Morning Creatures of the Multiverse! I passed comment in the old Twittersphere saying that I would try and make some blogs and keep a track of my tour life. I say MY tour life cause I want it to be a reflection of the stuff that we don’t see on Instagram. The stuff that makes folk think that touring is a fucking breeze and it’s ALL the Guid stuff, ALL the time. I want to try share the ups and downs and the reality of growing up through this journey and the changes that occur as you get older. So, I will be making an effort to post the bad as well as the good because now a days there is a fair share of both. As, you get older there are many more things that make you want to gravitate towards home, this making touring overseas for long periods of time, a lot harder. It’s a lot different to what it was when I was in my 20’s, when the whole world was a playground and you just wanted as much of it as you could possibly consume. YES to everything and then some……..fuck it, top me up again!!!!! This is a mind set, (if it ever was a mind set, I think probably more mindLESS), that I can’t keep up with anymore. It’s not a way of life that I can live by anymore. In all honesty, I have been struggling with my head for a while now and being on tour is not the easiest environment in which to preserve it’s fragility. As of late, I’ve been struggling with finding my own head space, personal relationships, anxiety, self doubt etc. Now I know, I’m not alone. I AM NOT the only one who struggles and my STUFF is not bigger, badder or more important than others. I personally feel that this realisation is an important step towards helping yourself and others find a way through the tough bits of life. Be CONSIDERATE of others and their feelings. Anyway…….ain’t gonna go on any rants. RANTS don’t help! PRACTICE helps…….DOING helps!!!!!!
So……….I’m gonna share my thoughts and practices along the way. Perhaps they will be of use to someone, perhaps they will be idle musings. The practice of writing this stuff down and keeping track of how you are and how you are with others will help carve out a more positive way forward.
Day 1 – I am about to embark on some physical assertion. I’ll push myself to do some form of exercise every day of this tour. Physical exercise is something that contributes to good mental health. It’s a way of allowing yourself to be removed from the ‘groundhog day’ aspect of touring. Get out, explore, clear your head. You WILL be inspired by your surroundings. Go out and see things that you don’t get to see everyday. Soak in the beauty of your surroundings. Why not drag your band mates with you?!?? Having elements within your relationships that doesn’t just revolve around drinking and ‘the gig’ will help forge stronger bonds and therefore make living together 24/7, for a month, a lot easier!!!
As I write this I am, in my head, talking myself in and out of going for a run. Moving forward is defeating the thoughts that stop you from changing your ways.
JUST DAE IT ✔️
Mair tae come…………..
Peace oot! X
Yo peeps. Myself and the Mighty Mutts are out on tour in the US. We’re out on the west coast for 2 weeks. Here’s a link to dates so you can see if we’re in yer hood. Come along, bring pals, dance, sing, howl……aw’thing goes!!! https://www.oldblinddogs.co.uk/tour-dates
We’ve got a new piece of merch for this tour. Nice, new YELLOW T Shirts showcasing our brand new band logo. Worth coming out just get one of these sexy numbers!
Hopefully see yis along the way!! ❤️🏴😈
Our new project ‘From The Ground’ is now out in the world!! We’ve had some very talented friends help us bring this into the light. One of these multi talented pals is Drummer and multi media guru, Paul Jennings. Paul plays drums on the track, ‘The Beautiful Cold’ and also took our photos. We headed out to one of my favourite weird places, St Peters Seminary. We were originally only interested in shooting in the grounds surrounding the seminary, however as soon Paul saw inside there was no holding back. He took some amazing pics. Here’s a few……
You can check out Paul’s photos here ➡️ https://pauljennings.co
Insta – pauljenningsfilm
Twitter – @jenningsfilm
You can buy our new sounds over on Bandcamp – https://fromtheground.bandcamp.com/releases
We’re proud to announce that today our new project was born into the world! Myself and Laura Beth have been chipping away at this for a good few years now. This EP represents where our music began and where it’s heading. This is a stage in the development towards creating our own sound. You can check us out on our NEW website…..https://fromtheground438900872.wordpress.com
Or over on Facebook……..https://m.facebook.com/FromTheGround2/?refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fv2.3%2Fplugins%2Fpage.php
Or Instagram – fromthegroundband
Or Twitter – @From_The_Ground
EP AVAILABLE AT https://fromtheground.bandcamp.com/releases
The days in to days out ratio is about to be flipped on its arse…….Gigs are beginning to happen which is usually the sign of a seasonal change…….unlike our weather system these days. In a world that seems to be tilting in the wrong direction, I encourage you all to get out more, support things you believe in, whether it be political, social, musical etc. We are all guilty of supporting things through the medium of our thumbs, hiding behind a phone screen. Put your thumbs in a drawer along with your barriers, reluctancies and your poorly folded underwear and get out. Help tip the balance back in favour of all the good in the world. So………I was letting you know about gigs……….Here’s a few!
23rd May – Gary Innes Band in Taynuilt🏴
8th June – Old Blind Dogs at Eden Festival🏴
15th June – Old Blind Dogs for Independence Day, Isle of Eigg 👽🏴
21st June – 7th July – Old Blind Dogs in a State – US TOUR 🇺🇸
Here’s a link to the OBD gig page ……https://www.oldblinddogs.co.uk/tour-dates
If we come down to your woods today, be sure and bring us a nice surprise eh!! 🤟🏴
New project coming your way soon…….
This is a project that I share with the immensely talented Laura Beth Salter. It’s been in the making for too many years now and is finally making its way into the light!! We will be releasing some music very soon so keep your eyes and ears wide open…….
FOLLOW us over on INSTAGRAM @fromthegroundband
PEACE, LOVE and A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING x
Photo by Paul Jennings
I wrote a blog recently for the Traditional Music Forum. I found it quite difficult to come up with something to write about. I didn’t really want to shout about what I’ve been up to, or what I’ve not been up to. However, I stumbled upon something that propelled me to write about being inspired. Give it a wee read if your interested, if not then carry on with your day, no worries! Big thanks to Tina Jordan Reed for asking me to do this!!
I’m gonna follow this up with a new series of blogs/posts. More of a compass…….a bit like top trumps….but also not like top trumps. I’ll not give it away at the minute as I need to construct the idea properly. Keep yer eyes peeled!! Slainte!!
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❗️ANOTHER NEW BLOG ❗️
✨ BE INSPIRED – by @alihuttonpipes ✨
https://bit.ly/2BEsyca (Link in bio)
“We are so lucky to live in Scotland and to be submerged in a scene of such rich tradition, culture and talent. We are, on a daily basis, surrounded by inspiring people. We really don’t have to look far!!”
Read about what and who inspires piper/whistler/guitarist, Ali Hutton (Treacherous Orchestra, Ross & Ali, Old Blind Dogs) in his blog.
#TMFBlog #BeInspired #AliHutton