New shows: Tramlines, Record Store Day, The Gentle Good & Diane Cluck

Some more shows coming up!

Saturday 11 April – Blue Sky Cafe, Old Sharrow Junior School
First up is our joint headliner with the Big Eyes Family Players as part of the ‘For the Common Good’ festival (which you can find out more about here). Tickets are £6adv:

Saturday 18 April – Record Store Day, Walkley
RSD poster web

For this year’s Record Store Day we’ll be playing an unplugged set in sit down off-licence Walkley Beer Co. You’ll be able to buy and browse records from Tonearm Vinyl. The 52 and 95 buses both run up to Walkley every ten minutes. There are some lovely cafes and if you want to work up a mild beer thirst go for a wander in Rivelin Valley first. Free entry, donations for the bands very welcome. MORE INFO

Wednesday 29 April – The Eagle, Manchester
Really happy to be supporting Diane Cluck again. Solo set. TICKETS

Saturday 9 May – The Gentle Good @ 99 Mary Street, Sheffield
The Gentle Good web
I’m chuffed to be putting on Gareth Bonello, aka The Gentle Good, in May. I loved Gareth’s set at last year’s Green Man festival and we played together in Cardiff on my tour earlier this year, when I swore I would get him over to Sheffield.

It’s at 99 Mary Street which is an artspace and venue on a wee cobbled street within strolling distance of the city centre, sort of between Decathlon and BBC Radio Sheffield.

Sunday 26 July – Tramlines Festival (with Cornerstone Brass)
This year you’ll find us on the Devonshire Green stage (where the main stage has been in previous years). I’ll be joined by a full band, so Neil on drums and Chris on bass as well as Oliver, Katherine and Hannah, but also by an ensemble from Cornerstone Brass Band.


Tickets for Tramlines are on sale now.TICKETS

Speaking of Cornerstone, they were in the studio with me just yesterday:

Working on a little something…


Live at the Greystones

Filmed live at the Greystones in Sheffield at the end of our Neighbour of the Year tour earlier this year, here are three clips – “Not Now, Horse”, “March, March” and “Straw & Hay”.

We had filmed the full show with the intention of sharing it in its entirety, but sadly there were sound issues with the recording beyond the control of Rob and Jasmine who kindly filmed it for us (you can occasionally hear some slight distortion on these clips when the volume reaches a certain level, but these ones are largely free from issues).

Apologies to anyone who was looking forward to seeing the whole thing again (you’ll just have to come and see us again eh?)


Songwriting course

A few months ago, I was invited to contribute to a songwriting course – “How to Write Your First Song” – being offered by the University of Sheffield, which is now available for registration. It’s an online, six week course and it’s completely free.

You’ll find me talking about my own songwriting techniques and giving out a few tips, as well as performing a song along with some other musicians – including our very own Katherine Jackson on drums for a change. Other contributors include Tom Ravenscroft, Martin Simpson, Kate Jackson and Neil McSweeney.

Find out more and sign up!