I’d like to introduce you to the latest addition to the Olive Grove roster, Henry and Fleetwood, a musical collaboration made up of Martin John Henry from De Rosa and our very own Gillian Fleetwood from the State Broadcasters.
On 13 April I am going be releasing their debut EP, ‘On The Forest Floor‘. If you fancy a wee preview of what to expect then you can stream the track ‘Perfect Mess’ now on SoundCloud, or you could even go one step further and pre-order the EP on Bandcamp.
It’s dead good, honest. Then again I wouldn’t have expected anything less from two of my favourite musicians. I have known Gill for a number of year now, having released her other band, the State Broadcasters second album, I have spent many an evening being wowed by the enchanting sounds of her harp. Whilst with Martin, I was already a bit of a De Rosa fan boy, so I jumped at the chance to work with the pair of them.
“The result is a song that can swell your heart like a lullaby, yet also creates a dark melancholy that is utterly compelling.” - Podcart.
On The Forest Floor will be released as a Digipak CD and as a Digital Download. Don’t worry, unlike the Skinny Dipper EP, we actually have the CDs already, so you won’t be waiting months on end. I PROMISE!
To celebrate the release of the EP, we are having a wee launch night on Saturday 11 April at my favourite venue, The Glad Cafe in the Southside of Glasgow. It would super dooper if you would care to join to us!
The duo have a few more dates lined over the next few months, here are the ones that I can tell you about:
21 March - CCA, Glasgow
11 April - The Glad Cafe, Glasgow (EP Launch)
2-3 May - Brew At The Bog Festival, Inverness
9 May - Summerhall, Edinburgh
Now I know I promised you a new Woodenbox album in 2014, but this I can confirm for certain that we will be releasing their third LP, ‘Foreign Organ‘ in June of this year. Trust me when I say that it will be more than worth the wait, as it’s by far and away their finest work to date. For me listening to it is a bit of a roller coaster ride of emotions, one minute I find my eyes starting to water, then the next I want to dance round the living room. Some of the tracks feature guest appearances from some of our very own Skinny Dipper girls, just wait until you hear what they’ve come up with, I promise it will blow you away.
The album is going to be released on CD and vinyl, green vinyl in fact. You have no idea how stupidly excited I am about putting out something on actual green vinyl. Also, the artwork is just stunning. Can you tell that I am ever so slightly excited about this album?!
The band have a number of live dates lined up over the coming months, including an album launch at Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow on Saturday 5 June. We have some VERY special guests lined up for this one, if you are a fan of Olive Grove, then trust me you won’t want to miss this show. Tickets are available now through Tickets Scotland. Get ‘em early to avoid disappointment!
Woodenbox Live Dates:
2-3 May - Brew at the Bog Festival, Inverness
3 May - Kilted Kangaroo, Stirling
5 June - Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow: Album launch
6 June - Madhatters, Inverness
12 June - The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
18-19 July - Isle of Bute Festival, Argyll
In other news…
Now if I had set out what I had planned to do back In January, which was to send out the first newsletter of the year, then you would have found out that Call To Mind‘s new video for the song ‘Untitled‘, was premiering on The Skinny.
Alas real life got in the way and time escaped me, but now is good a time as any to point you in the direction of their collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Nick Paton. Who describes it as follows: “Drifting through a Scottish soundscape of travel, eluding to its mystery and beauty, the short film drifts between Loch Garry in Perthshire and Paris, France. Two characters restlessly seek something, however they both seem to be drifting in opposite directions…“
The track is taken from the bands debut album The Winter is White, which you can pick up on Bandcamp.
If you have gotten this far down, thanks for sticking with me. I wouldn’t have thought any less of you if you had given up on me and my ramblings long along ago…
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happened. The Son(s) are out there playing live. As in actual venues that people can pay money to see a real life band play music. Not only are they playing live, they’re also on playing as part of a bill featuring Randolph’s Leapand Book Group at Summerhall in Edinburgh on 7 May as part of the series of Nothing Ever Happens Here events. More details for the show can be found here