I haven’t gigged for a while. To be honest, I’ve been kind of uninspired by gigging. In a way that I find hard to describe.
Not as a performer, actually, but as an audience member. And I think it might be down to the fact that the main time I perform now is in the Bastard English Session. And when that session really works I find it so much more enjoyable than gigging. Maybe that’s why every gig gives me this odd sensation of… ‘shouldn’t there be something more?’
So, this month I am back to posting a new original track and a new adapted traditional track, after a couple of months of not being able to. But I’m going about it in a slightly different way.
One of the things that has proved a block to constantly posting new tracks for me was the logistics of preparing the album they would go on: getting a title, getting artwork, etc. And more than that, what the album’s general theme was, and whether each track would fit. Also, in order for a track to be ready for proper release, I need to ideally sit on it for 3 months, and come back to it and see how it sounds.
I’m a big fan of music videos. I’ve never seen them as purely a promotional tool; I believe them to be an extension of music, like cover art. They provide that visual dimension that music alone (obviously) lacks. And when they’re done right… Continue reading →
Amongst my many feathers on my bow, or fingers in many pies, or whichever mixed metaphors you prefer… doing some freelance mastering is a new one. I’ve been obsessed by mastering (as well as mixing) for some years now, and I’m now at the point where I feel happy doing it professionally. All part of the adaptive and many-threaded career of the modern musician. Continue reading →
Come you folk musicians all, the final ‘Searchlight’ event until the next Folk Weekend: Oxford will be on the evening of Saturday 14 October at St Luke’s Church, Canning Crescent, Oxford.
If this isn’t ringing any bells for you, this event is sort of an open mic night that I’m hosting with my ‘FWO Artistic Director of Local Artists’ hat on*. And it’s basically a way of allowing me (and any other festival organisers who might be interested) to see any local folk artists that we might otherwise be unaware of. Continue reading →
Wasn’t She Always Here?James Bell
The Grey Goose And GanderJames Bell
End Credits by Laptop (iPhone cover)James Bell3:31