Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Happy Christmas, is it over yet?...

I like Christmas very much.  I am an uncle 8 times over so there's always some little people to keep the excitement going for.  There's new Doctor Who and catching up with people I like but don't often see (there's loads of these now, being a full time musician means never being available to go to things when people ask you to but always, repeatedly asking those people to come to *your* things, yes that's fair and sustainable, hmmmm).

So here is this years Christmas song, rasing a glass to absent friends....

'Golden Hallelujah'

Chritsmas is good. But a new year, I properly like a new year. Not New Year, the 'party night' where you have to have a plan or you are deemed a lonely eyesore, not fussed on that. I tend to stay local and try to be home by 2 or 3 so I can get up early-ish and enjoy the really good bit of the new year. The new-ness.

Of course it's all arbitary but so is everything, so crack on I say.

I am especially looking forward to this year as I am releasing my sixth album but my first on a new label, with a new (ish) sound.  I am massively proud of this record, it is beautiful. You might have alreayd heard this, but if not here is a taster anyway, this is the title track....

A Chattering Of Birds - pre mastering

I've done loads this year, audio books, puppet theatre soundtracks, a gig on a boat that ended in a fight, producing other people, water-logged but fun festivals, videos (the xmas still above is a hint), flirting with brass bands, making backwards coconut noises for pantomimes and just, just, just failing to be on adverts and I've been too busy doing it all to really shout about it so thank you to everyone who has made it a massively enjoyable year.

Amongst the new things in the new year will be a new website where I'll be doing more reglaur free music and filling up that scrapbook with the songs and stories of some of those adventures befroe I forget them completely.

More samples of the new record to come in new year too, then the real thing, I cannot wait for you to hear it.

Hope you are marvelous, enjoy the holidays and see you in the new year with some tall tales and bird themed beauty....

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

How many Moses make a band?

It is 2012, 10 years since MOSES, the band I started with my brother David released our debut album ‘The Swimming Zoo’ .

Sometimes 10 years is a long time and sometimes it’s not. People got married and bred, music became essentially free, festivals became huge, gigs in London became pointless other than for fun (the good bit), our website disappeared and nobody at our old record label could tell me why or when even though I paid for it (that one still vexes me, can you tell?) but mostly the thing that a 10 year anniversary means for Moses is that we become a ‘heritage act’. This is great  for several reasons:

1: I don’t have to argue with all the other bands called Moses. We were called Moses, the albums are out there in the world under that name, the reviews in Q, NME etc said our name, the little CD rack divider in HMV said our name, it was our name, it’s past, it’s fact, I cannot change the past sorry other Moses bands.

2: We can do a 10th Anniversary tour.

3: I get to sing those songs again (and realise how bloody hard they were to sing and feel quite clever that I wrote half of them) and not concern myself about where anything is going, what it could become, who might be impressed or if somebody who knows somebody ‘in the industry’ thinks it’s good.  Never my cup of tea, possibly why we were so bad at it.

So there are some brilliant live dates. Moses being Moses of course not all of them involve every one of us. Me and Dave will be at all of them but the rest will be coming when they can, partners, babies, jobs and exotic other comitments permitting, we were always very good at making it work with however many Moseses we had.  I hope to see you there...

FRIDAY 10th February

The INSTITUTE in Kelvedon with special guest JAMIE LAWSON

SATURDAY 16th June

The Arran folk festival Isle of Arran

Tickets available nearer the time https://www.facebook.com/#!/ArranEvents

SATURDAY 23rd June

Club Cotherstone, Co Durham

Tickets available nearer the time www.facebook.com/mosespage

SATURDAY 14th July

The Moorings, Hartlepool

Tickets available nearer the time https://www.facebook.com/events/336113923094922/  

FRIDAY 14th September

High Barn, Great Bardfield, Essex

more to come...