Worryingly Okay OUT NOW

Hello!

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).

Watch the video for Television HERE.

If CDs aren’t your thing, you can find Worryingly Okay in the following places:

SPOTIFY

APPLE MUSIC

BANDCAMP

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.

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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 gail@laughingdogmusic.co.uk.

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The Isle of Love theatre show

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.

Full band lineup, past and present + Lloyd from Olive Grove.

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.

First musical rehearsal for the IOL show. Cast from left to right: John Kielty, Kevin Lennon, Amy McGregor, Deborah Arnott, Ross Allan, Mark Saunders (director), Adam Ross

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!

Randolph’s Leap

The Isle of Love tour dates:

INVERNESS Friday 18th May [Preview] – Eden Court One Touch Theatre | 7.30pm | £9.50/£7.50

Book tickets at Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234 234 or online www.eden-court.co.uk

INVERNESS Saturday 19th May – Eden Court One Touch Theatre |7.30pm |£13/£7.50

Book tickets at Eden Court Box Office on 01463 234 234 or online www.eden-court.co.uk

FOCHABERS Tuesday 22nd May – Fochabers Public Institute | 8.00pm | £10

Book tickets by email fochabers.institute@gmail.com or in person from Christies Chemist www.fochabersinstitute.org

ABERLOUR Wednesday 23rd May – Aberlour Scout Hall | 7.30pm | £9/£8 OAP/£6 conc/£28 family of 4.

Book tickets at Aberlour Pharmacy 112 High St (01340 871279); Taylor Pharmacy 1 High St, Buckie (01542 831116); Moray Hearing (01542 831423) or telephone 07850 459861 www.neatshows.org.uk 

PORTSOY Thursday 24th May – Station Hotel | 7.30pm | £9/£8 OAP/£6 conc/£28 family of 4

Book tickets at Portsoy Ice Cream Shop or telephone 01261 843006 www.neatshows.org.uk

RAFFORD Friday 25th May – Rafford Village Hall |7.30pm |£9/£5 under 16s

Book tickets at The Hub, 20 Tolbooth St Forres. Open 10am to 3pm weekdays, 1pm to 3pm Saturdays, online at Eventbrite: https://rafford-isle-of-love.eventbrite.co.uk or telephone 01309 675949

BIRNAM Saturday 26th May – Birnam Arts | 8pm | £12 /£10/ £5 Under 26s.

Book tickets at Birnam Arts Box Office 01350 727674 or online at www.birnamarts.com

WIGTOWN Tuesday 29th May – County Buildings | 7.30pm| £10/ £5 Under 26s

Book tickets at Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries, online at www.dgartsfestival.org.uk or telephone 01387 253383

MONIAIVE Wednesday 30th May – Glencairn Memorial Institute | 7.30pm |£10/£5 Under 26s

Book tickets at Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries, online at www.dgartsfestival.org.uk or telephone 01387 253383

BEESWING Thursday 31st May – Cresset Hall, Loch Arthur Community| 7.30pm | £10/ £5 Under 26s

Book tickets at Midsteeple Box Office, Dumfries, online at www.dgartsfestival.org.uk or telephone 01387 253383

STIRLING Friday 1st June – The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling | 8pm | £13/£11

Book tickets at Tolbooth Box Office on 01786 274000 or online www.culturestirling.org/tolbooth

ARDROSS Tuesday 5th June – Ardross Hall | 8pm | £10/£8 conc.

Book tickets online at www.ardrosscommunityhall.ticketsource.co.uk or telephone 01349 880591

ULLAPOOL Wednesday 6th June – Macphail Theatre | 7.30pm | £8/£6/£2 under 18s

Book tickets at Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool by email macphailcentre@highlifehighland.com or telephone 01854 613336 www.macphailcentre.com/whats-on

BANCHORY Thursday 7th June – The Barn | 7.30pm | £9/£6 Conc.

Book tickets at The Barn Box Office 01330 – 825431 (open Tues – Sat 12-4pm) or online at www.thebarnarts.co.uk

MUSSELBURGH Friday 8th June – Brunton Theatre | 7.30pm | £16/£14 conc.

Book tickets at Brunton Theatre Box Office, telephone 0131 665 2240 or online www.thebrunton.co.uk

GLASGOW Saturday 9th June – CCA, 350, Sauchiehall Street G2 3JD| 7pm |

***Followed by Randolph’s Leap in concert at 10pm. Joint ticket: £16 + £1 booking fee, or concession £11 + £1 booking fee. Book tickets online at https://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows or telephone 0141 352 4900 www.cca-glasgow.com

PLOCKTON Tuesday 12th June – Plockton High School Hall IV52 8TU |7.30pm | £9, £3 U18s

Book tickets online – www.lochan.info Telephone: 01599 544706 or on the door.

KILMUIR, SKYE Wednesday 13th June – Kilmuir Village Hall IV51 9UB| 7.30pm | £9

Book tickets – online: www.seall.co.uk. Tel: 01471 844207.  Email info@seall.co.uk

TARBERT, HARRIS Thursday 14th June – Tarbert Community Centre | 7.30pm | £10/ £8 conc

Book tickets in person at The Isle of Harris Distillery, Tarbert. Telephone 01859 502212

STORNOWAY Friday 15th June – An Lanntair | 8pm |£10/£9 members/£8 conc.

Book tickets at An Lanntair Box Office, online at www.lanntair.com or telephone 01851 708480

FINDHORN Saturday 16th June – Universal Hall | 8pm |£12/£10/£8 under 16s

Book tickets at Phoenix Stores, online at www.wegottickets.com/UniversalHall or telephone 01309 69117

I Can’t Dance To This Music #5 – Saturday 1st April

Hello!

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.

 

 

 

 

Gigs

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.

LINEUP ANNOUNCED for I Can’t Dance To This Music #4

We’re really proud to announce the acts for ICDTTM4, our all-day event taking place at Maryhill Community Hall on Saturday 8th October.

The whopper of a lineup includes:

Scottish Album of the Year winner Kathryn Joseph

Indie-folk luminary James Yorkston

Thrash-pop three-piece Garden of Elks

College rock-inspired Edinburgh four-piece Book Group

Glasgow dream-poppers Life Model

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.

Hope you can make it! Tickets are available here.

Scottish September Tour

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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.

gartnavelOn 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!

1 2 3 4 5Gigs

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

I Can’t Dance To This Music 4 – 8th October at Maryhill Community Hall

We’re delighted to announce the next instalment of ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’! This’ll be the 4th outing for our all-day mini festival and it will take place on Saturday 8th of October in the Maryhill Community Hall in Glasgow. We’ll be performing as well as choosing the bands. The lineup is going to remain a secret for a while longer but previous I Can’t Dance events at the Bowlers Bar, The Glad Café and The CCA have featured music from Withered Hand, Adam Stafford, Viking Moses, Ballboy, Kid Canaveral, BMX Bandits and many more as well as comedy from Josie Long, Richard Brown and Paul McDaniel.

The I Can’t Dance gigs have been some of the best shows we’ve ever played. It’s great to be able to hand-pick the lineup and there’s always a really fun atmosphere with comedians filling in the breaks between bands. The events have gradually been growing in size since the first one in the Bowler’s Bar in 2014 and the hall in Maryhill looks like a smashing room.

Early-bird tickets for this full-day event are are available now for £15. Please watch and share the new video for Microcosm above. It was filmed at March Into Pitlochry festival by Martin Macleod.

Hope to see you in October!

Our new album, ‘Cowardly Deeds’, was released in May on Olive Grove Records.

“Cowardly Deeds compresses joie de vivre into every note and a smart, self-deprecating wit into every rhyming couplet” The National

“An absorbing, hearty, impulsive collection of songs” Gold Flake Paint

“Executed with such joyful abandon that only the hardest of hearts could complain” The Skinny

“A glorious hunk of wonky pop” Daily Record

There seems no way to stop this Glasgow-based folk-pop juggernaut” Scottish Daily Express

Album launch on Friday

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Not long until the album is officially released. Come along and join the party on Friday if you can. We’ll be joined by The State Broadcasters and Woodenbox in the stunning venue of St Luke’s in Glasgow’s East End. Get your tickets in advance.

Here’s the video for our most recent single, Not Thinking. Thanks to Ben and Alan from Wake Up Advice for yet another great idea executed brilliantly. You can buy a special Not Thinking jigsaw from our web shop.

If you really want to do your homework before Friday, the full album is streaming for a limited time over on Gold Flake Paint.

Right. That’s all we need to say right now. Hopefully see you on Friday!

Album pre-orders, new video, new t-shirts

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Cowardly Deeds is available for pre-order! Waheey! Woop woop woop.

You can get it on blue 12″ vinyl or on CD and we’re doing some t-shirt bundles which include your choice of album format plus a stoatally lovely t-shirt for an extra fiver..

teesAll pre-orders include an immediate download of Under The Sun and Back Of My Mind (see below). Orders will be posted out to arrive on or before the official release date of May 20th (probably before). See the end of this blog post for a way of getting the album even earlier…

HEY! Guess what? We’ve got another song and video to share! This one’s called ‘Back Of My Mind’ and it’s the opening track on Cowardly Deeds. The video is by Graham Hughes and it was shot during the album recording sessions at Gran’s House Studio with engineer Keith Holmes. Happy memories.

Speaking of new songs, you can listen back to last week’s Roddy Hart Show on BBC Scotland to hear another song from the album called Shreds. It’s on around the 45 minute mark.

Tickets are on sale for our album launch at St Luke’s on May 20th. Support from Woodenbox and The State Broadcasters.

Lastly, we’ve managed to organise a last-minute Record Store Day deal with Love Music in Glasgow. They’ll have 10 copies of the Cowardly Deeds LP to sell on Saturday. Here’s Sandy from Love Music holding it. The other record is by Ette and we recommend that too.

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Have a great weekend!

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Under The Sun single, album launch + more

Huya.

Our new single, Under The Sun, is out now! Here’s the video, created for us by Graeme O’Hara.

You can buy the single on Bandcamp or iTunes. It’s also streamable on Spotify.

The album, Cowardly Deeds, is out on May 20th and we’re having a launch gig at St Luke’s in Glasgow on that date. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! The support comes from the terrific Glasgow indie band The State Broadcasters and the terrific Glasgow indie band Woodenbox. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!!!

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We’ve had some really fun gigs recently. Thanks very much if you were an audience member or an organiser who helped them happen. I really enjoyed playing in the One Touch Theatre at Eden Court in Inverness, supporting Woodenbox. It was a different kind of venue for us but the sound on stage was amazingly clear and we had a lot of fun (despite my lack of organisational skills nearly ruining the gig twice). Here’s a reviewAnd here’s another review.

For any Inverness audience members who were disappointed that they didn’t get to hear the punchline to Pete’s joke, he told it the following night at the Stirling Tolbooth and you definitely weren’t missing out. I can’t say my jokes fared any better though (unless maybe stony silence / mild groaning / suppressed retching are signs of amusement in Stirling?). Good gig though and we were were looked after by the Tolbooth staff.

I also had a great time at the Leith Depot on Thursday night, playing solo alongside Haystack Monolith and Gummi Bakko. Thanks to the lovely audience for listening to the songs and chatting to me afterwards and well done to Ian from Glint Recordings for hosting such a nice night.

Lastly, there’s a new EP out by The Smart Set which is the work of former Randolph’s Leap keyboardist Gareth. Give it a listen.

Bye for now.

Adam

New music, Glastonbury and some Cowardly Deeds on the way in May

The new album is here!

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It’s called Cowardly Deeds, it’s a 10-song album and it’s coming out on May 20th! Keep an eye out for more updates on the launch gig, singles, videos and how to pre-order the album. It feels really good to get the ball rolling on a new release. We had a great time making this one and are really looking forward to sharing it so thanks to everyone who has shown an interest in our music and enabled us to keep making it.

If you’d like a preview of what the album sounds like, head over to the Glastonbury 2016 Emerging Talent Playlist. We’re delighted to have been longlisted to play the festival this year and have uploaded a brand new song called Under The Sun. It’ll be the first single from Cowardly Deeds and there’ll be a music video coming soon.

Talk to you very soon.

GIGS!

We’re travelling northwards for some great full-band gigs in March as well as a solo show for Adam in April. Details are as follows:

Sat March 12th – March Into Pitlochry, Pitlochry Town Hall (5pm stage time)

Fri March 25th – Inverness Eden Court w/ Woodenbox

Sat March 26th – Stirling Tolbooth

Sat April 9th – Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer, Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre w/ James Yorkston, Linton Kwesi Johnson & Katherine Joseph

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