New Album Out July 29th
29th June 2016
It seems like forever ago that I put the finishing touches on my new album 'Rhythm on the City Wall. I started recording the album at the end of 2015 whilst living in Canterbury, then I moved to Russia for 6 months, and whilst there I completed most of the recording. So I came back from Russia with a brand new album very nearly ready to go, and a thirst for playing live again, having had limited oportunities to gig in Russia. By doing lots of live shows, and with the help of a Kickstarter campaign I was able to get all the artwork done, the mixing and mastering polished off and the CD's pressed. So it seemed we were all ready to go and a release date for the album, or so we thought. We chucked a few tracks and a few quid to our radio plugger and told him to go on his way and see what he could do. Now this is something I have never done before, but from what I've been told this can often seem like a shot in the dark at best. No matter how good the radio plugger is, if the radio producers and DJ's don't like the song there's very little chance of getting on the radio. But the wonderful Polly Paulusma at Wild Sound Recordings convinced me to take that shot, and to my surprise, within a couple of weeks, my track 'Pieces' got some airplay on BBC radio 2. Clare Balding was the first to pick up on it, and she was shortly followed by Jeremy Vine and Richard Madeley. Because of this response we decided it might be wise to take a bit of a risk and put some more money and effort into the release of the album, and the release of the first single. This invloved getting a remix of the single made especially for radio, and this was done by the very talented Ash Howe, who has mixed so many big names it's not even worth getting into. Google him and you'll see what I mean. So that brings us to now, and we're taking a bigger run up this time in the hope that it will lead to more radio play and exposure. We don't know what will happen but as I've learned, it's worth taking a shot, even in the dark without my glasses on, so keep your ears open and if you hear someone playing my song, please let them know you enjoyed it as it will convince them to play it more.
Great gig at The Portland Arms
19th April 2016
A couple of days ago I played an amazing show at The Portland Arms in Cambridge. It was the first gig I'd organised for quite sometime so I was a bit nervous about how it would go. It was initially supposed to be an album launch night for my new album 'Rhythm on the City Wall', but for various reasons the release date for this has now been put back. So the Portland show ended up being just another show, albeit a very special one. Jack Burrell kicked off the night in some style with his own brand of indie folk, demonstrating his excellent songsmithery and fine guitar and banjo playing. I then hit the stage on my own as usual, before being joined by the amazing Richard Curran on mandolin and violin. Richard was there right at the start of my recording career having played on 'This Is The Place' and he also provided all of the strings parts for the new album. Despite being a long time friend it was only the second time we'd played together, so it was a real treat for me, and also for the audience. Once our little set was over I was joined by Cambridge band 'The Hot Lights'. I've long been a fan of theirs and was honoured to have them backing me up on the night. Despite only a handful of rehearsals they really pulled it off, and I felt totally comfortable and in completely safe hands. Perhaps I'll get them back for the next album launch, which will be for the same album. Stay tuned for news of the new release date.
'Rhythm on the City Wall to be release on 'Wild Sound'
10th September 2015
I'm delighted to announce that my new record 'Rhythm on the City Wall' will be released through Polly Paulusma's Wild Sound Recordings. I've long been a fan of Polly's music, and for a long time I had no idea she lived down the road from me. When I found out I decided to get in touch, and a couple of years ago we met up for a coffee and a chat about music. Whilst I was in Russia recording the album I then discovered that she'd set up a folk label called 'Wild Sound'. Before that I'd been planning to self-release the album, but after checking out the artists she'd already signed I was sold. It's a great label and I'm really excited to be joining them. It has a pretty clear direction and Polly really knows exactly what this label is about. I'm looking forward to working with them on this next release, and there will also be some 'Wild Sound' gigs to look forward to. Check out the official press release, and be sure to check out the Wild Sound website for more info. Oh, and make sure you have a listen to all my new label mates too, I'm in good company.
Big Comfy Session
A few weeks ago I played a lovely, intimate gig at the Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry. I was really happy to be back there, having made quite a few friends there from my previous Coventry gig back in February. I was also glad to be supporting Ed Prosek, as he's a great writer and performer, and someone who I've been listening to over the last couple of years. Before the gig I teamed up with Rob from Redwood Photos to film a short interview and a couple of songs. Here's the interview and a performance of a new song called Hammersmith Palais. Check out my version of Tom Waits' Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You over on the video page.
I'm super excited to be heading back out to Germany, and this time I'll also get to see a bit of Switzerland. It'll be my first time in Switzerland so I can't wait to get there. I'll be flying out to Zurich on the 10th May and coming back from Germany on 27th. Check out the route by clicking on the map, the roadworks look like they could be a problem, so it's probably good we're taking trains this time.
This is The Place Now Available
I'm really pleased to announce that I now have more copies of my debut album 'This Is The Place' available. I've been out of stock for about a year and a half now but I've finally managed to get some more pressed. I listened to it when the new pressings arrived and it brought back a lot of nice memories of my first experience in a studio. If you'd like to purchase a copy you can buy one from the shop.I'm looking forward to getting back into the studio soon to start work on my third release.
New video of 'With Your Eyes Closed'
A couple of weeks ago I went exploring in the Kent countryside and found a cool place called Perry Woods. I decided it'd be nice to make a video there, so the next day, myself and Zu Cohen took a camera and filmed this. It's a new song and will more than likely be on the next release. Hope you enjoy it.
So I've just returned from my UK tour, although technically I should really call it my English tour, as I only made it as far as North Yorkshire. It was an incredible experience to be 'on the road' for almost an entire month though, and there were some really great gigs along the way. Here's a picture from a gig I played in Coventry, courtesy of Redwood Photography. You can read more about my adventures on my blog page.