Steaming at the ears, cup brimmeth over with excitement, foaming at the bit etc. to be announcing a new album and a New Zealand tour to support said album. More dates in other locations will be announced soon. (think North America – August/Europe – September for a vague start…)
The Sparrow is my new album, recorded in fits and starts in the UK and New Zealand over the last year or so. It was tracked live in Surrey back in October 2010 with a band consisting of myself, Elroy Finn and Connan Mockasin. All of the additional arranging and overdubbing was completed during 2011 with the help of some wonderful musicians including Andrew Keoghan, Toby Laing, Daniel Yeabsley, Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Rachel Wells and venerable band long-termers Hayden Eastmond-Mein and Tom Watson.
The live line up for this upcoming tour will be a similarly large seething mass of musical talent, with horns, a string ensemble, and an actual wooden piano onstage. I confidently predict the term “magical” will be bandied about a bit.
Here are a couple of mentions/reviews of a filmed performance we put on at Whangateau Hall over Easter, which may give some idea what lies in store. You’ll see some of the results of that filming within a few weeks.
Anyway, THE SHOWS…
13th July 2012 – Christchurch
Under The Radar and RDU present ‘Lawrence Arabia: The Sparrow’
St Michaels and All Angels – 8pm
(Tickets from UTR, Cosmic Stores and Penny Lane Records)
14th July 2012 – Dunedin
Under The Radar and Radio 1 present ‘Lawrence Arabia: The Sparrow’
Sammy’s – 8pm
(Tickets from UTR and Cosmic Stores)
20th July 2012 Auckland
Under The Radar and 95bFM in association with STAMP at THE EDGE present ‘Lawrence Arabia: The Sparrow’
Auckland Town Hall – 8pm (Tickets from The-Edge.co.nz)
22nd July 2012 – Wellington
‘Lawrence Arabia: The Sparrow’
The Opera House – 8pm
(Tickets from Ticketek)