Momentum brings jazz man Jamie back to Bath
The night before I speak to jazz singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum he was performing to a packed crowd on a beach in San Sebastian in Spain. A couple of days before he was in the Czech Republic.
That morning, Jamie's woken in yet another country – Portugal – where he'll be putting on another show the following evening.
"We left Spain at midnight last night," says Jamie, sounding a bit sleepy. "We've got this big double decker tour bus with a kitchen and everything and we travel through the night. Today we're in Lisbon. It's like a boys' camping holiday."
For the past few months Jamie has been touring around Europe, playing numerous gigs and festivals, but now he is back in the UK for his Momentum tour – his first UK tour in three years. And on Wednesday he will be coming to Bath to perform at the Forum.
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It was a late addition to the schedule but, having grown up close to the city in Hullavington, in Wiltshire, Jamie was keen to come back and perform to a home crowd.
"I approached the idea of playing in Bath a while ago," he said. "But we weren't sure that we were going to be able to do it. I really wanted to make it work , so I could play for my friends and family. It's such good fun playing in an area I know so well and that's completely the reason why I'm doing it. I have played in the Forum before so I know it pretty well. It is going to be really great."
Jamie, whose father John, a former High Sheriff of Somerset, is chairman of the Forever Friends Appeal at Bath's Royal United Hospital, last played at the Bath Forum in April 2011 when he made a special guest appearance at a concert held in celebration of the Silver Ring Choir of Bath's 60th anniversary. He joined the choir on stage to perform the finale.
Much of Momentum, Jamie's latest album was written at the family home in Buckinghamshire. "I have a little music room at home," says Jamie. "So I could go in there and work on the album. I wrote two songs making a beat on my phone and I wrote a song on the ukelele."
Jamie's brother Ben, is also musically talented, he adds: "Ben has written songs for me. We are very, very close – not just as brothers but as friends. We are a very close family. I lucked out there."
Jamie Cullum plays the Bath Forum on Wednesday, October 23. Visit www.bathforum.co.uk or call 0844 888 9991