Happy New Year to you all! As the business of the world grinds back into life after the festive season, I'm getting "our" record company, KScope, on the phone enthusing at the reaction from its worldwide distributors to the advance copies of "Not The Weapon But The Hand" - the album Richard Barbieri (Porcupine Tree, Japan, Jansen Barbieri Karn) and I just managed to finish before Christmas.
SO that's got the year off to a good start!
Sound samples are up on the site (just click through the links) if you're wondering how it sounds.. Richard and I will be meeting up next week to sign the first 1000 copies (ouch!), so if you'd like a signed copy pre-order soon from Racket as I believe preorders are already nearing the 1000 mark. Exciting times..
I'm popping to Barcelona at the weekend for a show with Catalan rock- star Pep Sala (sold out) and then, weekend after that, Le Divan Du Monde in Paris for which I believe there are still a few tickets remaining.. Voulez vous mes amis?
Then it's off to Real World with the Marillos for another week at the (some would say "ultimate") residential studio where we'll begin honing a fine collection of baby songs into grown-ups for your lucky ears later in the year..
The 'Edison's Children' CDs are now in stock and all our preorders have been sent out.
There is an exciting new 15 minute trailer or preview of the album now available on the front page of our website, www.edisonschildren.com for anyone who wants to know more before they commit to anything as drastic as splashing out on some new music, and of course we're on iTunes amazon etc as well if you fancy browsing there.
I'd also like to thank everyone who has supported us over the start of this campaign. I'm pleased it is being so well received.
I have been asked to participate as one of the artists lecturing at the BBC INTRODUCING MUSICIANS MASTERCLASSES at ABBEY ROAD and MAIDA VALE studios on the 19th January 2012.
"The BBC Introducing Musicians' Masterclass gives approx. 250 new musicians access to some of the biggest names in music and the music industry, giving them the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the business and develop as an artist."
The content will appear across BBC Radios 1, 2, 6 Music and 1Xtra, online, Red Button and TV.
On Saturday the 4th February I'll be guesting with my good friends Mr So & So at The Peel in Kingston. Rich Harding will be singing a couple of old Marillion songs with us as well. Should be a lot of fun. Hope some of you can make it down.
On the evening of Sunday the 26th February my British Guitar Academy band (with special guests Tin Spirits) will be playing at the Hobble at the Waterside theatre all day music event in Aylesbury. This is probably the last BGA event for some time.
In Other News:
'Pete & Robin's Musical Whimsy' plus 'The BGA with Steve Rothery' will be performing at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Sunday 26 February as part of the 'Hobble at the Waterside' event. More information can be found at: