Over £50k was raised for the Women of Steel statue appeal and I’m really looking forward to being able to point to the statue when it goes up and say I helped put it there. Now let’s all enjoy St Elmo’s Fire again, cos that ain’t ever getting out of my head today. I wanna see fists in the air, people:
Tickets are now on sale (click here!) for my Christmas Eve Eve Eve show at the beautiful Lantern Theatre in Sheffield’s Nether Edge on Sunday Dec 22nd.
I’ll be accompanied by Katherine and Hannah, and we’ll have support in the form of our brilliant birdy friends Sootytern. The Lantern is small and cosy, so book soon to avoid disappointment; last year’s Figureheads show sold out well in advance. (For those of you who were there, let’s all have another winter ginterval.)
In what was definitely the highlight of recording this album so far, I’ve had Stannington Brass Band in the studio recently.
This lovely bunch have been adding their immense talents to what I think will be the album’s opening song, ‘Not Now, Horse’. Here’s a six second preview (that’s all you’re getting for now!):
Having never worked with a brass band before I suddenly have two in my life, as I’m going to be accompanied by Cornerstone Brass at Sheffield City Hall, one of the many bands playing for free that night to raise money for the Women of Steel fund. They’ve written an arrangement for Sheffield Shanty, one of the two songs I’ll be performing at the event. Tickets here!
I’ll be back shortly with another gig announcement…
We bid the fondest of farewells to Emma Kupa, who has moved so far across the country that I can’t keep asking her to come to rehearsal without buying her a helicopter. She also has a new band, Mammoth Penguins, who are brilliant.
Joining Katherine and me to complete the trio on our ‘Nat, John and Son’ outings, is the very bloody talented Hannah Browne. Hannah sings like a boid and plays the flute, accordian and horn and we are very pleased to have her. Here’s Hannah in her other band, Early Cartographers:
Hello! Got a few things coming up to tell you about. Apologies to anyone outside of Sheffield* as they are all within walking distance of my house:
Sunday 29 September 2:40pm – The Peace Gardens – free
This is part of Sensoria Festival and also a celebration of the Great Yorkshire Run.
Sunday 6 October – The Rutland Arms – unplugged show
I’m supporting the super lovely Pete Green as he launches his first solo album.
This one is also free, but there’ll be a voluntary whip-round
Saturday 9 November – Women of Steel, The Concert – Sheffield City Hall
This is a big one. The line up includes Tony Christie, Heaven 17, Martin Fry (ABC) and even the brilliant John Shuttleworth, who I appear to be goosing in this poster. It’s a fundraiser for the Women of Steel statue; a tribute to the women who worked in the steelworks during the wars.
I’ll also be announcing a special headline show soon, but you’re not ready for that yet.
*I haven’t gigged out of town nearly as much as I would have liked to this year and I’ll work on that for 2014. Get in touch if you want me to play in your town – make your demands below or facebook/tweet/email me.
Tomorrow I’m playing in the cafe of John Lewis in Sheffield. It’s part of this:
More details here. I’m on at 4pm. I’ll be performing a song on Radio Sheffield tomorrow morning too, at around 11:30am.
Then on 9 November, I’m very pleased to say that I’ll be performing as part of Women of Steel: the Concert! I’ll be sharing the massive stage at Sheffield City Hall with the likes of Heaven 17 and ABC’s Martin Fry. It’s to help fund a statue in honour of all the women in Sheffield who went to work in the steel works during the World Wars, a brilliant cause. More on that nearer the time, but tickets are already on sale here.
So, the Tramlines Festival returns to Sheffield this weekend and I’m back at the Cathedral, which is still one of the free venues. The capacity is much reduced from the last couple of years due to the refurb they’re doing, so get there early if you want a good pew!
I’ll be joined once again by the extremely talented Katherine Jackson and Emma Kupa and to get you in the mood, we’ve made our cover of Connie Converse’s ‘Roving Woman’ available to download. Enjoy!
You can also catch Without Feathers (me, Emma Kupa & Rory McVicar) at Sheffield City Hall on Friday at 9pm, though you will need a wristband for this venue, available on the door.
I noticed yesterday that Dirty Rotten Soul, and this brilliantly daft video made by my pal Sam Bunn, will be FIVE YEARS OLD come August. That seems like a very long time. Let’s watch it again…
I’m back in the studio shortly, continuing to work on my solo album. In the meantime, I’ve been rehearsing for the impending Tramlines Cathedral show (stage time confirmed as 7pm) and drawing pictures of Connie Converse.