Bill Wells and I (and band) will be playing a few festivals over the summer. They are:
Sunday 21st June: West End Festival, Glasgow at Oran Mor. Tickets and info HERE.
Friday 17th July: Latitude, Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk. Tickets and info HERE.
Saturday 25th July: Wickerman Festival, Dundrennan. Tickets and info HERE.
Wednesday 12th August: Edinburgh Fringe at Summerhall. Tickets and info HERE.
We’ll have more dates to announce soon – a wee tour of Scotland in the autumn, and hopefully more English dates too. Watch this space!*
*Although don’t expect it to be updated very much because I can’t be bothered anymore. I realise that sounds woefully unprofessional, but updating a website is the most tedious chore imaginable, and I’ve got better things to do with my day. That’s why I gave up on the mailing list too, it’s absolutely soul destroying work. Besides, who bothers with mailing lists these days? There’s enough spam as it is. My email has a dedicated ad bar at the top of the page now and it seems to be impervious to Ad Blocker’s tricks. It does my fucking nut. I would pay someone to do all this for me, of course, but that would cost money I don’t have. Anyway, I’m on Twitter quite a lot, you should have a look there if you’re keen, although to be fair that’s mostly swearing at politicians and links to pop gems. Anyway, it’s not my job to promote a gig, it’s the promoter’s. That’s why they’re called a promoter. And I’ve got enough to do already with singing the songs, being the tour manager and doing all the merch. I’m a many of many talents, aye, but sadly promotion isn’t one of them. I think I’m still a bit drunk from last night.
The second album by Bill Wells and Yours Truly is called The Most Important Place In The World and will be released on March 16th 2015. You can hear a track, This Dark Desire, below. You can also buy this song right now – or get it immediately with the album pre-order – on iTunes HERE.
You can read the full press release and pre-order the album HERE. It will come in a limited, heavyweight vinyl LP edition – with a bonus 4-track 12” EP, a lyrics and sheet music 12x12 booklet, a hymn sheet, and all audio content in 320kbps MP3s – and, of course, CD and download too, and will be available on streaming platforms in May. As you may know, I’m not a big fan of streaming; it’s fundamentally a sweatshop – the consumer loves it and the shops get rich, but those who actually craft the product get paid next to nothing. But I can’t deny it seems to be the future, so while I’m happy to have my stuff available on streaming platforms, we – Bill, Chemikal Underground and I – agreed to hold back this album until later in the year. Our priority audience will always be those who want to buy our music, and it’s only fair that these fans should have exclusive access to it for a period of time. I understand that some of you may pay a monthly streaming subscription fee and feel left out – if so, the good news is that we’ve priced our digital album insanely low to help balance this out. The MP3 version of the album is only £4.99 (see link above), which is the price of a pint of Peroni in my local – and, quite frankly, if you don’t think an album’s worth the price of a city centre pint, then music is absolutely, irreversibly fucked. Indeed, think of it as though you’re actually buying us a pint, or I suppose a half pint each – but even that’s misleading because that assumes we’ll personally get £4.99 from a digital sale, which of course we won’t, so it’s more like a packet of crisps each to accompany the pints we’ve already bought ourselves. And I fucking love crisps.
No tour dates planned as yet, but they’re on the way.
There will be more songs to preview online soon too, and maybe even a launch party somewhere special ... watch this space! (Or better yet, follow me on Twitter.)
My first book for children, a picture book for ages 3 – 7 (beautifully) illustrated by Emmeline Pidgen, will be published on October 10th by Cargo. It’s called The Lavender Blue Dress – and there’s a sneak peak above – and if you’ve seen me do a solo show in the last few years, the chances are you’ve heard the story live. The first print will be in hardback and also comes with a free CD featuring an audio version read by me with music by Bill Wells (and Louise Stewart playing the female voices). The dust jacket is removable too, and features a cut-out-and-play paper doll on the reverse side! Available in all good bookshops now (always wanted to say that) or direct from Cargo HERE.