Lovely Molly – Recording with Sam Lee

Im so proud to have sung on this amazing track from Sam Lee’s new record along side the Roundhouse Choir. See us recording it together here. Beautiful x

Air Of The God Loving Earth!

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‘Air of the God loving earth’ – Thank you to everyone who made the last few gigs so special! First at the Bicycle Shop in Norwich on Monday where I played alongside the sublime Mari Joyce, got to walk along the river Yo in the moonlight and listen to Arthur Russell and drink whiskey into the early hours before heading to the Prince Albert in Stroud on Wednesday where despite the interruptions of a good natured but persistent heckler the vibe was as strong, humane and powerful as ever with Jack from Hotfeet looking after us the whole way through. In these adventures I’ve been joined by the inimitable Alabaster DePlume (his line above) in whose company the ordinary becomes surreal and words become flying fish. Onwards! x

Vinyl is here and spring is in the air!

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These are the dog days of winter. The confusing rain/sun/rain days that herald the start of something new, that we’ve nearly made it and that its going to be ok. And now, with the budding of the daffodils i’m very happy to be able to announce that the limited edition vinyl of the new album ‘Love of Too Much Living’ has arrived and is available to buy now!

I cannot tell you how difficult it has been to finally get my hands on these. The story is long and frustrating but with a happy ending thanks to the intervention of the amazing Mandy Parnell. So, only 5 months late here they are – I couldn’t be more proud to see them spin!

So while I sit in my room looking contentedly at the boxes of records piled up, i’ve been finalising the details of the ‘Love Of Too Much Living: Re-Makes’ album which I announced in last months mailout. I’m delighted to say that this re-conception of ‘Love Of Too Much Living’ is nearly finished and i hope to release it very soon with covers from Hot Feet, This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Sam Brookes, Wallis Bird & Emilia Martensson among others. Stay tuned!

Its been a busy little period, from playing in a tiny cinema themed laundrette in Durham with the inimitable Samantha Whates, to preparing for gigs that examine the relationship between music and the world around us.

The first of these is ‘Love in A Digital Age’ at Open Arts Cafe in the West London Synagogue this thursday 26 Feb followed by two one-off performances of ‘Rhythms of the Heart’ in which I will collaborate with scientists, philosophers, actors and fellow musicians to explore what the beating of the heart means. I can’t wait to play this evening in Bristol for ‘Live at the Lions Den’s 5th Anniversary party as well as going all the way to Fife next weekend!

Upcoming live gigs are here. I really hope you can make it along to one of them!

24/02 – The Golden Lion, Bristol
26/02 – ‘Love in A Digital Age’ at Open Arts Cafe in West London Synagogue, London
28/02 – House gig, Fife
02/03 – The Bicycle Shop, Norwich w/Alabaster Deplume + Mari Joyce
04/03 – The Prince Albert, Stroud w/Alabaster Deplume
20/03 – ‘Rhythms of The Heart’ at The Proud Archivist, London
21/03 – ‘Rhythms of The Heart’ at The Proud Archivist, London – matinee.
31/03 – Club Inegales, London w/ Electric Jalaba
04/04 – Hot House Festival, Halsway

Big love

Jamie x

My Funny Valentine

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Sometimes the old songs are the best…

My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable
Unphotographable
Yet you’re my favorite work of art

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?

But don’t change your hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is Valentines day

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?

But don’t change your hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is Valentines day.

A New Year, A New Video & New Plans

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Happy new year! Ive been shockingly absent from your inbox for a while because after finishing the touring year at Irregular Folk in Oxford in mid-December, I needed a while to recharge, think and prepare for the year ahead. I trust you all had a wonderful holiday and if you’re looking onto the same slate grey sky as I am as I write this, then you’ll be wondering where all the good cheer went. But January never promised to love you, so now its time to pick up where we left off. Forza!

So, here we are. Cold & broke but with the promise of a full year of exploration ahead. A year when anything is possible. Positivity is a choice! That is my new mantra. Releasing the album and touring around the country was both thrilling and exhausting in equal measure. Your support has been amazing and its been great to make some new friends on the road.

2015 then holds the promise of the new. For me, that starts with the vinyl edition of the record which i’m relieved to say will FINALLY be released at the end of January with pre-orders available from next week!

Then i’m very excited to announce: ‘Love Of Too Much Living: Re-Makes’ album. When ‘Love Of Too Much Living’ album came out, I approached a collection of close musical friends and asked it they would be interested in doing covers or ‘re-makes’ of songs from the record. I’m delighted to say this re-conception of the ‘Love Of Too Much Living’ is nearly finished and i hope to release it in early february with covers from This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Sam Brookes, Wallis Bird & Emilia Martensson among others. Following the Re-Makes album,I plan to release a double AA side single, with a few special things, more info to follow! I’m putting some plans to together for some more extended touring, as soon as these firm up i’ll let you know.

In the meantime, I am very pleased to be able to share this lovely live video I made of Stitches with Janseem Cardoso for the At The Window Sill series. I hope you enjoy it! There are more videos to come over the next little while so stay tuned.

Live gigs coming up

21/01 – Undergrowth at The Greenbank, Easton, Bristol
20/02 – The Laundrette, Durham
24/02 – The Golden Lion, Bristol
28/02 – House gig, Fife
04/03 – The Prince Albert, Stroud
30/03 – Breath at St Thomas’s Hospital, London
04/04 – Hot House Festival, Halsway Manor

‘Somewhere Safe To Sea’ Video Premiere!

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I’m absolutely delighted the announce the premiere today on Folk Radio UK of a short film directed by Tom McCagherty – ‘Somewhere Safe To Sea’ – made about me while I was recording the album (and growing a beard)! Who was to know there were so many more months to go before I finally got it finished!

Massive thanks to the crew – Tom Bryan, Andy Mitchell, Sam Louka, Joe Gubb, Tom Dinsdale , Nickolas Blomsby, Leanne Pletersky. Also to Wilf Merttens in whose flat i was living and Sam Lee for inviting me to support him at the Tabernacle.

It’s been a hectic few weeks since coming back from the first leg of the tour. Doors have been mended, boilers fixed, played a stupendous gig at Catweazle Performance-Space in Oxford, wrote a song with story teller and poet Rachel Rose Reid about Mary Anning, history’s overlooked female paelentologist, as well as remembering to breath.

Next stop the Grain Barge in Bristol this friday to play with Cocos Lovers and Hot Feet , see you there pals! x

THANK YOU! Interview & Tour Update

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First of all thank you so so much to everyone who came to the album launch party in London on the 4th October – thanks Diggs for the photo from the gig above. It was such a wonderful night that really felt like the culmination of a lot of things, I couldn’t have dreamed it any better, your presence made it what it was. Special thanks to Alabaster DePlume, FaceOmeter, Samantha Whates and Wilf Merttens for performing, Sam Overs for helping with the set up and Ella for lending the stage and Sam Lee and the Nest Collective for helping organise the night.

READ MY INTERVIEW WITH THE GENERAL BLOG

I have just finished the first leg of the tour and now returned to London tired but elated, if slightly damp – what a full on 7 dates in wildly different parts of the North of England, we met great people and made some strong connections – did some dry stone walling, found an abandoned mine, made plans to make an album with a new friend, drove over the amazing Humber Bridge at night, drank a lot of home brew, covered at least a thousand miles by train and car and emerged stronger for all of it!

Alabaster dePlume is a beautiful, inspiring and downright good man and its been a pleasure and a joy to play these dates in his company. I particularly enjoyed the piano and saxophone collaborations that emerged on the road, and we’re both excited to see where these might go!

THANK YOU so much to all the great people who came to see us and to the venues and places that put us up It was a privilege to meet you all and hope to see again soon!

Onwards now to the next leg of the tour starting this thursday at Catweazle Performance-Space in Oxford, then to support with the marvellous Cocos Lovers & Hot Feet!

J x

Guardian Review & Album Launch Tomorrow Night Sat 4th!

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The album is finally out there in the world! Its been wonderful to see people connect with it after all this time making it and your feedback and messages have really touched me. Thank you! I was also very excited to read a lovely of the ‘Love Of Too Much Living’ in the Guardian today:

” an intriguing, compelling solo set …a singer-songwriter who is notable both for the quality of his thoughtful, gently compelling vocals and his instrumental work, has an easy, soulful style, and the ability to switch to a relaxed falsetto or throw in an unexpected unaccompanied song such as the the personal and self-critical 28 Years Old. He plays excellent finger-style guitar with occasional jazz influences, and provides sturdy piano work on the pained and thoughtful Air at the Top. A man to watch, whatever he calls himself..”

Read the full review here at The Guardian

The big news now is the ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY TOMORROW NIGHT!! SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER! It’s going to be a really special night and it would mean a lot to me if you could be there to share it. Support comes from Wilf Merttens, Alabaster DePlume, FaceOmeter & Samantha Whates. Get your tickets in advance to make sure you can make it!

Tomorrow night is going to be special and then i plan to take all that energy out on the tour which starts next monday 6th October at the Prince Albert in Stroud. Hope to see you at the launch tomorrow or out on the road!

I really hope you enjoy the album and if you do please help me by spreading the word!

The Magic Lantern – ‘Love of Too Much Living’ Tour

4/10 – St Mark’s Church Hall, London – ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY
6/10 – The Prince Albert, Stroud^
7/10 – House Gig, Newcastle^
8/10 – Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lincoln^
9/10 – The Speak Easy at Fudge, Hull^
10/10 – The Fuel Café, Manchester^
11/10 – Burnlaw Commmunity
12/10 – The Independent Cafe, Scunthorpe^
16/10 – Catweazle Club, Oxford
20/10 – Old St Pancras Church, London tickets
24/10 – Grain Barge, Bristol* tickets
25/10 – The Goods Shed, Stroud* tickets
26/10 – The Lexington, London*
27/10 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich* tickets
28/10 – Portland Arms, Cambridge* tickets
29/10 – Brighton, tbc
30/10 – Railway, Winchester* tickets
31/10 – UCLU Folk Society, London
12/11 – The Green Note, London tickets
19/11 – Bath Gallery, Bath
5/12 – House Show, Fife
10/12 – The Carlton Cinema, Westgate^
11/12 – The Lighthouse, Deal^
13/12 – Irregular Folk, Oxford
^with Alabaster DePlume

*with Cocos Lovers & Hot Feet

Big love and thanks!

Jamie x

Lauren Laverne, Launch Party & Album Release: 25 Days and Counting!

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As summer ends and autumn leaves start to fall, I can’t quite believe that there are only 25 days and counting until the album is out! I cannot wait to finally release it into the world and share it with all of you who have been so patient throughout this whole beard growing/beard shaving, mixing/re-mixing, tinkering/tonkering process. I hope you will feel that it’s been worth the wait!

The fact that it’s taken so long to get to this point, means that I’ve been quite overwhelmed to hear people connect with the album thanks to some fantastic radio support from Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music  – “very, very special”- , Nick Luscombe at ‘Late Junction’ on BBC Radio 3, Mark Radcliffe on the Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 – “an exciting young talent”  – and Stuart Bailie on BBC Radio Ulster – “beautiful”. You can hear Lauren Laverne talking about the album and playing ‘Different Paths’ on Tuesday’s BBC 6 Music Recommends show here (at 24mins).

The album will be released officially on Monday 29 September with some secret happenings to celebrate! Join me! – more to follow via twitter @magiclanternuk

I am most excited however to invite you to the launch party, hosted by the Nest Collective, on Saturday 4th October at St Mark’s Church Hall in Dalston, E8 2LG. Support comes in the very singular form of Manchester’s finest, Alabaster DePlume, with champion wordsmith Wilf Merttens as master of ceremonies. It’s going to be an extremely fun night and I really hope you can all make it.  I may well be a little emotional. It’s a good idea to get your tickets in advance to make sure you can make it. The Facebook event & Tickets are available here

After the launch I’ll be heading out on tour, the dates are below. I would love to play some more house shows though, so if you would like me to come and play at your place and I won’t be coming through on the tour, let me know and I’ll try and arrange it!

Finally, I would love to ask for your help in promoting the record by ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ the links and using the hashtag #lotml if you can. Thank you!

Big love, thanks for all your continued support and hope to see you at the launch!

Jamie x

Forward Where The Knocks Are Hardest

It has taken such a long time to get to the point where this album is almost out that i’m quite overwhelmed that it is starting to creep out there into the world and people are getting it. Massive thanks to Stuart Bailie for being the first to play ‘Harvest Moon’ (“rather lovely and quite beautiful”) last night on BBC Radio Ulster! You can hear the show again here, Harvest Moon is at 1hr 16mins. Amazing that Lauren Laverne played ‘Air At The Top’ twice in week and being so behind it – i love being compared to Randy Newman. So happy that Nick Luscombe played ‘No One’s Fault’ on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction last week (one of my favourite radio shows) and so so pleased that Mark Radcliffe played ‘Harvest Moon’ on the Folk Show  BBC Radio 2 last week too (“an exciting young talent”). Onwards!