Tomorrow Saturday 19th October I’m playing this year’s Oxjam Islington Festival. It’s for Oxfam of course so all proceeds will go to charity. I’ll be at The Library in Upper Street from around 6pm, on stage at 7pm.
I’m touring the UK on bass and keys with young talent Ryan Keen this month. Yesterday before our Manchester gig at The Academy we went go karting with the team and Irish artist Gavin James. As a non driver and general wuss when it comes to anything cars, racing, speed and jazz (apart from the smell of gasoline of course, which I love!) this was a truly interesting experience. Dare I say it, it’ll happen again.
From left to right: Ryan Keen, Lee Levent, Nat Walker, Michael Till, Gavin James and H.
A shot from this weekend’s session at Press Play Studio in South Bermondsey here in London. It was an incredible creative two days with my friend, Lojinx label maestro, Andrew Campbell both producing and working the desk. We tracked pianos, bass, some acoustic guitars, ehh tambourine… And worked up two new tracks from scratch to take us to 10 in total, all should make my next record. Titles includes - You And I, Apple Tree, Cindy Reads and Thunder. If we’re lucky and the stars align we’ll also have some stellar international star performers added to the line-up playing on this record and I can’t wait to present this music to everyone. Sit tight. X
Day 2 progressing nicely with @henrikirgens #studio #recording #epiphone #gefell #m300 #doubletrack (at Press Play Studio)
Anonymous asked: How old are you? Saw you at Kim richey's gig on Sunday, it was awesome :) we are just intrigued as to your age. Our guess, 23?
We are intrigued… The Royal We? ;-)
23 is not correct I’m afraid… Have a couple more guesses…
Thanks for coming to Kim’s show, she’s brilliant isn’t she, simply a class singer and writer.
A few weeks back I was asked to play but also help put together a little line-up of acoustic acts for the Nordicana event hitting London this weekend, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2013, at The Farmiloe building in Clerkenwell.
It’s a pretty big event celebrating all things Scandi with the main focus on crime and thriller fiction in TV and film. Loads of people from the teams that brought you The Killing, Borgen and Arne Dahl will be there, actors, writers and producers. I’ve heard you can buy food and drink and what better time to stack up on liquorice from the Scandinavian Kitchen that will be there cooking up a storm.
I’ve been lucky (with a little help from my friends!) to have tracked down some excellent up and coming Scandinavian artists. On the Saturday Swedish artists Katarina Gunnerholm and Hanna Jacobsson will play sets of original material and on Sunday’s bill it’s Liisa from Finland and Anna Lena & the Orchids from Norway. Follow these links for schedule and tickets.
Hope to see you there!
It gives me great pleasure to write a little plug for Kim’s new record, Thorn In My Heart, out on Lojinx today here in Europe.
Not only is she a great singer and musician (she would laugh but I think she’s the best rhythm guitarist on the planet), she’s also an inspiration when it comes to try and convey a feeling or capture the essence of what makes a great song. She’s always reading, watching great films or on her way to a museum or somewhere else, gathering inspiration and information to spark off the next song. That’s how I see her anyway and I’d like to be more like that.
We met through producer Giles Martin when I played bass on her album ‘Chinese Boxes’ back in 2007. For the new album Kim’s recorded the song ‘I Will Wait’ which we co-wrote one foggy spring morning (or was it autumn?) a while back here in North London, you see we like our foggy mornings here in N6 and spooky songs grow from fog.
Big congrats to Steve Lamacq over at BBC 6Music for his 20 years with The Beeb this week. I had the pleasure to work with him when we did the (in)famous Punk Rock Karaoke stint at The Garage a few years back, you’ll remember if you were there, maybe you won’t.. Anyway, here’s the little chat we had when I chose my Good Day/Bad Day track on 6Music 19th November 2010.