The AMA UK just gets better each year. Among the highlights this time around was meeting Keith Harris OBE, former boss at Motown, and mainly retired, but still manager in the UK for Stevie Wonder. Probably one of the nicest guys in the industry today, and his comment on the process of so many people being brought together in order to write some songs gave me heart. He suggest that this process could lead to songs being "machine made". Here here.
Other highlights included the performances of Robert Vincent, Irish Mythen, listening to Bob Harris' interview with Judy Collins, and singing alongside Billy Bragg at the after show party to "I'm so lonesome I could cry". Beer had been taken.
I suppose the lasting memory is the welcoming atmosphere the conference, and feeling part of something. Gill Tee, co-founder of Black Deer Festival, remembered me from last year when I was invited to play at the festival on the Yard Stage, and came over to speak to me and invited me to attend again this year as her guest. Considering she must deal with several hundred people in the course of setting up the festival, I thought her personal touch, kindness and most of all, memory was very impressive.