Well , the decorations are down , the guests have finally gone home and the New Year is now under way so maybe it’s time for a review of the year just gone . 2013 was a busy and successful year for us .We’ve played some great gigs , a theatre in Scarborough , a castle in South Wales , an Arts Centre in Bath , a village hall in Cherry Burton , the most prestigious Blues Festival in the country in Lancashire ,probably the most intimate Blues Festival in the country in Malton , of course our regular RNLI Benefit in Whitby and , most recently , a club in Leeds ( where some of us were treated to a tour of Steve’s old stomping ground !) There was also the never-to-be-forgotten gig we played on the back of a lorry – in the middle of a field – in Pickering . We had our regular guests to play with us at the Grosvenor including , amongst others , Ray Stubbs , Sholto Lenaghan , Brendan Croker , Josie Lloyd , Terry Swazeland , Chris Mountford , Kevin Conlon and John and Diana Kirk . 2013 also saw the release of our CD ‘ North Country Blues ‘ . We’ve had some excellent reviews and we were invited to record the Doctor Rock Show on Radio York which is presented by our friend Charles White . This hour long show featured tracks from the CD , us singing live and chat and banter from all concerned . A very entertaining broadcast and good publicity for us . As was the fact that Paul Jones on Radio 2 played one of my favourite tracks from the CD ,’ Don’t Let The Devil Drive ‘. So that’s about it for my brief resume of last year .Steve and the Diamonds would like to wish you all A Very Happy and Healthy New Year !
And one more thing. We’ve just heard that ‘ North Country Blues ‘ has been named as one of the top ten discs of 2013 by Red Lick Records . Here’s the notes from their announcement Excellent new CD from former guitarist with Notting Hillbillies and friend and collaborator of Brendan Croker and Mark Knopfler . 15 beautifully played and varied tracks , mixing blues , country and rock & roll and plenty more besides . Steve doesn’t issue many albums , but this may just be his best …”
Now that’s a great start to 2014 !