We were all delighted with the news that RM Hubbert (or Hubby as his friends call him) was the winner of this year’s Scottish Album of The Year Award with his last album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’. Working with him on our track ‘Half Light’ has been one of the highlights of recent years and I’ve absolutely loved performing it with him as often as we’ve been able ever since.
With collaborators including Aidan Moffat, Alasdair Roberts, Hanna Tuulikki and Luke Sutherland to name but a few, it is a very special album full to the brim with the most diverse of voices but always grounded by the unique sound that is Hubby’s exquisite guitar playing.
If you don’t already own a copy, get yourself to Chemikal Underground’s online shop and sort it out right now!
You won’t be disappointed.
The EP is limited to only 300 copies so best move fast…
1. Half Light (RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock and Rafe Fitzpatrick)
2. The Night Is Heavy (Emma Pollock featuring Adem)
3. SG-666 (RM Hubbert)
4. Dark Skies (Emma Pollock, strings arranged by Malcolm Lindsay)
5. Elliot (RM Hubbert, Luke Sutherland)
6. Mo Ve’la Bella Mia De La Muntagna (RM Hubbert, Emma Pollock & Alasdair Roberts
RM Hubbert and I have been playing numerous shows together recently allowing us to play our song ‘Half Light’ which is included on his new album ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’. We decided a little while ago that it was much too much fun to stop short, so have set about putting a UK tour together which kicks off early September.
I’ll be playing a solo acoustic set, with quite a few new songs thrown in. We’ll also have an exclusive 6-track EP available at the shows, featuring new and previously unavailable recordings from both RM Hubbert and myself.
Tickets & details of all dates can be found here., but a quick list of the dates is as follows:
2nd Sep Edinburgh Electric Circus
3rd Sep York The Basement
4th Sep Colchester Arts Centre
5th Sep Cambridge Cornerhouse
6th Sep London Slaughtered Lamb
7th Sep Brighton Green Door Store
8th Sep Bristol Louisiana
9th Sep Nottingham Glee Club
10th Sep Leicester The Musician
11th Sep Wakefield The Hop
12th Sep Hull Adelphi
13th Sep Preston Continental
Last week was the first opportunity I’ve had to take to the stage as part of a theatre production since playing Gretl in my High School production of The Sound Of Music, during which I forgot to take my prop on stage almost every night.
This time round, I was taking part in Cora Bissett’s much anticipated new production Whatever Gets You Through The Night at the Arches which was a multi-media affair composed of new music and prose commissioned across Scotland, and quite breathtaking dance and set pieces performed by various dancers & actors.
The music written for the show has been made available as a downloadable album which can be found for sale here, and includes the track I wrote and recorded for the show called ‘Dark Skies’. Also available on the same website is the beautiful book that was designed to accompany the show with many of the lyrics and written pieces included, as well as some wonderful photography detailing the making of the production.
A film was also made documenting the development of this many headed beast. This film, currently being finished, will be shown at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival at Summerhall later this year.
This year’s Celtic Connections plays host to a fantastic show that’s been put together by Rab Noakes celebrating the wonderful songs of his former fellow band member Gerry Rafferty.
I was a big fan of Gerry Rafferty as a kid and am really excited to be part of this gig. Also appearing will be Ron Sexsmith, The Proclaimers, Jack Bruce (Cream) and Tom Robinson amongst others.
The shows take place at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on the 22nd and 23rd January.
More info can be found here however tickets are now sold out.
BBC1 Hogmanay Live 2012
As a precursor to the show Rab Noakes and I played a couple of Gerry’s songs together on BBC1’s Hogmanay Live show, which I think will still be available on iPlayer until the 8th Jan. (After that there’s always YouTube of course.)