Wow – an epic week up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in which Basia, Jane and I managed to clock up over twelve shows in a week!
Click on the above image to hear us play ‘The Suitors Ballyhoo’ on the last Pleasance podcast of the festival.
Highlights included an amazing show at the last Golden Hour for The Forest Cafe and a lovely moment when we got to serenade a group of Maths academics in The Pleasance Courtyard who got another group of friends to watch us play via skype on their laptop.
Podcast recording and filming … L-R: Paul on camera, Robin on guitar, Basia on violin, Jane on accordion and Al on microphones.
A slightly tired Basia and Jane having a nap on the train heading north to Edinburgh.
I am up in Northumberland at the moment visiting my Gran, who luckily for me is a silver surfer with a nice shiny new pc on broadband and skype next to the window by the sea. Which means I can tell you about my gig this Sunday and then go and mooch down by the picture-postcard harbour and perfect my windswept look….
The Arcola Theatre in Dalston have been kind enough to let me take over their foyer this coming Sunday for a little mini-launch of my new cd titled ‘I Love Leonard Cohen’.
Music will start at 6pm with a set from the wonderful Madelaine Hart (http://www.myspace.com/madelainehart) – I have just finished recording her ace debut cd and she has contributed some lovely backing vocals to ‘I Love Leonard Cohen’.
I will be on around 7pm and will be joined by Iain and Geri, wielding banjo, dulcimer, bass, percussion toys, violin and other things with strings… we will be done by 8pm so it is not too late for a school night or a cross London trip!
You can download the mp3 of ‘I Love Leonard Cohen’ from this site – please practice the outro backing vocals so we can all have a nice big sing-a-long on sunday 🙂
Sunday, November 2, 2008
6:00pm – 8.00pm – cost £5/£2 concs
The Arcola, 27 Arcola Street, Dalston, London, UK E8 2DJ
Anyways, music, yes, I have a show in Camden next Thursday at Iktoms. It will be my tenth time playing for Kev, a truly enlightened promoter, who provides sweets, lego and colouring-in pencils and paper as well as consistently booking great new music.
The evening is unamplified and I will be practising for the second time the noble art of singing whilst playing the double bass with Iain on guitar to fill in the gaps 🙂
…I have just started playing with an amazing violinist called Geri who is going to be doing her first gig with me at the Wired Festival in Kings Cross on Saturday 27th. Kinzli will also be joining me on backing vocals and the rest of the bill looks awesome including Fiona Bevan, Show Without Punch, Lail Arad and many more of my favourite artists. More info here http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=16958626249
…and have just booked the Arcola Theatre in Dalston for a Sunday early evening show on 2nd November – please pencil in the diary if you can – I think this will be a full kitchen sink show with guitar, banjo, tabla, double bass, violin, backing vocals and cake.