Tour 3.6 (Swiss Custom)
Well… Swiss customs police stop us at the border and take everything out of the car and absolutely look through every bag, every case and every scrap of paper examined and notes taken and few questions asked but mostly sit there and this fellow with the gun will watch you whilst I put on the gloves and take 2 hours to check a suitcase. Eventually they count 200 cds (a little optimistic) and...
Tour 3.5 (East and South)
Actually typing away in the accident ward in Tübingen hospital - not due to any rock star antics but a brief visit to T’s brother and his cracked head - do get well soon young man. Whenever anyone walks or is pushed past me I have to check each of their legs and arms, count their eyes, look for tubes - find out what’s what. Did that fellow come in here with a false arm or is he only...
Tour 3.4 (East)
(A little behind the times here, this from last week) Ok, found a quiet corner away from the French ska banging out in the Cafe Wagner in Jena. The people here don’t seem too worried about the soundcheck or any of that stuff yet so good to sit and watch the rain come down outside. T and I had a lovely drive from Leipzig to here - came off the autobahn and took some great country road...
Strange weekend in Berlin - back for 4 days and 3 concerts. The first in Speakeasy Bar, less of a gig and more a chance to have a few cheap drinks and play some songs not 100 yards from the flat. This week Fee and I are joined by Dieter - a fantastic gentleman whose entire repertoire seems to consist of countless beautiful tunes celebrating life in Berlin. Hence we get a song about the different...
In Hamburg, by Marte →
Suddenly snow in Berlin, thunder, some sort of doom weather this morning. I’m frantically packing cases and collecting whatever it is I think I’ll need for the next 15 shows and 15 nights away from here.
Video from Hamburg here →
German blog with a review and a video from my concert in the wonderful Hasenschaukel last week.
Tour 3.2 (quick link and thanks)
Ok, the concert from Wednesday in Cafe Kurschluzz is now available to download for free at the page on the site here. It’s also on the Woodland Recordings free downloads page with lots of much better shows by plenty of good folks - all for free here. • In Hamburg, a couple of days ago: Thank you to Ileana from the Hasenschaukel for the picture and for writing nice things about the show...
Suddenly back in Berlin for a few days, after a wonderful couple of shows and a certain amount of stress and silliness. Hmm… Played a lovely tiny concert in the brilliant Cafe Kurschluzz on Wednesday - maybe 30 people squeezed in, great sound, friendly, quiet folks. I’ll try to upload the recording I made later tonight or tomorrow if I have time - not sure I played it too good, but...
T and I leave the sunniest Berlin I’ve ever seen, and enjoy a slightly steadier than before drive across to Hannover. The venue is Cafe Glocksee - a massive place in Mad Max style industrial decor in the middle of a youth centre complex. I gaze misty-eyed at the skateboard half pipe next to the entrance for 10 minutes, there’s cyber sculpture stuff everywhere of course and the...
As promised, here’s the last of 3 songs...
Here’s another new song from the show at...
Here’s the first of three songs that...
Listening to Nidge’s recording of the Sons Of Noel And Adrian at the final Woodland Recordings night at the Komedia from December. ‘Black Side Of The River’ hushed and stately at the end of the evening. I’m not sure I can do any sort of justice to the sound in the room after the event, but I’m hoping to make it available to share to everyone later this week. Nidge...
Or the lack of suddenly - a week of floor and clothes in boxes again before setting off with T to play all over. Uh-oh, the phone.. I have a new song that’s about a monster. Not a person that’s monstrous or anything like that - but a real monster. We’ll see.