Catching my breath

Finally had a few days of downtime after an exhausting and hectic weekend. Oxjam was all over the weekend, with myself and the band playing on Saturday at the 13th Note, and then myself running the Mono stage on the Sunday (featuring United Fruit and The Meatmen who you should check out).
Our set at the 13th note went well as far as I could see, everyone seemed to have a great time. By the end of the day we (and all the other bands playing that stage) had raised over £200. Massive thanks to Wudee for standing in for Puggs at such short notice!
Tuesday night continued the mayhem with our support slot for Chris T-T, who was totally and utterly brilliant. We played a slightly shifted around set to normal, and are still trying to find our stride with the new full band arrangements of a few songs.
The new song we’ve been playing called Backwards We Play is sounding immense, and hopefully there will be some footage of it on Youtube soon. The audiences seem to like it as well, which is always a bonus!
It’s a bit of downtime at the moment for the band, no gigs booked until the 28th of November at The Vale Bar. This is a headline show, so expect a longish set, and whats more we’re gonna be recording, possibly for some kind of release. So, if you want to be a part of it, mark it in your calendars now!

Tonight we take Glasgow

Last night’s gig in Edinburgh was surprisingly good. Surprising in that with four Edinburgh gigs under my belt, three have been pretty crap. It was in a venue called Henry’s Cellar Bar which was very much like the 13th Note in Glasgow. I had to drive up to Dundee afterwards, so could only see one other act on the bill. They were called A Lost Generation and were pretty damn good. Hardcore punk with political messages and really fucking tight. Also, they donate 50p from their £1.50 EP’s to the Glasgow Street Kids charity which is an amazing idea.
However, the main reason for this blog is to try and convince you that you should buy your early bird tickets for the Glasgow Oxjam Takeover. Basically, on the 24th and 25th of October 150 bands will be playing across Glasgow’s Merchant City in order to raise awareness (and cash) for Oxfam. Myself and the band are headlining the 13th Note Stage on the 24th, with a whole slew of acts that I fucking love including Roscoe Vacant and El Bastardos. Judith Harron from my band is also doing her first ever Glasgow show, which makes this extra special!
The early bird tickets are £6, after the last 29 have been sold the price will rise to £8. You can get them from We Got Tickets, and then trade the e-ticket for the wrist band at Oxjam Music on Byres Road, or in Mono (King St, Glasgow). This wrist band then gets you in to all the festivites across the weekend, where bands such as The Xcerts, The Attic Lights, Sons and Daughters and Many more (including one that I almost wrote there but had to delete it since its extra secret and special).

Dave Hughes sounds like Bob Dylan

In fairness, I’ve always thought that if you are going to publicist what you do, the good should always come with the bad. Therefore, here’s a link to my first ever Bad review. Well, it’s not totally awful, we still got two out of five – that’s 20% for effort! Also, people who are turned on by “harmonica abuse” and poor vocal capability will still have to listen to the CD to find out about its content, themes, style, instruments and political viewpoints (my own, not Evan Greer’s).
I’ve got some solo gigs coming up in the next two weeks, leading up to the headline slot at Oxjam on the 24th. These dates are:
  • 6th October – Nice’n’Sleazys, Glasgow
  • 11th October – Henrys Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, 7pm with A Lost Generation, Sick Sinus and Sad Society
  • 17th October – Fanny By Gaslight, Kilmarnock, 3pm afternoon show
With the Oxjam show, the team released 100 early bird tickets at the start of last week. There are currently around 29 left, so if you are looking to get entry to the full thing, and want to do so for cheap, follow this link now!