A Songwriter’s Circle

I’m currently on tour with acclaimed singer-songwriter Adam Holmes and very chuffed to be opening up as one of the support acts (along with fellow Adam Holmes & the Embers band mate Colin Train).

Tonight we return to the lovely Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin.

I’m also proud to be participating in a couple of A Songwriter’s Circle events. Conceived by singer-songwriter Douglas Kay and inspired by the BBC Songwriter’s Circle Series these involve a group of us performing our songs, discussing the writing process them and possibly a wee bit of collaboration.

A Songwriter's Circle flyer

The first of these is at The Steeple, Newburgh featuring Douglas Kay, Alan R Davison, John Sloan and myself.

On August 9th we’re together again with another pal, the supremely talented Kirsten Adamson at House Concerts Moffat.

More gigs on the gigs page including a return to the Edinburgh Fringe with my band and a few very special guests.

Tickets on sale at the Fringe Box Office from June 4th but if you’re on my mailing list you may get a wee special deal…

Reviews and more UK Dates

UK dates with Alex Cornish & Adam Holmes have been going well and met lots of lovely people at the gigs.

Adam Holmes with Paul Gilbody at The Convent Club

Back to London this week playing at Green Note in Camden, London supporting Adam Holmes again on Dec 2nd

Final leg of the tour with Alex begins at the Bush Hall on Dec 8th.

 

 

Here’s a couple of wee reviews from the tours, kindly reviewing my solo support set as well:

First from the gig at the amazing Convent Club with Adam Holmes

http://magmalblog.com/2014/11/09/adam-holmes-at-the-convent-club

Next from the Aberdeen date on the Alex Cornish tour:

http://www.thegaudie.co.uk/arts/alex-cornish-gig-review

Also, we had a day off during the last week of the Alex Cornish tour so we went into a studio and did this:

Roll on the next dates!

Five Star Review!

I’m very humbled to receive this lovely review of my Edinburgh Fringe band gig by top review site Broadway Baby!

Paul Gilbody

Broadway Baby review of Paul Gilbody

Since my laptop is the extent of my “marketing machine”, exposure like this is a massive boost – huge thanks to Jenni Ajderian for taking the time to come and review.

“With a tight band behind him and an arsenal of fantastic songs, Gilbody will be returning to the Jazz Bar on the 24th, and I urge you to join him there”

Hope to see some of you on Sunday after you’ve had your roast chicken – 2:30pm at The Jazz Bar.

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Meanwhile, here’s a youtube link to 80’s pop sensation Five Star performing their ground-breaking “System Addict”…

Peebles Arts Festival

First of all a massive thanks to all who came to my Edinburgh Fringe festival shows – sadly I didn’t get any audio or video recordings which was a shame as I was very proud of the band and my special guests Tracey & Mat.

We did, however get a FIVE STAR REVIEW so big thanks to Broadway Baby‘s Stuart McKenzie for taking the time to come and write about us!

Kudos to my underpaid musicians: Andy Farquhar, John Need, Jules Philip, Tracey Braithwaite and Mat Clements.

Peebles Arts Festival logoTomorrow (Sat 24th August) I’m delighted to have been asked to play a special Fondoo event at The Peebles Arts Festival!

It’s FREE and sharing the bill are 3 stunning musicians I know well:

Kat Healy, Alan R Davison and Georgia Gordon.

Beer may also be involved…

Album, single and gig news!

A quick update on the album progress for you since I’ve been staring at a computer screen pretty much non-stop for the last two weeks.  Ironic that since I quit my IT job I’m spending more time at a desk in front of a machine than before.  At least this is music software though.

The recordings are sounding great and I have a lot of production ideas for each of the songs.  I’ve even roped in the assistance of Alex Cornish to do some string arranging, Italy-based keys maestro Paolo Apollo Negri to put some incredible Hammond and Rhodes parts down and a number of very special guest backing vocalists.  My incredibly talented cousin Tom Jennings will be doing the album art as well!

Some of these songs are more than a few years old and so this album has been a long time coming.  I want it to be as good as it can be so I’m not fixing a release date until the mixes are just right.  It will be sometime in the Spring of 2013 however.

Meanwhile, I’m working on a 3-track single featuring one track from the album and 2 ‘bonus’ tracks.  More on that soon!

In gig news, I’m very excited to be supporting Alex Cornish again on his November UK tour – dates on http://www.alexcornish.com

Also, tomorrow evening I’m looking forward to a lovely gig hosted by Lamp House Music in Haddington which has created a really special music hub and community there.  Find them on Facebook too!

Lamp House Flyer

Tickets are still available if you’re in the area.  Preview here on page 8 of Music News Scotland.

 

Soundcloud & Southern Gatherin’

Another Edinburgh Festival comes to a close and I even managed to sneak down to London between gigs to play a set at The Library Bar in Islington – thanks to all of you who came along!

I’ve finally got some of my tunes up on SoundCloud and created a wee player for some of the songs off my debut EP which is released on all digital stores this Thursday!

This’ll be permanently on my MUSIC page but meanwhile – click away and please share on your facebook, twitter etc… if you like.

If any of you fancy a FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL then come down to Peebles in the Scottish Borders this weekend for the inaugural Southern Gatherin’ where I’ll be playing a set at 5pm in The Courthouse.

Over the weekend I’ll also be sitting in on percussion for Ken Barrett (Sat 1pm) and Douglas Kay Band (Sun 7pm)

See you there!

 

 

Gigs Galore and Marathon Madness

 

A string of lovely gigs in the pipeline – starting tonight where Woosh Entertainments are launching a regular showcase of original music in new venue The One Below.

I’m supporting Edinburgh supergroup The Elements – details on my gigs page but I’m on about 8:30pm

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June kicks off with 2 very special gigs – 1st June at Edinburgh’s prestigious Secret CDs event where I’m part of an all-Northern Ireland line-up!

 

June 2nd takes me to Kirkcaldy where I’m very chuffed to be headlining the Acoustic Music in Fife showcase at Eddie’s Bar.

July brings me to a wee slot at one of Scotland’s finest small festivals (The Kelburn Garden Party) and then I’m very excited to be confirmed as the support act for Alex Cornish‘s UK tour in July (as well as playing double-bass for the man himself).

Tour dates and tickets available HERE

 

On top of all this, I’m running the Edinburgh Marathon this Sunday for SADS UK.

If you’d like to support, my charity giving page is HERE

See you at a gig soon!

MaGoodBody tour

Another busy month – I’m currently in the studio recording double-bass for Alex Cornish‘s 3rd album and then off on a mini-tour of Scotland with 2 incredible Edinburgh-based songwriters: Donna Maciocia and Stu Goodall!

Tour Dates:

Thu 24th March – The Royal Hotel, Penicuik

Fri 25th March – The Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore

Sat 26th March – Kintail Lodge, Glenshiel

Sun 27th March – Hootananny, Inverness

Mon 28th March – Bond No. 9, Edinburgh

 

MaGoodBody

We are 3 solo artists but will be touring as a collaborative band with some instrument swapping and lots of lush backing vocals so we’re pretty excited about it.  We’ve also recorded a wee sampler CD which will be for sale at the gigs so hopefully you can make one of them!

Be sure to check out Donna & Stu‘s music online!

Full details on the Gigs Page

Pic: Donna Maciocia, Stu Goodall and yours truly!

Photo by Nem Sarton

Leith FM Session

Leith fm logo

I’m very chuffed to have been invited to play in session at Leith FM on the Noise Up show hosted by Graeme Scott.

If you’re in signal range in Edinburgh then I’m on between 12pm and 2pm on 98.8 FM, otherwise you can listen online here:

http://www.leithfm.co.uk/listen/

It may even be on webcam here:

http://www.leithfm.co.uk/webcam/cam.php

In other news, I played at a lovely gig on Feb 10th hosted by Corner Sessions and photographer Gav Brown posted some great pics and 3 video clips from the gig on my facebook page.

I’m guilty of dragging my heels on the EP Launch but it will definitely be this Spring – I’m guessing April – I’ll let you know the actual date when I have it confirmed but I’ve managed to get my head around PayPal so if you’d like to buy into my folly of hand-making 200 pre-release copies of my debut EP then please indulge here:

HANDMADE CDs SOLD OUT!! 

Track Listing:

1 – She Loves Sushi
2 – 200 Miles (looper mix)
3 – Quicksand (looper mix)
4 – Best Friend
5 – Glad 2CU

Also, I’ve been beavering away on some new material and have started a collaborative project with a couple of incredibly talented Edinburgh-based songwriters – Donna Maciocia and Stu Goodall and we’re planning a Scottish tour at the end of March!  Dates to be confirmed next week – check my Gigs Page for details so far!

We’ll be using the collective name: Ma Good Body (see what we did there?)

Alex Cornish Tour

What better way to unwind at the end of  a busy Edinburgh Festival than to go off around the UK on tour with promising singer-songwriter Alex Cornish?

I’ve been playing double-bass for this man for a few months now and it’s quite inspiring to see what can be achieved as an independent musician in this 21st century music industry.  The dominance of the major labels has waned and through social networking and affordable music production technology, the opportunities available to indie artists have never been better for those willing to take them – Nizlopi at UK No. 1 anyone?

This is a subject I’m likely to witter on about at great length as it’s close to my heart but until then, check out what can be done with a bit of focus, hard slog and a lot of talent at www.alexcornish.com

His new album Call Back is out at the end of this month and it sounds amazing (though, I reckon lack of double-bass was a foolish omission… ; )

I bought Alex a load of beer and tricked him into letting me do a couple of support slots when he  was less mentally astute.  Next one is Sunday night in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at The Head of Steam which is the last night of the tour so hopefully see you Newcastle peeps there!

Lovely gig last night at The Railway, Winchester (see new video above) – thanks for all the kind words (and for arranging the Sushi – you know who you are!).

Pic: a Corn Dog (Alex’s rap name, should he decide to pursue a hip-hop direction)