It’s raining. And I’m packing. Again. After a whirlwind month on the road, tonight is my final CT show of the tour, then it’s a 4am drive to Bloem to make soundcheck for tomorrow nights show at the Scarlet Lounge with Wolfgang Marrow (who I dearly love).

Both packing and the rain lend themselves to a little introspection. So I thought that instead of getting all mopey (which one is wont to do) I will compose a list of my top 10 favourite moments from this tour. And in no particular order:
1. The garage just outside Wilderness that sells freshly boiled eggs with a little sachet of salt for R3 from a plastic bowl next to the till. Greatest idea EVER when you’re trying to eat healthily on the road!
2. Collaborating with one of my favourite people in the world for the CT Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival, Lucy Kruger. Yoh that woman has a giant heart and a voice that can literally do ANYTHING. She’s also a startlingly insightful songwriter and she’s tons of fun. So yay!. I love that folk keep teaming us up 🙂 {catch our full duo set at FORR in Mozambique in September!}
3. Nick Turner & Paige Mac on Nicks song about Homeland Security. Nick you are a genius. It’s a wonderful track.
4. THAT final Grahamstown Arts Festival show at the Albany Cabaret Club. There was magic in the air that night.
5. Swimming in the waterfall at Wild Spirit Backpackers in Natures Valley.
6. Writing a new song in the cabin amidst the trees in Cintsa, you know the one with the outdoor shower?
7. Doing some casual portraits with Jacqui Van Staden on a lazy Sunday evening after a show, post tequila & wine. (Her photography is magnificent. Find her. Book her.)
8. Backstage at the Baxter Theatre last night. It felt like I was surrounded by family. The folk scene is just great! Down to earth musicians who work hard at their craft, and who really care about each other. It was a revelation.
9. Performing on the Expresso Breakfast Show, SAfm, EWN Eyewitness News, Assembly Radio and seeing the piece in the Cape Times. It’s all so overwhelming.
10. James Cunningham in Sunday Morning. He made me fall in love with the theatre again. Wonderful.
And there it is. Despite my exhaustion and my excitement about heading home to be with the people that I love most in the world, it’s been a great tour and hey, it’s Oppikoppi in less than two weeks now! (I’m playing at the top bar 8pm Thursday night.)
After these last two shows and a very long lonely drive home, I’m going to sleep for a few days before it all begins again. Ah yes, and I’m currently posting/hand delivering all the indiegogo albums, hoorah! A million and one thank you’s to everyone who contributed. I wouldn’t be here without you. Eish, what a crazy hard, beautiful, lucky life. See you folks on the road!
xxxShotgun Tori
ps… Be brave see? I’m trying… I’ll let you know how that goes 😉