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GESTATION 7 – with The Fat Lady Sings

April 8, 2010

A very special night, as former band-mates Tim and Dermot plus live keyboard supremo Alastair flew in from their respective bases in the UK and France to join me onstage together with local drumming legend Binzer Brennan. Despite ridiculously truncated rehearsal time (1 day plus a couple of hours pre-soundcheck) and a broken bass drum pedal halfway through “Boil” we managed pretty rocking versions of 11 TFLS classics as well as no fewer than 7 of my new tunes. I was also delighted to be joined onstage by Una Keane for “Untidy” during my short solo introductory set. And, owing to a lucky (for us) ferry cancellation, we were able to move the show downstairs to the main Whelans venue to accommodate the very large crowd gathered to witness the reunion. The full (double) set list was as follows:

Small Loads
Everything’s Wrong
Untidy
Hold On To Your Soul
I’ve Lost Your Way
Anaesthetic
Arthur Ashe
Donnybrook
Save Pluto
Infrastructure
45

Boil
World Exploding Touch
Alien
Be Still
Dronning Maud Land
Contact
Horse Water Wind
Drunkard Logic
Arclight
Everywoman
Providence

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Gestation 6: Brassy & Sassy

March 4, 2010

For Gestation 6 I was reunited with my trusty rhythm section of Miss Metronome (playing hot rods rather than sticks tonight) and Colin Morris, and joined by both Pete Pamf on funky guitar and Bill Blackmore and his mate Peter on trumpet and tenor sax respectively. I think this was the best band show to date – really enjoyed the glue that Pete’s guitar brought to proceedings and from now on I want to have a brass section with me at all times, not just onstage! I’m particularly pleased with how some of the louder faster tunes turned out.

Full set as follows…

Hold On To Your Soul
New Star
Donnybrook
Everything’s Wrong
Save Pluto
I’ve Lost Your Way
Infrastructure (w/pete)
Small Loads
Kingfisher Blue (w/brass)
Arthur Ashe (w/pete+brass)
Unreasonable Sex (w/pete+brass)
Anaesthetic (w/pete+brass)
45 (w/pete+brass)
Arclight
World Exploding Touch
Republic

Roll on Gestation 7 when I’ll be joined by none other than … ta-rant-ta-ra (see what I mean about necessity of brass in all aspects of daily discourse)… The Fat Lady Sings! Tim and Dermot are flying in together with live keyboard whizz Alistair, with Dublin based drumming legend Binzer completing the line-up. Should be great night, plenty of TFLS favourites plus TFLS-versions of a few of my new tunes too. book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Gestation 4: strings attached (and Joe too)

January 9, 2010

For my post-Christmas Gestation 4 show I decided to take advantage of regular drummer Miss Metronome’s absence (skiing in Austria is her story) to stage an especially ethereal evening, featuring the talents of string arranger Darragh O’Toole and the Softly Swelling Strings he specially convened for the night. I was doubly blessed to be joined by my friend and ace guitarist / singer / producer Joe Chester, who insisted we play using mics rather than DIs (ask a techy friend to explain). Really enjoyed this one, especially as I decided (and announced) that rather than play an encore, I’d just stay onstage and keep playing until the time was up – less embarrassing all around, given the lack of a backstage area to loiter. I was so pleased with the results (and Brendan and Ian who record and mix were so accommodating) that I’m actually posting up 6 new recordings this month (including two completely new tunes). Here’s the setlist in full…

Small Loads
Dronning Maud Land
Save Pluto
45
Infrastructure (with Joe)
Anaesthetic (with Joe)
Hold On To Your Soul (with Joe)
Kingfisher Blue (with The Softly Swelling Strings)
Christmas In The City (Orla’s Song)(with The Softly Swelling Strings)
Arthur Ashe (with The Softly Swelling Strings)
Everything’s Wrong (with The Softly Swelling Strings)
Bitter Batter Bee (with Joe and The Softly Swelling Strings)
I’ve Lost Your Way (with Joe and The Softly Swelling Strings)
You’re Gonna Fall (with Joe)
The Loneliest Ghost In Pere Lachaise
Republic

GESTATION 3: seven’s a crowd…

November 27, 2009

Silver leopard Nick accompanied by half of Emmaline, Colin (back to camera, despairing of ever sorting that pesky G-string), Shelly, Caroline, Brian and Sean (actually performing from orchestra pit as stage already full to overflowing). Snap courtesy of Muiris Moynhian, for which many thanks.

GESTATION 3: November 25th

November 27, 2009

Silver leopard Nick with Emmaline, Colin (back to camera, despairing of his G string), Shelly, Caroline, Brian and Sean (playing in orchestra pit as no room onstage)Beautiful chaos abounds. By far the most people to date on our wee stage – in addition to myself, Emmaline and Colin we had both my friend and songwriter-hero Sean Millar and also the wonderous Shelly, Caroline and Brian of Biatch. Despite diverse technical problems – no spare bass strings, drunken punter spilling drinks over young roadie David’s tuner, elbow jostling and mic-height-adjusting throughout – a very energised and enjoyable night. Showcased three songs that haven’t been heard before (“Cast Adrift”, “A Songwriter’s Prayer” and “Anaesthetic”) and also squeezed in several TFLS numbers plus one each from Running Dog and Between Trapezes. That setlist in full…

Small Loads (with biatch)
Cast Adrift (with biatch)
Donnybrook (with biatch & sean)
Hold On To Your Soul (with biatch)
Songwriter’s Prayer (nick solo)
Dronning Maud Land (nick solo)
Infrastructure (with sean)
Arthur Ashe (with sean)
Christmas In The City (with sean)
Anaesthetic (with sean)
I’ve Lost Your Way (with sean)
Home Boy (with sean & biatch)
45 (with sean & biatch)

Walking Back To My Heart (nick solo)
Arclight (with sean)

I’ll be uploading mixes of a couple of the foregoing within the next few days.

In the meantime, thanks so much for everyone who came down to play and to listen.

Nick & Ann Scott (Not at Gestation 1…)

November 16, 2009

Nick & Ann, Chicago, April 1st

Photos from GESTATION 2

November 3, 2009

A few shots from the last month’s show, courtesy of Whelans house photographer Moselle Foley who very kindly agreed to share them here (no Briana ones in this set, but if anyone else does have other snaps feel free to post link in the comments below).

http://www.flickr.com/photos/breteastonellis/sets/72157622691053746/

GESTATION 2: Oct 28

October 30, 2009

Really enjoyed last night’s show – great crowd (both size and attitude).  I feel like I’m really finding my feet with the songs (I could do with some more guitar lead discipline in my life, and a little less Les Dawson, but we’ll sort that for next month).   Emmaline arrayed her drum kit with coloured fairy lights, wore a frock, rocked out and sang some backing vocals for the first time (on Arthur Ashe).  Colin played some very tidy organ on Untidy and Providence as well as his customary groovy bassing.  My friend and special guest collaborator Boo Hewerdine joined us onstage throughout to play acoustic and sing the odd bv.  And Briana Corrigan came up to duet on Untidy, which we wrote together some time back.  It was all too beautiful, really (and quite sweaty to boot).  Here’s what we played:

Small Loads

Everything’s Wrong

Kingfisher Blue

I’ve Lost Your Way

45

Save Pluto

Donnybrook

Arthur Ashe

Christmas In The City

Infrastructure

Untidy (with Briana)

Hold On To Your Soul

Providence

 

And by way of an encore, we did:

Grey And Blue

Drunkard Logic

Lover’s Easy To Say

 

Earlier Boo performed his own brilliant set, which included several of his most famous  tunes (Patience of Angels, Bell Book and Candle) plus songs from his just released album God Bless The Pretty Things.   To add further magnificence to what was already a gorgeous listening experience, Boo called his friend (Hebridean folk star) Alyth McCormack up to sing with him on a couple of songs.  He also said very droll things in the gaps between.

Thanks if you came down, sorry if I couldn’t squeeze in your own request (had to draw three from the proverbial hat), hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Will be uploading a couple of new mixes by Monday (2nd) for your ears and comments.

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

October 1, 2009

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

Happiness

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)

45

Hold On To Your Soul

For an encore, we played three more familiar tunes:

The Loneliest Ghost In Pere Lachaise

Arclight

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.