Craft in the Woods Festival, Future Roots area, October 4th
A strange and rewarding couple of days: thanks to Anthony of Express Yourself Collective for the invite to play on Saturday and Sunday. (An odd feeling, making a long way home through a forest in heavy dusk after a gig – especially alone on the second evening, felt like I was walking in step with the ghosts of a Roman legion… or maybe it was smoke inhalation from the bonfire.)
Otherwise, my 1st single with The Animal Farm comes out on November 24th – launch night Wed 26th. More soon.
LINKS!!! I got em up to the eyeballs!!!
RADIO!!! The spoken-word/music special I made for Radio Reverb, held over from last month – details here.
PHOTO!!! Just because – at DollFace last week (by Crysi de Milo):
this, on the radio
I’ve got an hour of spoken word and live music coming out on Radio Reverb, hopefully on Sun 27 July at 11pm (then repeated three times the following week). A preview of the first two and a half minutes can be heard here. That’s 97.2FM kids.*
It was a buzz to put together – and very nice to be asked, obviously – kind of nerve-wracking too, as there’s lots of improv and split-second decisions… If I manage to hold yr attention, unsettle you a bit: good. For sixty minutes, though? Well, I think it holds up. Listen in, see if you agree.
Otherwise, got some gigs coming – including a London leg of Waterghosts. It’s all getting very interesting.
And once again – because you’re no-one if you aren’t selling a piece of yrself nowadays (NB. I have no problem with this)… Do check out this recently-released album, which features a track of mine.
The radio programme, of course, is free.
*& it’s now going out on Sun 24th August. Not sure what happened there, but it’s confirmed for broadcast on this date.
I’m doing a free gig tonight in Brighton, at the Northern Lights – doors 8pm, info here. It’s a great lineup, going to be a lot of fun: got new songs to play.
Longer-term, just heard that a new track of mine’s going on a compilation CD/download album assembled by J Peel’s superb spiritual heirs, Container Drivers Radio. They’re working on it with a US label called Russian Winter, and it’s all looking very good so far. Track’s called Stroke of Noon, and I’m very happy with it (this is completely separate to the three tracks for release with The Animal Farm, btw).
More details to follow.
Waterghosts was a success; both on its own terms and going by audience reaction, plus advance review buzz. Jamie Sturrock, awkward visionary, I salute you (many people can talk a good game about stuff like this, very few actually risk doing it).
It was exciting to read out my writing in the pulpit, and to work with so many talented musicians and performers; sitting in the engine room and feeling all that improvised sonic magic strafing the church was wonderful.
Now I’ve got some gigs, first one Sunday 1 June.
a few Waterghosts pics – more on my Facebook page: