Good question. I implied on social media that Did I Sleep And Miss The Border is actually album 8, as opposed to officially number 7. But that’s because I wrote and recorded another record, but I wanted to release this one before hand. It will all make sense one day, hopefully even to me.
The Standing Band – who are they? What are they? And why are they called that? First 2 are easy, they are the band we formed for the 2010 tour, with Richard Hammond, Dave Walsh and Brian Wright joining my long suffering companions Olli Cunningham and Oli Kraus. As to the name, well, it’s a long story – and we all need some mystery in this age of over-sharing, but I welcome any theories. You’ll have to wait for the book!
It feels like ages since I last toured, and a thousand years since I last toured with the band. In between 2010’s Alphabet of Hurricanes, 2013’s From The Lowlands and my new album, a lot has been going on, even if most of it is behind the scenes.
I’ve been writing songs for and with other people, most notably Marianne Faithfull, and some pop stars (who I can’t name for reasons of jinxing the outcome and annoying some managers) as well as writing some film, tv and classical pieces. Oh and a book. But I’ve been doing that for ages.
Anyway, it’s exciting to be releasing a new record, lucky number 7, and especially exciting to be touring with the band again. The dates are busily being booked for the Autumn, I have a couple of festivals in the meantime, and possibly one or two tiny secret events! It’s all shaping up to be a busy year.
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