I am ready to make this third album now, rehearsals with line up who’ll be joining me are thrillingly underway and the studio is booked – the foothills have been reached, final preparations for the big climb begun! As part of the workout, it was great to play as a band for the first time at Smugglers Festival. In the meantime, lots has been going on. I was touched to be asked to sing with the Roundhouse Choir again (having sung with them at the BBC Folk Awards back in ) to join Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms in August, it was quite an experience – you can watch a little of it here.
But the big news I wanted to share is that I’m delighted to announce that ahead of going into the studio in December, I’ll be playing a series of solo concerts showcasing all these new songs across the country, starting tomorrow evening at Kings Place in London where I’ll be supporting the wonderful Emilia Martenssson and her new Elda Trio as they release their debut album – I’m really touched that they have covered one of my songs ‘Winter’ on their new record. There are still a few tickets left.
Then after two lovely shows in October supporting Benjin for his album launch and helping the Green Party in Norwich to raise some funds with Mari Joyce, I’ll be hitting the open road in November with the singular talent of Alabaster Deplume. We’ll be heading back to lots of my favourite places, sharing stages with some old friends – SiNK, FaceOmeter, Mikey Kenney, Ditte Elly – and looking forward to making new friends along the way. Please spread the word and hope to see you at a show on the journey.
Finally, just before going into the studio with the new band, I’ll be playing probably my last solo show for a while at Rich Mix on 2 December supporting the amazing Vula Viel. It will be a big one for lots of reasons and tickets are already selling fast so please get in early and get yours now!
The Magic Lantern – Autumn Tour Dates
22 – Kings Place (Hall 2), LONDON w/Elda Trio
8 – St Mary’s Old Church, LONDON w/Benjin
19 – Bicycle Shop, NORWICH w/Mari Joyce
November Tour w/Alabaster deplume
1 – Waterstones, High St, BIRMINGHAM w/FaceOmeter
3 – The Klondyke, MANCHESTER w/Mikey Kenney
5 – St Stephen’s, Stockbridge, EDINBURGH w/SiNK
7 – The Cumberland Arms, NEWCASTLE w/Ditte Elly
8 – The Prince Albert, STROUD
9 – The Lighthouse, DEAL
10 – The Talking Drum, MARGATE
2 – Rich Mix, LONDON w/Vula Viel
Big love and more updates on the record to come! Jamie x
Poster by Raimund Wong