It’s not every day one of your favourite prog rock stars pops in to say hello!

Happy New Year and ‘lang may yer Lum reek’

Happy New Year everyone and I hope that 2020 turns out a great year for you. If you were out partying or ‘first footing” after the bells, then I hope that you had a really good time.

I really used to really enjoy celebrating Hogmanay and New Year, however, my illness has put a stop to that for many reasons. I can still go to parties and I can still really enjoy myself. But there’s been lots of times that I haven’t been able to attend or I have had to leave parties due to feeling really unwell or had sudden pain flare-ups. 

First Footing

For those that are unsure of what ‘first footing’ is, then the wording below should help. This is just something I found ‘online’ and I hope that you find it useful.

“First footing” (or the “first foot” in the house after midnight) is still common across Scotland. To ensure good luck for the house the first foot should be a dark-haired male, and he should bring with him symbolic pieces of coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and a wee dram of whisky.

Our First Footer

Myself and Kirsty decided that we would have a quiet day today and just have New Year’s Day dinner for just us and Nathan. This was to let us have some time for ourselves and that we could just chill and relax.

At the beginning of December 19, I received a message from Alan Reed asking me if I was going to be around today. Alan was asking as he was driving up to see a pal for New Years Day who stays in Perth. Perth is basically about  a 30 minutes drive from Inverkeithing, so he was wanting to drop off the guitar that will be auctioned off at Prog in the Park 2.0

Charity auction at Prog in the Park 2.0

The main prize we have at PITP 2.0 is a guitar that was kindly donated and it has been signed by prog-rock legend Steve Hackett. Last summer I had asked Alan Reed if he could ask Steve Hackett if he could sign a guitar to be auctioned off to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.

IMG_2735.jpegWhen Alan told me that Steve would quite happily do that for us, we didn’t waste time in getting the guitar sent down to Alan to pass on to Steve. 

I have followed and been a fan of Alan’s music from when he first joined Pallas. When I was at the Marillion Weekend in Holland March 2013, Alan was there to play a support set on the Saturday lunchtime. Alan played a brilliant one hour set and he was joined by Mark Spencer from Twelve Night and also one of Alan’s Daughters of the Expediency.

It was really good to see Alan today and it was good to have a conversation with him about his work etc. I am really looking forward to his return at PITP 2.0 and also the release of his third album, Grey Sky Thinking.

Please note that the only way that you will be able to win the signed guitar by Steve Hackett is by taking part at the auction on Saturday 4th April 20 at PITP2.0.

Remember you can buy your PITP 2.0 tickets at proginthepark.com for £25.00 and this includes the booking fee.

Best wishes 

Kev