My new EP is out now, follow any of the following links to buy/listen. I'm very proud of it, and I hope you like it too. Buy from Bandcamp and you'll get a digital booklet and some assorted photos from the EP shoot. Thanks so so much to Charlie at https://www.facebook.com/MagpieStudiosKent?fref=ts, and Matt Cahill Photography. Look them up!
Before I let my new EP loose on the world, I'm hosting a launch show at Sun Pier House Chatham. I'll be playing (weird if I wasn't), and I've roped in One Day Elliott to open with a special acoustic set. It's a lovely big room with a lovely big bar and a lovely big stage too. Entry is free, and I'll be selling copies of Live At Magpie for £3 on the night. The physical copy has a download code too, so you can grab the digital copy without the fuss.
Click attending, share the event, invite your friends, the more the merrier, there's plenty of room. Lastly, thanks to everyone that's helped me out, chucked me freebies, and supported my music. You're all wonderful, and I'm not just saying that so you'll come along. Sun Pier is in a little complex next to Staples in Chatham. It's the back right part of the complex, up the outside stairs. There's free parking right outside, you can even leave your car overnight if you fancy a few pints.
For more details, follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1484177221880853/
It's been a long year. I've had my ups and downs. The approach I've taken when booking shows has changed, as have my rituals for practicing, and for writing. Through the years, my number one priority has always been my live performances, and this has reflected strongly in my recorded music. My last EP, I Lost Every One Of You, was supposed to sound live, natural, and without bells, whistles and gimmicks. Despite that, I still felt the need to record things separately, to record to a click and to make
use of tuning.
Maybe I'm wiser now (I'm definitely bloody older), but it's time to leave those things behind. I'm hugely proud to introduce Live At Magpie. Recorded in one day with Charlie at Magpie Studios Kent, we spent a considerable amount of time flooding the room with microphones, and then recorded the whole thing live, like a gig. It was a wonderful experience; recording in the studio without a click, without separating the guitar from the vocal, I didn't even wear headphones. I've never felt so relaxed in that situation, and I think that bred confidence, leading to some of my strongest ever performances.
Releasing an unedited EP is as terrifying as it is exciting, and there's no way I'd have even considered it a year or two ago. I also wouldn't have plastered my face across the front cover, but this record feels intimate and personal, and a portrait shot just felt right.
Live At Magpie will release digitally on 31/8/15, but keep an eye out for details of my launch show, featuring special guests and considerable merriment. Can't wait to see you.