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!.

St Admiral of Fallow

I’ve got a wee last minute gig on Saturday in Aberdeen. It’s at MUSA, so if you fancy some lovely food and some Brewdog Beer, feel free to pop along. It’s free entry, and a much more acousticy folky gig from me.I was hoping to play another gig up that end of the country, but so far it seems like as promising as a last minute gig in  Hereford. If anyone’s got any contacts/leads let me know, it would help with the travel.

Then, two weeks later it’s the illustrious Beans on Toast tour. I’m dead excited for this and have been planning my set for ages. I need to start playing a couple of the new songs since we’re about to go in to a studio to do the new album and so it would be a good idea to know them inside out.
Beans on Toast tour dates:

  • Friday 1st April – Tunnels 2, Aberdeen, £4
  • Saturday 2nd April – Thomsons Bar, Dundee (just behind The HighSchool of Dundee, near Abertay Union), Free entry
  • Sunday 3rd April – 13th Note, Glasgow, £5

As I mentioned, we’re starting to record the album at the end of May, and so we’re trying to get as much interest drummed up as possible in the run up to release. If you like what we (as in me + Renegade Folk Punk Band) do, please consider ‘sharing’ us with your friends. It would mean the world to me, and help me feel like less of a Elephant in the Room ™. If we hit 200 ‘likes’ on Facebook, we’ll show you what the album (and by default the title) cover looks like. 

Six hundred miles from home.

It was all going so well, the route was planned, gigs were booked, Facebook events were created. And then a gig got pulled. The Brighton gig to be exact, and so I’m on here putting a call out for anyone south of Birmingham who might be able to help us with a gig. We’re needing something for the 11th of February, it’s Friday night (so, just to clarify, not a Monday!)

Day’s off are expensive, especially when you’re 600 miles from home and on a completely grass-root tour with no major record label backing. Hell, even with major-record label backing, day’s off can be expensive. I would assume.

We’re not looking for anything massive, could be a living room show with some of your mates round, or a gig down your local pub. Just anything that can give us a wee bit of petrol money (it’s last minute, so we’ll take what we can get) and a bed/floor for the night. Leave a comment here, or email me if you can help.

In other news, I’ve released a free to download single over at Bandcamp. It’s called The Replacement, and has a B-side called Midnight Walks. Have a wee listen, and perhaps download it to your portable music playing device.

Road Ode.

Last night I uploaded a demo of the track The Replacement. Doesn’t feature quite the full Renegade Folk Punk Band (only me, Dan and Woody), but it sounds much like what we sound like live when playing that song. You can listen to it at the facebook page. I quite like how it came out. Hopefully the album will be much the same.

As promised, here is where the tour is going to be taking us. Feel free to mark your attendance at the Facebook event page.

  • Friday 4th February – MUSA, Aberdeen, Free Entry, 8pm
  • Saturday 5th February – Bar Libertine, Ayr, £3, 8pm
  • Sunday 6th February -Dakota Rock Bar, Greenock, Free Entry
  • Tuesday 8th FEbruary – 13th Note, Glasgow, 8pm, £3
  • Wednesday 9th February – Yorkshire House, Lancaster
  • Thursday 10th February – The Swan Bar, Kiddiminster, Free Entry
  • Friday 11th February – Still looking for a Dann Saff gig (Brighton? Southampton?)
  • Saturday 12th February – Lexapalooza Lite @ The Old Queens Head, London

A few notes on what’s happening where. The Aberdeen show will be me solo, doing two sets of 45 Minutes, much like the last time at MUSA. Watered down with Brewdog Ale, which is always a winner with me! All other dates except London will be with Adam Boucher and Adam Bennett. And, then the 13th Note show and Lexapalooza Lite will be full band shows from me, but with a slightly longer set at Glasgow.

And, the week before I head out on this tour, I’ll be going up to mother-fucking-Thurso to open for Carnivores. That is Saturday 29th January at The Newmarket Bar. It’s the most Northern gig I’ve ever done.