Written out the set for the Withered @witheredhand show. Put a few Hefner songs in. Bringing my fuzz pedal.
Recently with all the Occupation shows and odd train gigs and the like it’s been rare that I’ve got on stager with the band and just kicked out the jams. This is the only time for a while that I will.
In September 2014 I held an online raffle to win a song written by a dog of your choosing.
The raffle was in aid of the Manchester and Chester Dog Home, we raised over £1000.
John won the raffle and here is the song about his Harrier Beagle, Dandy.
This is a charity raffle for a song written about a dog by Darren Hayman. The bloke that used to be in Hefner.
The raffle is aid of Manchester and Cheshire Dogs, who suffered an arson attack on their premises in Manchester this week.
The winner will have a song written for them about their dog, living or dead. Or if they don’t have a dog, an imagined or metaphorical dog. Darren will ask some questions, gather some facts and information from the winner.
The winner can chose if it’s a piano or guitar song. The winner can choose the key and if it’s major or minor. Then Darren will write it, record it. Put it in a sleeve, draw the cover and send it to you. (give him a week to do this.)
It won’t be a joke song or a left over. It will be good and Darren will work hard on it. He’ll sing his heart out. Each ticket will be £5 (or more if you wish).
When the raffle is over (Tuesday night 8pm). Darren will collect all of the emails, print them. Put them in a hat and pick one out. Maybe we’ll get an independent adjudicator or something.
Any questions? ask Darren or his friend Peter who organised this on twitter at @darrenhayman or @Pedro_Dee
Buy a ticket here.
As some of you may know, one of my favourite bands at the moment is Papernut Cambridge. I’ll admit they are friends and I also do get to play with them. I play drums live and on the record I contribute saxophone and synths.
They really are strangely familiar but also completely unique. Like all the best bands they create a magical world where only they exist.
They are about to launch their new record on a 3 seven inch boxset with free download. That’s the type of band they are.
The album is called ‘There’s No Underground’ and will be launched at a special show on a disused underground train in Walthamstow on the afternoon of Saturday 18th October. There are two different times you can book for due to the restricted nature of the venue.
I’ll be there, playing drums, singing my socks off.
Show 1: 1.30pm
Show 2: 4.30pm
Planning a special set for this gig with the legendary Wizz jones curated by @petepaphides I’m bringing the modular synthesizer. Going to do stuff from the next two albums. My brief I have been given is ‘Psych folk’.
Darren will play a rare Stateside show at Chicago’s Chopin Theatre (tiny, but equipped with a grand piano!) at the Pregnant Buffalo Lounge, on Tuesday August 5th at 8pm. Also featuring a DJ set from Coltrane Motion.
Tickets available here ($8 in advance, $10 on the door).
Presented by Milk Products Media, Chopin Theatre & Datawaslost.
I really don’t know what to expect of my first NY, USA show in 15 years.
Next Saturday. Come. Be kind.
I hand-painted 20 covers for 20 CD EPs for the Independent Label Market on Saturday 12th July 2014 at Spitalfields. I’ll be on the WIAIWYA stall.
The EP features four new recordings of dog songs including one cover and one new composition.
I’ve also made the EP available for download from Bandcamp below. You get high quality scans of all the paintings with the download.
Buy from Bandcamp.
You can now buy the third four Occupation posters. The posters are A4 and will be sent in a strong cardboard tube.
Buy Occupation Poster Set 3 (including P and P)
Just hours before our crucial deciding match I’ve decided to lend my musical support to the England World Cup Campaign.