Hello summer revellers!
Had enough rain yet? I know I have. Never mind - there's always the night, and the night is for going gigging!
Now Marillion have more-or-less finished the European tour, I thought I'd pop out on my own for a few shows stark naked, in the buff, just me and a piano i.e. h Natural. The full list of upcoming shows - including links to venues and ticket information - is available on www.marillion.com/tour
If you've never caught such a show before, then the idea is that I show up without much of a plan except for 60 or so songs that I think are important and that I've kind of learned. Usually there's also a piano and some candles. After that, the show goes where the audience takes it. We talk. I talk. I say I'll play for an hour. Sometimes it's 2. Sometimes it's 3! It's a very different kind of show. VERY intimate and very err..natural.
Come inside out of the rain and share one with me.
What is "H Natural"?
Steve Hogarth began playing h Natural concerts in 2006 across Europe, featuring songs from Marillion, The h Band, and his early work with The Europeans and How We Live. The shows also draw from a grab bag of inspired covers, including songs by David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, The Waterboys, and many others.
Each h Natural performance is unique, and not just in terms of the set list: Armed only with a piano and a sea of candles, Hogarth shares stories, chats with the audience, and sometimes sings for hours on end, depending on the evening's atmosphere.
The eponymously-titled h Natural DVD (available only from Racket Records) captures one of these shows - and individual audio downloads from the 2006 h Natural European Tour are available from the h-tunes website at www.h-tunes.com.