Booklaunch/ Exhibition/ Gig for 'Postcards from the Road' at 86'd Gallery

Booklaunch/ Exhibition/ Gig for ‘Postcards from the Road’ at 86′d Gallery

“I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire: For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” A WONDERFUL time at 86′d GALLERY, stuck in a high window looking over the late-lit Severn, each side surrounded by an engine assault of high day bikers, cruising the strip. Through the open...
Postcards from the Road

Postcards from the Road

New book Postcards from the Road now available directly through this site – £22 including shipping – a significant saving : ) Click on the cover to see a selection of pages REVIEW BY NEW YORK’S “ARTnews” MAGAZINE click on image to go there : ) http://www.artnews.com/2014/06/19/new-photo-books-on-cartier-bresson-robert-frank-and-more/  
CDs and Books now for sale direct : )

CDs and Books now for sale direct : )

CDs and BOOKS can now be purchased directly through this site – with a significant SAVING on prices elsewhere. Check out the STORE tab to see what’s available and get in touch through CONTACT to order securely using cheque, direct transfer, Paypal or barter : )                ...
BOOK LAUNCH Gig & exhibition at 86'd Gallery, Ironbridge

BOOK LAUNCH Gig & exhibition at 86′d Gallery, Ironbridge

Gig and exhibition at 86′d gallery, Ironbridge launching a new book of tour photos. Private view this Wednesday x
Moon Dappling a Night Garden

Moon Dappling a Night Garden

MOON DAPPLING A NIGHT GARDEN An improvisation for a warm evening by Rob Carolan (hang drum) and Jonathan Day (alto). Played in the forest hall at Mellowcroft in the Welsh mountains. Cover image by Ed Lam : )
Wenlock Festival

Wenlock Festival

WENLOCK FESTIVAL was a haze of summer skies, screeching swifts and rooks squabbling in the twilight. Lovely audiences plumped on strawberries and ice cream – awash with tea and Pimms, willing us on to be our best. Ancient Abbey stones still warm from the sun was all the amplification we...
Folk on the Park

Folk on the Park

Sky is cerulean blue, filled with the appealing screech (who would have thought those words would appear together?) of swifts and martens. Must be summer… and time for a Shropshire festival.  Shropshire is divided into the Southern hills and Northern plain, that melds slowly and inevitably into Cheshire. I live...
Farewell then, South China Sea, you have been beautiful… but Folk on the Park waits for no one : )

Farewell then, South China Sea, you have been beautiful… but Folk on the Park waits for no one : )

Farewell then, South China Sea, you have been beautiful… but Folk on the Park waits for no one : ) #AtlanticDrifterTour http://folkonthepark.co.uk/  
Atlantic Drifter in Hong Kong - gigs - Hong Kong Design Institute

Atlantic Drifter in Hong Kong – gigs – Hong Kong Design Institute

PERFORMANCE AT HKDI – I HAVE SO LOVED PLAYING IN ASIA! The warm enthusiasm of Hong Kong listeners is lovely : ) … I’m singing about a neolithic circle, half lost in the North Atlantic – playing a huge Chinese drum that was in the venue – swopped for my...
Atlantic Drifter in Hong Kong - gigs - Peel Fresco

Atlantic Drifter in Hong Kong – gigs – Peel Fresco

  PEEL STREET FRESCO, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.Walking from the Soho levels down, threading between dark wooden restaurants, Peel street begins with the reek of incense, throat-scratchingly intense. The always burning smoke in a small alcove, red tiled, functional, with an indecipherable inscription hidden in a lockable niche. PEEL STREET FRESCO,...
Atlantic Drifter Tour goes to Hong Kong

Atlantic Drifter Tour goes to Hong Kong

Flying out of Europe in the rain – like pushing through gray felt, fibres catching at the wings. A brilliant blue was with us most of the way, sunshine curling round the top of the world, stained the colour of air. Catching a little fitful sleep I woke to the...
Handpan Gathering, Mellowcroft, Llandegley in the Welsh Mountains

Handpan Gathering, Mellowcroft, Llandegley in the Welsh Mountains

On Sunday we played in a carved wooden hall in a forest on a Welsh mountainisde – a place like Bjorn’s house at the feet of the Misty Mountains. Such a lovely quality of listening from a wonderfully tranquil audience – as if the clear, starred night and the dark...
Cefn Ymarfer Coed Naturial festival in Coed Nant Gain

Cefn Ymarfer Coed Naturial festival in Coed Nant Gain

: ) Cefn Ymarfer Coed Naturial festival in Coed Nant Gain was a truly exceptional gig : ) Iliffe the forest Steward is 7 feet tall with fiery red hair and as spindly as a birch sapling. Songbirds and insects buzzed a continuo for our songs – yellow archangel, stitchwort...
Atlantic drifter - summer tour '14 : )

Atlantic drifter – summer tour ’14 : )

    Very happy to announce this year’s summer tour. Hope to see you somewhere on the road! x   25.3 Helsinki, Finland   http://www.aalto.fi 26.3 Arabiankatu, Finland   http://www.aalto.fi 27.3 Kapelli, Finland   http://valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/fi/tulossa-en 2–3.5 Landed Festival, Rhayader, Wales   http://www.landedfestival.co.uk 4.5 Sun Festival, Severn Meadows, Low Town, Bridgnorth   http://tiny.cc/myn9dx 17.5 Celf Ymarfer...
New festivals just in : Landed Festival, Rhayader and Folk on the Park, Lacon : )

New festivals just in : Landed Festival, Rhayader and Folk on the Park, Lacon : )

Home after sea ice and brilliant light – today Shropshire sun sucked the scent from magnolia, lavender and cherry blossom. Here, suddenly, it’s spring and I come laggardly to this shout of green. Later, lead tatters hugged the evening horizon while in high clear blue a sliver moon shaped a smile.  A...
Finland tour blog

Finland tour blog

Tour blog – music, photo, travelogue mashup goes to Finland  Departures – so nothing and nowhere – it’s a no place and no time. Such marvels, though, wait through the doors at the end of these silver tubes : ) Looking for Noggin. I’m flying, so half my face is...
Music - photo - travelogue mashup goes to Finland

Music – photo – travelogue mashup goes to Finland

Delighted to be taking a bunch of songs, pictures and travel stories to Finland, hosted by Aalto University. Weather forecast is icy, with a strong chance of Moomins x      
Gig with celtic trio Triskelion in Shrewsbury - music from the road less travelled

Gig with celtic trio Triskelion in Shrewsbury – music from the road less travelled

Wonderful gig playing with celtic trio Triskelion at the Anchor Inn, Shrewsbury on the banks of the Hafren. It’s an old river boatman’s pub – low ceilings held up by reclaimed ship’s timbers, terracota bricks warm in the firelight. A chance to play some music from the road less travelled,...

Darwin Festival

Delighted to be performing tomorrow at The Shrewsbury Coffeehouse as part of a packed bill for the Darwin Festival : ) Come down and squeeze in! x
Vagabond from the Blue Sky, Part 2. An interview with FolkRadio's Alex Gallacher

Vagabond from the Blue Sky, Part 2. An interview with FolkRadio’s Alex Gallacher

  Vagabond from the Blue Sky, part 2 An interview with FolkRadio’s Alex Gallacher Talking about his experiences of music and the road, Jonathan continued: Life, it often seems to me, is like a string of beads: moments strung like pearls on the fading continuum of my passing. Here are some...
A wish for our tomorrows

A wish for our tomorrows

Walking over the narrow bridge on the Sheinbrook, I saw three Grey Wagtails fly together along the water. Even without belief I still love the ancient augurers’ ways – predicting the future by the omens of animals. Moments later a deep chocolate brown dipper followed, its white tail like a...
Vagabond from the Blue Sky part 1. An interview with Folk Radio's Alex Gallacher

Vagabond from the Blue Sky part 1. An interview with Folk Radio’s Alex Gallacher

Folk Life: Jonathan Day – Vagabond from the Blue Sky   by ALEX GALLACHER, FolkRadio   I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Day’s music since he sent his album ‘Carved in Bone’. He’s a very keen traveller and always seems to be off on some journey, so much so that...
Fordhall festival - a farewell to summer

Fordhall festival – a farewell to summer

Across Shropshire in early light after a cold and wonderful night playing our last outdoor festival of summer. We saw our breath as we sang… so now autumn, a season like my soul. A mist skein scarfing the hills, translucent as a jelly fish. Sometimes heavy rain, speaking of winter,...
Farmer Phil's Festival '13 and Shrewsbury Flower Show

Farmer Phil’s Festival ’13 and Shrewsbury Flower Show

Looking out into the darkness from a high place, across a river – the hundred thousand lights are engulfed in rain. A warm rain like a cat that curls around every corner, a quiet voice from a more subtle world. The musical life has brought me here, far from my...
Hong Kong 2013 - Blog

Hong Kong 2013 – Blog

Well it’s that time again… said my sad goodbyes – half a world will pass beneath my feet before I stand back on the earth and pick up my guitar… : ) After this wild and windy year, epitomised most by the moorland and meteorological Edale festival a few short...
Breaking the waves - tour

Breaking the waves – tour

6.7 – Sun Festival (8:00) 19/21.7 – Festival at the Edge (10:45) 27.7 – Lea Cross Festival (8:15) 9.8 - Farmer Phil’s Fest (8:45) 17.8 – Jazz Happens, Bangkok (10:30) 21.8 – Cat Tower, Bangkok (tbc) 7.9 – Fordhall Festival (7:45) 21.9 – Bookworm Cafe, Hong Kong (7:30)
Thailand - Part two

Thailand – Part two

Wandering and playing in Amphawa today … once-was trading port for Siam, water worn timber houses, fragile in the sun, so close to the tidal river and canals they seem in danger at any moment of inundation. Temples necklace the viridian forest, realisation out of water and brilliant light, home...
Thailand - Part one

Thailand – Part one

A time of black and white in my Shropshire hills. The Shein brook which winds along to the Hafren/Severn covered itself in ice. Wandering its upper reaches, I found otter tracks. A really profound feeling, silently welcoming back this elusive creature of water and air. I followed its path over...
BBC Radio 4 - Listening Project

BBC Radio 4 – Listening Project

Jonathan and his daughter Niimi talking about the experience of touring.
Agia Napa - Blog

Agia Napa – Blog

Arrival Not the most enjoyable of flights, but I am arrived intact by Budget air : ) Revisited Brussels airport, where as a 9 year old I arrived back from Africa… and breathed with the most profound and lasting joy the chill mist laden air. The Agia Napa accomodation is...
America Tour

America Tour

Rooftop Gig Tsim Sha Tsui

Rooftop Gig Tsim Sha Tsui

Rooftop gig in Hong Kong.
Review "Northern Sky"

Review “Northern Sky”

The Shropshire countryside is embedded in the very fabric of this first proper release by Jonathan Day, a writer, painter and poet whose curiosity has taken him around the world and back on a journey of self-discovery, from Johannesburg to the heart of the Black Country, his true inspirational home....
Review "Folk Radio UK"

Review “Folk Radio UK”

I like the quiet, the animals and the trees. It took me a long time to get here from where I grew up, in between factories, steel hard and iron grey. Long ago most of my family lived in these borderlands; I guess I’ve always been slowly heading home. There’s...
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Booklaunch/ Exhibition/ Gig for 'Postcards from the Road' at 86'd Gallery

Booklaunch/ Exhibition/ Gig for ‘Postcards from the Road’ at 86′d Gallery

“I pray thee, good Mercutio, let’s retire: For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” A WONDERFUL time at 86′d GALLERY, stuck in a high window looking over the late-lit Severn, each side surrounded by an engine assault of high day bikers, cruising the strip. Through the open window, voiles carving in the...
Postcards from the Road

Postcards from the Road

New book Postcards from the Road now available directly through this site – £22 including shipping – a significant saving : ) Click on the cover to see a selection of pages REVIEW BY NEW YORK’S “ARTnews” MAGAZINE click on image to go there : ) http://www.artnews.com/2014/06/19/new-photo-books-on-cartier-bresson-robert-frank-and-more/  
CDs and Books now for sale direct : )

CDs and Books now for sale direct : )

CDs and BOOKS can now be purchased directly through this site – with a significant SAVING on prices elsewhere. Check out the STORE tab to see what’s available and get in touch through CONTACT to order securely using cheque, direct transfer, Paypal or barter : )                  
BOOK LAUNCH Gig & exhibition at 86'd Gallery, Ironbridge

BOOK LAUNCH Gig & exhibition at 86′d Gallery, Ironbridge

Gig and exhibition at 86′d gallery, Ironbridge launching a new book of tour photos. Private view this Wednesday x
Moon Dappling a Night Garden

Moon Dappling a Night Garden

MOON DAPPLING A NIGHT GARDEN An improvisation for a warm evening by Rob Carolan (hang drum) and Jonathan Day (alto). Played in the forest hall at Mellowcroft in the Welsh mountains. Cover image by Ed Lam : )