It’s been a good 7 days. Clare and headed off to Barcelona for our wedding anniversary and loved it. The heat was amazing and the food was fantastic. We also heard a great new instrument called the hang drum – a kind of wok looking thing that makes the most beautiful sounds. You can hear it played here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-g8GOVonJI. My favourite place of the trip was the Goudi Cathedral – an amazing adventure of imagination and creativity. I hope I’m around long enough to see it finished as it will be remarkable. The cathedral is an amazing act of persistance and love (whether you are religous or not) and I really hope they succeed.
In terms of music we’ve just heard that the Arts Council of Wales are going to fund our Distil project to work Wales. This is a great opportunity for us and the Welsh musicians to work with different musicians from different fields and bring new ideas and opportunities to their music. It feels great to have our model accepted by the different countries. We’re hoping to have the first residential in either February or April. I should know the dates in the next couple of days.
We’ve been working hard at Foot Stompin’ to bring a selection of Scottish movies and documentaries to the site. It’s amazing what’s out there when you look. One I’m glad we’ve got is Night Mail by John Grierson. I’ve only seen this a couple of times before and I’m always pleased to admit that John Grierson was a cousin of my grandfathers (on my mothers side).