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
I have already began scribbling notes and forming crystals in the writing of “Feast Of Consequences” On Monday Calum Malcolm committed to the album and to be honest he is as excited as me about the concept and direction I discussed with him.In order to fit in with his demanding schedule and to give him a decent window and me a deadline to put the pressure on while still giving adequate time to complete the writing we agreed on recording in August and September with mixes finished by first week of October for release to coincide with the tour.I plan to write everything on acoustic in a traditional way and then embellishing the material in the studio rather than writing in the studio itself.This means pre production rehearsals in July so we are going in with finished songs.The recording band will be the same as the touring band but the writing team will involve outside musicians who for various reasons I can’t name yet due to their commitments to their own projects.Both Calum and I see this as an album that will be blues and soul inspired with complex and electric overtones in very much the same area as perhaps “Floyds “Animals” or “Wish You Were Here”, both albums that inspired us in our formative years.That is not to say we are following that route but the combined usage of electric and acoustic, space and dynamic which I have enjoyed on the Fishheads Club tour will be employed as a base for the album’s style. … Continue Reading
The Fishheads project, as I said in the previous post,is a massive one. Calum Malcolm will be mixing the multi track recordings and mastering the other high bit rate stereo recordings and the DVD soundtracks. A meeting with Rob Ayling from my distributors has thrown up quite a few ideas we are costing out so we can deliver something very classy and collect able that is high quality at a price that is affordable over a range of options and that also covers the heavy front costs I have which include session fees, production fees, artwork and design origination and obviously manufacturing costs of the material.I am examining a box set which may include the following- 6 multi track audio full show, double cd’s from St Mary’s 2010, Manchester Band on the Wall 2010,studio sessions 2011, “another ” 2011 tbr, A Polish “best of” and a “best of” high bit ratio stereo album from various sources.This would come together with 2 DVD’s , one filmed in the studio and the other from the potential “Planet Rock” show or a “Polish” show.This box set would include a full colour large 20-30 page booklet and other mementos of the tour.
This would be a high price unit of between 85 and 100 pounds depending on costs.
There would also be a quadruple album compiled as a “best of” from the above at around
Just to let you know that the brand new EMI records re release of “Script for a Jester’s Tear” will be available from the mail order on my web site http://fish-thecompany.com as a 180g heavy weight vinyl, gatefold sleeve,accompanied by a 12″ x 12″ art print with full original track listing as the remastered version from 1997 on Feb 6th.The album is now available for pre order at