Walking in Rivelin today.

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Off the Shelf with Tracey Thorn

How about this then – I’ll be in conversation with the marvellous TRACEY THORN (!) as part of this year’s Off the Shelf Festival.

I’ll be talking to Tracey about her new book, “Naked at the Albert Hall: The inside story of singing”. It’s happening at Sheffield University Union Auditorium on 14th October at 7pm. More info and tickets over here.


Here’s Tracey guesting on the new John Grant track, Disappointing:

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Lonesome Lake out today, plus new video for Condor

The Lonesome Lake EP is out now! It’s available as a digital EP from iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon, and at the time of writing there are only 14 left of the 100 uniquely hand-designed CDs too. Here’s a video for lead track, Condor – as heard on 6 music this week thanks to Gid Coe and Steve Lamacq. The vid was made by our very own Neil Piper (not just a great drummer eh?), and was filmed at Padley Gorge in the Peak District.

A million pounds to the first person to correctly guess what’s in the basket (not really, just in case. I’ll tell you another time).

The EP was produced by that lovely fella with the clever ears, Dave Sanderson, and features the talents of: Katherine Jackson (fiddle, uke, vocals), Hannah Cartledge (flute, vocals), Oliver Allchin (banjo, saw), Chris Loftus (bass), Neil Piper (drums), plus the wonderful bunch of people known as Cornerstone Brass on Condor, led by Damian Wileman (who made a real arrangement out of my vague ideas). And me of course on vocals, guitar and piano.

The EP emerged from our Roving Women project and the photo of Lonesome Lake is from Andrea Kannes’ film “We Lived Alone: The Connie Converse documentary”, which we’ll be screening again at the Lexington in London next month, as well as performing our versions of Connie’s songs and the songs from the EP.

Lonesome Lake

You can read the lyrics over here.

We all really hope you enjoy it and we’d love to hear what you think. If you’ve got one of the EPs, do tweet us a photo and if you can make it our last Roving Women show in London next month, do please come along, and tell your friends!

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Off the Shelf Festival

Earlier this week I helped launched this year’s Off the Shelf literature festival, alongside Owen Jones, poet Mike Garry and novelist Sunjeev Sahota. Here’s the pic in the local paper to prove it:Off the Shelf crop

So good to meet Owen Jones! Mike Garry gave a brilliant performance and is a thoroughly nice bloke too.

More info on my involvement in the festival coming soon mystery mystery..!

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Limited edition CD available for pre-order

EP news! You can now pre-order the Lonesome Lake limited edition CD from Bandcamp:

Each one is uniquely hand-designed by moi. Only 100 available.
EP smallMore info on the EP over here.

There’s a video coming soon too – last weekend, Neil and I went out to Padley Gorge in the Peak District to make it:


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Also this week I’ve been doing my bit to help the refugees in Calais. There’s some advice here on ways you can help.


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Today’s listening

This week I’ve been listening to Joanna Newsom a lot, getting excited for her new album.

I hope this means she’ll be touring, I haven’t seen her play for ages (I’ll take this opportunity to show off again about the time she gave me a hug backstage at Green Man). I also found a great 70s playlist from the woman herself over here.

When Emily and those meteorites haven’t been circling in my head today, this one has been popping in, which I hadn’t listened to for years…

and that one reminded me of this…

This weekend I’m making a video to go with the lead track on the Lonesome Lake EP, and I’m seeing the Wave Pictures and Alvvays (not on the same bill, though that would be pretty great). Have a good Bank Hol!

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Double announcement!

And on my birthday, too.

1. A London date for Roving Women 
We’re performing the show, complete with Cornerstone Brass and Andrea’s film, one last time – at the Lexington on Sunday 25 October. Tickets here

2. A new EP!
And from my Roving Women project comes the Lonesome Lake EP. Three tracks – my two songs about Connie Converse – Condor and Lonely in the Dark – along with our version of Connie’s Talkin’ Like You. Out on 18 September. More info over here.

Lonesome Lake

That’s Lonesome Lake right there. Image from Andrea Kannes’ film ‘We Lived Alone: The Connie Converse documentary’.

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