Monday, 30 August 2010


No show and no couch lined up so I had to get a hostel. Some people do
this all the time but it's not a patch on CSing. At least I have nice
roommates. Three Japanese travellers and their monopoly set. But there
are no windows and it's getting steamy already.


A house concert in Sweden but only three Swedes. Mostly international
students from all four corners.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Cologne - festival

The Go! Team rock the house.

I hosted Steini's festival, Stereo Summerland in Gebaude 9, playing
and chatting during the changeovers. It was a big party with all
English bands he brought over especially, and it went on all night.

After three days here with Steini I need a rest. I don't know how he
does it, every night until 5am. I'm waiting to catch the night train
to Copenhagen and then on to Gothenberg.

Thursday, 26 August 2010


Back with Steini (he drove me across Canada) on college radio to
promote his festival which I'm MCing tomorrow.

Tonight I played the Couchsurfing meetup in the Todtalbar. About 40
people in the sweaty backroom, a nice show.

Apart from that I've played golf with Steini and cleaned his apartment
as it's the only way I could stay in it. Even then he won't let me in
his bamboo bed.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

The night train

11 hours from Aalborg to Cologne. Better to be (semi-)unconscious so I
took the night train rather than lose a day. I slept with four Swedish
girls, though not in the Biblical sense.


Another night another couch. At least they warmed it up for me. It was
a friendly group who braved the rain to come to the house of Michael,
a student activist and Cartographer, on a Monday night.

Monday, 23 August 2010


Shooing with friends for dinner.

9 hours, 4 trains and a ferry to get to the Copenhagen songwriters
festival. I only just made it. There were only about 15 people in the
audience but they were nice Danes and it paid well. Swings and
roundabouts. I stayed with my friends Runen and Camila and we had a
deliscious Thai curry. Good times.

Sunday, 22 August 2010


Post-gig fortune telling from Suse my host.

Another nice house concert. A much older crowd so it was a quieter
night. My liver needed a rest.

I stayed on an extra day because I didn't have a show and I had a nice
room there. One day is enough to see Kiel. I'm heading north on the
train past the fishing villages and then across to Copenhagen

Friday, 20 August 2010


First show. Great success. A house concert in Hamburg just off the
Reeperbahn. There were over 40 people in a tiny living room, and
spilled into the hall and onto the balcony, with a view high up over
the harbour lit up. Afterwards we went on mass to the Hasenschaukel,
where I'm playing at the Reeperbahn festival next month.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

€1200 so far

The fire sale is going well. It feels great to be free of everything,
but bad to see 10 years or purchases go for a fraction of what I paid
for it. On the brightside, I'm cured of every buying anything non-
essential again. I'm now officially a tight-wad.

Monday, 16 August 2010


I played at the last Bos&Lommer Beach party Sunday night (there is a
beach in the back garden). Great to be back with the Amsterdam crowd.
Nothing much has changed.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Monday, 9 August 2010

Yard sale

I'm selling the rest of my stuff. Come down for a beer and a chit-chat even if you don't want my clutter.

- Lots of English books
- CDs and vinyl
- Clothes
- Assorted items

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday (13th-15th Aug) - from 1pm until 7pm daily.

In the shop, Vijzelstraat 67, Amsterdam.

Europe part 1

off again. Scandinavia and Eastern Europe first. 

I'm delighted to have so many house concerts (the best shows by far) and want to thank all the couchsurfing people who are hosting (almost all of) them. What an amazing group of people. Learn more and join 

If I was planning the tour again I'd take a year to do the same route. It's going to be too fast. But booking is such a difficult task that I stuck to the capital cities to make it easier. I only thought of the CSing concerts to fill in the gaps later once I'd already nailed down the route. Nevermind. It will be a whirlwind trip. I think this will be the last time I book like this though: nailing everything down months in advance takes a lot of the fun and freedom out of it. Some places you want to stay longer and some you can't wait to leave. 

As well as booking, I've been busy writing and memorising new songs (the latter takes 10 times longer than the former) and have a whole new set of songs so I can put to bed all the songs I've recorded so far and play fresh ones. It takes a month of playing a song live before it's polished enough to record. So once I have a new batch perfected I'll find a studio for an afternoon and record another album of acoustic tracks. 

The route:

Date, City, Country, Venue 
15-8-2010, Amsterdam, NL, Bos&LommerBeach
19-8-2010, Hamburg, DE, House Concert
20-8-2010, Kiel, DE, House Concert
21-8-2010, Copenhagen, DK
22-8-2010, Copenhagen, DK, Songwriter Festival, Raahuset, Stuen Feature Stage
23-8-2010, Aalborg, DK, House Concert
24-8-2010, Vejle, DK, House Concert
25-8-2010, Cologne, DE
26-8-2010, Cologne, DE, Todtalbar 
27-8-2010, Cologne, DE, Stereowonderland festival - Gebaude 9
28-8-2010, [Train]
29-8-2010, Gothenburg, SE, House Concert
30-8-2010, Stockholm, SE
31-8-2010, Stockholm, SE, House Concert
1-9-2010, [Boat], FI
2-9-2010, Finland, FI, Old Town Pub
3-9-2010, Nokia, FI
4-9-2010, Helsinki, FI
5-9-2010, Helsinki, FI, Bar Llamas
6-9-2010, Tallinn, EO 
7-9-2010, Tallinn, EO, House concert
8-9-2010, Tallinn, EO
9-9-2010, Riga, LA
10-9-2010, Riga, LA, House concert
11-9-2010, Kaunus, LT
12-9-2010, Vilnius, LT, House concert
13-9-2010, Vilnius, LT
14-9-2010, Warsaw, PL, House concert
15-9-2010, Warsaw, PL
16-9-2010, Krakow, PL
17-9-2010, Prague, CZ, House concert
18-9-2010, Berlin, BE, House concert
19-9-2010, Berlin, BE, House concert
20-9-2010, Berlin, BE
21-9-2010, Berlin, BE
22-9-2010, Berlin, DE, Ä
23-9-2010, Hamburg, DE, House Concert
24-9-2010, Hamburg, DE, Reeperbahn festival
25-9-2010, Unna, DE, Spatz and Wal

If you would like to attend a house concert please email me for the address.