KINGFISHER BLUEZ SOLO CHRISTMAS SET
Live benefit for 1-800-SUICIDE – Crisis Centre of British Columbia
21 DEC 2020
Yesterday I played a short set for the Kingfisher Bluez 13th annual (socially distanced) Christmas concert, playing our new Christmas song and “I Do”. For posterity and because I didn’t play until really late (almost 2am) UK time, I’m posting the set here for everyone on this side of the world. Happy solstice. Things will get brighter from here.
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New charity Christmas single, ‘Don’t Kill Yourself (It’s Christmas)’ out today…
11 DEC 2020
What a year. Today, we are releasing a new single about shared connections and hope for the future in an era where our mutual sense of reality and time is evermore fleeting.
In an effort to destigmatise discussions around mental health during a season that can be difficult for many (and especially in a year that has been so difficult), it is my hope that my direct approach of using the song like a mantra to myself will enable others to feel more comfortable discussing their problems if needed. 100% of downloads from our Bandcamp before Christmas will be donated to Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service.
In the physical realm, we have vinyl copies of Body Is Working, Short Songs, vol. 2, our Mariah Carey 7″, a handful of t-shirts and tote bags and a HUGE festive bundle deal. Share the mirthful glee of these auditory delights with your dearest kin. Take care.
NEW SINGLE ‘I DO’ OUT NOW!
‘Short Songs, Vol. 2’ 7″ comp releases Record Store Day 2020…
29 AUG 2020
Kingfisher Bluez are releasing a new compilation of short songs (12 songs on a 7-inch!) today, featuring the track ‘I Do’. Here’s what people have been saying about it so far:
“short but memorable … high energy ripper” – Stereogum
“I want more!!” – Emily Pilbeam, BBC Introducing
“a sugarcoated critique of convenience capitalism” – Mix It All Up
“ever-so-sweet blast of American west-coast rock infused with the most effervescent shades of power-pop” – God Is In the TV Zine
“Jeff wrote to me in an email which I found amusing, ‘the song is dedicated to Jeff Bezos, who through his own questionable behaviour has managed to increase his personal wealth by 76 billion US dollars in the first 5 months of the COVID-19 pandemic’. I’m not sure where the relevance comes from with that, Jeff” – Joe Buckingham, Sine FM
#SAVEOURVENUES SOLO PIANO SET
Live benefit for Oporto and Music:Leeds…
17 JULY 2020
Last month, I was asked to play a benefit show for Music:Leeds’ series of streaming Virtual House Gigs, specifically in aid of Oporto’s #saveourvenues campaign. At the time, I was marooned in Michigan, completely on my own at the house I grew up in, waiting to return to the UK. In the house was a piano I had played often from the ages of about 9-22, which I needed to sell, along with everything else. Thus it seemed like an ideal opportunity to do this weird solo set comprised of brand new unreleased Living Body songs, plus songs I wrote on the piano 15 years ago. The piano is now out of the house.
SPLIT-SCREEN QUARANTINE LIVE VIDEOS
Make the most of it…
27 APRIL 2020
Here we are, all of our shows cancelled for the foreseeable future. We were due to play three shows in April as a two-piece, so we decided to “virtually” take these sets on the road.
Here are two live sets of completely different material performed for Wilderness Record Store in Manchester and The Lanes in Bristol. Originally aired over two weekends on Facebook live, now uploaded to YouTube for superior audio & video quality. Subscribe to our YouTube page as we’ll be rolling out more as the album progresses.
Merch sales definitely help during this time of emotional and financial uncertainty. Vinyl, CD’s, T-Shirts, and Tote Bags are available below. Everyone STAY SAFE out there!
🌴 “MERCH BOOTH” 🌴
2020 TOUR DATES
Who knows what lies ahead…
18 MARCH 2020
Seems very odd to be announcing a tour right now. We’re living in very tumultuous times. Booking the last 2 shows of this run last week seemed to coincide with the ramping up of our own collective fear and uncertainty. We obviously want these shows to go ahead but also need to avoid putting ourselves and others at risk. This pandemic is going to hit society’s most vulnerable the hardest – the elderly, uninsured and underinsured, self-employed, freelance, low wage and gig economy workers, everyone in the service industry, and of course, venues and musicians. It’s very important to look after one another and offer support when needed, since the government doesn’t seem to give a shit about these people.
By all accounts, this is likely to spread exponentially, rendering any sort of public gatherings unfeasible. However, booking this was a lot of work. I guess I just want you all to know, I tried. We will incur losses from not being able to do these shows (our Bigcartel and Bandcamp is always open and we are ready to provide the soundtrack to your isolation in recorded form). We are going to monitor the situation over the next few weeks and keep you all in the loop. Take care and stay safe.
April 11: Cardiff – Wales Goes Pop! 2020! *
April 12: Manchester – Wilderness Record Store *
April 13: Leeds – Oporto *
May 21: Leeds – Lending Room ^
May 22: London – New River Studios ^
May 23: Bristol – The Lanes ^
May 24: Sheffield – Hatch ^
May 28: Newcastle – The Cumberland Arms ^
May 29: Glasgow – The Old Hairdressers ^
May 30: Edinburgh – The Wee Red Bar ^
May 31: Manchester – The Peer Hat ^
* 2-piece shows
^ 5-piece double drums shows
2019 TOUR DATES
Guess who’s back…
8 JUNE 2018
Hey look, I know life is totally crazy and mixed up right now. Nonetheless, we’re very excited about this tour. It’s our first time touring with two drummers, as a 5 piece. We’ll have lots of new songs and we can’t wait to play them for you. See you out there, UK!
July 25: York – Fulford Arms (FB event / ticket link)
July 28: Topcliffe – Deer Shed Festival (FB event / ticket link)
August 3: Glasgow – Hug and Pint (FB event / ticket link)
August 4: Newcastle – Tyne Bar (FB event / free!)
August 22: Manchester – the Castle Hotel (FB event / ticket link)
August 23: Sheffield – Hatch (FB event / ticket link)
August 24: Leeds – Renegades of Chunk @ CHUNK (FB event / ticket link)
August 25: Cardiff – HUB Festival (FB event / ticket link)
August 26: Bristol – Crofters Rights (FB event / free!)
August 27: Portsmouth – Edge of the Wedge (FB event / ticket link)
August 28: London – Sebright Arms (FB event / ticket link)
August 29: Margate – Elsewhere (FB event / ticket link)
August 30: Derby – Dubrek Studios (FB event / ticket link)
September 1: Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (FB event / pay as you feel!)
September 5: Wakefield – the Establishment (FB event / ticket link)
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