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.
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!
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.
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