Sep 23 2016

Foreverland News, Later with Jools Holland & Tour Dates!!

So as I’m sure you’re all aware the brand new album from The Divine Comedy Foreverland is very much out now and we’ve been busy travelling round promoting the release.

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It climbed up to number 7 in the official UK album charts in it’s first week of release, plus it was number 3 in Ireland and 14 in France! Very exciting indeed…

We played on Chris Evans and Dermot O’Leary’s BBC radio 2 shows, then dashed off to Paris for an unplugged gig for PIAS plus a few days of television and radio spots before returning to the UK in time to play on Later… with Jools Holland.

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You can stream the whole unplugged PIAS Paris show here on the ARTE website. Not sure how long it’ll stay live so have a look while you can!

The Later… Live! show aired on Tuesday but the full Later… show is on tonight at 11.05pm on BBC2!!

I’ve been playing all these unplugged shows on my little Kala ukulele bass which has been great fun. It’s been getting a lot of attention over the last few weeks. You’ll see it in action on Jools later tonight through my new Aguilar rig. Sounds fantastic…

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The tour starts on 7th October and tickets are selling out fast so you better get on the case boys and girls. See you out there!

October 2016

  • 7th Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth, UK
  • 8th TramShed Cardiff, UK
  • 9th St George’s Bristol, UK
  • 11th City Varieties Music Hall Leeds, UK
  • 12th Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, UK
  • 14th St George’s Hall Liverpool, UK
  • 15th The Foundry Sheffield, UK
  • 16th The Baths Hall Scunthorpe, UK
  • 17th Sage One Newcastle, UK
  • 19th Leamington Assembly Leamington Spa, UK
  • 20th Junction Cambridge, UK
  • 21st Quarterhouse Folkestone, UK
  • 22nd Open Norwich, UK
  • 24th Town Hall Birmingham, UK
  • 25th De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill On Sea, UK
  • 27th Stereolux Nantes, France
  • 28th La Sirène La Rochelle, France
  • 29th BIME Festival Bilbao, Spain
  • 30th Atabal Biarritz, France

November 2016

  • 2nd Le Radiant Lyon, France
  • 3rd MC2 Grenoble, France
  • 4th La Coopérative de Mai Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 6th Le Bikini Toulouse, France
  • 7th Paloma Nîmes, France
  • 8th Le Silo Marseille, France
  • 10th Dijon Theatre Dijon, France
  • 12th La Cartonnerie Reims, France
  • 13th L’Autre Canal Nancy, France
  • 14th Théâtre Sebastopol Lille, France
  • 16th Le Cargö Caen, France
  • 17th Le 106 Rouen, France

January 2017

  • 24th Les Folies BergèreParis, France
  • 25th Les Folies Bergère Paris, France
  • 27th den Atelier Luxembourg-City, Luxembourg
  • 28th La Laiterie Strasbourg, France
  • 30th Cirque Royal Brussels, Belgium

February 2017

  • 1st Théâtre Fémina Bordeaux, France
  • 3rd Theatro Circo Braga, Portugal
  • 4th Teatro Tivoli Lisbon, Portugal
  • 5th Teatro Alameda Seville, Spain
  • 7th Teatro Nuevo Apolo Madrid, Spain
  • 8th Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, Spain
  • 10th Teatro Grande Brescia, Italy
  • 11th Théâtre de l’Octogone Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 13th Heimathafen Neukölln Berlin, Germany
  • 14th Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 15th Cirkus Skandiascenen Stockholm, Sweden
  • 16th Cosmopolite Oslo, Norway
  • 18th Mojo Club Hamburg, Germany
  • 19th Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 21st London Palladium London, UK
  • 22th London Palladium London, UK
  • 23rd London Palladium London, UK
  • 25th Albert Hall Manchester, UK
  • 26th Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin, Ireland

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May 16 2016

Monochrome Echo 64 Souls EP Out Now

Okay so some of you are probably wondering what/who the hell Monochrome Echo is, right?

Just over a year ago I decided to start a new project producing electronic music. I put together a little studio setup centred around Ableton. I wanted to separate this project from any previous/ongoing solo projects and so came up with the name Monochrome Echo. There’s a Facebook page, you can follow me on Soundcloud and Twitter as Monochrome Echo too.

Quite early on I started posting some tracks on the collaborative music site Blend.io, as well as submitting entries to some of their remix and production challenges. Blend has been fantastic for learning new skills and making new contacts. Some of my best tracks have been collaborations with other musicians and producers from all around the world. I highly recommend you take look if you’re into making electronic music.

A couple of months ago Blend contacted me about the possibility of releasing an EP of my music on their label. So I set to work…

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I chose three tracks from my Blend page and three additional tracks I had been working on and the 64 Souls EP was born. 64 Souls was officially released on Friday 13th on Blend Records and is now available via all digital platforms including iTunes and Beatport. It’s also on Spotify if you’re the streaming type.

I hope you like the new direction. I have a stack of music waiting to be released so watch this space for news of further offerings. Better still, like the Facebook page and follow me on Twitter. Monochrome Echo just getting started…


Feb 22 2015

New Clare Teal Album Out Now!

Happy Sunday folks!

As many of you may already know, our latest release with Clare Teal At Your Request is officially out now and available in all the usual stores online.

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We completed recording the album at the end of last year and it features a stella lineup including a four-piece horn section (Sam Mayne, Dave O’Higgins, Martin Shaw and Ashley Horton) alongside the regular trio of myself, Grant Windsor and Ben Reynolds.

The repertoire consists of all those songs we’ve developed in the live show over the last couple of years that have yet to feature on record including Van Morrison’s The Way Young Lovers Do and Dory Previn’s Twenty-Mile Zone. It’s the final recording with Grant as he has now moved back to Australia.

We officially launched the album at the Cadogan Hall show last Saturday with the ‘mini big band’ as featured on the record. We’ll be doing a few more dates later on in the year with the same band, as well as the Hollywood-style orchestra’s Doris Day show and the new trio featuring the awesome Jason Rebello.

You can grab your copy of At Your Request  from Amazon or Clare’s very own Bandcamp site, where you can also find all the recent recordings. Here’s a little handy Bandcamp player so you can have a listen. Hopefully see you at a show soon…