It’s here… and now it feels real! It’s hard to believe it’s not even eighteen months since the journey to Down to the River began, on a wet and windy night in Oban at the Scottish Rural Parliament. Chance meetings that change your life do come along now and again and I’m just glad I was in the right place at the right moment - although if anyone had said how much I’d have to learn and just how much hard work was going to be involved I’m not sure I would have believed them. Of course Wild Biscuit knew that, and that’s their skill, the reassurance to be confident enough to explore.
When the CD itself arrived it felt a bit strange at first, actually holding a copy of my own album in my hands. It got the ‘car test’ on the way up to Oban FM and as we drove into the town just as the early evening rain eased and the harbour lights came into view I think that’s when it began to sink in. We were back where it all started, but instead of feeling like this was the end of a story I realised this was only the beginning. This last week I’ve been playing gigs all over Islay at the Festival just as Down to the River was released and I’m really touched at the number of people wanting to hear the album and I’m thankful for all the great comments posted online.
It makes me very happy that these songs are making people feel all sorts of emotions and they are being played across the world. Down to the River has taken on a new life of its own now and I think I can finally say that now, it feels real. More than that, it feels exciting!
What I want to say right now is a huge thank you to everyone that’s believed in me enough to get me here, and to all those wonderful people that have got their CD already or gone online and downloaded it. You’ll never know how much it means to me.