Songlines, London Shows and Radio 3!

Songlines Music Awards
February looms, as does the tax deadline for hoards of grumpy musicians across the UK.  So, if you fancy cheering us up, we would be eternally grateful if you would consider voting for us in the Songlines Music Awards, which celebrate the music featured in Songlines magazine over the last year.

There are four categories in which to vote for the 2013 awards – we’re up in the second ‘Best Group’ category for Release The Penguins. To vote, you’ll need to pop along here, enter your details, and then (if you get the urge) select ‘TG Collective – Release The Penguins – Stoney Lane Music – 85‘ in the second Best Group selection, along with artists in the other three categories.  You’ll then need to pop your email address in, and click on the confirmation link you should receive shortly after (to confirm you’re not the TGC robot submitting 100 votes a day).  If you can also find your way to forwarding/tweeting/facebooking/carrier-pigeoning this on to 101 friends or persuading others to vote, we’ll send Percy round to give you a kiss if we win.  Louis will give you a kiss if we don’t.  No escape either way.

Kisses aside, we’re off to the lovely Green Note in sunny Camden, London next week, playing a set as a slightly-smaller-than-usual quartet (Jamie, Sam, Percy and Joelle) along with a set from the excellent alt folk singer Katy Carr.  Tickets are £10 in advance – the gig is next Thursday (February 7th) and starts around 9pm.

Another quartet-set looms in April, when we’re back in London at the Royal Albert Hall‘s Ignite series, on Friday 26th April, from mid-day.  This time we’re conspiring with the wonderful Lluis Mather on clarinet.  Free entry all round.

A little quiet on the gig front?  Jamie and Sam, along with guru composer Bryan Lester and film/television composer Dave Hewson are writing and recording music for a project with EMI – working title ‘Dark Cabaret’.  We’ll bring you full info in the next few months!  We’ll be back performing with our usual regularity from April/May onwards, which includes an adventure to Bulgaria and the Balkans in August, kicking off at the Bansko Jazz Festival.

BBC Radio 3

Finally, a big thank you to Alyn Shipton and BBC Radio 3‘s Jazz Record Requests for playing a couple of tracks from the album this weekend.  You can listen online via the BBC iPlayer here for the next few days, from around 15 minutes in.

  • By: Sam
  • 29.01.2013