NEW VID, NEW ALBUM, NEW TOUR, NEW THINGS

Album coming out on Domino Records (YES!!!!!) Oct 6th
* Its brilliant (it was produced by Leo Abrahams – Wild Beasts, Regina Spectre etc etc etc – and features the best musicians in the world and myself)
* Its out on Oct 6th BUT you can preorder to get a rather magnificent YELLOW limited edition vinyl (naturally)…see below for details & TOUR DATES
* AND HERE’S THE VIDEO….directed by the magician Jack Barraclough with animation by Venla Linna , MARVEL AT OUR INCREDIBLE MOVES

More info & preorder
http://smarturl.it/CuriousHand – Multi preorder
http://smarturl.it/CuriousHandDL – Download
http://smarturl.it/CuriousHandLP – LP
http://smarturl.it/CuriousHandLPX – Deluxe LP

LIVE DATES 

17th August – AKA Fringe Festival, Kilkenny Tickets
26th August – Sea Change Festival, Devon Tickets
16th Sept – Head for the Hills Festival, Bury Tickets
4th October – Old Queen’s Head, London Tickets
21st Oct – Ritual Union Festival, Oxford Tickets
3rd November – Christ Church, Castlebar Tickets
8th November – The Workmans Club, Dublin Tickets
9th November – Roisin Dubh, Galway Tickets
10th November – Phil Grimes, Waterford Tickets
11th November – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick Tickets
12th November – The Roundy, Cork Tickets
21st November – The Canteen, Bristol Free entry
22nd November – The Basement, York Tickets
23rd November – The Lamplight Club @ The Regather Works, Sheffield Tickets
24th November – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow Tickets
25th November – High & Lonesome Festival, Leeds Tickets
26th November – The Prince Albert, Brighton Tickets

 

New single out on Domino Records

Delighted to announce that I’ve joined Domino Records’ amazing roster of artists…a true ‘pinch me’ moment (don’t pinch me)…first single below

Big shout out to the magician Kieran Evans & CC Lab for coming up with concept, directing, filming and turning the whole thing around in about a week.  And also for dealing with my inability to turn around naturally.  And of course to everyone at Lost Map 

NOW GO AND BUY IT (or stream it 5 million times)

Stream: http://smarturl.it/ShortBalladStrm
Download: http://smarturl.it/ShortBalladDL

I’ve just dumped….

…my entire life’s work up on Spotify and all the other streaming-platform-type-things. I’ll still be selling physical copies at live shows, which you will obviously buy too, and also from Lost Map website…only places you’ll get/hear deluxe double CD album version of God Damn You Mountain featuring special magic bonus CD. In the meantime, here’s an almost summery set of songs released on Lost Map in 2015…listen and share and roll around in it…AND DON’T FORGET YOUR LOCAL RECORD SHOP

In the Studio, Slow Club Tour (May/June), Irish Tour

A quick run down on the last few weeks.  WE’VE BEEN RECORDING A NEW ALBUM..finally…under the watchful ears of Leo Abrahams.  Actually, before I begin, massive thanks to everyone who came along to see us in Ireland the weekend before last, and to Mossy Nolan for supporting – a rare privilege to be able to take this band on tour.  On the subject of tours, I’m hitting the road (solo) with the mighty Slow Club in May/June…feast your eyes on these dates, more info to come in my gig listings:

Mon 2 May            Tynemouth, Surf Cafe
Wed 4 May            Preston, The Continental Preston 
Thu 5 May             Stockton-on-Tees, The Green Room
Thu 26 May           Poole, Mr Kyps 
Fri 27 May             Southampton, Joiners Arms 
Sat 28 May            Bristol, The Lantern @ Colston Hall 
Tue 31 May            Nottingham, Bodega Social Club 
Wed 1 June           Ashford, Revelation St Mary’s 
Thu 2 June            Brighton, Komedia 
Fri 3 June              Margate, Tom Thumb Theatre

…and two upcoming London shows for good measure

April 26th              Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston
May 8th                 Vince Siprell Memorial show in The Lexington

So back to recording the next album (in pictures).  It all happened in Big Jelly Studios, a converted Church in Ramsgate and a truly inspiring place to record a few songs (thank you AL and Mike).  Here’s the aforementioned Leo Abrahams ordering a takeaway for everyone.  I can’t really say enough about how amazing it was to work with this man

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…and similarly these special people who play my songs

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Me explaining to John & Emma how NOT to play the song
They had to separate us
They had to separate us

And what of Aram, one of THE great drummers…well he took all of these lovely photograph so I’ll leave you with a photo of us (minus myself) in Ireland last week.  Here’s Emma, Aram & John in Kilalloe before we set off for Waterford (via Obama Plaza).

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See you all soon,
S

And the Oscar for best soundtrack goes to….

….not quite but nearly.  The short film ‘Islanders Rest’, which I composed and performed much of the music for, is nominated in the Best Animation Film category at the Swiss Film Awards.  Its directed by Claudius Gentinetta and Incidentally it did win the award for Best Soundtrack (Swiss category) at the 2015 International Animated Film Festival in Geneva.…just throwing that in there.  Check out the wonderful trailer, coming to film festival near you…

 


 

 

One of The Guardian’s Gigs of 2015? Don’t mind if I do…

‘The smell of woodsmoke and a woman dancing in the window’….

So begins Laura Barton’s description of a show myself and my buddy Rozi Plain put on in 33 Chatsworth Road (also known in these parts as ‘The Dentist‘) back in December.  I saw Laura speak about music at last year’s Port Elliott Festival and she’s as passionate about it as anyone I’ve ever heard so very honoured that she chose to write about this show – that it appears as part of The Guardian’s Gigs of 2015 is a definite bonus, oh yes

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Poster from that fateful night…..By R Plain

Here’s a link to the article in full….scroll down to the bottom for our bit

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/dec/29/best-music-gigs-2015-guardian-writers?CMP=share_btn_fb

And for those that couldn’t be arsed, here’s the last paragraph….

‘Music at such proximity has a kind of warmth, and that night Fogarty and Plain’s songs – already beautiful and supple things, took on for me a new depth and tenderness. And as I watched I thought of how the inside of this little venue seemed an echo of its backyard: that here we stood, gathered together around this musical bonfire, feeling its glow.’

Now where are my gigs for 2016?

Lest we forget…

Some reviews of Ducks & Drakes

Thank you Mojo Magazine, a mention of Richard Dawson ain’t no bad thing either…

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…and while I’m at it, this is not a review but I think it should be noted….a few months ago in the same publication, words by guru of blips & bleeps Jon Hopkins….WHAT A GUY

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AND ANOTHER 4 STAR REVIEW IN THE SKINNY….

‘Each track is beguiling in its own right, but the ten-minute long A Mile Beneath the Broken Heart of London Town warrants special mention for the way it draws together all of Fogarty’s best qualities: lyrics that spin stories from the smallest of details, song structures that freely meander without getting lost, and production that balances the rough with the smooth beautifully’ ****

full review here

Now go an buy it, please, and I’ll have some gigs too, cheers, S

Listen up….

Limited edition vinyl – not a huge amount left. On the other hand there are plenty of downloads left – Go on, go on, go on