Happy 2017 – next show, next album

I hope you’re well in 2017, and somehow surviving the seemingly ongoing worldwide palavas . . . here’s my annual blog post ūüôā

I’ve been busy studying music therapy, teaching piano & loving life!

And – planning the next album – currently the title is:

stars from a sidecar

Most songs are written, some are still in progress, aiming to release in 2018. Meantime you can hear a demo of one of the songs over here: soundcloud

Next Friday night I’ll sing that and a few others in a live show at the launch of an awesome exhibition for Fun-A-Day 2017. ¬†You may have heard me mention this in previous years – making art each day of January then showing it in Feb – well this time they asked me to sing at the launch!

Friday 10th Feb from 7pm at Wasps Studio, West Henderson Wynd
I’ll sing from 8 till 9pm

There will be artwork from at least 50 Dundee people – all kinds of stuff they have made throughout January. I highly recommend coming along if you’re in or near Dundee next weekend – poster below & read more online.
Thanks for reading – and hopefully it’s not so long till the next one ūüôā
Take care
Ed

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Don’t give up the *Day Job* – Album out now

So, Day Job is finally out!  Tattie Records TATTCD05.  12 tracks of roots and blues with an east-coast-Scotland twist.

If you pre-ordered, you already have a copy in your hands like this:

Day Job CD

though it’ll have a wee number written on the CD + case, since there’s only 50 of these CDs & handmade cases, each numbered – and 20 gone, so that leaves 30 now… easy maths!

Thanks once more to The Banter, a small band of guest musicians who feature on tracks this time Рyou can see their details on the CD liner notes or Bandcamp page.  And this is the only place to get 4 bonus tracks in addition to the 12 album tracks, more info below.

Some folks have kindly played tracks on their radio shows, for example:

  • Kathryn Tickell on Amazing Radio
  • Craig Gornall¬†on Shore Radio
  • 1320radio – including a lovely review (“High Girders throws down a glove to anyone who says that the blues are pass√©; in fact it‚Äôs a thumping tune in the vein of its earliest incarnations that suddenly sounds terribly novel….”)
  • Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio
  • Andy Gee on The Sound on Radio North Angus – earlier today we recorded an album special, airing next Saturday and featuring several tracks from Day Job, plus 2 live renditions on accordion!

accordion

Whichever way¬†you consume music these days, you can get Day Job that way… bandcamp, itunes, spotify, google play – and the full album to stream on youtube – just because I can! ūüôā

Enjoy the music, share around your music-loving pals, and see you soon

Ed

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Cash and music . . . ?

__Inspired by Jack Conte of Pomplamoose and his revealing summary of their tour cash-flow, I’ve been thinking back to my last tour and planning a new one – and it’s¬†about time this blog saw some action ūüėČ

They played¬†24 packed shows in front of thousands of people across the USA, employed musicians & crew,¬†sold¬†$100,000 of tickets, and had loads of¬†fun! ¬†(They say they lost over $11,000 in the process, but it’s OK because they are making it back via¬†YouTube plays, Patreon & iTunes sales.)

And “making it” was Jack’s point: they continue to work hard on music, movies and more. ¬†It’s an ongoing thing, in this¬†“a new paradigm for professional artistry…”

For fun, here’s my figures for my wee¬†6-date album launch tour for Simple Life¬†(Oct 2013) and how they compare¬†with Pomplamoose (in brackets) – I’m a low-key solo musician based in the east of Scotland, UK, so it’s quite a contrast!

Expenses
Rentals: £0 ($26,450)
Food/accomodation: £60 ($17,589)
Travel: £96 ($11,816)
Merch/marketing: £443 РCDs, T-shirts, posters, ads ($21,945)
Insurance/Salaries/Commissions: £0/£0/£0 ($5,445/$48,094/$16,463)

Income
Tickets, fees, cash in a jar: £317 Рmy income per venue rose the further north I went! ($97,519)
Merch: £380 РCDs, T-shirts ($29,714)
Sponsorship: £0 ($8,750)

Bottom line: £599 vs £697 : £98 profit ($147,802 vs $135,983 : $11,819 loss)

So, I didn’t employ a band, or have to stay away from home since my tour was so small (only visiting Scotland’s cities) – though I’m happy the tour covered itself, and a year on there’s only 4 CDs left, and we’re half-way through recording the new album Day Job!

Next time I hope to have a bit of a band for a gig or two, and play a few more places, who knows . . . watch this space ūüôā

Keep update via bit.ly/EdEmails

Simple Life Launch

Hi, it’s about time for a blog post – here’s a quick summary of the weekend, upcoming shows & more…

kingswayFirst – WOW, what a night on Friday, the Simple Life Album Launch Party was buzzing, Drouthy’s was packed! ¬†Thank you to everyone who came along and helped to celebrate the new album – you are a delightful bunch ūüôā ¬†We enjoyed music from Darren Campbell and Susan McCathie (many comments about your great voice Susan!) – then I had tremendous fun singing an hour of songs to a very appreciative audience. ¬†The volume of the audience on “Ode to the Kingsway” took me by surprise . . . maybe a new Dundee anthem in the making.

Special thanks to Graeme, (CD salesman), Kerri (scones/shortie), Ruaraidh (bagpipes!) and our hard-working barman – he was busy all night! ¬†Following the success of the evening, I’m planning more musical evenings to follow in the new year, watch this space.

On Saturday I visited the fair city of Perth, belting out songs for over two hours at Greyfriars Bar. ¬†The audience changed a few times throughout the night, but I¬†made a few new fans and had a wee taste of “celebrity” – As I was setting up the keyboard, I said hello to the couple at the nearby table, mentioning my name, to which came the immediate reply: “do you have a CD, can I buy one?!” ¬†They’d heard all about the Kingsway and Magdalen songs, and were delighted to meet me, buy the CD and hear the songs live… what a wonderful start to the night! ¬† Several other people showed great support during the songs, and put a stash of cash in the tip jar as well as buying CDs. ¬†Special thanks to Barry for carrying gear!

Tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th Oct) – I’m in Edinburgh playing at the Songwriter’s Cellar. ¬†It’s a regular event, hosted by Lach, a New York “Anti-Folk” pioneer now based in Scotland’s capital. ¬†There’s a¬†Facebook event for the evening¬†– plus more links below to the other songwriters who will be singing. ¬†After listening to songs by Georgia, Abi & Lach, it sounds like it will be a great evening, looking forward to it!

Georgia Gordon (Tweets/FB) &¬†Abi McQuater (FB) &¬†Lach¬†(Tweets/FB) @¬†Henry’s Cellar Bar (Tweets/FB)

Plus: on Friday evening I’ll be in Aberdeen, Downstairs at the Malt Mill – and Saturday at Clarkson Beanscene, south of Glasgow – more about these shows soon.

Like Like Unlike: Released

Early in 2011 I was persuaded back onto Facebook, after leaving in annoyance the previous year… it seemed everyone was on there already, sharing news, pictures, etc, etc, but I’ve never been that cosy with the whole Facebook society, compared to the ‘good old days’. So, I wrote this song: Like Like Unlike…(here’s the original post with the lyrics)

In the summer I launched my album Cage for the Clouds, and played Like Like Unlike live for the first time, the raw recording made its way online and got big love from loads of folks including many friends and a couple of DJs.

So, seeing as I didn’t plan another album for a year or so, I thought I’d record and release the song – and throw in a Christmas carol since it’s nearly December already!!




And... I'd always wanted to put out some 'unplugged' versions of my songs, so I sat down with a Fender Rhodes and recorded them all straight-off, no overdubs. There's 7 tracks, including a couple of new songs not available anywhere else.

And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s an exclusive early preview of ‘Two Kinds of Blue’ – an early demo from a 10-track blues/funk album, coming summer 2012.

The full 11-track package is available for a nominal fee, or you can download a couple of the tracks for ‘pay-what-you-want’.

Track Listing:
Like Like Unlike
Midnight Clear
Unplugged tracks (Voice/Fender Rhodes):
Cage for the Clouds
Cold Stares
Like Like Unlike
You see her
Sing them anyway
She’s gone
Alibi
Like Like Unlike (Live debut)
Two Kinds of Blue (Demo)

Album is ‘officially’ out now!

Glad to say my debut album is officially out now, after hard work recording, mixing and more over a period of several months since having the bright idea for the record label and album back in December 2010

The CDs are selling well so far – direct from the Tattie Records website and from record stores:

Groucho’s, Nethergate, Dundee
Love Music Glasgow, beside Queen St station, Glasgow

And I’ve been getting airplay: here’s Andy G playing ‘Paradise’ last weekend:

PLUS: digital downloads & streaming are available:

Bandcamp / iTunes / Spotify / Napster

Dutch diversion during disc deployment

Working abroad once again, this time in the Netherlands, where the radio is chock-full of english-language rock and pop!¬†¬† The people I’ve met here are friendly, laid-back, modest, hard-working and laid-back…

Anyway, this is just a small diversion as I prepare to launch debut album ‘Cage for the Clouds’ – official release date July 1st 2011 – and available to pre-order now direct from tattierecords.com – plus you get cash-back for each person you refer with your unique TattieCode – or use it yourself for discounts on CDs, T-shirts, etc…

And my next live performance will be in Dundee at Tonic on Sunday 26 June – this will be the album launch gig because it’s nearly July 1st (and the fact I’ll not be playing another live date around then, as it’s holiday time!!).¬† More about this gig soon…