I've haven't been very good at updating the website. I will try and get better, my excuse is that the internet connection where I live is only a 3g and is too slow to do much other than email. So updating must me done when I'm visiting friends, but of course when I'm visiting friends ... I'm visiting friends and playing or nattering, not internet-ing.
Anyway, yes, I am still alive, as one person was kind enough to inquire. Below are a list of upcoming shows incase proof should be needed.
Leigh-on-Sea folk festival: June 30th.
I understand there are a number of venues. I will be playing in the church at 5pm on Sunday.
Colchester Arts Centre: August 21st.
This will be with United Bible Studies & Dead Rat Orchestra
Copenhagen: Sept 5th. at Huset, with Blood on a Feather and The Great Park
I will be back in Canada Sept 17th.
2012Colchester Arts Centre: 12th Sept
Before I leave I will be doing a "plugged" experimental set at the Colchester Arts Centre opening for United Bible Studies. Whom I look forward to hearing. I haven't seen Alison since Nidge's birthdays party.
By "experimental" I mean only that I will be playing an electric guitar and be playing a some songs I've not previously used mixec with some longer and different versions of songs I have used.
I will be arriving in Montreal, Sept 24th. It will be really wonderful to see everyone again.
The Fano festival was a wonderful experience in every way; as part of the show, part of the audience, and part tourist.
Thank you Rasmus (Steffensen) for a really enjoyable and unique few days. It was wonderful to spend as relaxed a time with so much music and energy. The festival seemed to have worked as a very succesful human filter. Virtually all the people attending, either as players or audience, were talented and/or interesting and/or delightful to be around.
I also want to thank Blood on a Feather, (Sarah & Mikkel) for being kind enough to join Joolie and I, on top of doing their own set. Thank you!! It worked very well and with your permission we will do it again!
Fano Festival July 27th - 29th
Joolie and I will be playing at the Fano Festival on Fano Island, in Denmark. I am not sure which day yet.
Joolie will also be doing her own set! And Sarah Loraine Hepburn will be playing with us. Both on my own set and on Joolie's. Sarah played and sang with me last time I came to Copenhagen and is fab!
We all had a really fabulous time in Spain thanks to so many people's effort. A really big thank you to Edu at Girodisco for putting everyone together as well as aranging the Madrid show.
Marta & Alfredo, the dinner you took us all too afterwards in Vitorio we are still talking about. Alex thank you for an amazing lunch, we loved your bar (and John!). Ivan thank you for Santiago, and Brandan for his kindness, everything was so perfect. My only sadness is that I should have stayed a little longer!
And thanks too to Nidge, for being the world's best road manager, and keeping us all sane and on-board.
May 09th - Colchester Arts Centre
Joolie, Maja and I will be doing a show at the Colchester Arts Centre. It is one of the loveliest venues in the UK and the sound is always wonderful there. If I'm lucky there will also be someone with one of my favourite voices playing.
Lille and Copenhagen were both really wonderful shows and lovely places to play.
In Copenhagen: thank you to Mads & Lasse and to Klaus at the Studenterhuset, it is the 3rd time playing there and it has been perfect each time. And a very big thank you to Sarah Hepburn for being kind enough to add her lovely voice and instraments to brighten some of my songs . And thanks to Aron and Blood on a Feather for playing.
In Lille: Thanks to Arthur for arranging everything, and Guillaume, "Radio" Charles (I'm a terrible interviewee!) and Le Malterie for hosting the show, Thanks to Raphaelle for doing sound. And the incredible audience for their warmth; your encores used up all the songs I'd rehearsed. So a big thank you to the person who saved my life by suggesting I repeat a song.
In a couple of weeks I will be heading off to Spain with Joolie (Wood), Maja (Elliott) for the below shows. Nidge Ince will be accompanying us as our, badly needed, tour manager.
Mar 14th - Vitorio, Spain. Vitoria-Gasteiz's University
Mar 15th - Bermeo, Spain. Ateneo Cultural Beleza Malandra
Mar 16th - Madrid, Spain. Club Ganimedes "Nasti" Calle de San Vicente Ferrer, 33, 28004 Madrid
Mar 18th - Santiago, Spain Theatre Principal Compostella.
Feb 22nd - Lille, France. La Malterie, 42 rue Kuhlmann 59000, Lille
Sam Nolin will also play. And I'm hoping he will play "Her Marshmallows were Grey" - one of my favourites
Feb 2nd - Copenhagen, Dnmrk Studenterhuset
also playing at this show will be Aron and Blood on a Feather
which I very much look forward to hearing
2011A big thank you from Joolie, Maja and myself to everyone who made the London show what it was. That magic combination where the sound, venue, and audience were all wonderful. Thank you James for doing such an amazing job on sound, everyone after the show mentioned it. (I'm seldom aware 'til then!)
Thanks Jenna for your work, and Rich for arranging Cafe Oto. And as always special thanks to Joolie & Maja whose voices and playing were truly amazing.
London show: Café Oto. Saturday Dec 10th
This show will be with the wonderful Joolie Wood & Maja Elliott
Black Carrot will be opening the evening
Cafe OTO, 18 - 22 Ashwin street, London. E8 3DL. Details and directions can be found at www.cafeoto.co.uk
A limited edition DVD featuring two films directed by Ian Hothersall will be available at the London show above. They are Ian's interpretation of two of my songs; The Ghost with Green Thumbs & Big White Car. Ian made the award winning si-fi short Once Upon a Time on Earth.
The DVD also includes live footage of Joolie, Maja & myself playing 2 songs from this years show at the Colchester Arts Centre; The Chauffeur & Jerusalam.
The artwork of both front cover and back have been designed & created by Tsyoshi Kawasoe, the artist responsible for some of Tokyo's best show posters. Thank you so much, Tsuyoshi!.
The edition is limited to 250 copies. So it will only be available through a small number of outlets and through 10 to 1 - some will be kept back for the first couple of shows of 2012.
The Price will be £10 at the shows.
and through paypal from 10 to 1: £10 + 1.50 shipping (UK) - £2 for the rest of the world using the usual 10to1recordsUK@gmail.com
The Ghost with Green Thumbs DVD
Through Stones is now in shops and is also available from Amazon and of course directly from 10 to 1 using the paypal address 10to1recordsUK@gmail.com details and track listings are up on 10 to 1.
Captain Trip's box set The Distance Between Stones, has arrived and is also available through 10 to 1 by writing to: 10to1recordsUK@gmail.com
2 CDs and 1 DVD. A full color 36 pages booklet, including many photos.
A track listing and other details can be seen is at 10 to 1
The Distance Between Stones - Live in Japan 2011
2CD & DVD Box-Set
The novel "Oral Hygiene" can be got at amazon and other similar type places
“...what a creation - worldly, wistful, funny, grotesque, trashy. How to categorize this work, this product of the totally sui generis Finn? Picaresque noir, comically insightful, pushing the Ancient Mariner envelope? We are treated to plumbing detectives, the severely dentally challenged, and a colorful, if troubling selection of damaged, though often moving, human relationships. Finn's sales pitch is, 'If you don't like it after twelve pages it won't grow on you'. It worked on me."
Alex Shoumatoff, contributing editor, Vanity Fair Magazine
“Don’t be put off by the title. This is an original and engaging novel written by an extraordinary man”
Mark Abley, author of Spoken Here and editor at McGill-Queen's University Press.
The first two shows for 2011 will be at the end of January in Japan. A place I have long looked forward to visiting.
A 3rd Tokyo show has now been added.
this will be followed by a show in Colchester in February.
The last show of this year will be in Copenhagen end of November.
All dates & details are below
Fri. Jan 28th - Mandra-RA2 Kichijoji, Tokyo
Sat. Jan 29th - U.F.O. Club Koeji, Tokyo
Sun. Jan 30th - TRAUMARIS, Nadiff, Tokyo
Thur. Feb 17th - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Denmark:Thur. Nov 25th - Studenterhuset, Copenhagen
Also playing at this show will be: Kloster + Of the Wand & Moon
Sept 23rd, Casa, Montreal, Canada
London: HMV Forum May 28th
Single for HMV show
June 11th Festival Toto, Musee de la Mine,
Saint Etienne, France (Faust will play on the 12th)