Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Lyon to Albi

After an extra day spent admiring the sights of Lyon and enjoying the good company of my origami making host, I jumped on a train to Albi, a pictoresque town situated on the River Tam which flows rich and brown through a valley that cuts like scar across the city. A huge Gothic Cathedral dominates the skyline, its high, blank walls force your eyes higher and higher as you attempt to take in this gigantic structure. 

I played in the garden with a beautiful bamboo backdrop. The evening was warm and sultry, but not uncomfortable. Various wonderful food items were brought by the audience to create a spread which, combined with the warmth of the evening, created a party-like atmosphere that it was a joy to play in.

Monday, 15 June 2015


We wound our way down from the mountains and towards Lyon, a long drive on motorways via service station coffee, FM radio and old tour stories. It rained and the passing countryside turned into a grey and green blur. 

Lyon's environs are heavily industrialised; large pipes run alongside the motorway supported by rusting metal stanchions, behind lie buildings wrapped in metal frames with large concrete wastelands nearby, barrels stand collecting rain water next to cracks that sprout withered grasses.

The city itself sits at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Bright, crisp water flowed alongside the road as we journeyed into the urban heart which runs upwards onto the encapsulating hills. High to our left the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon was silhouetted against the white clouds, our perspective of it shifting as our path meandered parallel to the Rhône.

The venue for the evening's show was in Kraspek Myzik, a small but evidently well run venue who had hosted artists like Mirah and Lydia Lunch in the past.

The show was with American harpist Blewharp.

I had another day to spend in Lyon before heading to Albi, so I spent my time exploring the Roman amphitheatre, the cathedral and wandering along the river in warm early summer sunshine. Photos of this to follow.

Thursday, 21 May 2015


After the St Etienne show I traveled south with Laetitia to the small city of Aubenas, situated on the famous l'Ardeche river in the Rhone-Alps region. The gig was organised by a local arts collective who had been active near Lyon until fairly recently, before a move to more mountainous climes. 

The venue for the evening was an old beer shop, its curved stone roof and cool interior proffered an interesting setting for the show. Laetitia plumped to play first and after some excellent home-made pizza, she and her violinist played an excellent set which went down very well with the mixed age-group, local crowd. 

Raymonde Howard unleashed.

Crooning Lost Harbours

Afterwards, there was much disco.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Live at Madame Claude's - Berlin

Tomorrow evening (the 30th April) at Madame Claude's (Lübbener Straße 19, 10997 Berlin, Germany) in Kreuzberg, Berlin, I'll be playing this show:

Donation | Doors 19.00 | Start 21.30

Lost Harbours (Psych, Acid, Experimental Folk/UK)
Hailing from Southend-on-Sea (UK) Lost Harbours was created with the intention of marrying folk themes and song craft with the abstract possibilities of noise whilst drawing on a wide palette of influences such as 70’s Acid folk, it’s contemporary followers and literary touchstones such as William Blake.

Manu Louis(One Man Electro Cabaret/BEL)
An electro skinny version of his new songs that starts like cabaret pop and finishes with some Electroclash flavour.

CELESTIAL HERRING (DJ-Set/Post Punk, No&New Wave, Psych, Garage/GRE) www.mixcloud.com/Celestial_Herring

Monday, 20 April 2015

St Etienne

First stop on the short European tour I've embarked on was St Etienne. After a few lovely days in Paris sight seeing and hanging out with friends from Riga I took the train south, changing in Lyon for a short ride through the heavily industrialised area that seperates Lyon and St Etienne. 

Nestled in a valley surrounded by seven hills, St Etienne's red tiled roof tops beckoned shone wetly after one of the frequent rain storms that day. I was met by my friend Laetitia aka Raymonde Howard, who had organised the French leg of the tour for me, we were playing that evening at a small bar for the Barre Magazine opening show. But first we popped into a local record store called Meli Melodie, I was able to resist the temptation of all the gorgeous vinyl contained therein.

Barre Magazine had decorated the venue (Ramina Grobis) with art that was featured in the magazine, plus a few other bits and pieces. Quite a large crowd gathered in anticipation for the event whilst the musicians ate chips and salad at Laetitia Sadier's mothers restaurant nearby.

The first act on was a guy called Christian, who had a theramin synced up to an impressive bank of electronics. He blasted his way through a short and noisy set before Raymonde Howard played a series of incredibly catchy Indie Pop tunes.

Inside Ramina Grobis, the  venue for the evening.

                                                                  Outside Ramina Grobis.

Christian making some beautiful noise via the medium of a theremin. 

Raymonde Howard in action.

The next stop on the tour was Aubenas, but more of that later. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

In the direction of the Sun - cassette release

We have a new release out on Cruel Nature Recordings, it has sold so well that there are only four copies left, plus the few we have for tour merch.