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Hi folks, 

After a superb time at Tenby Blues Festival last weekend (thanks to all of you came to one, or both of the shows!!), I’m sorry to have to bring you news of some cancellations… 

First up this Sunday I was due to be bringing the full band to the Cellars Bar in Teignmouth as part of the Jazz & Blues Fringe Festival. Sadly the venue has recently closed and despite our best efforts we have been unable to find another venue to stage the gig, so it’s not to be. Hopefully we’ll be seeing you at the 2018 festival instead!   

Secondly, it seems the twice-monthly residency at The Wheelwright in Colyford alongside Alan West & Steve Black has come to an end. There may be more gigs happening here in future, but for now the new management are unable to host these regular music nights. Thanks to all of you who have supported this gig so loyally over the last couple of years…we’ve had some really great nights. My next gig with these guys will be at Chettle Hall near Blandford on Friday 1st December - contact Jan on 07776 323198 for tickets www.chettlemusic.co.uk 

In the meantime you can still catch me playing in Devon this weekend – I’ll be out with The Perfect Strangers doing the classic-rock thing at The Sorry Head in Exeter tonight (Friday) and at the Axminster Inn (in Axminster!) on Saturday, both from 9:30pm. And on Monday 20th I’ll be playing solo at Kingskerswell Church nr Newton Abbot supporting Winter Mountain – doors 7pm, tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/415628 

Hope to see you out there somewhere soon. 



P.S. thanks for all the kind words about the new live video - the next one will be on the way soon! 


Hi folks,

On Monday of this week I had the pleasure of spending the day in the company of Josiah Manning at his awesome studio in Plymouth. The aim of the day was to capture some live acoustic performances on film, and I’m pleased to report it was a successful session…and a lot of fun too!

So what I’ve got for you is a series of live studio videos recorded, filmed and produced by Josiah at Momentum Studios. The first video is ‘New Friend’, and it’s ready and waiting for you to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-BEGeVcKac

I hope you enjoy it, and if so please feel free to share it. I’ll be in touch with the next instalment soon.


Adam x

November gig news

Hi folks,

I hope this reaches you well. Somehow November is almost upon us and there are a few gigs in particular I should let you know about…

First up on Friday 3rd November I’ll be playing a concert at Chettle Village Hall near Blandford Forum in Dorset (DT11 8DB). This is a gorgeous venue I’ve had the pleasure of playing a couple times alongside Alan West & Steve Black (I’ll be joining them here again on December 1st too!) but this will be my first solo show here…really looking forward to it. Tickets are £10 and can be booked in advance by contacting Jan on 07776 323198…plenty of wine, local beer and food available on the night too!

On November 11th I’m really excited to be heading to Tenby Blues Festival for the first time. I’ll be playing twice - first up as part of the evening show at Church House on the bill with Bella Collins and Max & Veronica, and then I’m playing again for the late night session back at the Fourcroft Hotel. Head to www.tenbyblues.co.uk for tickets and to find out more about the festival…it looks fab!

Another highlight for November will be a full-band show on Sunday 19th at the Cellars Bar in Teignmouth as part of the Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Fringe Festival. Joining me for this one will be my good friends Simon Garrett on bass and Chris Page (ex Andy Fraser, Chris Spedding) on drums. We’ll be playing from 4-6pm so be sure to come and check it out if you’re heading to the festival that weekend.

The full list of everything I’m up to over the next couple of months can be found at www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows. The twice-monthly Thursday night residency at The Bellows at The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford with Alan West & Steve Black takes a night off for the first week in November whilst the pub is closed for a change in management. We wish Kirstin & Mark well for the future and thank them wholeheartedly for all they have done in building this venue over the last 3 years…we’ve had some really special nights here. The 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month shows will resume from the 16th November.

In the meantime the bookings for 2018 are rolling in and I’ll start posting these on the website soon…if there’s anywhere you’d like to see me play next year then let me know!

All the best and hope to catch up soon,


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