Some of you may have already picked up through the grapevine that The Magic Lantern, a band we frequently covered in articles, played their last full band line-up at Cambridge Folk Festival this year. The band which began life with Jamie Doe playing songs on his own to friends grew over time, as these things often do, into a bigger band and a pretty unique band at that featuring some great musicians as well as Fred Thomas who we interviewed earlier this year whose arrangements came to define the sound of the band.
But it is not the end…Jamie has announced this today in their newsletter:
…in taking some time to think about the direction I want to take the new songs in, I realised that what I want to get back to is the emotional intensity and directness of playing them on my own – simply, honestly and I hope, beautifully. So going forward, The Magic Lantern will be me playing solo but leaving open the possiblity of collaborating with different artists and musicians. I hope you will enjoy the new solo direction and can’t wait to play for you all.
So to mark the rebirth, a new website is now up and running where you’ll be able to keep up with the latest new developments one of which is a new tour:
I will going on a small UK tour with good friend and fellow Hectic Eclectic songsmith, Facometer. We’ve decided to name it the ‘Any Path Will Do’ tour and we will be on the road (or more precisely the train as we are car-less for this tour) from the 6-15 November. We’re still looking for a gig somewhere on the 12th November so if you have any ideas or would like to host a gig at your house even, please let us know!
Tour dates at the end of this article.
The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern & Faceometer Tour
‘Any Path Will Do’ Tour – November 2012
6th OXFORD – Gardener’s Arms (w/ Sam Taplin & Matt Chanarin)
8th FALMOUTH – House Party
9th EXETER – North Bridge Inn (w/ Jess McAllister)
10th GIDLEIGH – Gidleigh Village Hall (w/Freddie Crowley & Diggory North)
11th LONDON – Servants Jazz Quarters (w/Shine Like The Sun)
12th TBC – any help appreciated!
13th BIRMINGHAM – Kitchen Garden Café (w/ Polly and the Billets Doux)
15th BRISTOL – Scout Hut (w/Rachael Dadd or Andy Skellam)
Jamie will be playing a few small but lovely gigs:
Saturday 20th October – The Harrison – All Day Folk Festival
28 Harrison St, Kings Cross, WC1H 8JF – stage time 4pm
Tuesday 1st November – Vintage Emporium (w/Nick Hart & Dave Delarre)
14 Bacon St (off Brick Lane), E1 6LF – 8pm