I'm finally back from a short, yet amazing tour of Ireland and the UK. I did 2 shows in Dublin with The Duhks, who were as nice as they are incredible, and Gavin Glass, whose new album is nothing short of amazing. I also played to a packed house in London in support of Foy Vance, which was a fantastic night, especially since it was my first show ever in England. The highlight though had to be the Darvel Music Festival in Scotland. Not only were our hosts Neil and Sheila the 2 coolest people around, but we had the opportunity to play with 3 incredible acts, Endrick Brothers, Redlands Palomino Co. and Richmond Fontaine, who were all really down to earth, cool people as well. Here's a small mention I got on the Crooked Rain website (Thanks, Paul): "Darvel really is a diamond in the rough. Whilst corporate juggernauts and beer promotion vehicles hog all the headlines with mediocre lineups for extortionate prices, this small Ayrshire town puts on a fest by music fans for music fans. It's future is always in the balance with regards to funding but hope fully these crazy diamonds will shine on for a few more years - Viva Darvel! JOE WHYTE We first came across Joe about a year ago with his Wrecking Ball EP; it was a fine effort but maybe a bit too safe. His new album 'Devil in the Details' address that point however, and features some fine songwriting. He has a classic east coast voice and put in a good set tonight helped in no small measure by Dan Marcus on mandolin and electric guitar. This addition helped Joe rise above the normal acoustic performer level and he played some nice tracks, rounding off with the mandolin led lullaby 'No More' A thoroughly nice bloke too." All in all, things couldn't have gone any better. Thanks so much to all the other acts we played with, Paul Lee, Neil and Sheila McKenna, Will Rees, Orla Keeshan, Dec and Jane, Kiernan McMullan, Edel Coffey, Helen Pyke and everyone else who was kind enough to come up to talk afterwards and buy a CD. Hope to see you all soon!!