It's a wrap! At 1pm Greenwich meantime yesterday it was confirmed that after hours of me layering vocals and singing just about as low as I can go, the recording of Geography was finished!!!!
Words cannot describe the sheer elation that was felt! This has by far been the most expensive and tricky record to produce, it's also the longest as I've got a whopping twelve tracks to sort through in order to bring you a fluid, well paced masterpiece! Well that's the plan anyway.... I'm aiming for ten tracks although that could grow to eleven but we'll see. I want you to get a good mix and not be bored after the first 2 tracks - pacing is everything. It's obviously going to be a very different recording from what it became, although I suppose it might not be too dissimilar from how I had originally envisaged it before I collaborated. Either way I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised and hopefully as pleased with it as I am.
On other news I have begun working with Jericho for the *finger crossed* album launch at The Queen's Theatre in September. I am also looking at collaborating with Kiera Osment again, who joined me in The Plough Arts Centre last October. I'm looking at making it a night to remember with some unusual arrangements and sparkling melodies and who knows, maybe an unexpected cover or two ;-)
I know things have been a bit up in the air lately but I'm ready to bring them back down to Earth and give you the music I dream of - I literally do dream some of this up! So thank you, as ever, for sticking with me. Thank you to anyone who ever came to one of my shows. Thank you to the musicians I have worked with and learnt from and thank you to the friends that have been there - you know who you are.
I can't believe that a ten minute song that started at the end of friend's bed - on their guitar no less - has become the title track and umbrella for this album. This record will without a doubt be a milestone for me and I could not of written it or completed it without your support.
After a long and some what laborious week I can honestly say I am at last feeling positive! I've got a couple promo gigs lined up for August - which is a strange as I had initially planned a break till September - which I'm really looking forward to and I am really working hard and aiming to finish recording Geography next Sunday. I can now confirm that Mike Lake will not be featured which is a shame but I am respecting his decision hence all the hard work to redo some of the tracks. So what can you expect? Vocals. Epic vocals. That's if I can keep this groggy throat at bay!
I have also begun planning my set for The Queen's Theatre and I'm hoping to really bring you something a bit special. I've been resurrecting some old tunes, learning some new ones and reworking Geography. No doubt the set list will change numerous times before September 10th but I guarantee you it'll be a night to remember and hey if I'm looking forward to it you guys should too :) smiles all around!
So for once guys I'm going to keep this short. Wish me luck in the studio and I shall be in touch.
Love you lots,
Sorry it has been a while, a lot has happened and I felt it best not to post until I was sure of what to say so lets try and treat this blog as a meal, make everything bitesize, start with the filler and end with the good stuff you’ve been waiting for (in my case that perfect cheese cake where the biscuit to cheese ratio is 3:1).
Mike and I are no longer working together. That doesn't mean to say we hate each other or have any ill feelings towards each other it was simply a case of wanting different things. It has been a tough decision to make but I feel it was probably the best course of action for us to take. I have enjoyed my time working with Mike and will certainly look back on it with fond memories. I realise a lot of you are probably doing the ‘oh em gee’ look of horror right now and thinking “what about the album?” Well yes the thought has obviously crossed my mind and I think rather than scrap the music that we have both worked so hard on, with Mike’s permission, I would like to release it along side the other tracks seeing as the concept of Geography is where I am now in my life and is largely about the places and characters I have met along the way that have inspired me. It therefore seems fitting to include them as they are but that is obviously subject to discussion and I’ll keep you posted, either way I will be continuing recording imminently.
Gig wise I have sadly had to cancel B-Bar and Mr Wolf’s as the trains in the south west (particularly those on the Tarka Line) do not run late enough and so with work the next morning I am unable to play as I cannot get back in time. Words cannot express how gutted I am to not be playing these venues but as a friend put it, “there will be other gigs” but then as I responded, “yeah but I really wanted to play those!” Oh well these things do happen I suppose but as always there are more shows on the horizon and as soon as I have them confirmed you will be the first to know.
On the mandolin front we have a pickup! yay! Which has and will continue to make gigging easier and allow me to stand up every now and then as I realise it must get a tad dull for you guys in the audience watching me. I like to mix it up ;)
Well I guess that’s just about it for now, as if that wasn’t enough to contend with! Thank you for being patient with me .