Gestation 1 (Sept 30th): the strip turns blue…

Despite years of gigging, and days of rehearsal, I was quite nervous when I took the stage – it’s been a while since I played with a full band behind me, and I felt strangely innocent.  But Colin and Emmaline played a blinder from the off, and by the time Ann joined us onstage for the first of the 6 tunes we’d worked on together I was well settled in.   I also debuted a new song, Small Loads – so new, in fact, that I haven’t even managed to demo it yet – which I’m really pleased with (it’s only about a minute long, but it’s a good minute).  The full set we played was as follows:

I’ve Lost Your Way


Everything’s Wrong

Kingfisher Blue (Ann on keyboards)

Small Loads

Christmas In The City (Orla’s Song)

Unreasonable Sex

Infrastructure (Ann on Electric Guitar)

Donnybrook (Ann on keyboard)

Arthur Ashe (Ann on keyboard, vox)

Untidy (duet with Ann)

Save Pluto (Ann on bazouki, vox)


Hold On To Your Soul

For an encore, we played three more familiar tunes:

The Loneliest Ghost In Pere Lachaise


World Exploding Touch

If you were one of those early adopters who made it down to last night’s show, thanks so much for the really warm and attentive reception – it’s quite scary to play an entire set of unrecorded material, but probably even scarier to listen to, so I really appreciate all the kind things that people said afterwards.   (And do keep those little loyalty cards safe – they’ll make beautiful things will happen for you as the project progresses.)

I also recorded the whole show ( thanks to Dave, Ian and Brendan for incredible levels of efficiency in getting the whole thing set up so seamlessly) and will hope to be uploading a couple of what I guage to be the more interesting new versions we played by early next week.  Check them out, let me know what you think.

For next month’s show, on Wednesday October 28th, I’ll be joined onstage by my mate, the Cambridge-based songwriting powerhouse that is Boo Hewerdine (last seen accompanying Eddie Reader in the National Concert Hall) as well as Colin and Emmaline.  Boo’ll also be playing a full special guest slot of his own, crammed with hits and wry commentary.  Put it in your diary, it’ll be great.


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