Month: August 2013

Storm Petrel is OUT NOW

Gosh. These update articles are manifesting at later and later times. It is now 4.10am and I find myself in a state of (possibly self induced) insomnia. The last month and a half has been outrageously busy, which has made it difficult to update the website regularly. The last two days have been the first proper break I’ve had since landing back in England and I have quite a bit to fill you all in on!

Firstly, the Storm Petrel EP I have been mentioning over the past couple of months has finally been released on limited edition 7″ vinyl and digital download. I am so grateful for the Emerging Excellence grant that Musicians Benevolent Fund awarded me in order to fund the release. The EP was released on 15th August alongside a launch show at The Duchess in York.

Thank you so much to all who either came to the show, ordered an EP, or both. Your support, as always, keeps me going.

To coincide with the EP I also released a video for the AA side, “Feline”.

Thanks to Dom Smith at Soundsphere for making it one of the videos of the week!

I have lots more audio-visual delights to share with you over the coming weeks and months, so please stay tuned!

In other news, I can also announce another exciting show for September. I shall be performing two shows at The Little Festival of Everything in the sleepy North Yorkshire town of Easingwold on 8th September. On will be a stripped down set with just hammered dulcimer, spanish guitar and voice. The other performance will be a full show on an outdoor stage. I will fill you all in on more details closer to the date.

My next show is on 26th August at Oporto in Leeds as part of Gaslight Club. Click on the LIVE section of the website for more information.

On Friday I had a wonderful day off exploring the “Over, Under” forest with my live guitarist, J W Greenwood, with whom I am also working on his solo music. He has just set up his official Facebook Music page, so please head over there to share some love by clicking HERE.

That’s all for now. I think I need to get to sleep!

Everything is busy. Everything is new.

It’s 2.02am and I find myself with a night off for the first time in over a month. Props for a video shoot were supposed to arrive today, but the Royal Mail seems to be taking its time. Normally I would be very annoyed, but I am quite thankful for this respite.

I’m half watching Peter Chung’s Aeon Flux, whilst in bed. I’ve seen every one of these episodes countless times, so they are simply serving their purpose as comfort food for the soul.

You’ve probably noticed that the website is a little, well, a lot different. This is in preparation for my next EP, Storm Petrel, which will be released on 7″ vinyl/digital download, along with a launch show at The Duchess in York on 15th August. Supporting on the night will be White FirsThe Rodeo Falls (acoustic) and Afternaut.

Click for launch show information

I’m really excited about this release. As you may know, It has been funded by Musicians Benevolent Fund. I’m honoured to have been chosen to receive the award. It has meant that I have been able to be a little more extravagant with the release and I can announce that there will be two videos over the coming months. The first will be, oddly, for the AA side of the vinyl, “Feline” and then the other, for “Storm Petrel”, will follow at a later date. Due to the delay with the props, the “Feline” video might be released later than the actual EP, but I’m doing everything I can to make everything be as synchronous as possible. Please click on the image below to check out some of the great things that MBF is doing.

…well, I fell to sleep and woke up with the DVD title screen on repeat – surely a sign of this pace catching up with me.

Anyway. The main props for the “Feline” music video arrived today. Two black scleral contact lenses. I must say, I’m very happy with them and I can’t wait to use them properly! I was very surprised at how comfortable they are to wear, even if it took me about twenty minutes to insert them on my first attempt! Here’s a taster:

I wish I were able to write more now, but I have to press on with preparations for the videos, the show and productions on which I am working for/with other artists.

I hope you can all make it on the 15th. Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered a copy of Storm Petrel. The records will be shipped out on or before 15th August. If you haven’t already pre-ordered, please head over HERE to see special deals!

Expect bigger updates after the launch night!