dates released for December "One of the country’s most consistently admired
songwriters" - Folk Radio UK "Simple, poetic reflections on life an
dates released for December
"One of the country’s most
consistently admired songwriters"- Folk
"Simple, poetic reflections on life
and love"- The Guardian
FULL BAND DATES AVAILABLE - 11 /
12 / 15 / 17 December 2017
Boo is well known as one of the greatest songwriter performers in the
business, but incredibly, its been 7 years since Boo released his last studio
album of original material 'God Bless The Pretty
Things'. Not that he's been inactive, far from it, the period has been the
most productive of his career. Boo wrote Radio Ballads for the BBC's Olympic and
recent Child Migration series. There has been a huge array of writing and
producing with both established and upcoming artists and passing something on to
budding writers via his much loved song-writing workshops. Boo spent three years
writing a daily blog which lead to podcast fun with that staff of The WORD (RIP)
and invitations to join Radio broadcasts such as The Verb (BBC Radio 3) and a
moment of personal satisfaction when his work was included in the radio round up
Pick Of The Week on BBC Radio 4. Boo formed the duo State Of The Union with
American guitarist Brooks Williams and recorded and released two albums and an
EP, live in the studio with engineer Mark Freegard, the duo appeared on BBC1 TV
Andrew Marr show performing their cover of Pet Shop Boys Rent.
Boo has written lyrics and played on over 30 new recordings by and
with other artists during the period including the acclaimed 2014 album
(Vagabond) and 2015 EP (Back The Dogs) with Scottish singer Eddi Reader, Last
Man Standing Ep (2015) with Kris Drever of Lau and Duke Special. Reveal Records
compiled the first document of his career to date with a fine Best of
compilation My Name In Brackets and swiftly
followed that with an album of lost recordings found in a box! This album was
Open which received five star reviews and
was number 5 in the Telegraph Albums of The Year 2015.
His new album Swimming in Mercury
was released this month to critical acclaim.
“I felt like I had to wait for the
right time to tell some old stories, working on the Best of compilation My Name
In Brackets and finding the Open recordings took me back a little, each song a
placed me in a memory. I soon realised I had to go further and revisit the time
when I was first making music. Taking the bus down to Rough Trade in London with
my demo tape Julia, playing cheap guitars with broken strings.
For Swimming In Mercury and Born I
have used instruments I’ve not used for years. The process has been more akin to
when I was starting out in an indie band. I used my father’s old beat up piano
and I wrote some songs with my son, Ben which was great. The lyrics came fast, I
trusting my pen.
Boo will also be touring with his band doing a few exclusive dates in
December (11/12/15/ 17 available), here is the line-up:
Boo - vocals and guitar Chris Pepper - drums Chris Bradbury - guitar and keyboards Mark Ellis - Bass
This month Topic Records focus on what is regarded to be one of the greatest acoustic folk albums of all time, Nic Jones Penguin Eggs. Released in June 1980 it was critically acclaimed and named "Folk Album of the Year" by Melody Maker.
Nic Jones was greatly influenced by Martin Carthy, whose percussive guitar style he adopted for his own, Nic first surfaced during the late 1960s as a member of the group the Halliard, mounting a solo career in 1970 with his debut album 'Ballads And Songs'. Nic continued to release solo records and appeared on albums for artists like Richard Thompson and June Tabor.
Sadly, Nic’s recording and performing career was tragically cut short when, returning home after a gig a Glossop Folk Festival in February 1982 he was involved in a serious traffic accident that left him in intensive care and hospitalised for some eight months. His injuries were such that he now only performs for his own pleasure. A truly tragic loss to the Folk World.
The rarity and beauty of Nic Jones recordings only add to their status as truly remarkable recordings.
Nic Jones will forever be a cornerstone in the history of English Folk.
Find the following Nic Jones titles with a 25% discount on the Topic store.
Today we are launching some exclusive bundles to accompany our new album 'Exile and Grace'. • Signed CD with exclusive rare out-takes? Yes! • Deluxe double album on Vinyl? Sure thing!
• An Exclusive Exile and Grace T-Shirt? What size sir?
All of these bundles are ONLY available from Townsend Music here.
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