“Settle Down”, live 21 track DVD to be released in Feb (launch gigs: Feb 27, Feb 28th).
“Settle Down”, The Live DVD that we shot at Settle Victoria Hall earlier in the year is nearly ready, just missed Christmas tho’…prospective release date is Feb 14th (these release dates aren’t just thrown together y’know!) and, yes, it does contain a live version of Valentine Song!..The DVD will be available on this website.
Anyone who attended the gig at Settle Victoria Hall, where the DVD was filmed, can hopefully vouch for what a wonderful night it was…a lot of love and warmth in the room, and it’s turned out amazingly well considering that we basically used three different line-ups of people I gig regularly with, most of whom had never met before; only a fool would risk shooting a DVD under these circumstances (that’s me!)…as the booklet blurb says “What could possibly go wrong”!
If you did attend (or even if you didn’t) you might be interested to hear that we’ve arranged 2 special launch gigs in Feb. One in Settle Victoria Hall itself on Feb 27th, and another a day later (Feb 28th) in Cherry Burton Village Hall (which sold out when we played it last Feb)…so dust down your smart attire and posh frocks (in case the paparazzi are in attendance), and try and make one of the gigs…they’re both in beautiful parts of the country, so banish those February blues and treat yourself to a healthy weekend away in the country, with a gig thrown in.
Autumn’s here (my favourite season)…time to batten down the hatches, light fires, and drink red wine… but hey, don’t stay in watching dodgy TV, live music needs your support!
After a quick break in Scotland (where I’m sure it stopped raining for at least 2 hours while we were there!), I’m fully refreshed and ready to start part two of the “Autumn Before The Winter Tour 2014” (see list of gigs below)…a couple of sold out shows (Processed Pea Folk Club near Beverley, and Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre), otherwise some tickets should still available for the other shows (ticket details here on website under “gigs”, or try my Facebook “Band Page” under “Events”)
I’m returning to a few favourite haunts, places/venues I’ve played before (Nottingham, Saltburn, Burton on Trent etc), and some new ones on the list including Bristol’s prestigious Folkhouse, and “The Old Cinema Laundrette” in Durham (yes, by day, a working laundrette!), only fits 36 people in, but it’s meant to be magical!
Thanks to anyone who’s attended any of the gigs so far on this tour, the St Pancras Old Church gig was particularly memorable (was great having Les Glover, Pete Riley, Micaela Haslam and Lotte Mullan on stage with me)…but then again, the 7 housegigs I’ve done since September have been some of the most fun ever!
See you soon
3rd Beverley (E. Yorks) – Processed Pea Folk Club (SOLD OUT)
6th Northampton – Gin Parlour
7th Stoke – New Finney Gardens
8th Burton-on-Trent – Madhouse
14th Durham – The Old Cinema Launderette
15th Saltburn – Saltburn Blues Club
16th Tallarn Green (Whitchurch) – housegig (a few tickets available to public)
21st Bolton (Westhoughton Golf Club) – Gary & Vera Aspey present.
Time for an update, I feel, (apologies to anyone on my mailing list who might have already received this info)
It’s been a crazy year on the road, I think I’ll have clocked up nearly 60 gigs by December. Thanks to all of you who have attended a gig, and especially those who’ve booked me for housegigs; they’ve been brilliant, and are continuing to come in at an alarming rate (5 already in for next year).
Have to thank my regular partner-in-crime, guitarist Les Glover (aka Loved up Les™), who’s helped make the gigs so enjoyable…we are having the time of our lives, literally, and I think the pic below illustrates this.
Re the filmed gig at Settle Victoria Hall for future DVD release…it was a brilliant, if chaotic occasion (but I thrive on chaos!), bringing together three different line-ups who’d never played together before: Les, plus “The Men of A Certain Age featuring Pip the Younger” (Martin Peirson, Peter Robinson & Pip Jopling), and also Ben Hughes…to say nothing of grabbing Michelle Plum and Nick Hall from support band Plumhall to join us on the odd number. The good people at Sandbox Digital are editing it at the moment, and all being well it should come out early next year – mind you, my track record for getting things released on schedule isn’t exactly good…wasn’t my follow-up to “The Chronicles of Modern Life” meant to come out in 2010?..and it finally came out this year!
So, I’ve had a bit of a break from gigging in Sept, but back full on with the “Autumn Before The Winter” Tour 2014…see all dates below, and further details on: https://www.facebook.com/henrypriestman (under “Events”, scroll down, left hand column)
Been a bit tardy with my updates of late…nothing since June, how remiss of me!
Loads seems to have happened (which if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll possibly have already seen)…anyway, quick round up:
I did a couple of songwriting workshops with the inmates at Hull Prison…a little bit scary to start off with, as I got the feeling that initially they’d rather be anywhere else but in a room with me trying to write songs.
I’d been asked to do the workshop by the organisers of Beverley Folk Festival; they were putting together a community project “The World War One War Horse Project” as part of the festival, to commemorate 100 year anniversary of WW1. This would bring together actors, musicians, local school pupils, a German School orchestra, and a War Horse (produced by the Millers Centre for vulnerable adults out of recycled milk containers), and the songs I was to write with the prisoners were to be a part of this.
I needn’t have worried, as, with a bit of help, the prisoners came up with some great songs (especially since most of them had never written a song in their lives before), and by the end of the session hi-fives and handshakes were exchanged.
4 days later I was up on the mainstage at Beverley Festival with my band The Men of a Certain Age (Martin Peirson & Peter Robinson) performing these brand new songs (trying to remember the lyrics and chords!): we seemed to pull it off, and along with all the other things going on, it all made for a moving performance.
A week later, in an article for The Daily Telegraph, Michael Morpurgo (writer of War Horse), who had been in the audience, was impressed enough to mention the prisoners’ songs in a poignant article he wrote about the 100th anniversary of WW1. Here’s a pic of Mr Morpurgo with some of us who took part in the performance
I seem to have been gigging constantly in the last 2 months, or at least at the weekends, including 8 housegigs. The housegig thing has gone crazy, got another 10 lined up this year (and 5 for 2105), not that I’m complaining, as they are amongst my favourite gigs…check out this video for True Believer (filmed at a genuine housegig in Blackpool) to see how they work (washing up not included!).
One of the most enjoyable gigs I’ve played this year was our performance at “Folk on the Farm” festival on Anglesey…guitarist Loved-up Les™ & I had a brilliant time, beautiful location (check out the view from backstage, below) lovely audience, the sun shone…and then to cap it all, after my performance the “committee” approached me and asked me if I’d be a Patron of the festival. I readily accepted (that makes two small festivals that I’m a patron of: Folk on the Farm, and BAMfest), and I’m looking forward to try and help both festivals become more popular each year (with Folk on the Farm, only in it’s 2nd year, attendance was up 400% this year).
I’ve got a whole schedule of autumn gigs that I’ll probably do a post for shortly..but in the meantime check out “gigs” here on this website, or go on my Facebook “artist” page for daily (-ish!) updates.
Bye for now
It took me over 6 years to pluck up courage to play a London gig (March at Green Note)…I found I actually enjoyed it, so am back again to play St Pancras Old Church on October 2nd. Tickets have just gone on sale and can be ordered online here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/278778
Just posted this on my FB page, thought it might be worth putting up here too…(to get in contact, use the email address on the housegig link on homepage).
“House-gigs have gone crazy, some no doubt due to the house-gig video for “True Believer” that went online last month…all over the shop, 16 between now and October (that’s virtually a tour!) from Llanymynech to Liverpool, Norwich to Newbald, Worthing to Wollaston. Some private house concerts, or maybe parties/functions, others are more like “Have a Go” gigs, where ordinary folk have decided to put their own gig on (eg in a Village Hall/function room) and open it to the public….just message me here, and bob’s yer uncle. Will be putting details for them all up in the next day or so, here and on my website…” Watch “True Believer” video here (shot at a genuine Blackpool housegig, Feb 2014): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrmtu1Xokp0
Earlier this week Vintage TV broadcast a one hour “Henry Priestman Needle Time” special. Hosted by the Daily Telegraph’s music critic Neil McCormick, it was the first programme of this sort (ie in-depth interview and live session) that I’ve ever done…nerve-wracking! (more…)
The video for the forthcoming single “True Believer” is now up on youtube. It was filmed by my friend Ronnie Stone at a genuine house-gig in Blackpool, and has really captured why I love playing house gigs so much! Thanks to Phil and Lin Wilde who allowed us to film in their home, and to my pals Pete Riley (gtr) and Les Glover (perc)…we do seem to resemble a trio of buffoons! Watch the vid here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrmtu1Xokp0
Staggered to have got 2 amazing reviews from two New Zealand broadsheet papers. “CD of the Week” and 4½ stars in the only New Zealand Sunday broadsheet (Sunday Star Times)…and another 4 star review in NZ paper The Dominion Post: “Priestman occupies the territory somewhere between Ray Davies’ sardonic take on life and Nick Lowe’s sly humour”… (more…)