Hope you guys have enjoyed your past few months! sorry I haven’t been updating my blog post but if you have been following me on FB will know that I have just come back from a three month tour of South Korea in support of ‘Neil’ Album.
Its been a crazy but awesome three months in many ways. I played to lots of different places and met loads of amazing people. I arrived in South Korean capital Seoul on the 5th April, three days later I headed south to Jeonju where I played a club called ‘Slang Bar’ where I was received really well playing songs from ‘Neil’ album. After playing an awesome show in ‘Jeonju’ I headed to the coastal city of Yeosu where I played popular bar ‘Kumpel.’ This bar has a strong following attracting bands from Western Europe, Asia and beyond. The show itself was fantastic the Korean audience has to be one of the kindest I have come across. After my gig in ‘Yeosu’ I headed to ‘String Bar’ in a near by town ‘Gwangyang’ it was a special place to play like ‘Kumpel’ I played there last year and this year I played a blues set with two local guys and was well received we were on the same bill as club owners ‘Rock’s’ band and also a very talented K-Rap artist.
Next stop after the fantastic ‘String Bar’ show I was headig back to the ‘Jeonju’ where I played in blues bar ‘Houston’ run by my friend Charlie. After playing there I was invited to the ‘World Busking Festival’ which was held outside ‘Houston Bar’ this is where I started to play with local artist ‘JungYeub Choi’ it was an honour to play with such a talented artist. On the 19th of April I headed off to one of Korea’s big city’s ‘Daegu’ here I played a show at ‘Dalpangyinorito’it was a new venue which has a brilliant vibe to it. During my time there I met some cool people first person I jammed with was the Korean blues artist ‘Blues K’ he is known for playing the blues in Korea and has jammed with ‘Eric Clapton and Australian Guitarist Tommy Emanuel’. Daegu like most parts of Korea has a strong music scene. The day before the gig the club owner of ‘Dalpangyinorito’ took me and Korean artists ‘Ji-Gu’ to a famous street for buskers to perform, the music in the street was in memory of a popular Korean songwriter who tragically killed himself. The show itself at ‘Dalpangyinorito’ was a quiet but awesome show, sometimes those shows are the best the crowd were really eager to listen and were so kind, my time in Daegu was great I only wish I had longer there. Next stop was Korea’s second biggest city ‘Busan’ I played at basement venue called Drumrooollllll!!! at this gig I supported two bands one was a USA/Korean indie band they reminded me of ‘Dinosaur J’ and then a surf Korean indie band. All in all it was a great show and I met some cool people. After my show at ‘Busan’ I headed back to Jeonju to play a show at a cat themed venue called ‘Café Nabi’ this was a very interesting venue this is where I got to play a set with my friend, musician and music promoter ‘Inyeol Park’ we played to packed room it was an awesome gig it was one that I won’t forget for a long time.
Next stop was a small town called ‘Ginju’ this is where I met Korean Punk Rock group ‘Walking After You’ they where really nice kind people that were passionate about their music. In this town I got to be the first non Korean to perform at the towns music festival I performed songs from my album to a 200 plus strong crowd. After ‘Ginju’ I head to ‘Mokpo’ which is a Korean city set in the south this where I played a headline show at ‘Red Pick’ the club owners run an awesome venue and they have acts come from different parts of the world to play. As I arrived at the venue there were lots of posters of me on the walls and I was asked to give autographs, this was an amazing experience and it gave me extra purpose to put on an awesome show. I played there last year and it was great. Back to Jeonju to play one of the best music clubs in SK ‘Radio Star’. ‘Radiostar’ is run by musician and music promoter ‘Inyeol Park’ he is highly regarded as one SK musician’s. It was an absolute pleasure playing his venue. Sometimes in music you can forget why but meeting him on this tour has helped me connect with music fully again. The show itself was an awesome thing! In-between Radiostar I made another appearance at ‘Houston Blues Bar’ after that show I headed down to ‘Suncheon’ where I played at ‘Jungwon Guesthouse’ here I played to a packed out room with a trio bass, drums and guitar. This was a cool show. During my time in ‘Suncheon’ I also had the pleasure of playing a show at ‘City Hall’ and ‘Youth Centre’ with local music ‘Wild Honey Pie’. After a string of dates in ‘Suncheon ‘ I went back to ‘String Bar’ to play a solo acoustic show. After that show I had a bit of a break so I took a rest and did some more writing for a new album.
Before I knew it was time to play ‘Green Blue Festival Carnival’ this was a festival held in the woods outside of ‘Jeonju’ it had artist’s from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, France, USA and UK it was a beautiful sunny day my set was in the morning 11.30am
my only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer as I had a show in ‘Yeosu’ on the same night. My show in at ‘Kumpel’ ‘Yeosu’ was packed it was a great show it had three acts on the bill I was 2nd warm up for this show it was a busy night. As my last show at kumpel the next day it hit me that I had only one show left at ‘Strange Fruit’ in Seoul the show was on Monday but there was still a bit of a crowd and it was is an amazing basement venue.
All in all my tour of the ‘Neil’ album was a success meeting new people, going to new place, trying new things.
I feel as if going on this tour has given me the stretch and focus to get back in the studio and try new things, I look forward to seeing my Korean friends again in the future. Thank you for being so kind and welcoming. Thanks to everyone that reads and follows my music.
Peace and Love