Onwards and upwards…..

April 9, 2012 by cosmoakacitizensmith

Last week, I went to see local Cardiff legends KilnAboy last Thursday. The craic was 90 and the gates of alcohol heaven opened. It was like a re-run of a great night down that den of iniquity known as the Old Howardians Rugby club, which is now demolished. (Not same way as its clientele used to be on a regular basis, however.) Having spent a large part of the year so far off the stage and getting Picket Line Party together, the gig definitely felt like blowing the cobwebs away. The question is, what now?

The UK government continues its relentless attacks on all of us. There is even talk of abolishing public holidays! Whatever next?? Nothing would surprise me. Coupled with this, the state’s response to all the protests last year has been harsh, leaving many people wondering if fighting back in that way is worth it. And yet we’re in a double bind, because if we don’t, none of the main parties will do anything different. Arghhh!!! You may find yourself singing this rather a lot:

Personally, I don’t think we have an awful lot of choice in the matter – fight back we must. But it does appear that the lull in all the activity last year is taking longer than expected to get over. I’m sure this will change, though ….. 😉

In the meantime, I am looking forward to going out and gigging at some festivals in May, as well as recording my mate Ukulele Dave. The dates are on my gigs page. The plan then is to go on a US tour in the summer. If you can help out, please drop me a line. As for April, I’m keeping quiet, but watch this space. You may be surprised what comes at the end of it!

Finally, have I been working for the Guardian? Have I f@ck! But I put my first piece of electronic music together which name-checked a Guardian phone app. The reason I put it out there that I had been commissioned to do it by them was so that you’d click the link on the Soundcloud track and read this blog. Don’t believe everything you read, you dummies! (P.S. Picket Line Party didn’t get Album of the Week in the Sunday Telegraph! That was an April Fools, and I am now Minister of Disinformation). Hope you enjoy!

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