Proudly announcing our #VoteIN EU tour. Or, rather, we’re playing in Belgium and Holland this month. The details are on my gigs page, as ever, but the headlines are below.
Also, today is the last day you can register to vote in the EU Referendum if you’re a UK citizen. I’d strongly recommend you do, and then on 23rd June, go and vote for us to remain a part of Europe. Pretty please. Click on the link and do it now. I’m just beginning to play outside the UK, and over the (nine!) years of The Noise Upstairs we have welcomed many people from all over Europe. Freedom of movement is brilliant.
Well, that was fun. This week I had a few days in the tropical South for my last gigs of 2015. Ripsaw Catfish played in Brighton at The Safehouse, a thoroughly enjoyable night in a room that sounded great. And then my first trip to Hundred Years Gallery for the “Lume : The Hat Speaks” gig, a sort-of tribute to my night The Noise Upstairs (the concept for which was actually inspired by The Safehouse 8+ years ago) where names are pulled out of a hat to form improvising ensembles. The high calibre of musicians in attendance made for some genuinely exciting listening. I played a quartet with Alex Bonney, Andrew Lisle and Ed Riches where I ended up with a heavily de-tuned guitar, exploring some bass frequencies beneath everyone else. Next was a quartet with Alison Blunt, Dee Byrne and Tom Greenhalgh, I got into some slide playing for this, and last of all was a very enjoyable scratchy duo with Tom Ward on bass clarinet. Other highlights were literally everything else, there was a really nice atmosphere, a great way to meet new players and explore new ground. More of this please!
In January 2016 Ripsaw Catfish head to Derby on the 17th, and Cath and I will both be working with the Vonnegut Collective on the 23rd, on a piece inspired by Cornelius Cardew’s Autumn 60. Skamel will be around in February, and the rest of the year promises more Beats & Pieces Big Band gigs, a Sloth Racket album and tour and my first trip to Canada to perform. More on all of that as details are finalised on my gigs page.
For now, here’s a live Sloth Racket video for you to enjoy. And a few photos below that.
This time next week I’ll be mentally preparing myself for my first trio gig in Paris. Johnny, James and I are lucky enough to be the guests of the Onze Heures Onze collective for their festival on Tuesday 12th May. All the info is on their website, or my gigs page of course. Really looking forward to sharing the bill with Donkey Monkey and Jozef Dumoulin, have a look at the other gigs going on over there too on this handy Facebook event.
Not only that, but whilst we’re there, us and a couple of other Efpi-related artists will be hanging out with members of Onze Heures Onze and making some music together, behind closed doors for now, but watch this space to see if anything comes out of that. This trip has been made possible by Fanny Martin and Jazz North who have actively sought out potential collaborations, and we’re very grateful for that!
Also, even before then, Cath Roberts and I (aka Ripsaw Catfish) are hooking up with my namesake Anton Mobin to play our first gig outside the UK this Sunday (10th May). All the details are here on the Plateforme website, or if you prefer, you could Facebook.
That’s all for now, here’s a picture of the Ripsaw Catfish logo.