A video to explain what I’ve been up to……
The Songbirds album has eleven original songs recorded almost entirely with just my voice, layered – with just a few light touches of instruments in a couple of tracks – written by me and produced by the amazing Lauren Deakin-davies. Read a full press release about the Album here and buy it from Folkstock’s Bandcamp page – I send them myself, so let me know if you’d like it signed and dedicated.
The Songbirds live show is touring at the moment – you can see upcoming show dates in the sidebar on the left and on the Shows page. I’m looking for interesting places to play, so please send suggestions.
As always with my live shows, it’s hard to describe. As with the album, I’m without a band, and using my looper to layer my voice.
It’s more than a gig, more than cabaret, more than just the story of the album. It’s directed by Katy Carmichael, and the description we’ve been using to promote it is:
What’s your song? Not your favourite song but the one inside you that defines who you are?
For years Kate Dimbleby has made shows about other people’s voices and stories – hiding behind the smooth sophistication of Peggy Lee, the bold blues of Bessie Smith, the fragile tones of Dory Previn.
But Kate has always had another nagging voice in her head – what’s her true story, why is she not singing it and who are the people on that journey?
So she started listening… from London to the forests of Canada, the streets of New York and Bristol, recording the sounds and people around her.
Songbirds is about the voices around us and the voices in our heads. The sounds we keep locked up inside. Most of all it’s about the need for connection. Outside and in. Right here, right now.
Watch some clips to get a flavour here:
These Things They Will Come, onstage at Bath:
Whatever You Do, with the audience at Bath:
Me looping and talking about the show on London Live:
Finally, here’s another short video I made when preparing for the show, about the philosophy behind the creative chaos of making the album and the show: