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!

New Alex Cornish Album & UK Tour

The 4th studio album by my pal Alex Cornish has just been released and it’s truly a work of sublime excellence.  Fans of his work will hear yet further evolution of songwriting mastery and stunning arrangements.  Buy your ears an early Christmas present exclusively from alexcornish.com.
Did I mention that I’m playing bass again on this album and also a cheeky bit of Moog?

Alex Cornish album cover

Press quotes from his previous 3 albums:

“A voice to stand comparison to Thom Yorke” – The Scotsman

“4am strings and monster choruses” – The Times

“A beautiful album that has Mercury Music Prize shortlist written all over it” – The Sunday Times

This also means a UK tour and I’m very happy to once again be the support act on each date as well as playing in Alex’s band.

Here’s some video of pre-tour rehearsal:

Hope to see you at one of the shows!

Tour Dates

 4th Nov – Cluny 2 – Newcastle

5th Nov – The Caves – Edinburgh

6th Nov – Glad Cafe – Glasgow

7th Nov – The Tunnels – Aberdeen

17th Nov – Band on the Wall – Manchester

18th – The Musician – Leicester

19th Nov – Studio 2 – Liverpool

20th Nov – Jericho Tavern – Oxford

21st Nov – Komedia – Brighton

8th Dec – The Bush Hall – London

9th Dec – The Portland Arms – Cambridge

10th Dec – Totnes Arts Centre – Totnes

11th Dec – The Railway – Winchester

12th Dec – The Louisiana – Bristol

13th Dec – College of Music – Leeds

On tour…

Alex Cornish Nov Tour Poster

Currently on tour with Alex Cornish – lovely gigs in Glasgow, Edinburgh & Newcastle with Cambridge tonight!

In other news, I’ve finally finished my single ‘Ricochet’.

Track listing:

  1. Ricochet
  2. Love Train
  3. Magnets Have Souls (live)

There will only be 150 copies of this and if the postman gets busy then I should have them in time for the Brighton gig.

Better late than never!

Hopefully see you on tour – tickets available HERE.

After the tour, it’s full steam ahead on the album work.

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.

 

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

August in Edinburgh means the Edinburgh Fringe where the population doubles and the streets are filled with performers, tourists and ubiquitous human statues hoping the rain stays off their grease-paint.

It also means being bombarded with flyers as frequently as if you were walking through Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech being offered the opportunity to have your photo taken with a reluctant macaque monkey.

Fringe Flyer front image

Fringe Flyer back image

That said, here’s my flyer!  For the first time I’m bringing my music to the Fringe where I’m doing 3 one-hour shows with my 4-piece band.

Expect to hear songs from the forthcoming debut album which is nearing completion. I’m very excited about the album which will be available on pre-release exclusively during the November UK tour when I’m again supporting Alex Cornish.

Tickets for the Fringe band shows are available on the door at The Jazz Bar or pre-book at the Fringe Box Office (apart from Friday 24th where tickets are ONLY available on the door).

Edinburgh Fringe Shows – The Jazz Bar (Venue 57) – £7/6

Sunday 12th August 8:30pm
Sunday 19th August 8:30pm
Friday 24th August 8:30pm (Tickets on door ONLY)

 I’m also doing a solo show on Saturday 11th August at (Edinburgh’s best kept secret) the Douglas Robertson house concert headlined by Dean Owens‘ stunning Deer Lake project.

deer lake festival flyer

Hopefully see you at one of the gigs! Failing that, here’s a picture of a Moroccan with a monkey:

Marrakech monkey photo

Autumn Gigs

Eleanor McEvoy album cover

After a busy summer of gigs & recording I’ve got a couple of amazing dates for your diaries to soften the season’s change…

Monday 3rd October - I’m delighted to be supporting one of Ireland’s most celebrated songwriters Eleanor McEvoy on her UK tour to promote her 9th album “Alone”.  Also billed is Glasgow based gem Maeve O’Boyle.

Venue is Malone’s (Edinburgh) and you can buy tickets here: TICKETS

Doors – 7:30pm – £8

bush hall stage pic

 

 

Mon 28th November - I’m supporting (and also playing double-bass for) Alex Cornish in a return to The Bush Hall (London) for a repeat of last year’s stunning full-band with string section gig, only this time there’s a whole new album of songs to from his acclaimed 3rd album No Shore.

Doors 7:30pm – £15 – GET TICKETS HERE

Meanwhile, I’m beavering away on my full length album for planned release early next year.

Hope to see you at a gig soon!

 

 

Summer gigs & EP Launch

The Edinburgh Festival is upon us and I’m a busy bee with various Fringe gigs playing double-bass for Gecko 3, Alex Cornish and Andi Neate (see the Fringe Guide for details!).

I’ve also got loads of solo gigs over the next few weeks leading up to the official release of my debut EP Eponymoose!  You’ll be able to get this on iTunes and pretty much every digital store from September 1st.

Summer Gigs

  • Tuesday 2nd Aug – Acoustic Edinburgh at Medina
  • Saturday 6th Aug – Tweedsmuir Music Festival
  • Saturday 13th Aug – Fondoo, The Courthouse, Peebles
  • Monday 15th Aug – The Lounge, Doublet Bar, Glasgow
  • Tuesday 16th Aug – Out of the Bedroom (featured act), Montague Bar, Edinburgh
  • Weekend 3/4th Sep – The Southern Gathering Music Festival, Peebles

Loop Pedals

It’s the end of the 2 week tour with Alex Cornish and I’ve been asked a few times at gigs about the looper I’m using so – to kill time in the tour bus I’ve made a diagram!

I use the looper in songs like She Loves Sushi, Quicksand and No Rain and it lets me build up a song bit by bit by recording something like a beat-box rhythm and then making it repeat automatically while I add more layers and play over the top. To see/hear this in action, check me on You Tube here: She Loves Sushi

This hopefully makes my solo gigs sound more interesting than just bloke-with-guitar.

The looper I use now is the Boss RC-50. It’s my 3rd loop pedal and effectively it’s 3 loopers in one so I can create 3 independent loops and use them all at once, any one by itself or any combination of the three which is handy for different sections of a song. I use 2 microphones on stage – the main one is my normal vocal mic (controlled by the sound engineer) and the 2nd one connects straight into the looper. I use an A-B switch on my guitar signal so it either goes straight to the guitar DI box (bypassing the looper) or into the looper when I want to record guitar loops. This means I can record vocal loops while playing the guitar at the same time (without recording the guitar). The looper sends the combined vocal and guitar loops to a second DI box.

In the past I’ve used the Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeller and the Digitech Jam Man.

The Line 6 is a brilliant delay pedal that models classic delays like the Roland Space Echo. As a looper it’s a bit limited as it has a feature that dips the volume of previous loops as you overdub new ones. This can be useful but not for the way I want to use it live. They’ve since brought out the JM4 looper but I’ve not tried this out.

The Jam Man was a great pedal (it’s now discontinued) with XLR mic input and an Undo feature that could be used creatively to bring overdubs in and out but ultimately it’s not as versatile as the RC-50 which is why I’ve moved to that.

So there you are!

Tonight is the last night of the tour with our gig at The Portland Arms, Cambridge.

Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s come to the gigs, everyone who’s bought my CD and finally a huge thanks to Alex Cornish for having me as the support act for every show.

If you haven’t bought Alex’s new album “No Shore” yet, you’re missing out as according to yesterday’s Sunday Times four star review it’s a “beautiful album that has Mercury Prize shortlist wild-card written all over it“!)

Buy it here: http://www.alexcornish.com

UK Tour with Alex Cornish

Alex Cornish No Shore album coverI’m about to embark on a 2 week UK tour with Alex Cornish to promote his stunning new album No Shore.

As well as playing double-bass for Alex, I’m also playing solo as the support act for every show!

Hope to see you at one of them. Tickets from http://www.alexcornish.com/?page_id=33

JULY 2011
6th – 13th Note, Glasgow
7th – The Caves, Edinburgh
8th – The Cockpit, Leeds
9th – The Stables, Milton Keynes
10th – The Cluny, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
11th – Band on the Wall, Manchester
12th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
13th – Latest Music Bar, Brighton
14th – The Troubador, London
15th – The Railway, Winchester
16th – Louisiana, Bristol
18th – Portland Arms, Cambridge

Festival Frenzy

Summer is here and I’m just setting off for my 3rd music festival in 3 weekends!

Kelburn Garden party poster

After an amazing time at Insider Festival playing with Gecko 3 and Glastonbury with Andi Neate, I’m off to Kelburn Garden Party for a Gecko 3 set tonight followed by my first ever solo gig at a summer festival on Sunday as part of the Unpeeled Sessions.

Walk up tickets still available so if you fancy some festival action, you know where to go!

UK tour with Alex Cornish begins next week!  Tickets and details on www.alexcornish.com