Archive for February, 2010

When Doves Cry (Live:Gestation 5, January 27th, with Nick on banjo, Roland Gomez on tongue drum, Oskar Saville on bvs)

February 2, 2010
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Untidy (Live:Gestation 5, January 27th, with Oskar Saville on vocals)

February 2, 2010

Donnybrook (Live:Gestation 5, January 27th, with Roland Gomez on tongue drum)

February 2, 2010

Save Pluto (Live:Gestation 5, January 27th, with Roland Gomez on hang drum)

February 2, 2010

Bitter Batter Bee (Live:Gestation 5, January 27th, with Roland Gomez on hang drum)

February 2, 2010

Gestation 5: 3 new handheld videos…

February 2, 2010

…courtesy of the ever industrious bone idle waster:

UNTIDY

SAVE PLUTO

ARTHUR ASHE

Gestation 5: stripped down packed out

February 2, 2010

For the poorest month of the decade I took the controversial (for my long-suffering agent Madeleine in particular) decision to strip out almost every cost item – including band, crew, merchandising, transport and even advertising – and to to charge just €5 in (to date it’s been €17). So I duly drove myself to the show, set up all my own gear, wore one of my own t-shirts to publicise my artist-manned stall and played (with two notable exceptions I’ll come to) a stripped-down solo show. Trying to keep costs low wasn’t the only factor, of course – having spent four months’ shows playing these songs with a stellar array of collaborators, I was really interested to see how they sounded with just me on my own-io. Anyhow, it was a really fantastic show from my point of view – and the joint was packed, which made it all the sweeter. It hasn’t been as easy as I’d thought to fill the room to date – recession / mid-week / babysitter demographic combination maybe – but this month’s triumph on the doors has really made me think again about ticket price. To be clear, even if I sell out the show at €17 I only just break even – but it’s more important to me to be playing to a full room if I can afford it. So I’m really grateful for everyone who showed up this month, and I’m going to make a really big effort to keep the ticket prices as low as I can without actually wrecking my album budget for the next few shows. (For February’s show – on the 24th – I’ll be playing in full band mode with special input from funkiest man in Ireland PETE PAMF, and I’ll charge just €10 in. So do come, and do spread the word.)

As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t totally alone onstage – very generously donating their time and talents for the equivalent of a pint of beer, Roland Gomez (hang drum, tongue drum) and Oskar Saville (vocals) each added their own very distinctive and superlative talents to the night (Roland also played a gorgeous support slot beforehand). The set list was…

Infrastructure
45
Mystery Of Love
Anaesthetic
Untidy (with Oskar Saville)
Arthur Ashe (with Oskar)
Everything’s Wrong
Small Loads
Donnybrook (with Roland Gomez)
Bitter Batter Bee (with Roland)
Save Pluto (with Roland)
I’ve Lost Your Way (with Roland)
Hold On To Your Soul (with Oskar)
When Doves Cry (with Roland)
Horse Water Wind
Arclight
Dronning Maud Land
Grey And Blue