Festivals, Fans and Dog Awards

Well that was a pretty good weekend.

Saturday: Indietracks

The Church (photo) at Indietracks is a beautiful 100 degree deathtrap of loveliness. Being the total professionals we are (shhh), we powered through despite the heat, but yes, black was a bad choice on what was possibly the hottest day of the year.

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We met some lovely people (and owls) as well as catching up with old friends, and spent some time hanging out with our fans, see?

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Dean Wareham’s set later on was really great (and I got to meet him too!), and we saw some of Gruff Rhys before we had to head off.

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There are a few more pics over here

Sunday: The Folk Forest at Tramlines

I was so glad we were playing on an outdoor stage this year, especially given my fondness for Endcliffe Park. It was BUSY. View from the stage:

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On stage photos by Simon Butler, more here:

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There were many dogs in the park. Here are the Folk Forest Dog Awards:

Best Dog – Winner

The Best Dog Award goes to my friend’s greyhound, Ace, who wears my hat extremely well:

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Best Dog – Runner Up

The barking dog who responded from afar when I dedicated ‘Dog’ to the dogs in the park.

Congratulations to all the contenders. There was a lot of competition and in my eyes, all the dogs in the park were winners.

Here’s our set list from the weekend:

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So that’s that, the weekend’s over. But wait a minute – there’s more! It’s Cardiff this Friday, and then we’ll be focusing on getting ready for Roving Women at Cutlers’ Hall, followed by another festival in Manchester in October. And of course, I’ll be busy getting the album ready for release…

In other news, T-shirts are selling pretty quickly (thanks!) and some of the men’s sizes are starting to run out already. Get yours here.

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T-shirts and prints!

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Be the coolest person you know in a brand new Nat Johnson t-shirt!red-tee-croptees-1

They come in a range of sizes and are available at this very moment:

Men (in forest green, cardinal red or navy)

Women (in red or navy)

Signed A4 Prints

The t-shirt design is based on my painting of a nuthatch in beech leaves, inspired by a little nuthatch I met in Endcliffe Park:

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Buy a Nuthatch print

And this little fella is one I painted for a friend’s 50th, but I liked him so much I thought I’d share him with you as well:

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Buy a Silver Fox print

Everything’s a tenner. We’ll be taking t-shirts and prints along to this weekend’s festivals and to Cardiff next week. (You can see all our upcoming gigs here.)

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For sale: Tanglewood, GSOH, answers to the name “Floss”

**** UPDATE – THE GUITAR HAS BEEN SOLD ****

I’m selling this lovely Tanglewood TW115 AS electric acoustic guitar:

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She’s in fine condition, despite being on many adventures with me over the last few years. I’m only selling Floss because I’ve just bought a different Tanglewood. They’re great guitars.

There’s a little bit of wear and tear, as you’d expect from a gigging guitar, but nothing at all significant or particularly noticeable:

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I’m asking for £160 (cash, cheque or paypal). The buyer will need to collect either from Sheffield or from one of my upcoming gigs, so Indietracks (Derbyshire) / Tramlines (Sheffield again) next weekend or Cardiff on 1st August.

Email me: nat@natjohnson.co.uk if you’re interested. First come, first served.

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Daft Craft Raft Race: Aftermath

Today, I raced my daft craft, the Craft Craft, in the Daft Craft Raft Race (say it again.)

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It raced in the first heat, battling against many perils, like walls and …water. It was TENSE. Spectators shot at the rafts with water pistols, with no regard for the safety of the crews on board.

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There was a clear winner in my heat. Alas, it was not the Craft Craft. I battled for second place with Stuart Faulkner‘s guitar ship. It was declared a draw (but I think I really came third). The winner of our heat went on to win the whole race.

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I left empty-handed. Awardless. The speech I had prepared was never to be uttered.

Katherine and Oliver tried to console me with a post-race beer, but it was useless.

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Through my tears, I would like to say well done to the organisers and my fellow rafters, and congratulations to the winners. And thanks again to Gertie’s for sponsoring me and to the anonymous donor on the Just Giving site! I hope lots of money was raised today for Recovery Enterprises.

I’ll be back.

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Daft Craft Raft Race: The Craft Craft

Presenting: THE CRAFT CRAFT.

This is my daft craft for Sunday’s Daft Craft Raft Race in aid of Recovery Enterprises. It is LIGHT AS A FEATHER, STIFF AS A BOARD, sailed by Captain Neve Campbell and her crew of teenage witch friends from 1996 hit ‘The Craft‘:

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As you can see, I have incorporated many spells into the Craft Craft. Each witch has their own spell, calling upon the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North/South/East/West. There are spells to both starboard and port, whilst the magical videotape has been removed from its casing and inserted within the hull.

As the next image shows, the casing has been repurposed to invoke the supreme deity, Manon:

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I have tested it in the bath. It floats.

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The Daft Craft Raft Race: preparation

Avast! I’ve decided to enter the The Daft Craft Raft Race this Sunday, which from the looks of it involves a chaotic mess of people shouting at things they have chucked into the Porter Brook. Naturally, I wanted in.

Construction began today. It started well; I was full of beans… you could say cocky.

Definitely cocky. I have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t have any of the stuff I need. Everything falls apart. I have made a mess. I have now also made a shopping list of all the things I didn’t realise I would need and given up for today. Here is a glimpse of a part I did manage to make:

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However awful my daft craft turns out (it’s going to be shit), it’s all for a good cause; as well as giving me a licence to shout a lot in the park this Sunday, it’s for a great charity – Recovery Enterprises, which supports people with mental health issues to develop enterprising and creative ideas and initiatives.

My official sponsor is Gerties Cafe, Walkley’s finest purveyor of breakfasts and exotic teas.

If you’d like to sponsor me, please do so here and add a comment to say that you’re supporting ME! Thankee!

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Indietracks compilation

Get your summery indiepop fix with the Indietracks Festival compilation – 55 tracks for £2! Including Straw and Hay from me (from I’m Across, I’m Ashore). All proceeds to Midland Railway Trust.

Listen/buy here

And you can get your Indietracks tickets here. We play on the Saturday night in the Church.

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