This is a long overdue update. Thanks if you’re one of the lovely people who came along to a gig in April/May/June. I’ve been playing a lot of shows, mostly solo but also some incredibly fun full-band shows in Glasgow and Findhorn. We played two 45-minute sets in Findhorn, so I really enjoyed compiling the setlists for that one. We included something from every album, including the new one which is still being recorded. Those gigs reminded me how much I love my bandmates and how lucky I am to have them. I’m ridiculously excited about how the new album is sounding so far – it’s bursting with melody and we’re having lots of fun with the arrangements. We recorded the noisy bits in a studio and we’re overdubbing the rest ourselves so it’ll take a while to finish but it allows us to take our time and get it sounding as good as possible. I think you’ll like it.
If you’d like to help us fund the ongoing production costs of the album, we have a new t-shirt design in stock. It continues the optician theme of our smash hit Hoping To See and comes in a range of sizes, from small human to extra-large human. In a time of dwindling music sales, merchandise like this really helps us keep the band afloat so visit our shop HERE if you’d like a shirt.
I’ve really enjoyed the recent spell of solo touring. It’s a different experience to playing with the band but has its own benefits. The gigs are more “intimate”, I guess, and it’s much more financially viable so means I’ve been able to play in some far-flung places like Shetland, Orkney, Mull, Skye and Knoydart. It was a lot of fun touring with The Burning Hell who might be the most charming band I’ve played with in their ability to win over a room full of people. They should be hostage negotiators. Singing hostage negotiators. It was a pleasure supporting James Yorkston again last month as well. He’s an amazing songwriter and his new album is a belter.
The other thing I’ve been working on is an album of songs inspired by one of my favourite novels. Wild Harbour by Ian Macpherson was written in 1936 and predicted the outbreak of a second world war. In the story, the central characters decide not to fight and instead live out their days in a cave in the Cairngorms. I’m still at the writing stage but it’s sounding very folky in tone and I’m also talking to Right Lines who created the Isle of Love theatre show and we’re hoping to adapt Wild Harbour for the stage, with the songs being incorporated into the show. There’ll be quite a few checkpoints to pass first, but fingers-crossed. I’ll update you as things move along.
Have a lovely summer!
Saturday 27th July – IndieTracks Festival. FULL BAND.
Saturday 10th August – Glad Cafe, Glasgow. FULL BAND.
Friday 4th October – Hypercoaster @ Monifieth Book Shop. SOLO.
Saturday 12th October – Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham. SOLO.*
Thursday 17th October – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh. SOLO.*
Friday 18th October – Lemon Tree, Aberdeen. SOLO.*
Adam is off on tour around Scotland with Canadian indie-poppers The Burning Hell in April! We’re also delighted to say that the Glasgow show on 24th will be a full band Randolph’s Leap gig. Here are the full dates with ticket links:
April 18: The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin – TICKETS
April 19: Gable End Theatre, Hoy, Orkney
April 20: The Sound Archive, Kirkwall, Orkney – TICKETS
April 21: The String cafe/bar, Lerwick, Shetland – TICKETS
April 23: Mediterranea, Stirling – TICKETS
April 24: The Blue Arrow, Glasgow *FULL BAND* – TICKETS
April 25: An Tobar (Comar), Tobermory, Mull – TICKETS
April 26: Knoydart Community Hall, Knoydart
April 27: SEALL, Sleat, Skye – TICKETS
April 28: Clarks on Lindsay Street, Dundee – TICKETS
This should be a blast. Adam has played alongside TBH a few times now and they’re great fun. Humorous and heartwarming stuff.
Not long after that, the full band are heading up to Findhorn to play the Universal Hall on 11th May. TICKETS! Really looking forward to returning here for the first time since the memorable closing night of The Isle Of Love. Not too far from here either:
In other news, we’re working away on the next album with some studio time booked in March.
Adam will be playing a special solo set at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow on Tuesday 27th November followed by a few more shows across Scotland, supporting Malcolm Middleton and Canadian indie-poppers The Burning Hell. It would put a big smile on his little face to see you there.
27 November – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow (Sundown Song Nights launch), TICKETS.
29 November – Tunnels, Aberdeen (supporting Malcolm Middleton), TICKETS.
04 December – Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow (supporting The Burning Hell and Broken Chanter), TICKETS.
05 December – The Tooth & Claw, Inverness (supporting The Burning Hell), TICKETS.
To whet your appetite, here’s an acoustic version of Hoping To See, recorded in Leith during the Isle of Love tour.
Hoping To See is available as a Lost Map postcard which comes with a download code for special, alternative versions. BUY IT HERE.
An overdue blog, this one. If you weren’t already aware, our new album Worryingly Okay is out now on Lost Map Records! We’d recommend the CD version as it comes with a lovely map of Scotland and a lyric book, all designed by Peggy-May Chapple and David Galletly. BUY IT HERE!
It’s a lo-fi album recorded by Adam during a period of semi-isolation having moved away from Glasgow to the north east of Scotland. The majority of the music is performed by Adam and sees a return to the DIY home recording style of Randolph’s Leap’s early releases. The album explores connections to people and places (Hide A Thing, Mull, Television) dances with politics (Geopolitical Blues, Lungs) and even describes the absurdity of a fictional relationship with an optician (Hoping To See).
Thanks everyone who has been to a gig recently. We had a terrific time playing a couple of stripped-back shows in the National Museum of Scotland last week and here’s a wee review of the Lost Map 5th birthday gig we did with Kid Canaveral at the Rum Shack.
Massive thanks to everyone who came to the Isle of Love shows as well. It was so much fun. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to writers Euan Martin and Dave Smith, director Mark Saunders and the cast of actors (John Kielty, Amy McGregor, Ross Allan, Deborah Arnott and Kevin Lennon) for putting it all together and making it a success. The soundtrack compilation is available on CD from our web store.
We’re currently booking solo and band gigs for the rest of 2018 and into 2019 so we’ll hopefully see you somewhere soon.
If you’re a promoter and would like to book us then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The soundtrack to the Right Light Lines theatre production of The Isle of Love. This compilation CD features a whopping 21 songs from the play, all for the bargain sum of just £5, that’s less than 25p a track!
Hello all. Sorry it’s been so long since the last update. We took a bit of time off in 2017 off to do some growing up. A couple of weddings and one baby later and we’re back with a deep, new-found sense of maturity and worldy wisdom. Okay, anyone who witnessed the on-stage “jokes” at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh last week will know that’s not true but it does feel like we’re refreshed and looking forward to getting stuck into lots of exciting things this year.
First up is the Isle of Love theatre tour. If you haven’t heard about this, it’s a brand new production, written by the award-winning Right Lines (Euan Martin and Dave Smith) with a story inspired by our songs! It’s an amazing thing to be involved in and it’s been a really enjoyable experience so far, particularly seeing the songs take on new life in different contexts. Rehearsals have begun with a fantastic cast and 4-week Scottish tour dates for May-June are listed below. Adam is participating in the full tour to provide a musical backdrop with the actors joining in on songs and swapping instruments in what is shaping up to be a really collaborative, funny and moving performance. There will also be a full-band Randolph’s Leap gig directly after the Glasgow show in the CCA.
On Saturday 30th June we’re playing at the Kelburn Garden Party alongside some terrific acts. First festival in a while and one we’ve never played before. We’ve heard great things though.
Big thanks to everyone that came to the Sneaky Pete’s gig last week. It was a sell-out thanks to great organisation from Bart of eagleowl fame. Great support sets from Dave Canaveral and Moonsoup. Here’s a review of the gig. As Manic Mike’s review mentions, we trialed some new songs which seemed to go down well. We’ve got loads of new tunes in the pipeline, some of which will arrive on a brand new album very soon. Just putting the finishing touches to artwork etc. and then we can announce a release date. It’s a collection of lo-fi, stripped-back, nostalgic-sounding songs, almost a solo record in fact. Hope you like it.
Talk to you soon!
The Isle of Love tour dates:
INVERNESS Friday 18th May[Preview] – Eden Court One Touch Theatre | 7.30pm | £9.50/£7.50
Adam here. How are things? We’re delighted to be bringing our mini-festival ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’ to Glasgow’s Classic Grand on 1st April for its 5th outing. The lineup is a belter, and probably the most danceable so far. We’ve got:
Rise Kagona! Rise was a founding member of Zimbabwean legends and John Peel favourites The Bhundu Boys. He now lives in Edinburgh, playing with his excellent Jit Jive Band.
Kid Canaveral! You’ll probably know Kid Canaveral by now – we’ve shared a stage with them many times before. David and Kate have both done solo slots at previous ICDTTMs but this time they’ll be in full, noisy, indie-pop mode. I’m also doing a solo gig with them in Newport on 24th March.
Spinning Coin! A brilliant, lo-fi, melodic guitar band from Glasgow. They’ve been compared to early Orange Juice and recently had a single out on Domino Records.
Sacred Paws! The sunny and infectious musical product of Rachel Aggs’ & Eilidh Rodgers’ shared love of Afro-beat and post-punk.
Nae bad, like, eh?
Here is the gig poster:
We will, of course, have some stand-up comedy woven into the day as usual. Acts to be announced in due course! Advance tickets can be bought for £12 here on our website. Price will go up to £15 nearer the time, so get them now to save a few pounds.
In other news, the Isle Of Love theatre collaboration has been progressing well. If you haven’t heard about this, I’ve been working with Right Lines Productions on a musical play, set on a fictional island with stories inspired by Randolph’s Leap songs. We had a rehearsed reading with four actors last week at Eden Court in Inverness and it was loads of fun. A shortened version of the play was performed in front of a small audience and the feedback was really encouraging. You can watch a video of the highlights here. Right Lines are now applying for funding to rehearse and tour the production around Scotland – more news as it comes!
Lastly, you may have noticed lots of pictures of north-east Scotland appear on our Instagram account. I’ve moved up to Aberdeenshire and enjoying it a lot. Rehearsals take a little bit more prior planning but it’s working fine. I’ve been enjoying some good walks lately and there are some new song ideas coming together. Looking forward to a trip back to Glasgow for ICDTTM 5 though. Hopefully see you there.
24th March – Adam solo show. Rio Community Centre, Newport, near Dundee SUPPORTING KID CANAVERAL.
1st April – ICDTTM 5 at Classic Grand, Glasgow. WITH RISE KAGONA, KID CANAVERAL, SPINNING COIN, SACRED PAWS + COMEDY.
Ette– the new project from Teen Canteen’s Carla Easton.
Alongside the music line-up is a comedy selection featuring a host of members of the Glasgow comedy collective CHUNKS. Gemma Flynn, Richard Brown and Nev are all on the bill, alongside Adam Todd and Niall McCamley of The Spook School, while poetry is provided by Glasgow performance poet Sam Small.
We’re off on tour in September! Really looking forward to getting around the country and playing some new places. We’re starting in Aviemore and finishing in Inverness and the journey itself will be fairly coastal, taking in the west and east coasts and the Moray Firth. So a good excuse to continue our search for the best chippy in Scotland (Stonehaven and Shetland are currently top of the Randolph’s Leap list). We even get a day off to spend in my hometown of Nairn.
We’re doing the whole tour with Spare Snare which should be a good laugh. See the poster above or scroll down to the bottom of this blog for the full list of dates. Note that Arisaig is a 3pm show.
Before that, we’ll be doing an acoustic set at Over The Wall festival at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital on Saturday 27th August. It should be a great day with music from Chrissy Barnacle, Jo Mango and The State Broadcasters.
On September, we’re heading north again to play a show in Forres as part of the Findhorn Bay Festival. We’re supporting Duke Special and James Yorkston. I’m a fan of both of them so really pleased to be involved.
If you saw the last blog, you’ll know that advance tickets are on sale for our next I Can’t Dance To This Music event. It’s happening on Saturday 8th October at Maryhill Community Hall in Glasgow. We’ve got an amazing lineup lined up and we’ll start announcing some announcements fairly soon.
Lastly, thanks to anyone reading this who came along to our London show at the Sebright Arms last week. It was such an enjoyable night and the audience were brilliant. It was a long way to travel but it was absolutely worth it and we can’t wait to come back. If you live down there, keep an eye on Early Doors Disco, the amazing promoters who organised the gig. I’ll leave you with some photos from the 8-hour van journey. Cheers!
Sat 27th August – Glasgow, Over The Wall festival, Gartnavel Hospital
Sat 3rd September – Aviemore, Old Bridge Inn
Sun 4th September – Arisaig, Crofter’s Rest (early show, 3pm)
Mon 5th September – Aberdeen, Underdog
Tues 6th September – Elgin, Drouthy Cobbler
Thurs 8th September – Inverness, Mad Hatters
Sun 25th September – Forres Town Hall
Sat 8th October – Glasgow, I Can’t Dance To This Music 4, Maryhill Community Hall