110% badass. #HongKong
Smiling because the audience recognised Passionflower from the first chord.
Flying to Hong Kong today, hoping for some of these moments in Asia.
Asia tour starts next week. Please help out this weird-guitar songbeard by spreading the word to anyone you know in the vicinity of these places... 11/27 - Guitar Workshop - Hong Kong (at Guitar Concept Music Centre)
11/28 - Clockenflap Festival - Hong Kong
11/29 - All Waves Festival - Seoul, South Korea
12/2 - The Ivy, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
12/3 - DDC Dawn Dusk Club, Beijing, China
12/4 - Line Out, Hangzhou, China
12/5 - YuYin Tang, Shanghai, China
Apparently it's 27°celsius in Hong Kong, and -22° in Mongolia. I'm packing my thermal sunglasses.
Met Béla Fleck on Friday night. The man is a genius and that night played perhaps the best solo I've ever heard in real life.
We talked about Bill Keith who made tuning pegs for both of us, who sadly died recently, and Béla dedicated a tune to Bill, for me. It was such a beautiful moment that I cried a little bit.
I can't imagine the pain and anxiety in Paris today. My heart is broken for that beautiful city.
This brutal, cowardly attack is representative of the worst of humanity, and it can only be countered by showing the best in humanity.
Using religion as an excuse for murder is not acceptable to *anyone*, except the killers themselves. Don't let them divide us.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité.
I wonder if this story is still the same for kids today?
Shanghai! I'm gonna be there for about 5 days, need a tour guide... Volunteers?
This Remembrance Sunday, I've written an open letter to Britain First (a facebook-based far-right political party who organise paramilitary-style "Christian patrols" and "invasions" of British mosques): Dear Britain First,
I once visited a city where, 20 years ago, they demolished all the mosques, some were ripped down by hand. People stood up like you're doing, and shouted "Put our country first!" So they did. In the most brutal civil war possibly ever seen in Europe, neighbours fought neighbours, the dead were hung like strange fruit from trees, and the city was cleansed. That is war, that is the pain we are commemorating this Remembrance Sunday. Lest we forget.
You don't speak for white Britain. You only speak for those who can't tolerate anything but their own way of life. And if they can't tolerate anything but their own way of life, then there is no country on earth where they could be happy or feel like they belong.
You talk about "freedom" and "equality" but really you just want YOUR culture in YOUR country. Well, your culture is not my culture. I live in a happily multicultural neighbourhood of a multicultural city, and REAL British culture is about tolerance, justice and friendship. It always has been, we have fought to defend those principles.
I hope one day you see the light. Maybe one day you will feel the true courage inside you which only love can inspire, and not the false courage of hatred.
My beliefs are shared by the vast majority of ordinary British people. We are legion. We don't have a uniform and a badge and a beret, like you guys wear. Because we don't need a uniform to know where we belong.
Huge honour to meet one of my favourite musicians ever ever ever last night. Thanks to Joe's main men Mick & Jacek for fixing me up with this incredible view of gig, too!
Heading out to @TheRealMcKee & @trevorghall Leeds gig in my @robgalloway Retaliation Doesn't Make It Alright shirt
Tweet of the day from @Domandstones: "If I die today, at least I saw Jon Gomm live." :D Thanks Southampton, you were awesome. One more gig on this run, tonight in Redditch.
Me last night: "Apologies for swearing in church, I'll try not to... Actually I definitely will cos one of my songs has the word f**k in it." Thanks to the congregation, I hope you were converted. Two gigs left: Southampton and Redditch (near Birmingham), then home for a couple of weeks, then Asia!
Photo by Grace: gcdphotography.co.uk
Love meeting people after gigs. Thanks for letting me see your "Weakness is not your weakness" tattoo, mate! This lyric was about how a fragile and delicate plant stem can break through concrete: Its strength comes from being flexible, patient and its irresistible will to grow and be alive.
Thanks South Wales for two memorable gigs. Newton Abbott in North Devon tonight, then Southampton and Redditch (near Birmingham) before I go home for a couple of weeks.
Thanks for last night, I will never forget it. Thanks to the audience for sharing the feels, thanks to Matt Stevens for his awesome opening set, thanks to the Jazz Cafe for having us, thanks life.