Music Minds Matter!


Last year I was lucky enough to record a live track at Abbey Road Studioswith Karousel Music , YSJ Music Production and Monks Road Social in aid of Help Musicians UK #MusicMindsMatter campaign.

We recorded a version of ‘Different Paths’ together alongside a bunch of other great musicians and all the tracks will be gathered together on an album ‘Smoke Rainbows’ to be released on 17th May.

All proceeds go to #MusicMindsMatter – their around the clock support line and listening ear service they set up for musicians and folks working the music industry. Musicians raise money for everyone else, so myself, Zac, Chris and Dave wanted to show we’re there for our musical family.

The album is released next week during Mental Health Awareness Week, please support it! Order the album now on nice thick 180g vinyl or CD Digipack… it’s got a heat reactive thermochromic sleeve! Or download from itunes… Please share around to help the charity reach more people!

Order Physical: https://www.musicglue.com/hmuk
Stream: https://awal.lnk.to/smokerainbows

https://youtu.be/PNOBr4C86HI

Lydia (cover)!!

Just stumbled across this amazing cover of ‘Lydia’ the other day. MIND BLOWN. x

 

Record Store Day

It being Record Store Day tomorrow, I wanted to remind all you vinyl fans that the beautiful limited edition 12″ of my new album ‘To The Islands’ is available worldwide to get from my Bandcamp shop – and if you live in Kent from the Smugglers Record Shop.

Designed by Raimund Wong, the front cover is a hand screen printed optical illusion where the titles appear and disappear depending on the angle you hold it at. With die cuts on front/back, the records symbol of a dala horse can be blue or white depending on your choice of putting the 2-colour offset lithographic inner sleeve in. The whole package was hand finished, numbered and put together by me in my front room. Less than 100 left.

You can order the vinyl here:
https://themagiclantern.bandcamp.com

And stream/listen/download here:
https://song.link/totheislands

Love

J x

Beautiful

Such an intense and beautiful vibe last night playing at the Omnibus Theatre supporting Firefly Burning. Matt and I went deep and got lost in the music. It felt like we created something that was more than the sum of it’s parts, and that was pretty special x

Video for Re: Her

Such a beautiful day shooting the video for ‘Re: Her’ with the amazing movement and focus of Zoë Solomons and the camera skills of Adam Lawson.

‘Re: Her’ is the last track on my recent album ‘To The Islands’ and this is the last of four videos that Adam and I, together with Adam Greves have made for it. All focus on the movement of bodies, and how we process emotion through them. It’s a tough old world out there and moving through every day, as beset we can. The filming of this video completes a journey that’s been years in the making. Can’t wait to share it with you ❤️Xx

You can hear ‘Re: Her’ here: https://open.spotify.com/track/6juOYWjOk0iTCnoThzDDmo?nd=1

 

Thank you Sheffield!

Last nights show at The Holt Cafe in Sheffield was as beautiful as I’ve ever played. To really play this music requires throwing caution to the wind, basically to say ‘fuck it’ and go so far down and into it that it becomes a pretty binary decision for the audience as to whether it’s for them. I’d like to think no one is left on the fence at the end of the night! Last night, we went deep and left everything on that little stage. This is what it’s all about. Huge thanks to Jez for so much love and all the hard work and effort to make last nights show happen. Scenes only exist because of the tireless energy and boundless enthusiasm of promoters like you! Huge love to everyone who came down and see you all out on the road soon!! X 📷 @beforebreakfastmusic

This Is Beautiful

Another masterclass from Mesadorm in staying 100% true, going all the way down, and bringing back the gold. Heart bracingly beautiful x x

Back to Abbey Road…

It was really great to record at Abbey Road Studio 2 today collaborating with the marvelous men of the Chaps Choir. We sung a little arrangement I made of a song ‘Air At The Top’ from my second album ‘Love of Too Much Living’. Something about everything that’s going on right now and how I’m feeling made me reconnect with this tune and it was a real tonic to play it again with the massed voices of the Chaps.

I’m proud to be part of the Music Venue Trust’s #fightbackthestudiosessions Campaign and can’t wait to show you the proper video. Big love to York St John University and Karousel Music for asking me to be involved.

This Morning

This morning I got up and went to work out in the park for the first time since Tuesday 30th October – two days before the album launch after which I’ve been solely focused on not getting ill to the detriment of the wash-board abs. It was hard. I was hungover and out of shape and I ended up on my knees vomiting into a pile of leaves while a class of school kids pointed and laughed – it wasn’t edifying but it was strangely life affirming.

The tour finished on Wednesday night in Oxford where with all the love in the world and a huge amount of effort from Nikò Brian and Hannah Jakes, we gave it everything we had left. It felt important, not only because what Niko, Hannah and their Upcycled Sounds crew are doing is everything that making and playing music should be about, but because stood up there, surrounded by Zac, Chris and Dave, looking out at the crowd, I felt a hugely emotional sense of pride that we’d made it. That three and a half years of work and a lot of living, with all that that entails, both hard and beautiful, should have reached its conclusion for now.

To bring this record and this music to audiences around the country has been a wonderful experience. As well as the essential and nourishing sight of old friends, for the first time the crowds have been full of people I don’t know. This has been the real revelation of the tour – to meet and connect with so many different people, from all walks of life who have found something of and for themselves in this music that began life in Frank’s front room, Fred’s kitchen and a thousand snatched moments.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this tour such a joy, in particular the promoters who over the years have become friends and who’s constant dedication to creating spaces for this music is such an essential part of the whole endeavour. They take none of the glory but put in an awful lot of the hard yakka – so huge love to Simon at The Others, Cafe Kino, Charlotte Lotte Lyster, Jack Anthony Powis Page, James and David at The Lighthouse, Katie Robson and Ben See at La La La Records, the crew at SET, Nikò, Hannah and Maiya at Upcycled Sounds, Phil Di Palma, Andy Backhouse and Andy and the whole family in Brum.

Across the whole tour I’ve been joined by 16 different musicians at various points, all of whom have brought their unique skills and sensitivity to my songs. You are the very best there is and I couldn’t have done it without you! Huge love to Zac Gvi, Chris Hyson, Dave Hamblett, Will Harris, Harry Christelis, Phillip, Richard, Sergio and Anna of the Phaedra ensemble, Matt Anderson, Dave Shulman, Dee Byrne, Matt Robinson, Rosie Caldecott, Ewan Bleach and Fred Thomas.

I’ve been lucky enough to have the evergreen support of the brilliant Tom Robinson Music at BBC Radio 6 Music for whom we played live in session last Saturday and which you listen again here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001gj2
And the incredible support of Jamie Cullum, Guy Garvey, Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne, Mary Anne Hobbs, Robert Rotifer, Andy Backhouse among others. Thank you! x

Finally, to Chris Sheehan and Rhia Parker for believing in me at those points when I stopped believing in myself.

I couldn’t tell you what next year holds, it is presently one enormous blank canvas with the faint outline of some big ideas, propped on a lot of debt that needs to be repaid. Right now, I’m tired, deep in my bones, but I feel acutely alive, lucky and thankful.

If not now, when?

All love

Jamie x

You can get a copy of ‘To The Islands’ here or stream it to your hearts content. ❤️

👉🏻 Vinyl/CD: https://themagiclantern.bandcamp.com
👉🏻 Stream / Download: https://song.link/totheislands

Live Session on BBC 6 Music!

Last night’s live session with Tom Robinson Music was brilliant and intense in equal measure. It was such a blast to be able to play this music live with such an amazing group of musicians – Chris, Dave, Zac, Matt, Dee, Matt, you all covered yourselves in glory last night – and it was a thrill to finally meet Tom who has been supporting my music with BBC Music Introducing since the very beginning.

I didn’t expect that the inteview would get so personal about depression but in that moment I realised that there was nothing to hide, that if getting this platform to play my music means anything at all, it means using my voice in the service of something bigger than me. There was a lot of love in the studio and was good to talk about the The CALMzone, which both Tom and I big supporters of, and to say out loud that it’s really important we don’t take each other for granted. Don’t assume your pals know you’re there from them, tell them. Don’t wait for them to call, pick up the phone. More love. x

You can listen again to the show here, session starts at 35mins in.

Big love and let’s look after each other!

J x

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001gj2