You learn to read the audiences after a while, and there are all different kinds of gigs.
It was really strange for me when I started to play concerts in America where the audiences were all sitting down.
Large audiences did not suit my low-key approach.
I never paid attention to what was contemporary or what was commercial, it didn't mean anything to me.
Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.
I am about the arrangements and the layers of depth in the music.
I learnt from Armstrong on the early recordings that you never sang a song the same way twice.
I understood jazz, I understood how it worked. That's what I apply to everything.
There's always got to be a struggle. What else is there? That's what life is made of. I don't know anything else. If there is, tell me about it.
My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing.
I've never felt like I was born with a silver spoon at all, although I've felt like howling at the moon a lot of times!
For a long time, I couldn't actually deal with playing concerts; it was a totally alien concept to me, 'cause I was used to playing in clubs and dance halls.
I think when you get past your second album, it all becomes something of a routine. So you have to struggle against that, find a way of making what you do sound fresh and new each time.
My thinking musically has always been more advanced - it is difficult to get it down onto paper sometimes, even now.