.

ricochet front 150

There are only 150 of these strictly limited edition disks and the iTunes release is just one song – so snap it up on the night!

So hopefully you’ll be enticed by this musical feast & come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us at The Caves – cheap advance tickets are only available until midnight on Saturday (£6)  after that it’s a tenner on the door.


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On tour…

Alex Cornish Nov Tour Poster

Currently on tour with Alex Cornish – lovely gigs in Glasgow, Edinburgh & Newcastle with Cambridge tonight!

In other news, I’ve finally finished my single ‘Ricochet’.

Track listing:

  1. Ricochet
  2. Love Train
  3. Magnets Have Souls (live)

There will only be 150 copies of this and if the postman gets busy then I should have them in time for the Brighton gig.

Better late than never!

Hopefully see you on tour – tickets available HERE.

After the tour, it’s full steam ahead on the album work.

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Album, single and gig news!

A quick update on the album progress for you since I’ve been staring at a computer screen pretty much non-stop for the last two weeks.  Ironic that since I quit my IT job I’m spending more time at a desk in front of a machine than before.  At least this is music software though.

The recordings are sounding great and I have a lot of production ideas for each of the songs.  I’ve even roped in the assistance of Alex Cornish to do some string arranging, Italy-based keys maestro Paolo Apollo Negri to put some incredible Hammond and Rhodes parts down and a number of very special guest backing vocalists.  My incredibly talented cousin Tom Jennings will be doing the album art as well!

Some of these songs are more than a few years old and so this album has been a long time coming.  I want it to be as good as it can be so I’m not fixing a release date until the mixes are just right.  It will be sometime in the Spring of 2013 however.

Meanwhile, I’m working on a 3-track single featuring one track from the album and 2 ‘bonus’ tracks.  More on that soon!

In gig news, I’m very excited to be supporting Alex Cornish again on his November UK tour – dates on

Also, tomorrow evening I’m looking forward to a lovely gig hosted by Lamp House Music in Haddington which has created a really special music hub and community there.  Find them on Facebook too!

Lamp House Flyer

Tickets are still available if you’re in the area.  Preview here on page 8 of Music News Scotland.


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