Hello! Or helo, as the Welsh would have it... Bet you'd never have guessed without my translation, right?!
I'm going to be making a flying visit to London whilst on hiatus from filming (let's just take a moment for the utter, wanky delight I'm experiencing in having an excuse to use the word hiatus.... Sue me, it makes me happy) to sing at the launch gig of my dear friend Will Barratt's album, and I can't bloody wait for you all to hear it.
Believe me when I say that this is not your typical, MT-type-releases-album-just-because project. In addition to being an incredibly gifted singer, actor and pianist, turns out Mr Barratt is a devastatingly talented songwriter, too. Honestly, if he weren't such a good friend I'd probably have to punch him in the face.
Each and every track on the album is an original composition, in a multitude of styles, unified by the skill and sincerity with which they are written. I appear on a few songs; as perky backing vocalist, Russian hooker (really) and lastly on a song written just for me.
Now, it's kind of weird that Will can apparently read my mind (get that microchip out of me right now, Barratt). All facetiousness aside though, my lovely friend has written me the song that honestly, I wish I could've written, about the defining loss of my life so far. It's a hell of a gift to receive; of all the many songs I've recorded over the years it is hands down, my favourite and I feel incredibly privileged that I'm the first to get my grubby hands on it. Love you longtime, WB.
Enough soppy stuff! The gig will be at the Hippodrome, Leicester Square on August 9th at 7pm. In addition to Will and myself, the lineup features Ryan Molloy, Nadim Naaman, Michael Conway and a live band led by Joe Davison (who also produced the album; take my word for it, if you're after recording something yourself you will not find a better producer, the man's incredible). Knowing Will and Joe, I have no doubt the band will be as tight as a gnat's chuff and I can't wait to hear what the rest of those lovely, shiny West End men do with the songs on the bill.
There is a also Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign associated with the whole project, for which the link is below. You can purchase tickets to the gig here and if you feel so inclined, pledge towards the album, which has mostly been self-funded up to this point. Any pledges will go towards helping with the launch gig, proper promotion of the album and to film a music/dance video of one of the album tracks. There are some great rewards on offer, such as signed albums, special items from the creation of the album and private gigs. C'mon, how many more incentives must I offer?! Get involved!
Please come along and *klaxon* support new writing. I'm so proud of Will and thrilled to have played a small part in the project. I promise you it'll be a cracking night.
Kickstarter campaign; gig tickets, albums and more!
Auburn Jam production and recording studio