• WHAT WERE YOU HOPING TO GET OUT OF THE RETREAT?
I’d had several song writing activities cancelled during the COVID period… and so jumped at the chance to do some songwriting in the wilderness. Just kept fingers crossed that it would come off… and it did… I can't think of anything I enjoy more than hanging out for a week with musicians creating new songs… and playing most of the day and well into the night.
• WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST TAKE AWAY?
I came away with 3-4 usable songs and a great co-write with Mick Jenkinson… so for me that was a success…. But really the memories of Knoydart are just as strong and the fact that our visit exactly coincided with The Old Forge crowd funding campaign launch which reached its target in 5 days. Janey and Duncan have discovered and delivered a magical place to create music… It's not cheap but you’ll remember it for ever…
ATTENDED : Jon Boden's retreat
DATE: Sept 2021
• WHAT WAS YOUR HIGHLIGHT?
Lots… dolphins on the ferry over…. great company and great music… walking around Knoydart, and of course playing new songs with a band of fellow musicians and having the fiddle playing of Jon Boden taking each song into another realm.
• WHAT THREE WORDS SUM UP YOUR TIME AT THE RETREAT?
Creativity • Adventure • Collaboration
• CAN YOU SHARE ANY FUTURE PLANS / COLLABORATIONS / GIGS?
Mick and I are recording our songs remotely and sending parts back and forward… so these will eventually see the light of day. I have already played one of the songs I wrote, Praying for the Wind live several times… and recorded it in two versions…
YOU CAN HEAR PRAYING FOR THE WIND BELOW...