So as I’m sure you’re all aware the brand new album from The Divine ComedyForeverland is very much out now and we’ve been busy travelling round promoting the release.
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.
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…
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!
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
2nd Le Radiant Lyon, France
3rd MC2 Grenoble, France
4th La Coopérative de Mai Clermont-Ferrand, France
So I waited way too long to post about the big Paris show but better late than never, hey?
On the 11th February The Divine Comedy took to the stage of the beautiful Philharmonie de Paris for our first big full band show in a fair old while. We did play a few festivals last year as a five-piece but we expanded to a much larger ensemble for this very special show.
The Philharmonie was in fact so new that they’d barely finished building it from the outside but luckily the auditorium was fully functional and their brand-spanking new sound system was really quite special indeed.
As I mentioned in my previous post the entire gig was streamed live by the Arte channel. No pressure! I know a lot of you watched the live stream which was also available for the next week on Arte, and by all accounts it looked and sounded wonderful. We were all very pleased with the live show. The whole show is still available to watch on the Philharmonie website until 11th July. You should all check it out!
In the meantime a few tasty crowd-shot videos have popped up on YouTube; here’s a few favourites…
Something For The Weekend
A Lady Of A Certain Age
Bang Goes The Knighthood
I posted a stack of photos on my Facebook page on the day, but here’s a little gallery for those of you that missed it…
I’m not sure what’s next with The Divine Comedy at this stage but I’m sure there’ll be some more shows later on this year. There will also be a new album at some point so watch this space! There has been plotting galore but we’re not quite there yet!
This blog entry is a little late in the day to be honest as these shows were a couple of weeks ago now, but I thought it was about time I dropped a little post about Nina Ferro’s new record Into The Light. And I’ve just been sent the first video from the show to share with you. Perfect timing!
Earlier this year, Nina flew out to Nashville for a month to work on a new record totally from scratch. She met up with fellow Aussie and Nashville resident Sam Hawksley and in the space of one month manages to write and record an entire album’s worth of material.
We were all very excited to hear the new record and the minute I got my copy I knew this was going to be right up my street. We played a show at the 606 not long after Nina’s return and previewed just a few of the new tracks but the official album launch took place at St. James Theatre at the beginning of this month. We had a great lineup including Sam Hawksley (who flew over for the launch), Tim Weller, Grant Windsor and Niamh Mcnally on backing vocals. Over two nights we presented the album in it’s entirety alongside some other original tunes from some of Nina’s back catalogue. The shows went down a storm. Here’s a link to Sebastian Scotney’s review of the first night’s show from the London Jazz Blog.
Nina just sent me this video of us playing Cry Cry Cry at the launch gig. This is the first YouTube video I’ve seen from the shows so it’s a bit of an exclusive!
Nina will be launching the album over in Melbourne on February 1st so if you are reading this from the other side of the planet you haven’t missed your chance! Watch this space for announcements of forthcoming live shows here in the UK. If you haven’t seen Nina Ferro live yet you’re frankly missing out and you’re going to want to get yourself along to a show at the next opportunity! We’ve been lucky enough to have Nina feature on a few shows at Hideaway this year (you can check out some videos from the Aretha Franklin set here). I suspect we’ll be playing the Into The Light set there sometime in the near future too.