Wednesday, 9 July 2014

New solo piece, soundtrack to an animation by Sarita McNeil

Here is my second collaboration of the year with film-maker and animator Sarita McNeil. I'm really proud to have recorded the soundtrack to her final piece for her animation degree. It ended up happening because I arrived at her place in Bristol with a guitar, on my way from what used to be home to someplace else, and she didn't have a soundtrack. It's the first time I have composed something for the purpose of ornamenting a visual piece, and the truth of it is that I found some ideas, and then put this piece down first time, improvising, into an iPhone recording app. Thank you Sarita for that moment because it opened up a lot of activity and had a bright and strong effect on the recording of the new album which directly followed this experience.

FIG from Sarita McNeil on Vimeo.

Monday, 23 June 2014

RRD sounds in a great Stonehenge documentary!... and other news...

Very happy to say that this remarkable BBC Culture Show special, concerning the cultural conceptions of Stone Henge, opens with some Red River Dialect jams. We also appear (sonically) a little later on, after Marc Bolan talks about music and landscape. It'll be available to stream via the iPlayer until Friday 27th June. The track that has been used is Tavy Cleave, which concerns two different sites in Devon and Cornwall that bear strong traces of Neolithic settlement, early Celtic Christianities and contemporary military use. Therefore it is an honour to have it used in such an appropriate setting. We owe a big thank you to the writer/director - Thank you Clare!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b047pklp/the-culture-show-the-battle-for-stonehenge-a-culture-show-special 

I just got back from a solo tour opening shows for the New Bums. We all got a glowing bill of health from the Whisperin'&Hollerin writer for the York show - http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=11097

Other highlights were 2 days in the Todmorden and Hebden Bridge area staying with some of the most hospitable people anyone could hope to know. Stretton-on-Fosse in the Cotswolds was a great time, and Sin Eater festival was really fantastic. Below is a photo of the New Bums looking uncharacteristically appreciative of each other, with Wicker Hare burning in the distance, shortly after the New Bums set.

Various rumours require confirmation/denial - the first is that Donovan Quinn was placed in the Hare shortly before it was burned. It is hoped that the picture below will disabuse the world of that notion. The second, as claimed on stage by Ben Chasny, is that Cian Nugent is his son, and this explains him not arriving to play at Sin Eater, as Cian is afraid of being shown up on the fretboard by his old man. This rumour is yet to be confirmed, but either way I'm happy as I got to play in his absence. Let's see what happens to his record sales now.






Wednesday, 9 April 2014

David Morris Solo Tour with the New Bums

Hey and Hello,

I'll be doing a solo tour opening a string of UK shows for Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn's new band, the New Bums. Who are great. There's a video below. Come out and say hello and see the show if you are nearby - please note I am not playing at the London show or the festival, but I'll be at the shows. We keep promising a new record but I think it is even more likely that it will happen this summer than the last time we said it. David XX


13th June - Stretton on Fosse, Village Hall w/ David Morris
14th June - Launceston, Cafe 8.
15th June - Falmouth, Beerwolf w/ David Morris
17th June - Hebden Bridge, Masonic Hall w/David Morris