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 🙂

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 🙂
Take care
Ed

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Happy New Year 2016

Let me squeeze in a quick wee post before 2015 is done, round up a few things from this year and share some upcoming stuff too…
This was the year I released Day Job – a blues album with help from some friends – then I quit my day job to study music therapy 🙂

  
There have been fewer gigs this year, though some of the best yet, like playing to a packed hall at Letham Nights!

  
And I’ve been writing new songs along the way, just about enough for another album, you’ll hear more soon, like the recent Sidecar.

 
In January I’ll also have #FunADay for the third year running – expect daily painting and songwriting – my canvas is ready 🙂

  

So, happy new year when it comes, and maybe I’ll post a bit more on the blog for 2016 (maybe not).

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 – you 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 passé; in fact it’s 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! 🙂

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 😉

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 – CDs, 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 – my income per venue rose the further north I went! ($97,519)
Merch: £380 – CDs, 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 🙂

Keep update via bit.ly/EdEmails

Two Thousand and Thirteen . . .

The year is almost done, the future has begun,

Let’s sit and have a cup of tea, and watch the setting sun.

Just think, this time last year it was nearly the end of the world.

And here we all are…

This year it’s been great to get my songs recorded and released for other people to enjoy: Simple Life!

Music-wise, the first half of 2013 was recording and mixing, the second half launching the album and playing live around Scotland…

I’ll finish the year with a Christmas Carol . . .

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And here’s a few excerpts from websites mentioning Simple Life:

Folk Radio UK“Simple Life: Song of the Day, A name I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from.”

Inverness Gigs“You have an impressive way with an observational style to your song-writing (from roundabouts to the end of the world)…”

Ralph’s Life – “Michael Marra’s shoes will take some filling, but as the first anniversary of his untimely passing fast approaches it’s this Jack Russell’s view that Ed Muirhead’s got what it takes…”

Rusty HipEd’s music is a fascinating potion of earnest songwriting, great storytelling and evocative near bluesy vocals…”

Ravechild“You can tell that so much hard work has gone into every detail of the record, one that you struggle to find anything to criticise – a truly amazing talent.”

Oli Arditi“This is songwriting done right, skillfully realised, performed without equivocation; the results are moving.”

On the air…

Recently I was invited to join Andy G on “The Sound” radio show – he’s a champion of music, with a weekly radio program featuring all kinds of sounds.

Below you can listen to the show on replay, and enjoy the music and our banter… it’s in two parts – scroll down for the full shebang…

Part One: I arrive @ 52 minutes, the interview includes:

  • Piano lessons / teenage years
  • Glasgow student bands / some influences
  • Track: Counting Crows – Angels of the Silences
  • Trampled By A Horse / Songwriting
  • Track: Ed Muirhead – She’s Gone

Part Two includes:

The Bay View…

View of the Bay...

Saturday tea-time, live at five I played a set at Dundee’s Bay View bar. This photo shows the view which gives the bar its name – Invergowrie Bay on the silvery Tay… and in turn, the bar passed its name on to a certain Dundee band who are still doing well and return to their home town for a 3-night-gig-stravaganza soon…