I Can’t Dance To This Music #2


We’re very excited to announce a second ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’ event with Lost Map, taking place on Sunday 9th November at The Glad Cafe on Glasgow’s south side.
There’s another cracking bill lined-up for this all-day music event. Joining us will be hip hop outfit Carbs – aka Jonnie Common and Jamie from Conquering Animal Sound – plus the joyous sunshine pop of indie girl band TeenCanteen. As if that wasn’t exciting enough we have Gordon McIntyre from legendary outift ballboy, the amazingly talented, loop pedal maestro Adam Stafford and humorous psych folker Chrissy Barnacle. In addition to the music, we’ve lined up three of Scotland’s finest up and coming comedians, Joseph GossSandy Bouttell and Andrew Learmonth.
Early bird tickets for this show are available now for just £10. They’ll soon be going up to £15, so book now and save yourself some pennies.


October dates including James Yorkston tour

Randolph's Leap Oct 2014 Tour

Adam here. October is looking busy. I’m delighted to be opening for James Yorkston during an 8-gig tour of England. I’m a big fan of his and looking forward to playing in some new places. I’ll list the destinations at the end of this blog. I’m doing this tour on a bit of a tight budget so I’m doing it solo. If anyone fancies offering me their couch/floor to sleep on then please get in touch at randolphsleap@yahoo.com or via Facebook. In exchange I can offer you free entry to the gig plus some CDs etc. Not to mention wonderful post-gig company.

We’ve got some full band things happening this month too including a gig at Dundee’s Beat Generator on Friday 3rd. I did an interview with Manic Pop Thrills to talk about it. Then there’s a full band Glasgow gig on Saturday 4th as part of the Tenement Trail festival. Catch us in in King Tuts at 10pm. And on the 25th we’re playing in Stirling for the Fused Festival. This one’s particularly good value – free for under 18s and £3 for over 18s.

There are a few more acoustic things happening including the opening night of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival and support slots with Gulp and The Burning Hell.

I’m looking forward to all this gigging. Hope to see some familiar faces and some new ones. Remember and get in touch if you can offer shelter during the Yorkston tour!

Here is the full list of dates:

1st – Sparkle Horse, Glasgow – SMHAFF launch event (Solo)

3rd – Beat Generator, Dundee (Full band)

4th – King Tut’s, Tenement Trail, Glasgow (Full band)

5th – Broadcast, Glasgow – with Gulp (Solo)

6th – Electric Circus, Edinburgh – with The Burning Hell (Solo)

7th – Deaf Institute, Manchester – with James Yorkston (Solo)

8th – Fibbers, York – with James Yorkston (Solo)

9th – Bodega, Nottingham – with James Yorkston (Solo)

10th – The Harley, Sheffield – with James Yorkston (Solo)

11th – Arts Centre, Reading – with James Yorkston (Solo)

12th – Komedia, Brighton – with James Yorkston (Solo)

13th – Louisiana, Bristol – with James Yorkston (Solo)

14th – Leaf, Liverpool – with James Yorkston (Solo)

25th – Albert Halls, Stirling – (Full band)

26th – Red Suite, Dundee – with James Yorkston (Solo)


September update

Hello! I didn’t realise it had been quite such a long time since the last update. Sorry for keeping you all in such nerve-tingling suspense. Been a good summer. We played the Howlin’ Fling festival on the island of Eigg which is one of the best festivals in the world. We had our first ever crowdsurfer And here’s Pete repelling midges… smidge   Then, on July 27th, we hosted our very own event. It was called ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’. It was ostensibly a single-launch but also what we hope will be a recurring venture. I was really chuffed with the other bands who joined us. Here’s a review of the gig from Manic Pop Thrills. Follow this link for some compelling background info on the single and the opportunity to buy it (in classic ‘giant train ticket + download code’ format) postcard   We also played the Belladrum Festival. It’s the first festival I ever attended and the first one we performed at as a band. So it was nice to be back. We did a second, unplugged set in the whisky bothy. It was very fun. Here’s a flattering photo of us. bella We played a really enjoyable show at the Electric Circus in August. Manic Pop Thrills strikes again with some great photos and a review. But that’s all in the past. What’s next??? On Saturday I’m playing solo at the Long Division Festival in Wakefield. In October we’re playing the following gigs:

Friday 3rdBeat Generator, Dundee

Saturday 4thTenement Trail, Glasgow

Saturday 25thAlbert Halls, Stirling

Sunday 26thRedd Suite, Dundee – Solo, supporting James Yorkston


There will hopefully be something else happening in October. Still thrashing out the details but it’ll be cool if it comes together… It’s also been announced that we’re playing the (now legendary) Kid Canaveral’s Xmas Baubles on December 13th. That’ll be an absolute hoot. Tickets always sell out so head over to the Lost Map site to get yours. That’s about it. We’ve booked some studio time in November. Gonna be recording the next album. Exciting! Catch you later. Adam

New music video + STV Riverside Show

Hi. Adam here.

In case you haven’t already seen it, here’s our new video for I Can’t Dance To This Music Anymore. It was directed by Jack Willison and was shot in Glasgow and Glenfinnan.

The Glenfinnan day was particularly good fun (despite the hailstone showers and the difficulty of playing guitar with numb fingers). Cheers to Jack, his film crew and his mum for feeding us!

I Can’t Dance To This Music Anymore is being released as a single on Sunday July 27th and we’re having a party in Glasgow to celebrate. It’s happening at the Bowlers Bar and we’ve got some great bands joining us. Follow this link for more information. And here’s a promotional video that we filmed at the Bowlers Bar itself.

And if you thought you were already sick of hearing that particular song… HERE IT IS AGAIN! I played it along with Weatherman and Goodbye live on the telly last night. Thanks to The Riverside Show and STV Glasgow for having me. Here’s a link to the performance plus a little interview where I try to act like I’m not totally starstruck in front of DJ Romeo and Miss Scotland 2011. SHOWBIZ!




‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’ live event + more!


News time!


On Sunday 27th July we’re curating what we hope to be the first of a semi-regular event entitled I Can’t Dance To This Music. It’s taking place at the Bowler’s Bar in Glasgow in conjunction with East End Social.

Here’s a video we made in the Bowler’s Bar to give you an idea of what to expect:

We’ve roped in some great musicians to help us. This includes…

* The heroic Duglas T Stewart of romantic indie-pop legends The BMX Bandits.

* Neil Pennycook, the crackpot genius behind Edinburgh’s wonderful Meursault.

The State Broadcasters. We’ve managed to twist their collective arm into playing a rare gig. These guys are good pals who released their second album on good old Olive Grove Records in 2012 and are currently working on the third. They’ll make you feel warm and musically-chuffed.

* Skinny Dipper. You’ll recognise three Leapers amongst their ranks (Vicki, Heather and Ali). They specialise in buoyant, sunny harmonies and rival us in the ‘number of people on a stage at one time’ competition. They’ve just finished recording their first EP. Very excited to hear it!

In addition to this, the DJ/author/tweed enthusiast and all-round good guy Vic Galloway will be compering the event and playing some tunes. Lovely.

We’re really looking forward to this. Hope you can come along. Tickets are available HERE


On the subject of gigs…


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On August 23rd we’ll be in Edinburgh for a gig at the Electric Circus. We always have a good time in Edinburgh. Really glad to have Tuff Love supporting. The Fringe will be going on around this time so, depending on your disposition, this gig could be the cherry atop a wonderful day of comedy and drama or it could be a welcome refuge from aggressive leafleting and terrible street theatre… Hope to see you there! TICKET LINK


Those are the big newses. We’ve been gigging around the country recently from London all the way up to Shetland. Here are some photos of our Shetland gig, courtesy of a fella called Chris Brown:


It was a fun weekend. We also really enjoyed Brew at the Bog back in May. You can catch a glimpse of us in this highlights video.


Lastly, a reminder that our album ‘Clumsy Knot’ is available on CD and vinyl LP. Both come with a lovely little booklet called ‘A Field Guide To Randolph’s Leap’.

karen l vaughan

(Thanks to Karen L Vaughan on Twitter for the photo)



Thanks for reading! Here are our upcoming gigs:

Jun 21st – Solas Festival, Perth

Jul 18th – Howlin’ Fling, Isle Of Eigg

Jul 27th – The Bowler’s Bar, Glasgow (I Can’t Dance To This Music special)

Aug 1st – Cloudspotting Festival, Blackburn

Aug 8th –  Belladrum Festival, Inverness

Aug 23th – The Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Sept 13th – Long Division, Wakefield (solo gig)


Catch you soon!

Randolph’s Leap

Clumsy Knot is released today!

photo by Matthew McAndrew
photo by Matthew McAndrew

Hi everyone.

Our new album Clumsy Knot was successfully released today! As the sedation steadily wore off, it clambered out of its reinforced pet-carrier and took its first steps into the wild and unkempt music marketplace.

Here are some nice things that people have said about it (and not just out of politeness neither!)

“the Jonathan Richman of Scottish indie”

“Masters of melody… lo-fi indie-pop gems”

“wordplay-fuelled compendium of lovesick croons, instrumental wrangles, awkward hosannas and gorgeous, longing pop arias”

“Album of the week”

“Merry silliness… low-key beauty… some of Ross’s finest work”

“The next generation of witty Scottish indie pop”

“Thoughtful, funny and uplifting album”

“A near perfect and lovely 45 minutes that you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere else”

“Quietly hilarious… entertaining and thoughtful from start to finish”

It’s available on CD and vinyl both of which come with a booklet entitled A Field Guide to Clumsy Knot to help you navigate your way through the album.

You can buy it NOW from our website.

It’s also available via Lost Map as well as from the following retailers:
Monorail Music, Glasgow
Love Music, Glasgow
CODA, Edinburgh
VoxBox, Edinburgh
Unknown Pleasures, Edinburgh
Rough Trade, London 

Clumsy Knot is also available on iTunes and other digital retailers.

If you want a sneaky preview of the album, Folk Radio UK are streaming it for one week only!

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to the launch gig at Glasgow’s Kinning Park Complex. We had a great time. Sweet Baboo and Rachael Dadd both played wonderful sets. Here are some photos from the night courtesy of Matthew McAndrew at the Line of Best Fit.

Thanks to Johnny from Lost Map for running the event, Kid Canaveral and eagleowl representatives for doing the merch desk, the Kinning Park staff for being utterly staffsome and friendly plus Lloyd, Sarah and everyone else who lent a hand.

Hope you can get hold of the album and enjoy it. Here are our upcoming gigs. Maybe see you soon!

Randolph’s Leap


Apr 18 @ Wales Goes Pop, Cardiff

Apr 19 @ Stockton Calling, Stockton

May 1 @ The Roxy, Glasgow (Adam solo)

May 3 @ Brew at the Bog, Inverness

May 18 @ Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London

May 31 @ The Royal British Legion, Lerwick, Shetland

Jun 20-22 @ Solas Festival, Perth

Jul 18-20 @ Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling, Isle of Eigg

Aug 1 @ Cloudspotting Festival, Blackburn

Aug 8 @ Belladrum Festival, Inverness

New album launched this weekend


Not long at all until our new album ‘Clumsy Knot’ is launched. You can pre-order it from the Lost Map website. It’s available on vinyl and CD both of which come packaged with a booklet entitled ‘A Field Guide to Clumsy Knot’ which features information, maps, photos, a guided walk and some other things to help you navigate your way through the album.

Here’s what the whole bundle looks like.


(thanks to @needlesandspins on Twitter for the image)

A much more fun way to get hold of the album is to come along to our album launch tomorrow at Glasgow’s Kinning Park Complex. Check out the amazing feature about it in today’s Metro.


Tickets are becoming pretty scarce but you can still order for £8 via the Lost Map ticket link and these’ll be held on the door under your name. We’re not sure if there’ll be tickets left to buy on the night but, if there are, they’ll be £10 so we’d recommend buying in advance.

Remember to abide by the dress code…

Man vs Bear Tee

(available from our online shop)

The support acts are both superb. If you want to swot up in preparation, Rachael Dadd has a new single out and Sweet Baboo was on Marc Riley’s 6Music show last night.

Think that’s all you need to know. Might as well post the video again… See you soon!

Foolishness of Youth video

Foolishness of Youth


Just a quick announcement to point you in the direction of our new video for Foolishness of Youth, which is premiering on The Skinny’s website.

It was created by the amazing team at Wake Up Advice. I had a ball making it. They basically took me on a three-day, activity-filled mystery tour.

The song is on our new album, Clumsy Knot, released on April 7th. I’d encourage you all to get some tickets for the launch gig on April 5th in Glasgow. It’s going to be a fun old night.

Lots of love,


March update! Clumsy Knot pre-sales available now!

Hiya. Adam here. Hope you’re doing well.

I’m not long after finishing up our tour with Kid Canaveral. We joined them throughout their ‘Who Would Want To Be Loved?’ crusade. It’s a cracker of a single they’ve got there. It’s available on hot pink heart-shaped vinyl and the B-side is their cover of our song ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music Anymore’.


The tour consisted of gigs in Glasgow, Wakefield, Aberdeen, Dundee and London. My car broke down as we were leaving for Aberdeen but, apart from that, it was all very enjoyable and well attended. So thanks if you came along.

Here are some of the Leapers enjoying fish’n’chips in Stonehaven. Highly recommended.


I was chuffed meet comedy chieftain Sean Hughes in London. I recorded an interview and a couple of songs for his show on Fubar Radio. Should be going out on Sunday. I then got the overnight sleeper megabus back to Glasgow and only bumped my head eleven times.

Great tour. Kid Canaveral rocked it every night. Pleasure to be involved.

Here’s a review of the Dundee show.

We took a modest pile of Clumsy Knot LPs with us to sell on tour. And we sold ’em all! Cheers if you bought one. If not, it’s available to pre-order NOW from the Lost Map website. The official release date is April 7th.

Don’t forget about our album launch gig!


Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow on April 5th. It’s a really cool venue and we’re spoiling you with opening acts Rachael Dadd and Sweet Baboo. Get your tickets now to avoid missing out on this special, special night.

Been filming a couple of music videos recently. The first one should be ready fairly soon. I did all my own stunts.

Gigs this week include Friday 14th at the Glad Café with the amazing Seamus Fogarty and then Saturday 15th at Twa Tams as part of the Perth Words & Music Festival.

Catch you soon!