First up amongst a bunch of new things this year, the full catalogue of both Jon McDevitt and Geist recordings is now available for the first time in high quality download from Bandcamp, at frankly bargain prices. These include, for the first time, my favourite set, the rather magnificently boisterous 'Geist - Live at Darvel' recorded in 2006. This could only have been bettered if there was a recording of Geist - Live at the Stroud Festival from the same year. Unfortunately, there isn't one. Only this....
Geist - Live at Darvel
'The River and the Burial Ground' will be out on 3rd December for download. Preview CD's will be available at a small (very) launch party at The Engine Room in East Grinstead on Wednesday 27th November, but won't be released on line until the new year. High quality as well as MP3 downloads will be available from Bandcamp (high quality), CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes etc from 3rd December, and links will be posted next week.
If you've already purchased a download and find that you want a CD too when they come out, you'll be able to do that without extra cost by contacting email@example.com. No rip-offs necessary.
After a much longer wait than intended, during which half the audience have probably either died or left the country due to the fact that the UK is now almost as absurd as the US, 'The River and The Burial Ground' will be available as a CD and a download as of December 2019. Please check back for news and previews in November.
See CD's and Download page for details
I'm very pleased - and a bit flattered - to have been asked to be the support act for Willy Porter when he visits East Grinstead (how do they get these people?) on his UK tour in October. He's well worth the entrance fee and obviously I'll make sure I play ones I know people like before he comes on... More details to follow. If you're unfamiliar:
New dates have been added at The Grey Lady in Tunbridge Wells, The Queens Head in Barns Green, The Hawth in Crawley and a few others. Please check dates page for details. Half a Life Unlived will be released in the next few days.
Sorry it's been a while, but have moved house, moved cars, moved a couple of mountains (although hopefully nobody to tears). There'll be more dates added over the next while for playing original material. The first of these is Thursday August 16th at 8pm at The Hop Yard in Forest Row, East Sussex. I'll also be playing something less formal at The Wheatsheaf in Crowborough on Monday 28th May at 3pm.
There'll be a new song available for download and on Spotify etc very soon, called 'Half A Life Unlived', written by myself, Dave Coston and Dominic Hudson, it's one of my favourite songs and I've been meaning to make it more public for ages, so I'll get that out in the next couple of weeks.
I'm also looking for a violinist / fiddle player (define as you wish) who might be interested in doing a few gigs. You can hear some of Anna's marvellous playing on the tracks available on this site, but between playing with Frank Turner's band, living too far away and having a baby boy to look after, I'm not sure asking her to fit in the travelling time for gigs would be met with a favourable response these days. If anyone is interested or knows anyone who's interested in the East Grinstead area, please contact me through the details on the, erm, contact page. Being able to sing harmonies would also be damned handy if you can.
NEW MUSIC AT THE DORSET
Thank you to everyone who came to and played at the Dorset on Thursday night. Plenty of people and good music. If you live local and aren't bothering with these things, you're missing out.
Tomorrow night, 15th March, I'll be one of three people playing some new songs upstairs at The Dorset Arms in East Grinstead. Not all at the same time, obviously - sequentially - the others being Snakes and Ladders and Rambo No.5. It's a very nice little venue and the ambience improves the more people are there, so if another round of Question Time seems like it might be just too much about Russians and Brexit, please come and try some different air.
After several years of really not paying enough attention, the best of intentions regarding this website have been at least approached, if not utterly fulfilled. All the music is now available more simply on the player, which should be to your left on a computer screen or tablet, or a bit lower down the page on a mobile device. Any details about it can be found on the 'CD's & Downloads' page. Going there doesn't mean you necessarily have to buy things, but you can find out about them and if you do buy them it really helps to keep all this stuff going, so thank you in advance in case that happens.
There's information about what I do all day, because it has for some time appeared as if it's not much, when actually it's quite a lot and I'm very lucky to be able to do it. There's also a little bit about booking me for live shows at pubs or other places, should you be brave or foolhardy enough to do so, and under 'Videos', some YouTube links for some songs which may not be included on this site, including the long lost theme tune to Channel 5's 'A Different Life', recorded in my living room in about 1746. This was put my way by Charlie Gauvain of Eye Film and lots of years later he very kindly edited together all our home shot footage into a watchable video for Father Christmas too.
There are contact details, a guestbook if there's anything nice you feel you can honestly say about anything on here, Facebook and Twitter links if you want a quick route out and a mailing list you can join if you don't. There is also a page of radio things and press mentions, including a bunch of of Geist press cuttings recently sent to me by Neill Tupman, whose administrative rigour clearly knocks spots off mine. Heaps of right old nonsense was written about Geist in the early 00's, comparing us to Coldplay and Travis of all things, and generally missing the point entirely in hackneyed language, so I've just included the ones that were nice to read, rather than the ones that made me wince.
Finally there's a link to the Prime8 Eco Project. This is an in-development web-based adventure for kids, which will enable them to learn about preserving the environment by building a new society in Primasia, the 8th Continent. I seem to have inadvertently taken on the responsibility of the music and noisy bits and there's a cartoon on the videos page accompanying an entirely different version of 'For Want Of Something Better', involving a caterpillar and a hippo amongst others. The new website won't go live until Friday 9th March, but the old one is there until then.
In the meantime, thank you for reading if you did. Please contact me if you want any more information about any of the above.