I decided not to take merchandise out on these dates as I had nothing new to offer and as it is only 6 shows I determined to go instead with a flyer with information on what is happening this year and pointing people at the fishheadsclub.com web site which will be live and buzzing next month.
The big news is that the Convention at Leamington Spa is gaining a momentum and taking a fine shape.
I can confirm that “It Bites” will be special guests on the Saturday and “The Reasoning” will be the special guests on the Sunday night. Both bands will be on-stage at 7pm on the respective nights with my full electric band on at 8.45.
I will be performing an acoustic set on the Saturday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon there will be a screening of the “Electric Man” movie with a Q and A session with actors, director and writers after.
Doors on Saturday will be at 12 followed by an introduction and an in depth Q and A with myself.
Doors on Sunday will be at 1pm.
Various film footage from across the eras and projects will be screened throughout the weekend as “fillers” between other events which will include a return of “The Grumpy Old Musicians” and “Weakest Link” with special guests. Further attractions are to be added in the coming weeks together with more details on timings and other activities.
My set list will include some rarities as well as a performance of what should be the entire “Feast of Consequences” album over the 2 nights.
I have also decided to put together an arrangement of “Grendel” for a one off performance :-))
Tickets will be available in 2 weeks time and are priced at £60 (inc vat) for a weekend laminate which will get holders into the Assembly rooms for the Saturday and Sunday events and the evening performances.
The laminates will be individually numbered and come with a special lanyard. They must be retained throughout the weekend and will be “punched” on the relevant days.
Only weekend laminates will be on sale with individual performance only tickets made available on the night at the door should there be spaces. Individual tickets will not be available
Laminates are only available through the website mail order service at http://www.fish-thecompany.com.
When ordering you must supply your name and the names of anyone you are ordering for as I plan to put a project together from the weekend and would like to have all the attendees involved! 🙂
More information and further details will be posted next week when I get back from the tour and there will be a special page on the web site with a FAQ section to hopefully answer any questions you may have.
It’s all coming together nicely! 🙂
You can go to the fishheadsclub.com web site now and register your e mail address and you will be sent updates and blogs directly to your mailbox as the convention develops as well as other news and relative Fishy info on releases of the Fishheads Club projects as they move into production.
Spread the word!!
As well as the photo shoot and interview with Taz yesterday there were smatterings of con jointed work which seemed at times like trying to play ping pong with butterflies blindfolded. Emails keep pinging out into the ether and I am starting to think I am like the Omega Man sometimes and there’s no one else out there!
Did finally get down and check the Derby filming and audio as it has now moved into position in the intended box set. Russell Cherrington the director was probably thinking I’d disappeared over the eternal horizon in the Clown Carrier as it has been so long since I was in touch re the footage.
It had been a while since I’d last looked at it but with the Studio Sessions moving forward I needed to follow up with the next wave of mixing otherwise I was going to lose momentum.
The Pro tools sessions from Derby are now on their way up to Calum and I am locked into a visit to Russell’s in Carlisle after the Glenn Hughes shows to go through micro editing on footage that will stand perfectly with the Spittalrig sessions and the Glasgow IAEFTL speech and interviews which I now have permission to release.
The Derby set is from December 2010 and it’s really interesting to hear the versions of the songs in early stages and against their evolution in the set throughout 2011!
Set list “Chocolate Frog”, “State of Mind” “Somebody Special”, “Jumpsuit City”., “Slainthe Mhath”,”Brother52″, “Vigil”, “Punch and Judy”, “Out of My Life”, “Incubus”,”Jigsaw”,”Pilgrims Address”,”Gentleman’s Excuse Me”, Kayleigh”,”Lavender” and “The Company”.
There are a couple of guitar and keyboard repairs that will take a few hours one morning but the set is pretty good and totally different projection energy wise from the studio recordings. Strange hearing us finding the dynamic at the end of “Special” which we were just starting to try out. 52 has a tentative confused “everyone stare at each other ” moment and there’s some interesting on stage banter! :-0
“Just Good Friends” was in the set list on the night but it’s questionable due to a couple of horrendous mistakes that would make milk curdle!
I still have to go through the material for the “Miscellaneous” DVD but these are all taken from various sources and don’t require mixing, just EQ’ing.It’s still a chunk of time to sift through what I have and to chase other sources!
Gavin Griffiths is on his way up, picking up his kit from York en route, so we start our move into the rehearsal space tomorrow. FTC and Clown Carrier will be managing the monitor set up.I’ll probably not be in there working until Sunday, allowing the band to come together and work out arrangements before I start chanting!
It’s going to be a busy time as I also have to deal with my own workload from here in the morning before I go down to the borders.
Off to Edinburgh now to buy a tripod for the Sony DVD camera so we can film rehearsals and the upcoming gigs. Luckily the FTC found my pro mikes I got from Henk Tempelman in Holland in a flight-case that I thought I’d lost at Leamington last convention.
The Leamington tickets are going to the printers next week so should be ready before the end of the month.
I have decided to price them at £60 inc vat for the weekend.
The tickets are laminates which will come with a lanyard and should be retained to get you in and out over the weekend.
I already have 2 bands confirmed as special guests and am negotiating with other “artists” to see if we can come up with a really varied menu of entertainment to carry us across the two full days.
Saturday doors are at 12 and Sunday doors at 1pm. Special Guests will be on stage at 7 and I will be on stage at 8.45.
Both nights will be full electric outfits but I will be playing an acoustic set on Saturday afternoon.
With a bit of luck and some serious hard work I intend to play most of the material from “Feast of Consequences” over the weekend as we will be writing throughout July, August and September.
There will be a premier of “Electric Man” on the Sunday afternoon which I think could be an ideal piece of eye candy for those with hangovers from the previous night!
More details will be posted as well as information on buying tickets in the coming week.
It’s a highly busy time and everyone is buzzing and looking forward to the electric shows in the next 2 weeks.
I must admit having that nervous high at the prospect of a dramatically different approach with songs some of which I haven’t played for a very long time.
For now it’s a drive in the rain to Auld Reekie and listen to the songs on the car CD player. Nice to get reacquainted again 🙂
John Reid arrived late Friday night for a weekend of techy talk and web site advancement, our first meet since we came up with the idea at the end of January,where we could physically go through some of the procedures I need to learn to be more hands on and contribute more to the site than I have been able to with “The Company” web site.
First up on my learning curve was utilising Word Press and associating it with routing to various media outlets.Blogs will become a bit more special in the coming months as I now have discovered how to add photos and inserts etc. … Continue Reading
Getting to grips with the new web site and the add ons we want to put up.
I’ve decided to unleash the Fish TV episodes that were originally on a pay per view site a few years ago.These will all be added as the weeks and months go by together with new footage shot here at the studio and on the road. It’s all a bit new to me but I am sure I’ll get loads of practice as time goes by! 🙂
A hearty thanks for all your birthday wishes the other day! It was quite humbling and really warming to receive so many messages and to know there’s a fine Company out there! Proud to be part of it all!
Slipped on the “not drinking” routine and toasted my family across the ages with a rather luxurious red just after midnight in the still of the new kitchen.
The day was pretty quiet apart from fielding the phones and getting numb fingers from texting. Pub for the obligatory 2 pints of 70 then home for a night on my own watching football in the kitchen and wolfing a nuked Moroccan lamb pre made meal from Tescos washed down with a couple of dry chilled New Zealand Savvy’s. Rabb popped in after work for a natter but it was a pretty event empty day overall and enjoyed my own company.Kitchen and hallway are pretty much finished apart from painting in the vestibule next week and some electric work. … Continue Reading
and interview for the British Council
Just back from Glasgow to discover kitchen had moved forward by leaps but the bounds were hampered by late arrival of sink .I have hot water and central heating but will be washing the plates and dishes in the bath tonight.It will be a night to chill with a big smile as a fine sense of accomplishment about today. … Continue Reading
I am delivering the plenary speech at the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language )convention.It’s a talk and Fishheads acoustic performance of a few numbers in a 45 minute set and will be broadcast live on http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/
The subject matter of the talk is how lyrics have helped teach students English as a foreign language worldwide.The listening audience is expected to be around 50 000 teachers and associates but anyone can check into the stream.You can’t get tickets for this but you can watch the live stream on the day.I am on about 1pm. … Continue Reading
Ok let’s start the day off with a biggie! Bit like on the film “UP” when someone shouts “Squirrel!!!”.
After talking with Trevor White at Planet Rock it is now looking highly likely I’ll be back on the station with a new series of programmes in June/July and August.Details have still to be worked out but the idea is to record and send shows from here at the Studio on a weekly basis rather than recording them in batches as we did last series.This means the content will be more current and as with the first series I’ll be highlighting the writing process of “Feast of Consequences” as it moves into full studio recording. The shows will be later in the evening than last time which means our American friends can listen in with a beer after work! :-)We are pretty confident this will all come together and are both excited at working together again. Absolutely perfect timing for all concerned! 🙂 … Continue Reading
Well things move forward apace! The Fishheads Club web site is gathering momentum and the launch site is now up with a competition that may interest you! 🙂 There’s an exclusive opportunity to win a pair of invitations to a distinctly special event. Go to http://signup.fishheadsclub.com and sign up for a chance of winning and to get updates sent to you direct from the Fishheads Club!!!love … Continue Reading
This is still in discussion and totally dependent on finances as it’s a big investment in titles that may or may not provide returns.I have been in contact with my old friend and producer Chris Kimsey and we are examining the possibilities of remixing and remastering “Raingods With Zippos”, “Fellini Days” and possibly “Field of Crows” as part of the re release of my solo back catalogue on Chocolate Frog Records which would include all the solo albums I have under my control.(The only exception is “Vigil” which is owned by EMI and which involves separate negotiations to secure it’s release.)With the 3 albums I need to have the original tapes “baked” and transferred to Pro Tools after which Chris can remix the tracks and even possibly employ a 5-1 mix in the process.It’s an expensive outlay and we are both seeing if we can juggle the figures to make them work. … Continue Reading