Tales from the Rails – tour miracles, the sunday times and mum’s food

I made it! I’m back in Berlin after 11 shows over 10 days in 3 different countries. I have two more shows in Germany to look forward to before I fly back to London, just in time for the Acoustic East Festival! I’ve really enjoyed the travelling and am thankful for all the kind strangers I met, be it those who helped me find my way, or those who put me up, fed me and made my journey more enjoyable. As you know from my previous rant, Switzerland has been a bit up and down, just like it’s landscape. The best show by far in the land of mountains and overpriced coffee cups was the Cafe Salon in Basel. It was a pleasure to play to a room of lovely, listening people, some of whom I now feel are friends. Special thanks goes to Jasmine for giving me a new suitcase after mine gave up on the way to Bern (how’s that for a tour miracle?!). The audience and the cake were amazing and I hope to see you all again soon. Jimi was keeping a close eye on me during the show…
Jimi and I, BernIn Zurich, I was so tired that I asked the other Singer Songwriter I was sharing the bill with whether he would mind switching timings with me so that I could go on first. I’d never played in Zurich before and I really didn’t expect anyone to come see me specifically! How amazing of you lovely people to come and see me! I hope the impromptu second set was fun for you and I hope you enjoyed it. I’ve learnt my lesson: Stop expecting that nobody cares. People care and I am very lucky. Thank you for following my little journey, for all your nice comments, for all of you who wrote to me to ask if I was OK after my last post, I can’t tell you how much this means to me.

It really has been an incredible two weeks, with all its mountainous peaks and energy dips, the sun-kissed mornings and the chilly waiting around for trains. I can’t wait to be back in italy for more shows in June. For now, I’m looking forward to performing at Prinz Willy in Kiel and to the grand finale of the tour, a sold out show in Rheda-Wiedenbrück on Friday.

It’s been a really exciting week – On the bus from Munich to Berlin I found out that my song Butterfly has been reviewed in The Sunday Times. I recorded the song with the lovely Lauren Deakin-Davies at Folkstock HQ last year. It’s on the new Folkstock compilation CD (available on bandcamp) along with sons from Maz O’Connor, Peggy Seeger, Minnie Birch and many more! Thanks very much for the kind words! Check it out, here’s me, hangin’ with Mozart, as you do…
Roxanne de Bastion_The Sunday Times

Thanks also to Ruth Barnes, Neil King and Brody Swain for playing Rerun on Amazing Radio, Blues and Roots Radio and the Introducing show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire respectively. Tonight, at 7pm GMT, Fatea Magazine is running an exclusive stream of Rerun on their website, so head that way this evening and please tell me what you think of the song!

Thanks so much for all your love and support. After a mum-cooked meal, a bath and lots of coffee, I am no longer a weary traveller… just a happy one.

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