Saturday, 19 August 2017

Summer news update

Goodbye Newcastle

After over a decade of living in the North East, the time has finally come to move on. 
I first moved to Newcastle in 2005 for university, and ended up staying for a good long while after! Over the past 11 years I’ve studied at both major universities (BMus at Newcastle, MA at Northumbria), worked as a peripatetic and private music tutor, jumped into self-employment, ran open mic nights, joined numerous bands, played countless gigs all around the region, made several life-long friends, and met so many wonderful people. I still can’t do a Geordie accent, but have picked up a few select words! Canny place, like. 

Send me stuff!!

I’ve been making a list of all the musical projects I’ve been involved with in the Newcastle area over the years, and intend to write a blog documenting it - if anyone has any photos/videos/recordings of ANY of these bands or projects, please do send them my way! Email 

I’ve also written a song, which I’ll record and upload in due course - need to get my keyboard and microphone unpacked first!  Paul and I are currently surrounded by the lush green hills and drystone walls (and many sheep!) of the Yorkshire Dales, where I grew up. We’ll keep you updated with our adventures here, and beyond. 

Press and Radio News

More features for “Chapter One: Lost” this month; according to NE Volume, it is “the kind of reserved recording saved for a seat in your comfiest chair with a scotch on the rocks and a bloody great novel on a moonless night”. Read the full review here: 

And the guys over at Chicago-based blog Unrecorded have featured In Time on their site:

Big thanks to Nick Roberts over at BBC Newcastle for playing all 3 tracks on his BBC Introducing radio show!
Listen again on iPlayer to hear Hunt my Heart - on around 1:08

Acoustic Dreamers playlist - find it here and please ‘follow’! 

If you’ve been following on social media, you’ll know I’ve started a Spotify playlist to showcase my choice of super talented upcoming and lesser known singer-songwriters. 

This week’s new tunes come from a mix of people… probably my all-time favourite songwriter from the North East, whom I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a stage with on several occasions, to fantastic Tony Bengtsson; Jess Vincent, a gorgeous folk artist who I came across during a songwriting weekend in Devon, Scottish singer Yvonne Lyon, with an absolutely beautiful song that I heard her perform at BAAFest last year, and another BAAfest favourite, fun-loving Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies. Which brings me to our next feature… 


I’ll be returning to BAAFest in Bellingham, Northumberland for the 4th time this September to manage the beer tent stage, and this year I’ll even be performing a set in the Assembly Hall with my lovely band! Our slot is Sunday 10th September at 12 noon. It’s a really lovely family-friendly festival, great music and wonderful atmosphere. Check out the ticket deals and find more information over at 

And finally…

London gig

I’m happy to announce that I will be heading to the big smoke in October to perform at The Bedford in Balham! I’ll be in touch with more info, but I can confirm the date - Thursday 26th October - get it in your diary. I'd love to book in another gig while I'm down there, perhaps play some open mics... please send your recommendations my way.


Oh, and we’ve hit 1,000 likes on Facebook too - if you haven’t done that already and you’re a Facebook user, come and join the family! 

I think that’s plenty to be getting on with - don't forget to check out 'Chapter One: Lost' if you haven't already! 

Catch you soon,

M x

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