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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
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
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!
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:
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?)
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)