Look ma, I’m in the paper! Thank you to Alan for interviewing me for The National, rather chuffed with this.
I had a musical filled weekend recently and I wanted to share it with you.
I’ve attended a few ukulele festivals/gatherings now and it’s a subject I find myself explaining a lot to non uke players, so I thought it easiest to show you a bit of one.
Yes, everyone plays ukulele. Everyone. And it’s brilliant.
I am very pleased to announce that I have two stunning new Kala ukuleles. My first ever tenor and a new baritone (or KA-ASAC-T and KA-ASAC-B for the uke nerds like myself). I asked on Facebook a couple of months ago what I should name them, as well at multiple gigs and after long consideration (and quite a lot of thought over whether I should just name them Steve and Frank) I’d like to introduce to you…
Mr Montgomery Plinkety and Baron Jarvis Fortescue.
HA! I couldn’t decide and I adored all the names suggested but figured (yay) they could have second names (had to stop myself from giving them middle names too), but since “Mr Plinkety” was suggested I thought Jarvis was worthy of a title, so why not Baron? That’s fun eh? So Monty is my tenor, and Jarvis is the baritone, whatchafink? Thanks very much to Hugh, Katrina, Ben and Laura as well as all the other awesome humans that suggested names for them. Although they both look the same size in the picture, as I’m closer to the camera, I’m holding the tenor and the baron is chilling on the chair…
Can’t wait to play them at Grand Northern Ukulele Festival this weekend (OHMY4DAYSTOGO)! Absolutely massive thank you to Geraint of Kala Brand Ukulele and the utterly wonderful Matt and Andy at Omega Music, I adore my ukes, plus they’re pretty magical I have discovered…they change colour o: (no I’m not kidding).
Check out to where you can see me playing them next but if you’re local to Galloway, I can tell you right now, that I have a wonderful gig on the 29th of this month in Gatehouse of Fleet, as part of Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival. All organised by myself, so I’d really really appreciate the support and hug you and dance and stuff. I will be joined by the wonderful Calum Gilligan and stunning Finch and the Moon. It’s going to be a really lovely, chilled, intimate evening and I really, really cannot wait. You can get tickets by clicking here.
Righto, I’ll quit rambling, will leave you with a artsy fartsy blurry pic and hopefully I’ll see some of you at the gigs over the next coming months? Give me a wave and say hello 😀
P.S SIR LUCAS AND THE MOON IS BACK IN STOCK! If you missed getting your hands on my début album the first time round make sure you get yours now!
New officiallyness music video for the new album single, Winter Song is FINITO and ready for your eyes! *cheers*
All filmed, edited and near tears shed over by yours truly (and a bit of father) locally (Wigtownshire) in the month of December 2014. I tell you, the weather in the last week has ranged from mild and sunny, to wet, cold and windy, to a sudden 20 second tantrum of snow, and no frost for ages. Which was insanely annoying as I was worried that the video wouldn’t look wintery enough and it wasn’t until yesterday morning that it got a bit frosty, but yesterday was the day I’d planned to publish the video. *hysterical laughing* Please remind future Zoë to have realistic deadlines and prepare months before. Well, do tell me what you think. I hope you like it and it evoked that wintery feeling.
I didn’t want to create a complicated video. No inner storyline, nothing overly clever, and definitely not something with me prancing around in the snow looking seductive and pouty. For one, that is not me and the most pouty I can be without cringing is what I did in Nobody Knows. And no it’s not only because the whole process would be faster and easier to video and edit as you’ve potentially gotten rid of a full on storyboard, saving time. I wanted the song to speak for itself, not having an alternative meaning in the video potentially distracting from the moral in the song. Winter will end so enjoy it, and Winter will end so don’t feel dark. I was trying to capture all aspects of Winter and how it makes us feel and, in the process, film what winter is like here, where I live which can be rather bleak and very cold and sun on a sprinkling of snow.
Oh and I guess I didn’t want it too complicated so that I could do it myself. But it’s totally all about the meaning… 😉
A behind the scenes on our not so adventures during the filming and the general ideas/inspiration for the video will come soon, featuring geese.
Cheers very tah muchly to the Father for filming me and laboriously slaving away with me, deciding which clips to use and fixing any technical issues that nearly involved tears (mine). Mother for getting all excited and spurring me on with tea. And Mr Shaun from famously known ‘The Bookshop’ for the lend of his nice camera.
I do hope you like it and if you feel you want to I would definitely appreciate the sharing to anyone else you think would like it too. Should also say, Winter Song is available on iTunes along with my whole debut album which, if you like, you can get here. There are also very, very few copies left of the physical album but you can still get them here, and as it’s nearly Christmas I will sign each one I send out in the month of December.
Think it’s time for a brew…
Ta da, here you go, my latest cover of a brilliant song. It’s amazingly written and something I love to perform in my live sets.
With regards to the fancy stuff on my vocals in the vid, absolutely no additional effects were added to the track in the studio. Everything was done in one take using my TC Helicon VoiceTone Harmony G-XT pedal and MP-75 Microphone with D.I. through my beautiful Fishman Loudbox Artist amp. Do love my tech. My babies.
I was also incredibly lucky enough to be invited to play my Jolene cover LIVE on BBC Radio Scotland on The Culture Show with Janice Forsyth.
Was in the studio with Vic Galloway too who was chatting about cover songs
Available only for a week and in the UK, but LISTEN AGAIN on iPlayer by clicking here.
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