Hope things are going well where you are in this big world. This is my first winter back in the north west and I’d forgotten how sporadic the weather is here. I spent a lot of time at university carrying a coat around because it was cold when I left the house but would get really hot in the afternoon. I’d also be able to tell how much rain had fallen that day by looking at how far up the back of my flared jeans the water had soaked in. I’m really not into this whole rain/hot/cold thing so ten years on I own something magical called “waterproofs”, which helps, but I have been missing the consistency of London weather, anyway…
I played a gig on Friday in at St. Margaret’s Church in Whalley Range supporting Duane Pitre. I met Duane and played trombone in his drone orchestra a couple of times in 2008 so it was an absolute pleasure to see him again. He’s a really talented musician so try and catch him on tour if you can!
My friend did a video recording of my set which you can watch here or here:
In other news I finally have a release date for my new tape Labyrinth on Exotic Pylon records which is the 14th November. Jonny did a news bulletin on his website which has all the details. I’m getting copies but I’ve already dished them out to folks so best to buy directly from Exotic Pylon if you want one.
I don’t think I’m going to be playing live before 2014 now. I’ve got so much family stuff on and I’m out of the country for most of December. I’ve got a couple of shows brewing in London and Leeds but more details about that when I know. I’m open to suggestions for 2014 gigs at the moment so drop me a line if you have any thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tor Bookings shows. We have one on Thursday this week in Todmorden – Faaaacebleurghbook page here. Cath and Phil Tyler, Chris Hladowski and Stephaine Hladowski. I’m really looking forward to it especially having such an excellent time at the recent N.Racker, Pascal Nichols & 2 Koi Karp show we hosted. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive of these shows so far. Again, I don’t think there’ll be another this side of the NY but we have a few ideas for 2014 cooking already.
I’ve got a picture published in this months episode of The Wire mag which I’m sure my old photography tutor ‘Darkroom Dave’ would be pleased with! I’m chuffed to say the least. It’s a photo I took (and published on this blog) of my pal Ellen Mary McGee and her mate Nick Johan Davies next to the article about Woolf Music.
That’s all for now I think. Hope your shoes are water tight.