Solemnly spluttering away

I’m heading out on a wee Three Date Mini-Tour of Scotland this weekend with Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, followed by a Tuesday gig (full Renegade Folk Punk Band) at our old haunt, the 13th Note. The dates are:
  • Friday 29th April - Bar Libertine, Ayr, also with Roscoe Vacant,  MapFacebook
  • Saturday 30th April - Tunnels, Aberdeen, 7pm,   MapTicketsFacebook
  • Sunday 1st May - PJ Molloys, Dunfermline, 1pm all dayer, MapFacebook
  • Tuesday 3rd May - 13th Note, Glasgow, with Mitchell Museum, Lady North and Esperi, MapFacebook
And of course, full detail’s of all my upcoming gigs with map, ticket, and Facebook links are on the gigs page.

Yesterday I recorded a quick second part to the Something Old, Something New series. The two songs this time is the MEGA SUPER INTERNATIONAL HIT “Daddy fought the law” and a brand new one called “She dreams of Toronto”. Hope you enjoy.

Explaning Something Old, Something New

I’m currently on a train towards a bed and breakfast in Inverkeithing, before getting a plane to Zurich, where a train will take me to Konstanz in Germany for the week. So, while this silver bullet of british railway pioneering crawls through every backwater town on the east coast of Scotland, I thought I’d write a wee blog post.

On Tuesday I released a wee EP entitled “Something Old, Something New”. It’s the first of a regular series of EPs where I’ll sit down and record two songs (one old, and one new), with a bit of explanation about where the songs came from. It’s all recorded in one sitting through the same tape deck I used for Seven Songs (which, if you have that EP, will give you an idea of the sound quality)

The first one contains the song Outnumbered (from the Sinners and Saints EP), and a brand new one called “How to craft a life”.

I’ve decided that these will be brought out every 2nd Friday. This means you have until this Friday to listen to the first one, before losing it forever! I’ve already chosen the two songs for the next one, and can tell you now that it’s going to be much better (I’ve more to say about the older song, and the newer ones a bit more ‘finished’ than How to craft a life).

So, if you haven’t already, here’s Something Old, Something New part one for your listening pleasure.


Hunting Sparticus

I thought that last Monday’s uber blog post would suffice for the moment, but alas, here I am again. I have two great gigs to announce for May.

First up is a support slot to the wonderful Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls. This will be the 19th of May at the Classic Grand in Glasgow. Miles is best known as the front man of The Wonderstuff (last seen in Glasgow supporting the Levellers last month). Their 90′s classic Size of a Cow is one of my favourite songs, so I’m dead excited about playing this gig. It’s going to be a full Renegade Folk Punk Band gig aswell. I’ll have cheap tickets to sell, so please email me.

Technically I’ve played with him before since he went on after me on the Unison stage at Guilfest at 2007. This will be 1000 times better because that was 2007 and this is now.

And secondly, I’ve got and booked a wee show for myself and Chris T-T in Dundee on the 29th of May at Thomsons Bar. Chris is out promoting a single called Words Fail Me, taken from his last album ‘Love is not Rescue’. He’s a good friend of mine, so I’m looking forwards to this low-key boozer gig. Free entry as well.

Full details on tickets, locations, dates, restrictions etc are all on the gigs page.

PS, something special coming to the Facebook page tomorrow.

All we have are memories, we can’t remember

I am utterly exhausted. This weekend has been worth it though, it was a pleasure to watch Beans on Toast play every night and also get to play my songs in front of people. If I were to choose a favourite gig, Glasgow would get the prize. Thanks to Tragical History Tour, Daniel Versus the World and Shambles Miller for providing extra support during the weekend.

Last night was a whole pile of fun with the band being on top-form. I know that we pulled it off since after getting off stage we were offered a support slot at a gig for Japan Tsunami Appeal with Mitchell Museum. This will be Tuesday 3rd of May at the 13th Note, and is a fiver entry.

The weekend before hand, I’m heading out around Scotland with the truly awesome Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun. They are just fresh from a tour supporting some guy called Frank Turner and we’ll be hitting Ayr, Aberdeen and Dunfermline. Full details (maps, supports etc) are on the gigs page.

Moving on to June, I can now announce that I’m going to be once again supporting The Indelicates on Friday the 3rd of June. We’ll also be joined with the lovely Anna Madeleine on the night (and I’ll be playing with her the next night in Ayr). Again, full details are on the gigs page. This is pretty weird for me as the tickets are selling ferociously fast, so if you plan on coming along please buy in advance.

Finally, the band and I are heading down to Greenock to play at the Tall Ships Festival. We’ll be appearing on Saturday the 9th of July. I’m still waiting to hear where the stage will be located, but from what we hear it’ll be an outdoor stage on the Harbour side. I’m dead excited about this!.