Thursday, 21 June 2018

Ben Marwood? Well, he's no Randy Newman.

Hello blog,

Where to even begin? The sun is out, we're at the start of Summer and life is rumbling along. You know where it's good to be between May and August? Outside all the time. I would happily play no shows every summer if it meant more time looking for bats, bees, butterflies and other names of stuff that fit this alliterative model. If only hornets were called bornets. But, alas. Balas.

But, you know, sometimes you have to sacrifice evenings and hole yourself up in a rehearsal room with a band and then play some gigs. On my drive to hit forty shows in support of latest album Get Found, I offer to you the following shows for June/July:

#34: Sat 23rd June FROME All Roads Lead To Frome (all dayer)
fb event / tickets

#35: Thu 12th July 2000TREES FESTIVAL Main Stage
#36: Sat 14th July  2000TREES FESTIVAL Forest Session
line-up, tickets etc

#37: Sun 15th July READING Readipop Festival
line-up, tickets etc

Everything is set to lead up to show #40, which should be the Fulford Arms on October the 20th in York.

Other stuff:
I was interviewed for issue #49 of Stencil Magazine. Here are some highlights:

Or maybe

We do talk about other things too. The full (gigantic) mag is here.

Other than that, the best album I've heard lately has been by brand new up-and-comer Randy Newman. 'Dark Matter' is out now and well worth a listen. Suspend your disbelief! The man is like a musician who accidentally swallowed a showreel.

I'll leave you with his recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

Stay suncreamed.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Additional tour dates confirmed

In the words of 2003: hey ya.

We've confirmed two more shows for April's run of UK dates, so here's the final list:

NEWPORT Le Pub tickets
NOTTINGHAM JT Soar tickets
SOUTHAMPTON Joiners tickets
10 BRISTOL The Exchange tickets
11 LONDON The Monarch tickets
13 CHELTENHAM Frog & Fiddle tickets
14 LEEDS Singleshot (matinee show) tickets
14 MANCHESTER Aatma tickets

Support TBC any day now, honest.

Hope you're staying safe in the snow.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Three Benboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sure, I could photoshop some billboards to go with the heading - Three Billboards is a good film, incidentally, and if you like watching good films then Three Billboards is a good film you could see - but life is short and time is precious so here is some news, not in billboard format:

1. UK Tour in April
Barry is hard at work routing a UK tour that a) hits as many places as possible in nine days and b) makes sure I'm in Reading on Wrestlemania evening, or else various members of my family are going to decapitate me. So far we have these dates:

5 NEWPORT Le Pub tickets
6 NOTTINGHAM JT Soar tickets
9 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners tickets
10 BRISTOL The Exchange tickets
11 LONDON The Monarch tickets
14 MANCHESTER Aatma tickets

Supports are TBC and I suspect there'll be two or three more shows to add to that before the next week rolls around. Unfortunately we can't get to Scotland this time but plans are afoot for some informal whisky tasting evenings disguised as gigs later on in the year.

2. 2000Trees #mainstage
I know, I know. Thursday 12th July I'll open the main stage at last, and it only took years of people yelling it in crowds. It's a good job they weren't shouting "car park".

It'll be a great pleasure to finally get to step out onto the main stage since this is the work of tireless years of espionage, counter-espionage, bribing, vote rigging and playing every other stage I could find. Apart from the busking one next to the silent disco. Who wants to busk when you can silently disco?

3. 2000Trees warmup show
I'm honoured to be invited along to this year's All Roads To Frome at Cheese & Grain, Frome. It'll be on the 23rd of June, which just so happens to be the exact day I'll be playing a gig in Frome for the very first time. What are the odds? 1.

I couldn't find a ticket link so here, have this Facebook event.

Y'all take care now.