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 email@example.com.
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
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” ScottishDaily Express
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!
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..
All 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.
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.
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 review. And 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.