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Upcoming shows: Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Cat Clyde... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Dominie Hooper... Steve Wynn... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Chime School... The Courettes... Douglas Dare... Tusks... Rachael Lavelle... Roddy Woomble... John Francis Flynn... Old Sea Brigade... Myriam Gendron... Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Pokey LaFarge... Admiral Fallow... Skinny Lister... The Sheepdogs... The Unthanks in Winter... Emily Barker...

When: 8pm on Tuesday 15 March 2022
Where: Night & Day Cafe, 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been postponed and now takes place in March 2022. Original tickets will be valid and all other details will remain the same.

We’re delighted to be working with Roddy Woomble for the first time!

Lo Soul is the new single from Roddy Woomble, the first from his latest solo album Lo! Soul due out in May 2021.

Produced and mixed by recent collaborator Andrew Mitchell (aka Andrew Wasylyk), the new LP was recorded remotely between Roddy’s home in the Hebrides and Andrew’s studio in Dundee throughout 2020 while Scotland was locked down.

Roddy says: ‘I’m a collaborative songwriter, used to working in a room with one or more people, or a band, and I think my songs benefit from that human connection and response. With lockdown last year my initial reaction was not to work on songs. It offered a pause for us all, and like many others I found myself alone and reflecting. Concentrating on reading and writing. Considering maybe working on a book of poems instead.

‘Gradually though, I started developing songs on my acoustic guitar which I would record on my phone and send on to Andrew in Dundee. Around then, my friend and musician Danny Grant, based in Glasgow, began sharing his wonderful electronic grooves and rhythms with me. I started improvising over these with my poems. It didn’t feel like an album we were creating at this stage though, more a scrapbook of this particular moment. As restrictions eased in the summer I spent three days in Andrew’s studio recording vocals and developing these ideas. Other than this, the album was all recorded remotely – Dundee Glasgow, and the Hebrides.’

Both musically and lyrically, the single is a mix of optimism and pessimism – attitudes that we have all been trying to keep in balance this past year. Roddy explains: ‘I have always been an admirer of the word “Lo”: Walt Whitman uses it quite a bit – “Lo, the unbounded sea…”. It is a call to attention, in its dictionary definition. I’m using it like a wake up call – a wake up call through the ages!’

The album Lo! Soul will be released digitally on 21 May 2021, followed by a vinyl and CD release on 30 July 2021, including a limited edition indie record store exclusive coloured vinyl.

Tour support comes from Michael Anguish. A band of one man. Sad/happy songs about love and the confusion of the cosmos. Place, memory, nature, loss and dreamed of landscapes all come together here. Michael Anguish is the nom de guerre of Michael Angus – founding member of Glasgow folk rock heroes Foxface and former front man and founder of indie rock stalwarts Peeps Into Fairyland. A singer of tenderly sad songs, with an emotional range and raw inventiveness rarely heard. A dancing diamond shines through the heartache.

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