The explosion of stuff

…and suddenly you look around and realise that there is so much stuff going on that you’ve almost no time to tell people about it. So, to rectify that, here’s a  rundown of what’s happening with the music and the writing and a few other bits and bobs.

De Saw and Finkle have had a busy start to the year, performing in various locations around Scotland, and we have more lined up.

  • You can catch us next as guests of the Creative Martyrs at their Sinister Wink on Sunday 30th (8pm, The Bungo, Nithsdale Road).
  • In April we’ll be visiting Aberdeen for the first time, playing Variety Is The Spice Of Life on the 11th…
  • …and taking part in Spangled Cabaret‘s move to its new home at The Art School on the 13th.
  • Then we’ll be popping up at Eastercon on the 18th where I’ll be talking about my whole Words and Music fixation (I’ve got a few other bits and bobs lined up for Eastercon too, but I’ll announce those when I get confirmation).
  • And on into June, the 6th to be exact, we’ll be doing a couple of numbers at the There Ain’t No Devil, Only God When He’s Drunk, a Tom Waits tribute evening at the Rio Cafe which is part of this year’s West End Festival.

And by SHEER COINCIDENCE, Murnie will be doing a couple of Waits songs too. And that excites me hugely. There may well be further dS/F dates to add to that little lot, and I’d love it if there were more Murnie shows too.

So, that’s the performance stuff. You can see that there’s loads of cabaret on at the moment, and the above isn’t even half the story. I’ll write about the expanding and maturing Scottish cabaret scene in a separate post, but it’s an exciting time.

As a music consumer, two of my favourite dates are coming up too: Record Store Day on April 18th and Stag & Dagger on May 4th (listening to the acts announced already for S&D, it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet).

Fiction-wise, things are mostly fairly quiet, but next week I’m delighted to be taking part in a Scottish launch for Caledonia Dreamin’. It’s about time we made a fuss about this book because it’s absolutely packed with proper Grade A invention and exquisite writing. If you’re in the Kilmarnock are on Wednesday evening, come down and say hi.

Of course, eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that I also have a novel coming out in April, and there’ll be more (launches and reviews and a whole bunch of stuff) about that over the coming weeks, so I’ll wrap it there for now. But stay tuned, cause there’s loads more *stuff* on the horizon.

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