New album with Karine Polwart announced! Still As Your Sleeping is released by Hudson Records on 1st October 2021 (CD/Digital) and on vinyl in December 2021. Piano and voice isn’t a combination that you hear much in the folk idiom and yet it can be just as potent – if not more so – than a full band. Karine Polwart’s new album ‘Still As Your Sleeping’ is just this, a duo album of piano and voice. Deceptively simple, yet devastatingly powerful. the Earth is never still,it’s never still –even rocks melt in the sun(Siccar Point) ‘Still As Your Sleeping’ is an intimate, stripped-back collection of songs Karine recorded with renowned pianist and composer, Dave Milligan. Although known primarily as a … READ FULL ARTICLE
I recently learned of the passing of William (Bill) Kinghorn at the age of 86. He was Senior Lecturer in Harmony and Composition at Leeds College of Music from the early 1970’s until his retirement in 1995. He was also my piano teacher for the last two years of my time as a student there, and hearing of his death I can’t help but reflect on the impact he had on me. Apart from a couple of visits in the few years after leaving Leeds, I hadn’t seen Bill for the best part of 25 years. I have thought of him often over that time; to this day I still carry his teaching and musical insight in to my own … READ FULL ARTICLE
Only a couple of takes that were used on the album Momento had the cameras running. This is one of them: (There’s) Always Tomorrow. Sharing it to celebrate the release of the CD (ahem… last week…:o/). Featuring maestros Danilo and U.T. and recorded by master engineer Stefano Amerio at Artesuono Studios in Italy. Currently working on an epic, large-ensemble re-imagining of this tune for release next year! Momento is available to buy on CD (& digitally) at https://davemilligan.bandcamp.com/ and downloadable form all major platforms. Cheers!
Tomorrow is Monday the 12th April. It’s a big day. I’m delighted to announce that the CD edition of ‘Momento’ is finally on its way to the pressing plant! The limited edition compact disc will be ready to ship out on May 12th, but is available to order now on Bandcamp. Just click on Shop > Albums in the menu above.
Reflecting on 2020 is, I guess, what everyone will be doing around now and over the coming week or so. That’s what we do at the end of every calendar year, right? And we tend to always frame it as the end of something, looking forward to a new start. Which is weird, because we are most definitely in the middle of something right now. But I’m reflecting for the sake marking the time, and giving folks a wee update on what’s happening. Firstly, apologies to those waiting for the physical release of Momento. I had said earlier in the year that CDs would be available by the end of the year; and it just hasn’t been possible for me. … READ FULL ARTICLE
Over the moon that Momento is finally out, and available to download now from Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon etc. You can even find it on Spotify if that’s your thing. Watch a short film about the making of the album: Watch this space for news of a physical release later in the year….
So pleased to announce the release of my new album, featuring Italian maestros Danillo Gallo (bass) and U.T. Gandhi (drums). It’s due for release on August 28th; more details (including pre-release ordering, teasers and videos) coming soon…
Blimey. End of August approaching. Just checking in to let folks know about Islay Jazz Festival – always happy to be there for this beautiful weekend. Doing a few gigs, please check them out: https://www.islayjazzfestival.co.uk/