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Free Download of New Song / Touring With Pictish Trail November and December

To celebrate going on tour with my friend The Pictish Trail next month Moshi and I have decided to give away a new song called ‘Home’. It was recorded during sessions for our new album which, if a all goes to plan, should be out early next year.

If you sign up to the mailing list here  we’ll send you the song, at least that’s how I think it works. If you’ve already signed up to the mailing list we’ll send you a link to download too.

In the meantime, you can www listen to the song here:

If only I had done bit of forward planning I would have changed the words to ‘I long to be on tour’ probably would have been a bit more fitting.

I am excited to be on the road, a few more dates have been added. Full details below.

NOVEMBER

27 Margate, Tom Thumb

28 Birmingham, The Glee Club

29 Brighton, The Haunt

30 Southampton, Talking Heads

DECEMBER

01 Bristol, The Lantern

02 Sheffield, The Greystones

03 Hebden Bridge, Trades Club

04 London, Southbank Centre

05 Reading, South Street Arts

06 Cardiff, Duke of Clarence

07 Exeter, The Phoenix

09 Leicester, The Musician

10 York, The Basement

11 Manchester, Gullivers

12 Wakefield, Unity Works Minor Hall

13 Edinburgh, Portobello Town Hall

14 Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree

JANUARY 2015

20 Glasgow, Celtic Connections

 

Section A / Section B

IN BRIEF

A) Upcoming band and solo gigs up until the end of October 2014

B) Joint tour with The Pictish Trail (Tour Name T.B.C) set for November and December 2014

DETAILS A

Below is a list of all upcoming band and solo gigs this summer right through to the middle of October. I / We would love to see you there.

July

27 July – Indietracks Festival – Derbyshire (Tickets Here) **

August

02 August – Knee Deep Festival – Cornwall (Tickets Here) *

03 August – Cloudspotting Festival – Slaidburn (Tickets Here) *

10 August –  Beacons Festival – Yorkshire (Tickets Here) **

28 August – Mas Mas Festival – River’s Edge – Cardigan (Tickets Here) **

30 August – End of The Road Festival – North Dorset (Tickets Here) **

September 

19 September – Strange Wales – Laugharne Festival – Laugharne (Tickets Here) *

23 September – Supporting Ezra Furman – The Scala – London (Tickets Here) **

October 

11 October – Twisterella Festival – Middlesborough (Tickets Here) *

* Solo

** Band

DETAILS B 

My friend  The Pictish Trail and I have teamed up, for one tour only, to present a Musical Extravaganza (what that means I don’t yet know). The Tour is untitled as yet and the content, theme, songs, backdrop, catering, rider, any other business and driving duties are still to be finalised. It may never will.

BUT

We have the dates. BELOW. And we know it will be something special and a lot of fun, we just need to work out exactly what between now and the end of November.

November 

Pictich Trail and Sweet Baboo joint headline tour. ***

28 November – The Glee Club – Birmingham (Tickets Here)

29 November – The Haunt – Brighton (Tickets Here)

30 November – Talking Heads – Southampton (Tickets Here)

December 

01 December – The Lantern – Bristol (Tickets Here)

02 December – Greystones – Sheffield (Tickets Here)

03 December – Traders Club – Hebden Bridge (Tickets Here)

04 December – Purcell Room – London (Tickets Here)

05 December – South Streets Art Centre – Reading (Tickets Here)

06 December – The Duke of Clarence – Cardiff (Tickets Here)

08 December – Phoenix – Exeter (Tickets Here)

09 December – The Musician – Leicester (Tickets Here)

10 December – The Basement – York (Tickets Here)

11 December – Gullivers – Manchester (Tickets Here)

14 December – The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen (Tickets Here)

Finally, and as a side note, the Cardiff gig on the 6th of December is my first foray into  gig promotion since about 2004. If it’s anything like that night then it will be a gig to remember.

Marc Riley Sessions Vinyl and Mini Tour This summer

Klaxon please:

I am over the moon to announce that Moshi Moshi will be releasing a limited run of 300 12″ vinyls of selected songs performed on the Marc Riley show over the last 10 years or so.

It is available to preorder here.

This is the cover.

Marc Riley Cover

 

 

 

 

 

To celebrate the release we will be playing at the following venues over the summer, in what we have christened ‘The Test Pressings Tour’

Details Below:

8th July – Stroud – Prince Albert (Tickets Here)

9th July – London – The Waiting Room (Tickets Here)

11th July – Ramsgte – Music Hall (Tickets Here)

12th July – Leicester – Cookie Jar (Tickets Here)

13th July – Cardiff – The Gower (Tickets Here)

The record will be available to purchase at these shows, and forever more until they are all gone.

SB

MACHYNLLETH COMEDY FESTIVAL and GIGS 2014

FIRSTLY

My friends at Machynlleth Comedy Festival have entrusted me with the honour of curating the music at their festival.  It’s been pretty easy, I just chose some of my favourite bands to play Oliver Wilde, Mowbird, Islet, Gulp, Tender Prey, and Shhh…Apes!. I hope to add a few surprises to the weekend in the next couple of weeks too.I encourage all of you to go, for the comedy, as well as the music, it’s one of my best weekends you’ll have all year. It’s from the 2nd to the 4th of May.

SECONDLY

As far as I’m aware below is a list of all the gigs I will be doing over the next coming months. I don’t think I’ve missed any out.

SB

April 2014

4 April – Blue Sky – Bangor (Tickets Here) *

5 April – Kinning Park Complex – Glasgow – Supporting Randolph’s Leap  (Tickets Here) *

6 April – Takk Coffee House – Manchester  (Tickets Here) *

20 – April – Wales Goes Pop Festival – Cardiff – (Tickets Here) *

*Solo Show

May 2014

17 May – Wood Festival – Braziers Park Festival (Tickets Here) *

June 2014

7 June – Warwick Arts Centre – Coventry  (Tickets Here) *

20 June – Dinefwr Literature Festival – Dinefwr (Tickets t.b.c)

July 2014

27 July – Indietracks Festival – Derbyshire (Tickets Here) **

August 

10 August –  Beacons Festival – Yorkshire (Tickets Here) **

29 – 31 August – End of The Road Festival – North Dorset (Tickets Here) **

*Solo Show

** Full Band Show

2014 GIGS

Just a couple of April gigs to announce.

Firstly, on Friday the 4th of April I’ll be playing a solo set at the Blue Sky in Bangor. You can buy tickets at the venue or here

On Saturday the 5th April I’ll be supporting Randolph’s leap,  It’s their album launch so will be a fantastic night.  It’s in Glasgow at the Kinning Park Complex. You can buy tickets here

Then on my way home to Cardiff I’ll be stopping off at the Takk Coffee House in Manchester. That’s on the 6th of April. You can buy tickets for that one here

There will be a few more gigs announced for the summer but until then.

That’s it.

SB

Thank you list

Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and the band over the last 12 months. It’s a been a glorious year for gigs and releasing records and I hope next year we’ll see you again.

It’s a bit too late for Christmas but shape records have re-released the long sold out records ‘I’m a Dancer / Songs about Sleepin’ and the ‘Girl Under a Tree Ep’ as a double disc bonanza CD. You can buy it here

Seasons

SB

 

Tour Imminent / Motorhome EP news / Misc Merchandise and Presents Galore / Instores / Props / Dates

Tour Imminent 

Our tour starts on Wednesday. Expect, new songs, old songs, sing a longs and much much more. We’re really excited about it as it will be our last this year so are going to play like it’s nineteen ninety-nine every night. We’d love it if you could join us. Tickets available here or from the venue. Full list below.

Motorhome EP

The Motorhome EP is back at Moshi HQ and looks fantastic, and good news!, it’s bigger! We coudn’t fit all the songs on a 10″, so we’ve popped it on a 12″ instead. It’ll be available at all good record shops from next Monday but you can still pre-order it here or even better buy it when you come to one of our gigs. Bamm! I’m not sure how many we’ve made but they are definitely limited edition so get one while you can.

Misc Merchandise and Presents Galore

As well as the ‘Motorhome Songs’ Vinyl and ‘Ship’s Vinyl and CD we’ve gone Merchandise mad for this tour. It’s like some kind of Alan Sugar shit. There will be limited edition screen printed T’s (60 red and 60 blue) posters (100) but, most excitingly, our friends at Shape Records have re-issued our album ‘I’m a Dancer/Songs about Sleepin’ and ‘The Girl Under a Tree EP’ both of which have been unavailable for a while. We’ve popped em in a double cd 2 in 1 like the beach boys would have done. Even if I do say so myself, it looks pretty dope.

In the first instance, the T’s, posters and re-issue will only be available to buy at gigs. More reason to come! Salesman till I die. If, for any reason, there is stuff left. I will pop it all in the online shop . I’ve been meaning to update for a while.

Instores

We have two instores in the next couple of weeks. Firstly, this Saturday (9th of November), 2:00pm, at Pop Records Ltd in Sunderland. Secondly, Sunday the 17th of November, 3:00pm at Rise in Bristol. They are FREE to get in so you can come to that then come to the gig in the  evening too!!!

Props

Finally, I just thought I’d give some props to some of my friends who have, or are about to release records in the last couple of months. I feel very proud to have played a (small) part in all 3 of them.

Euros Childs has just released his latest Album ‘Situation Comedy’, I was lucky enough to play bass on it. It’s amazing and everyone should buy it and go and see him play on tour. You can buy it, listen to it, get tour dates and everything you need from his website here.

Islet have just released their second album ‘Released by The Movement’, I helped record it. It’s amazing and everyone should buy that too. Everything Islet based can be found here

Finally, and by no means least, Cate Le Bon is about to release her album, Mug Museum next week, I got to play bass on that too, and it’s totally amazing, my running record of choice. Cate Le Bon stuff can be found here

Dates

NOVEMBER

06  -  Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (Tickets)

07  - Night & Day – Manchester (Tickets)

08 –  Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds (Tickets)

09 – Instore – Pop Records Ltd – Sunderland (Free Show) 2.00 pm

09  - Westgarth F.C. – Middlesborough (Tickets)

10  - Electric Circus – Edinburgh (Tickets)

11  - Lemon Tree – Aberdeen (Tickets)

12  - The Leaf – Liverpool (Tickets)

13  - The Harley – Sheffield (Tickets)

14 – Islington Assembly Hall – London (Tickets)

16  - Cavern Club – Exeter (Tickets)

17 – Instore – Rise – Bristol (Free Afternoon Show) 3.00 pm

17  - The Exchange – Bristol (Tickets)

18  - The Joiners Arms – Southampton (Tickets)

19  - Green Door Store – Brighton (Tickets)

20  - Portland Arms – Cambridge (Tickets)

21  - The Prince Albert – Stroud (Tickets)

22  - Spanky Van Dykes – Nottingham (Tickets)

29 – The Grand – Clitheroe (Supporting The Leisure Society) (Tickets) *

DECEMBER

14 – Sweet Baboo Christmas Party – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff (Tickets)

If you pre-order a ticket for the November tour you will receive a free download of the St. Pancreas Church gig which features songs old and new.

 

*Solo Show

NEW EP ‘MOTORHOME SONGS’ NOVEMBER 11

Hooray. Moshi Moshi are releasing an ep I made on 10″ vinyl on November the 11th. It’s called ‘Motorhome Songs’ and looks  like this.

That’s the song ‘Motoring Home’ playing in the widget. It’s available to download here for a only 75 pence

Even better you can pre-order the 10″ here and you will also receive an immediate download of the song.

In case you need more convincing. I’ve tried explaining the concept of the e.p below:

‘The idea of the EP was to write a soundtrack to a fictional road trip I made with my family earlier this summer.

It plots the journey from our home in Cardiff, leaving city life and the M4 behind (Traffic Report 1), hitting the open road (Motorhome) and travelling up country to Northumberland (Everything’s A1) for a well needed rest and holiday. The Beach at Bamburgh Castle was our ultimate destination ( You are the Best Beach that I Know) as I’d been told that it was a pretty spectacular place.

For the most part the journey went smoothly but it was not without a few minor bumps in the road (no pun intended).

For example, the less than neighbourly couple at Lakeside Caravan Park outside of Thirsk, A61, who took an instant dislike to the size and age of our van. (A Stand off with Those at Hook up No.8). Or when we came face to face with some unfriendly cows on the B1341 who didn’t take kindly to being beeped at to get out of the way. (Animals Crossing and Cross Animals). But we made it, in one piece and, it was, well, worth it. (You are the Best Beach that I Know).

The journey home (Traffic Report 2) initially felt long and was tinged with sadness (Lay Bye Bye) but, as we drove in to Wales, our spirits lifted as we realised it was OK to be home and were excited and ready for our next adventure (Motoring Home).

I imagined the road trip being broadcast as a BBC documentary from the late 70s, early 80s, like something Paul and Linda might do. A documentary scheduled between Tomorrow’s World and a Roger Moore Bond film. A documentary that wouldn’t get shown on TV anymore.

The music was recorded with this era in mind. Wings and the Traveling Wilburys were the main inspirations for the songs and the Radiophonic Workshop for the incidental music.

It’s not a crazy adventure, it’s a road trip to a beautiful place Britain. I’m 31 now and that’s what I like to do. ‘

ALSO

It’s coming out to coincide with a November tour. Tickets are available here and if you buy now you’ll receive a free download of a concert I did at St Pancreas Church this summer just gone.

 

 

NEW VIDEO – JOHNNY FLYNN SUPPORT – NEW NOVEMBER TOUR WITH FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD OPTION

As tennis fever hits a record high, I hope you are all embrassing your inner smash and drinking Barley water like it was going out of fashion.
Here’s some of my centre court worthy news.
Firstly: thank you to everyone who voted for the 6music rebel playlist last week, like Murray, we won. Hooray!!!!
Secondly: my friends James and Mark Hankins have made an Ace video for my next single C’mon Let’s Mosh! You can watch it below

James and Mark play in the band OLO Worms who are brill and have also made videos for Rozi Plain and Oliver Wilde, which you can watch here and here. All of which is grand slam great.
Advantage point to anyone who guesses which 3 obcenities I use during the gutter ball scene.
A big net point goes out to James and Mark, Imogen 1 and 2, Matt and Jamie and everyone who came to the gig in Bristol. Love all.
Thirdly: I am supporting Johnny Flynn this month for 3 shows. They are sold out. Eek! Maybe we could play a quick game of doubles.
Finally: To celebrate the summer, me and the band are continuing our never ending tour. We will be hitting the following cities.
More excitingly if you buy a ticket now  you can get a free download of my gig at St Pancras Church from last month, it includes songs new and old and the odd bit of crowd interference. *
Game, Set and Match
SB

C’MON LET’s MOSH! on the REBEL PLAYLIST. HELP NEEDED!!!

My new single, C’mon Let’s Mosh has been nominated for Steve Lamacq’s Rebel playlist on Six music this week.

I know I’ve asked before but if you have time, and the inkling, you can vote here

 



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