Hello! Hope you’re doing well.
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.*
Saturday 19th October – Braemar Gallery. SOLO.*
*Supporting Broken Chanter