The UK tour went swimmingly. It started at the sc4m Festival in Winchester, where John played solo and went down a storm. Then a well-attended show in Leicester, by which time he’d added the estimable Tali Trow to make it a duo. At the Slaughtered Lamb in London the following evening it was up to a three piece with Michael Gillham on piano (whom John had only met an hour before the show). It made for a Little Colored Balloons that had a good chunk of the audience blubbing. Earlier that afternoon he’d recorded an interview and session for Resonance FM and that went out on Wednesday, just before he played to a healthy and enthusiastic crowd at the Hope And Ruin in Brighton. Then the crew (including artist Stephen Morton and tour manager Catherine Vaughan) headed North for shows in Leeds and Manchester (minus Tali, who had Shirley Collins commitments). All the shows saw John on top form and all bodes well for next spring, when the album will come out.