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Christmas 2015 update

Hi guys,

I hope this finds you well. Now I’ve no more gigs in the diary for over a week it seemed the perfect time for a quick catch up and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and to thank you all for your continued support this year. It’s been a year of solid steady gigging, and 2016 looks set for more of the same plus some new music for you before long.

Before then though there’s the New Year’s Eve show, for which I’ll be teaming up with my buddies Alan West and Steve Black, and welcoming special guest Jim Almand all the way from Santa Fe New Mexico, for what’s sure to be a great night at Axminster Football Club. For more details and to book tickets call 01297 639268.

After NYE it al kicks off again on 8th January with a solo show at the Three Lions in Farncombe, Surrey, and the run of gigs that follows includes the 2nd annual Midwinterfest in Torquay on Fri 15th – Sunday 17th. I’ll be playing a full band set on the Saturday night of the festival, as well as opening and closing the weekend alongside Alan West and Steve Black. There are just a few tickets left now…visit neo-music.net for the full lineup and booking details. January also sees my solo residencies start up again, with the fortnightly Sunday afternoon gigs at the Dolphin in Beer kicking off on 31st Jan, and The Bellows at The Wheelwright Inn Colyford on the last Thursday of the month. Here’s the full list for January:

08.01.16 – Scratchers (The Three Lions), Farncombe, Surrey, 9pm.

10.01.16 – Eyre Court, Seaton, 4pm.

12.01.16 – Jagz, Ascot (with Alan West, Steve Black and special guest Jim Almand), 8:30pm.

15.01.16 – 17.01.16 – Midwinterfest, Victoria Hotel, Torquay.

20.01.16 – Café Rene, Gloucester, 9pm.

21.01.16 – No.10 Bar, Bridport, 9pm.

28.01.16 – The Bellows at The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, 8:30pm. (Last Thursday of the month residency)

30.01.16 – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath (with Alan West and Steve Black), doors 7:30pm.

31.01.16 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm. (Fortnightly Sunday afternoon residency)

So lots to look forward to in January, but until then I hope you have a great Christmas and hopefully I’ll see you somewhere out there in the New Year.

Best wishes,



Hi folks,

Following on from my last message I’m very sad to report that due to circumstances completely out of my control the upcoming shows at The Bellows on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week have been cancelled. It’s a real shame, we were all thoroughly looking forward to it and I know plenty of you were too…but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I’ll be there in solo format on Thursday 29th October, so hopefully I’ll see a few of you there that night instead.

Apologies again and best wishes,


October gig news

Hi folks,

Before I head out to tonight’s gig in Bridport there’s time for a quick note from me to tell you of a special couple of nights coming up here in East Devon next week…

You may remember back in August I had the pleasure of playing a couple of shows in full band mode with the superb rhythm section comprising of Justin Johnson (drums) and Roberto Ruiz (bass), the first of which was at ‘The Bellows’ at The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford. Well we had such a good time that night that we’ve decided to do it again…twice…so we’ll be playing two nights at The Bellows next Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st. We’ll also be joined by our friends Alan West & Steve Black for the second half of the show, where they’ll play a set of their material backed up by Justin, Roberto and myself. It’s gonna be a real fun couple of nights, at a new venue that’s going from strength to strength. We’d all love your support, so hopefully some of you can come and join us.

Also this Saturday night (17th) I’ll be playing a small part in the Oxjam Music Festival in Exeter…I’ll be playing a solo set at ‘Old Timers’ on Little Castle St at 9:30pm. You can find all the details and lineups for all the venues involved at http://oxjamexetertakeover.org/index.html

And don’t forget my local residencies, which are still going strong into the winter…last Thursday of every month at ‘The Bellows’ at The Wheelwright in Colyford, and after a few weeks off my fortnightly Sunday afternoon gig at The Dolphin in Beer continues again from 25th October onwards. Plenty of other gigs happening too…as always you’ll find the full list at http://www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows

That’s all for now, hope to see you soon.


Summer 2015 gig news

Time for some more gig news from me, and I’m very pleased to say there’s plenty of it! There’s the usual array of regular solo gigs around Devon, Dorset and Somerset, plus some festival slots including the Village Pump Folk Festival and Gloucester’s Rhythm & Blues Festival this weekend, Sidmouth Folk Festival at the start of August and the Great Dorset Steam Festival in the first week of September to round things off.

Also deserving of a special mention is a couple of full band shows I’ll be playing in the first week of August, where I’ll be joined by Justin Johnson on drums and Roberto Ruiz on bass. I’ve been itching to get out and play some more shows with a full band for a long time now, and it’s a privilege to have these guys on board. On Wednesday 3rd August we’ll be playing at Sidmouth Folk Week on the Anchor Garden Stage from 9:30pm, and our first performance together will be the night before on Tuesday 2nd at ‘The Bellows’ at The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford, where Alan West & Steve Black will also be joining in the fun to play a set. Both these shows are free entry, but booking is advised for the show at The Bellows.

So here’s the full gig list for the rest of the summer. As always all the details can be found at the website www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows…

25.07.15 – Village Pump Folk Festival, Westbury, Wiltshire, 4:30pm. Club Stage

26.07.15 – Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival @ The Fountain Inn, 7pm.

30.07.15 – The Bellows @ The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, 6:30pm.

31.07.15 – The Brook Inn, Plympton, 8:30pm.

02.08.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm.

04.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - The Volunteer Inn, Sidmouth, 3pm.

04.08.15 – The Bellows @ The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, 8pm (BAND). First full band show with Justin Johnson on drums and Roberto Ruiz on bass. Plus Alan West & Steve Black.

05.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - Anchor Garden Stage, 9:30pm (BAND). Playing my ‘Small Town Thinking’ album in full with Justin Johnson on drums and Roberto Ruiz on bass.

06.08.15 – The B-Bar, Plymouth, 8:30pm.

07.08.15 – Scratchers (The Three Lions), Farncombe, Surrey, 9pm.

08.08.15 – The Gerrard Arms, Colyton, 4pm (with Alan West & Steve Black).

09.09.15 – The Rising Sun, Sidford, 3pm.

13.08.15 – Number 10 Bar, Bridport, 9pm.

14.08.15 – Wilderness Gathering, West Knoyle, Wiltshire, 8pm.

15.08.15 – Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton, 8pm (with Alan West & Steve Black).

16.08.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm.

20.08.15 – The Icarus Club @ The Pelton Arms, Greenwich, 8pm.

21.08.15 – Apple & Parrot, Taunton, 10pm.

26.08.15 – The Dolphin, Blandford Forum, 8:30pm.

27.08.15 – The Bellows @ The Wheelwright, Colyford, 6:30pm.

28.08.15 – Culm Valley Inn Real Ale & Music Festival, Culmstock, 6pm.

30.08.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm.

02.09.15 & 03.09.15 – Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford Forum.

And for the classic rock fans amongst you ‘The Perfect Strangers’ gigs keep on coming too. Here’s where me and the boys will be playing throughout the rest of July and August, which also includes a couple of shows in Sidmouth, and a gig at the Nags Head in Lyme Regis later this week where we’ll be kicking off their weekend-long beer festival…

23.07.15 – The Nags Head, Lyme Regis, 9pm. Part of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week celebrations and the start of the Nags Head Beer Festival!

24.07.15 – The York Inn, Exmouth, 9:30pm.

01.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - The Black Horse, 9:30pm

03.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - The Volunteer Inn, 3pm.

29.08.15 – The Vintage, Wellington, 9pm.

So a busy summer ahead, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Looking forward to catching up with plenty of you and meeting some new friends along the way.

And I almost forgot…if you’re looking for some live music in East Devon TONIGHT (Tues 21st) then come along to The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford where my friends Alan West & Steve Black are hosting another “Midwinterfest Xtra” show in The Bellows, with special guests Dexeter who performed at the festiv

June (and a bit of July) gig news…

Hi guys,

So June is here (yeah I know it doesn’t feel like it…) and I figured you’re long overdue an update from me. The local gigs in and around East Devon are going great and I’m enjoying them as much as ever, and the new residencies at the Dolphin in Beer (every other Sunday afternoon) and newly christened venue “The Bellows” at the Wheelwright Inn in Colyford (last Thursday of every month) seem to keep getting bigger and better with every visit…thank you for your support!

However now summer is (nearly) here things start getting even busier, so here’s a full run down of what I’ll be getting up to in the coming weeks. Mostly solo gigs, but also a few with my longstanding classic rock trio The Perfect Strangers, and a few tasty gigs with my buddies Alan West and Steve Black coming up too…

03.06.15 – Café Rene, Gloucester, 9pm.

04.06.15 – Las Iguanas, Exeter, 7pm.

05.06.15 – Stroud Americana Festival. Playing a featured slot on the Friday night Café Stage. www.stroudamericanafestival.co.uk

06.06.15 – Castlewood Wine Festival, Musbury, Devon, 4pm. www.castlewoodvineyard.co.uk/2015-festival/

06.06.15 – The Prospect, Exeter, 9:30pm. (The Perfect Strangers)

07.06.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, Devon, 3:30pm.

12.06.15 – The Royal Clarence, Seaton, Devon, 9pm. (The Perfect Strangers)

13.06.15 – Axminster Arts Café, Axminster, Devon, 1pm. (With Alan West & Steve Black)

13.06.15 – Pecorama, Beer, Devon, 6:30pm. (With Alan West & Steve Black) “A Midsummer Night’s Steam” www.pecorama.info/news-special-events/amidsummernightssteam/

18.06.15 – Number 10, Bridport, Dorset, 9pm.

19.06.15 – The Sorry Head, Exeter, 9:30pm. (The Perfect Strangers)

20.06.15 – Rhythms of the World Festival, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. (With Alan West & Steve Black) Playing the St. Mary’s Stage www.rotw.org.uk

21.06.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, Devon, 3:30pm.

25.06.15 – The Bellows at the Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, Devon, 6:30pm.

26.06.15 – The Chestnut, Worcester, Worcestershire. 8:30pm.

27.06.15 – Kidderminster (Private Party)

28.06.15 – The Volunteer, Honiton, Devon, 7pm. (The Perfect Strangers)

01.07.15 – The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Kent. (With Alan West & Steve Black) Opening for Ward Thomas. www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/whats-on/live/a-night-of-country-music-1199/

02.07.15 – The Icarus Club Shortlands, The Shortlands Tavern, Bromley, 8pm.

05.07.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, Devon, 3:30pm.

That’s all for now. As always full details for all the gigs can be found on my website at www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows. Really looking forward to catching up with some of you on my travels!

Best wishes,


2015...so far so good

Hi folks, I hope you are all well and that 2015 has been good to you so far. For me it’s a case of so far so good this year, with some really great shows at both new and longstanding venues for me throughout January. I was also proud to have been involved in the very first Midwinterfest in Torquay which proved to be a great success, and most recently joined my good friends The ZZ Tops to open a couple of shows for them, which was always going to be a blast! I’ve plenty more coming up in February that I’m excited about, including my first appearance at Camden’s Green Note this Tuesday, so here’s a full run down of what’s coming up in the next week or so… Tue 10th Feb – The Green Note, Camden, London (plus Blue Rose Code and Samantha Whates) Fri 13th Feb – Wessex Arts Centre, Alton, Hampshire (with Alan West, Steve Black and Dean Barnes) Sat 14th Feb – The Old Fishmarket, Bristol Sun 15th Feb – The Royal Oak, Bath Tue 17th Feb – The Wheelwright, Colyford, Devon (supporting Mim Grey with Alan West and Steve Black) Thu 19th Feb – Number 10, Bridport, Dorset Fri 20th Feb – The Apple & Parrot, Taunton, Somerset As always you can find everything you need to know about the gigs at www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows I’m also busy making plans for the rest of this year, so if there’s anywhere you’d like to see me play then let me know and I’ll do my best to get to you. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon. Take it easy, Adam

Christmas 2014 update...

Hi, Just a quick note from me to thank you all for your support this year, it’s been a real good one. The gigs have been better than ever…not only have I played to some brilliant audiences at new venues all over the UK, but the regular gigs closer to home are still going strong…it’s always a pleasure to see the same faces coming back again and again…long may it continue! It’s hard to believe that’s it’s almost a year since my debut album ‘Small Town Thinking’ came out…exactly this time last year I was anxiously preparing for that epic album launch show. The response to the album over the course of this year has been awesome, and I’m delighted that so many of you are enjoying it. I’ve been working on new material recently, so expect some new songs to start popping up in my sets in the New Year. I’ve a handful of local gigs left this month, mostly with my rock trio The Perfect Strangers who will be helping me see out the year… Thur 18th Dec – The Angel, Exeter, 9pm (SOLO) Sat 20th Dec – The Grapevine, Exmouth, 9:30pm (THE PERFECT STRANGERS) Sun 21st Dec – The Eyre Court, Seaton, 4pm (THE PERFECT STRANGERS) Sat 27th Dec – The Nags Head, Lyme Regis, 9pm (THE PERFECT STRANGERS) Check out www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows for more details, where you’ll also find all the 2015 gigs confirmed so far too. Finally, while I’m on the subject of next year...for any of you that like your music with a country flavour and are looking for something to help beat the January blues, you should check out Midwinterfest, which is happening in Torquay Fri 16th – Sun 18th January. I’ll be playing alongside Alan West, Steve Black and Dean Barnes as resident act for the weekend, and the line up consists of a whole host of top UK Country and Americana acts including current Radio 2 favourites Ward Thomas. Take a look at www.neo-music.net/midwinterfest for full details and tickets. That just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll see you soon… Adam

October gig news

Hi folks, October is shaping up to be a real good one, so I thought I ought to send you a quick note to let you know where I’ll be playing. The gigs include a return to Glasgow for a few nights, my first appearances in Nottingham and Birmingham and a couple of dates supporting Wille & the Bandits on their tour… Fri 3rd Oct – Queensbury Arms, Teignmouth, Devon Thu 9th Oct – No.10 Bar, Bridport, Dorset Sat 11th Oct – The Radway, Sidmouth, Devon Wed 15th Oct – Slouch, Glasgow Fri 17th Oct – The Howlin’ Wolf, Glasgow Mon 20th Oct – The Guitar Bar, Nottingham (+Rhiannon Mair + Anna Pancaldi) Wed 22nd Oct – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (supporting Wille & the Bandits) Thu 23rd Oct – The Cavern, Exeter (supporting Wille & the Bandits) Sun 26th Oct – The Eyre Court, Seaton, Devon Wed 29th Oct – The Dolphin, Blandord Forum, Dorset Fri 31st Oct – The Plough, Wrington, nr Bristol As always full details for all the gigs can be found on the shows page of my website. As well as these solo dates I’ll also be playing a handful of dates around the West Country with my rock trio The Perfect Strangers, which include the Black Horse in Sidmouth on the 10th, Exeter’s Sorry Head on Sunday 12th, and Woods in Yeovil on the 25th. Also, I’ll be teaming up with my good friends Alan West and Steve Black to play a couple of shows at the Ent Shed in Bedford and Hitchin Folk Club on the 1st and 2nd of November…more on that soon. That’s all for now…I look forward to catching up with some of you over the coming weeks! All the best, Adam

July 2014 update...

Hi guys, I hope that you are all well. I realise it’s been a while since my last update, so I thought it was about time I rectified that… There’s been plenty going on here to keep me busy, with all my regular gigs in around the South West keeping me out of trouble, as well as an ever growing number of shows further afield, including most recently a slot last Friday as a featured artist at the AMA UK’s 2nd annual conference, held at the Maverick Festival in Suffolk. I couldn’t stick around for too many beers afterwards as there were more gigs to be done back here in Devon, but it was good to catch up with some friends and make a few new ones along the way. There are a few more shows happening during July that are worth shouting about too… On Wednesday 16th I’m in Bristol, this time to play a new venue for me, The Gallimaufry, on Gloucester Road. This will also be my first time sharing the bill with one of Bristol’s finest, Matt Woosey…not one to be missed for acoustic blues fans. Saturday 19th I’m very excited to be returning to play at Upton Blues Festival. I made my first appearance here on the Acoustic Stage last year, and it was a real highlight for me…such a wonderful crowd! I’m delighted to have been asked back again, so be sure to come and find me back on the Acoustic Stage (Memorial Hall) at 9pm on the Saturday. At the end of the month is another new venue for me as a solo act…the Grey Horse in Kingston. A couple of months ago when I was in London I ended up sitting in on guitar with Alan West, Steve Black and Dean Barnes at one of their gigs here, but now they’re having me back on my own. I’ll be here on Thursday 31st playing from 8-10pm. As well as these I’ve still got my regular gigs here in Devon and Dorset, which this month includes The Dolphin in Blandford Forum (Wed 9th), The Angel in Exeter (Thur 17th), and my once a month Sunday afternoon residency at The Dolphin in Beer (Sun 20th). For all the details head over to www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows, where you’ll find the full gig list as always. Finally, just a reminder that if you haven’t got yourself a copy of my ‘Small Town Thinking’ album, you can order it, or download it, via the website at www.adamsweetmusic.com/music. The reviews have still been steadily rolling in over the last few months, and I must say every one of them has been a real treat to read. If you’d like to see what’s been said about it we’ve put a whole bunch of the reviews on the ‘press’ section of the website…but more importantly I hope that you guys have been enjoying it! Thanks to all of you for your continued support, and I hope to see some of you out and about this month. Cheers, Adam

2014 so far...

Hey folks. I hope you are all well and that 2014 has been good to you so far. I figured it was about time for a quick update from me. It’s been a promising start to the year, and firstly I’d like to thank all of you who have bought a copy of my debut album ‘Small Town Thinking’ already…I hope you’re enjoying it! The reviews have been coming in, and they have made for very enjoyable reading indeed. I’m also delighted to be featured in the current issue of ‘The Blues Magazine’ as “one to watch for 2014”, and the album tracks have been getting plenty of plays on both local, national and international radio too.

Last month I had the great pleasure of accompanying my good friend, singer and the producer of my album, Alan West, as he recorded a live session with Bob Harris at Radio 2. It was a real honour to be a part of this, and along with our mate Dean Barnes on guitar we accompanied Alan on three live tracks…and had a blast getting to hang out at the BBC for a few hours! The session will be aired on Bob’s weekend Radio 2 show on March 23rd between midnight and 3am, so if you fancy a listen be sure to tune in or get it on the iPlayer at a more sociable hour I guess!

I’ve also got a few things coming up to let you know about, both local to us Devon folk and further afield…

This Tuesday (25th Feb) highly acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Hugh Moffatt is visiting this part of the world to play a show at The Dolphin in Beer (EX12 3EQ). Alan West, Steve Black and myself will be opening what’s sure to be a special night in this wonderfully intimate setting. There are still a few tickets available at £10, which can be reserved by calling 07773 768110.

On Thursday (27th Feb) I will be in nearby Seaton for a special ‘Steak and Blues’ night at The Shed Steakhouse (EX12 2LW). Joining me to help deliver the blues portion of the evening will be my inimitable buddy Dean Barnes on guitar. There are still a few tables left, so for more info and to reserve yours head to www.theshedsteakhouse.co.uk…I’ve already sampled the steak of course…it’s a bit good!

Next weekend sees me leaving the West Country for a few days and heading back to London for a couple of solo shows and some more radio. On Sunday 2nd March I’ll be playing a set at The Old Queens Head in Islington (N1 8LN), where I’ll be taking to the stage at 5pm. Then on Tuesday 4th March I’ll be at The Bedford in Balham (SW12 9HD) - doors open at 7:30 for this one. I’m really looking forward to playing these new venues, and if any of you are able to come along and show your support I’d love to see you there.

So, plenty happening to keep me busy for now. We’re in the process of booking more dates all over the UK, but I’ll let you know more on that soon. In the meantime if there’s anywhere you’d like me to come and play then let me know and we’ll try and add it to the list!

And if you still haven’t heard the new album yet, don’t forget you can order it or download it straight from the website at www.adamsweetmusic.com.

Take care and hopefully see you around soon,