Martin Stephenson - August 2015 Newsletter
Smells Of Summer!
THE DAINTEES - HAUNTED HIGHWAY TOUR
Folks, we've mentioned this before but just a prod if you've not bought your tickets yet, for the first full Martin & The Daintees tour in support of a new album since...well I reckon it's 1992. Jeez! Tickets are selling fast and as some venues are seated with minimal standing then those of you who favour "a nice little sit down" these days (I know, I'm being ridiculous here - mosh pit baby!!), then can I politely suggest you get your finger out and get yours purchased asap to avoid disappointment/aching knees (delete as applicable).
And while we are on the subject of Daintees gigs, after the success of the London, Union Chapel gig earlier this year, the boys and girl will play a second London date on Wednesday 16th December at The Lexington. Capacity is limited, see link for tickets here
BOAT TO BOLIVIA - 30th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Honestly, we are not intentionally trying to make everybody feel old here but...some incredibly exciting news has emerged from errr Daintees Central HQ (such a place exists - really!)
Martin Stephenson And The Daintees are going all analog again with the 30th anniversary of their classic debut album Boat to Bolivia.
The band are returning to the studio in Stirling and recording the album again in it's entirety, it will feature John Steel on Lead Guitar & Harmonicas, Christopher Mordey on Bass and Kate Stephenson on drums with one special guest who will be Malcolm McMaster on pedal steel.
Boat To Bolivia will be recorded fresh and live onto 16 track, one inch tape, then mixed onto quarter inch and released on vinyl as a collectors piece for 2016. The engineer will be Mark Lough who has done some excellent work for the band over the years, most notably California Star, where he both mixed and mastered the project.
Personally, I am beyond excited at the idea of my favourite album ever being reissued in a proper actual format!
Keep your eyes peeled here for more news in 2016...
Now here is yet another lovely thing... every year Martin and his buddies run a guitar weekend in Scotland. Let me hand you over to Andrew Bailey for more information...
I'm pleased to announce that the 2016 Guitar Weekend, hosted by Martin Stephenson, ably assisted by Jim Hornsby and Brian Younger, will take place over the weekend of 05-07 February 2016. As usual, the venue will be the stunning Friars Carse Hotel, just outside Dumfries in the Scottish Borders, a venue just tailor made for the event.
Whether you've been playing for years and require that bit of inspiration, or are just starting on the journey having mastered a few chords, these weekends are simply not to be missed with the emphasis on fun, enjoyment and sharing music. With teaching from three of the UK's finest players, topics often include open tunings, improvised lead playing, and guitar setups and maintenance.
The price of £300 includes two nights accommodation, three course dinner each evening, breakfast, lunch, all tuition and the now legendary Saturday Night Gig. Demand will be high, and places are limited so if you would like to make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A fun packed issue that, wasn't it? Enough to see you through what remains of summer...enjoy!
All for now,