Guitar Concert Highlights

Thoroughly enjoyed watching (and taking part!) in the annual guitar concert for all my younger pupils. With two of my pupils going on to study at ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford there was plenty of talent on show. It was clear to see the progression of all those that performed last year, and particular congratulations should go to all those performing onstage for the first time.

UK tour supporting Jenny Lewis

10620592_10150431467739946_162055812174695403_nDelighted to say that I’ll be heading out with Alessi’s Ark again, playing on a short UK tour supporting Jenny Lewis.

Jenny is a American singer-songwriter who used to be on vocal duties for the much-loved band Rilo Kiley, so I’m very excited about going on tour with her.

You can find the links to tickets here, and list of dates are:

London – Islington Assembly Hall (5th Sept)
Bristol – The Lantern (6th Sept)
London – Islington Assembly Hall (11th Sept)
Manchester – The Ritz (12th Sept)
Birmingham – The Library (13th Sept)
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Autumn Touring with Alessi’s Ark

Very happy to be heading out on a couple more tours with Alessi’s Ark, this time as support to a couple of great bands.

First up this week is a European tour with cult American folk rock band Mountain Goats. List of cities is absolutely fantastic, but going to be a lot of driving to do!

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Then next up in November/December we’re playing with a band who I’ve loved since I first heard the beautiful ‘Last of the Melting Snow’. As part of the tour, we’re playing Shepherds Bush Empire which I always give as an answer when asked my favourite venue to see live music. A dream to finally play there, as well as Union Chapel! Please do come along. That means just still have to play Pyramid Stage and Later with Jools and I’ll die happy…

October Tour with Mountain Goats:
7 – St. Georges, Bristol, UK
8 – Union Chapel, London, UK
9 – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
10 – Arches, Glasgow, Scotland
12 – Handelsbeurs, Gent, Belgium
13 – People’s Place, Amsterdam, Netherlands
14 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
16 – La Gaite Lyrique, Paris, France
17 – La Connexion Live, Toulouse, France
18 – Teatre Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
19 – Caprichos de Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
20 – Casa Cultural Lugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

Details and tickets links at www.alessisark.com/#livepage

UK & European tour with Alessi’s Ark

AlessisArk-UKLive1Chuffed to announce I’ll be heading out on the road with Alessi’s Ark for a UK tour and a few dates around Europe this April/May.

Alessi releases her third album ‘The Still Life’ on April 15th on Bella Union records (home of Explosions In The Sky, Flaming Lips & Fleet Foxes). We then start the tour at the Southbank Centre in London the week after.

The new album has quite a colourful, layered sound so performing these tracks as a three-piece should be interesting, but there’s a few toys and tricks we’ve been playing with – rehearsals have been a lot of fun so far! I’ll be playing a variety of instruments including electric guitar, bass, keys and melodica…

Listen to a couple of tracks off the forthcoming album below. If you like what you hear, do come along and see us – tickets links are here.