Following-on from this solo acoustic show in the Summer, the five-piece group I have been working with for the last 18 months will perform for the first time on Friday 13th November, at Manchester Soup Kitchen. Carousel Clouds is the band’s name, and all of us are itching to play, and hope that people enjoy hearing it.
Carousel Clouds were invited to play a ‘secret’ show and open up the night at Gullivers.
I am occasionally asked if I am currently writing, playing or recording music. Ok, not that often, but I do appreciate the interest, and have probably said ‘Yes, I’ll let you know what soon as I can’. Finally, after biting my tongue for so long, I am pleased to say there’s a few things I will be able to share in the coming weeks. And since I’m too lazy to reply individually (sorry!) I shall do so here:
I have been asked to play a solo show at Apotheca in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, at one of their fab Acoustica nights. It will be my first live performance in two-and-a-half years (other than to play a couple of songs to a room of Mansun fans last year – more daunting than it sounds!)
For much of the past 12 months, I have been holed-away in a rehearsal room, working on songs with a new act – I will also post some details on here very soon. At the Apotheca show, I will be previewing solo versions of some of these songs. The show is on 3rd August, is free of charge, and has some food and drinks deals (see below). Hope it is a great night, and to see some friendly faces 🙂
I will post some more info soon. Hope to see you on the 3rd.
I Can Only Disappoint U (Cover) – Live Acoustic performance from the Mansun Convention 2014: http://youtu.be/jKSCFdh3-3Y
At the Mansun Convention was an open mic (‘Wide Open Mic’), wonderfully hosted by Roger Rowley. I played this song and Big Isn’t Beautiful, originally by King Adora.
Earlier this year, I held an online poll asking Mansun fans their thoughts on the convention, plus other possible future Mansun activities.
Below are some photos from the day, including bits of the Mansun Museum. Thanks to the organisers for letting me take some pics! There is also a snippet of the NME article on the convention, for which I had a good chat with the journalist and he used a few quotes. Continue reading
Barlon Mrando has remixed Starts and Ends. You can listen to it here:
This version takes on a totally new feel, which I really like. You can hear the version I recorded below.
(‘Eberswalder’ is a name I have used when plating and recording solo material, with no overdubs or studio effects).
New song ‘Invisible Lines (Home Demo)’. Recorded at home, played with guitar and home keyboard, and recorded with a mobile phone. Mixed using free Audacity software.
Below is my acoustic version of the song ‘Slow Release’, originally by  Teenagers.
The much-missed  Teenagers were a Manchester band who Optional Wallace played with on many occasions. Neil Wright joined us on stage to perform ‘Can’t Explain’ at Manchester Academy 3 when Wallace (along with Dutch Uncles) supported 52s for the launch show of their single 3AM.
‘Slow Release’ was my favourite of the 52s’ songs, and I wanted to record quite a different-sounding version, Continue reading