Well, those of you who follow any of the @ach59 stuff on twitter will know that I spent the bank holiday weekend up in lovely Northumberland, at the Riverdale Hall Hotel in Bellingham (thoroughly recommend the hotel) attending the very first Bellingham All Acoustic music festival. The weather was, well, very Northumberland.......but the weekend was great. Not all the music to my taste, but a good 80% + was.....It was great to get introduced to new bands and singer songwirters - Mother's Ruin, for instance were superb, but haven't even recorded a CD yet...sure they will soon. Then there was Lucy Ward form Derby - what a great voice. some of the other highlights were Gareth Davies-Jones as professional and thought provoking as ever and the brilliant Yvonne Lyon...I could go on, but one last act, someone I have never heard before, was a geordie guy called Pete Scott - you gotta hear some of his stuff, it's hilarious... see him performing 'fantastic pastie' in the states....
Also, to add to the pleasure, the wine list in the hotel was superb and north east (as opposed to London) prices...does it get any better.
But this morning down to earth with a bang with alarm set for 05.45 and an early flight to Exeter to meet for discussions about the Socitm National Advisory Council and its development...the rest of the week is a bit of a mish mash really, with the next stop being Birmingham for meeting with Socitm Consulting. More on those later in the week.
I'll leave you with a picture from Hadrian's Wall, just down from Bellingham - Sycamore Gap at sunset: