We sincerely hope that you've all had a great Christmas, but let's be honest, "great" might be stretching it quite a bit, given the current state of affairs.
Last night we should have had our first full family get together in over two years. All of the kids and grandkids were going to be there, but four positive Covid tests in the camp put paid to that. However despite that everyone is okay - no serious effects due to the virus, so we can be thankful for that.
We always tend to have a quiet January and this year is no exception, just a couple of gigs in the pipeline. Hopefully they will go ahead, but time will tell.
Despite losing a lot of gigs due to Covid in 2021, we managed to keep ourselves busy with our Live from the Lounge live streams and recording. We kept the weekly streams going on our Facebook page up to week sixty and have been doing them roughly every month since. Our next will be #66 and, thanks to the generosity of those who've been watching it, should see us pass the £5,000 mark for our chosen charities. One for the highlights of the year for us was The Teddy Bears' Picnic, which was a hometown gig that we put on to give us the chance to say thank you to many of the folks who had been supporting the weekly live streams (and to launch our new album). It was a great night, with folks travelling from up and down the country to attend. It was lovely to see people who had built up virtual friendships via the live streams meeting in person for the first time. There is a recording of the gig on our YouTube channel if you'd like to check it out.
We also recorded and released our latest album The Passing of the Storm. The initial reviews and sales have been very positive; we just hope that we can get a good run of gigs together in the new year to give it a bit more of a push. We have a track on the new album called What Would Johnny Cash Do Now? which has turned into a bit of a catchphrase. A friend suggested we get some tee-shirts printed, so we did. We still have a few available, just follow this link if you'd like one.
I'm writing this on the 28th of December. Under normal circumstances we'd be getting ready to welcome a host of friends for a bit of a shindig to see in the New Year, but due to the virus that won't be happening again this year. We will however be raising a glass and wishing everyone a very happy and healthy year ahead.
Dave & Kip xx