At the end of the year, me and my brother Jaymie, are launching our brand new podcast.
We’ll produce content biweekly, and have as many different and varying guests on the show as we can. The idea is not to pick sides, or make the interview about as as presenters. Instead, we want to hear both sides of every debate, including sides we absolutely do not agree with. Only through dialogue can we try and make sense of the world we currently find ourselves in.
After recording Campfire, I took the plunge into fatherhood, and chucked the guitar down for a bit. Seven weeks of colic can really mess with your mojo y’know?
Elora is (kinda) sleeping through now so with a fair bit more sleep, I have been able to complete the new record, ready to head back into the studio.
It will be recorded over a few visits with three more tracks being laid down this time, and then another couple of studio sessions taking the record to ten tracks overall.
The record doesn’t have a name, or a theme as yet. Campfire was a different direction for me sound wise, so I intend to follow that road and see where it leads me.
Recording in a home studio in Glasgow gives me a lot more freedom as the sessions aren’t structured. If I get a vocal idea at 3am, I can grab the mic and lay it down. I always get my best ideas after a few red wines. Well, at least I think I do.
Me, Jono and Stephen have put the list of tracks together and we need to pick three for this particular session. I’m not sure which ones yet, but they’ll get recorded eventually so I suppose it’s kinda irrelevant.
Red Brick Heart, My Favourite Summer and Action Over Hope are currently winning.
I am playing this years Wirksworth Arts Festival in Derbyshire. I’ll be performing two separate sets, and will be part of a Q&A paling about The Travelling Band project and various other art projects around the county.
Come along and have a beer.
Saturday 15th September @ The Old Lock Up, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. (1pm)
Saturday 15th September @ The Village Hall, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. (8pm)
I have booked myself back into the studio for a couple more recording sessions before the end of the year.
In September I am heading in to record an EP of tracks I wrote for the Travelling Band Project. (Here is some background on the project) They will be real simple acoustic tracks. Just a guitar and a vocal.
As soon as they’re done, I’ll pop them all up on Spotify and Bandcamp so you can have a listen.
I’ll be recording Red Brick Heart (Belper), Like A Wagon On A Roundabout (Ilkeston), The Great Pretender (Ashbourne), Little French Cars (Ripley), and High Peak, How Are You? (Wirksworth).
We’re currently waiting on Arts Council approval, but hopefully we’ll be able to extend the project further afield and work with communities across the entire midlands, before the end of the year.
I’m also back off up to Scotland in November to record three more tracks to follow on from Campfire. It was a real different style for me, and I need to go through my tracks and see which new one’s will work in this way. I’m hoping Red Brick Heart will work, because out of the entire Travelling Band Project, that was by far the strongest track in my opinion.
If you haven’t heard Campfire, and the particular style I’m referring to, have a watch of the video.