London Palestinian Protest Tomorrow… (Friday August 1st)

Hello,

There is a protest tomorrow opposite the Israeli Embassy in London. This ongoing genocide, and ethnic cleansing of an entire people, cannot continue to go unpunished.

The protest is from 17:30 – 19:30 GMT. I urge as many people to attend as possible. The Western leaders, and media, are puppets to the Zionist regime, so we must make a noise so loud, that even they can’t ignore us.

For more information, please click here.

I hope to see you there.

x

Back in Glasgow…

Hi all.

Just got back to Glasgow. Shattered. I am a broken man, but a happy one. I have a coldsore, red eyes, and a sunburned face. I think Vogue might want me for the cover this month…

The Islands were as beautiful and amazing as always. I genuinely feel blessed to be able to visit these places, and get paid for it. Truly blessed.

It’s a hard slog but the plus points are off the scale.

This year we played in Ardfern, Raasay, Skye, Tiree Music Festival, Islay, Jura, and tomorrow, we are down in the borders for the Wickerman Festival.

The biggest killer was last Saturday. Up at 7am, drive 4 hours to Raasay and gig, then back to Skye to play another show. Off stage at 1:30 am, an hours kip, up again at 2:30 am, and then a 4 hour drive to Oban to get the 8am boat to Tiree, where we played that night. Knackered.

However, I did get to share a bill with my hero, which was an incredible honour. He just happened to be a top fella too.

Roddy

I look off my head, but I swear it was tiredness. I was a bit star struck as well to be fair.

One random thing was that both Tiree, and Wickerman, booked myself an Jono, as one act. We tour together but we perform separately, but they didn’t realise that. It worked quite well as we like each others tunes so it was nice to learn each others and play together. We will do the same at Wickerman tomorrow. It keeps life interesting!

Now, I better go hand wash some underwear. I never pack enough.

x

Get Involved In A DIY Music Video…

Hi everyone,

This year we are playing Wembley Arena again, and are releasing a single, to go along side the performance.

The track, Get Your Love On, will be released at the end of October.

We are putting together a music video for the track, and we would love for as many people, from all over the World, to get involved.

So here is the deal…

I will email you a copy of the track, and then you make a music video to go with it. It can be anything you want. It can be you singing in the shower, or running through a desert with a camel on a lead. Whatever you want, but the stranger the better!

You can upload to youtube and post wherever you want, all we ask is that we are allowed to use clips of your video in our Official video as well. We want to take the best clips from all over the Globe and piece together a music video of our own.

The song is designed to bring everyone together, and there is no better way of showing that, than including everyone in the video.

If you would like to take part, email us at subscription@davidicke.com and we will get a track mailed to you. You can go mad and make a HD video, or film it on a mobile phone. Whatever you want to do!

Get involved! Share with your friends!

x

West Scotland Tour – 2014

Oi!

I’m off up to Scotland on Tuesday, and will be playing the first date of this years tour, on Friday night.

Me and Jono have been touring together for years now, but last year we embarked on our first Scottish island tour. It was so successful, that we are doing it all over again this year.

Here are the dates…

 Friday 18th July @ Galley Gig Fest, Galley of Lorne, Ardfern.

Saturday 19th July (Afternoon) @ Raasay House, Isle of Raasay.

Saturday 19th July (Evening) @ Portree Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye.

Sunday 20th July @ Tiree Music Festival, Isle of Tiree. 

Monday 21st July @ Tiree Music Festival, Isle of Tiree.

Wednesday 23rd July @ Port Charlotte Hotel, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay.

Thursday 24th July @ Jura Hotel, Craighouse, Isle of Jura.

Friday 25th July @ Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway.

I can’t wait to get back on the road, and where better than the most lovely hospitable people I have ever met?

Oh, and the finest single malts known to man…

x

Soundcloud.

Oi.

I have taken control of my soundcloud page, and will be posting a lot more material there in the future.

I will post the odd album track from ‘It Gets Worse At Night’ and ‘A Brand New Battle’, but mainly I’ll be posting acoustic demos and live recordings.

To add me on Soundcloud click onto soundcloud.com/garethickemusic

Today I posted a live demo recorded, lovingly, in my toilet.

Here it is…

Hope you like.

x

Full Band Rehearsals.

Alright folks,

Full band rehearsals start on Tuesday. I swear we have had more line ups than Scotland Yard, but hopefully this one will stick.

Our main problems have been travel, with musicians dotted across the Country. This 4 piece is all based in my home town of Derby, so makes far more sense.

Most of my shows this summer are acoustic slots at festivals across England and Scotland, but there is the odd full band show thrown in there.

Our first one is on Saturday 21st June at The Church Inn, in Bury, Lancashire. It’s only a month from now, so we best get a wriggle on!

It’s only a small venue, so will be perfect for a first show. Entry is free so if you are in the area, pop along for a beer and a pack of peanuts.

After the Summer, we’ll be out gigging full band most of the time. I am already talking to friends around Europe, so we should be able to put something together easily enough.

Until then, take it easy.

x

Splitting from Eromeda Entertainment.

Hello all,

My contract with Eromeda Entertainment has expired and I have chosen not to renew it, for future releases. There are no hard feelings and the decision to split was not based on arguments or in fighting. It was simply a venture that, after two years, had run its course.

I wish Eromeda and their great stable of current artists nothing but success, and look forward to hearing their future releases.

In the last year or so I have been increasingly frustrated and deflated with the way things were going, and in my mind, without enjoyment, there is no reason to be a musician any longer.

There is a saying in life, that if you keep trying to go through a door, over and over, and it is continuously being slammed in your face, you are probably better off trying another door. That is exactly what I am doing from now on.

The first port of call, is to start enjoying music again. Getting out on the road and playing is something I have missed massively over the last year.

I have put together a band here in Derby and we start rehearsals next week. They are a great bunch of lads and like myself, just want to play live. None of us picked up an instrument to ‘be famous’ or ‘make millions’, in fact, I couldn’t think of anything I would enjoy less.

Just give me a guitar, a microphone, and an audience, and I am as happy as a pig in shit.

So that is the immediate plan.

I have a single being mixed, and as soon as that is mastered, I will be putting a music video together, and will be releasing the single myself.

This summer I have plenty of solo shows including the Isle of Wight Festival, and a tour of Scotland.

I can’t wait to get back out on the road, and get my smile back, before these frown lines become permanent!

Hope to see you on the road soon.

x

Prague Dates Moved To September…

Oi!

Due to costs and venue availability, my Prague dates have been moved to September.

Logistically it makes more sense, as I will be able to play an extra date in the time we are there.

As soon as I have the venues confirmed, I will post it on here!

x

Band Camp…

Hi all,

I now have a band camp page. It’s a much easier way of downloading tracks, plus, the money comes to us, without the big guys taking a MASSIVE percentage.

Check out my band camp page here.

x