The Crow Bone Chorus
With our first rehearsal under our belts (and a good one at that) , I’m happy to say that my erstwhile band mates in Dog Moon Howl, Bryan Campbell and Ally Tennick, are joining me in a new project: Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus. We’ll soon be bringing new music to a venue near you, by which I mean a venue near us, as well as selections from my studio releases and more besides. The plan is now to record and release my next album, which I’ve mentioned here before, under the Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus banner. The album is unlikely to be underway before early 2018 but we should be playing our first gigs before the end of this year.
The Craig Hughes Two
The Craig Hughes Two is about to be resurrected on the live scene after a year’s layoff for heavy rocking purposes. We’ll be gigging again from Sept/Oct with our new mini-album to flog.
I’ll be posting regular “work in progress” updates here from now on, so do watch this space.
Just as the year started kicking off work-wise, I was stricken with the flu. Highlights included four solid days of migraines and a false dawn a couple of days ago whereupon I delivered a guitar for sale to the city centre and just about ended myself. Symptoms have now died down to a mere wracking cough and occasional back wrenching sneeze, so it’s back to business.
I’m happy to tell you that the new Dog Moon Howl EP is called These Days and will be released (CD/download) during the month of March, which this year follows hot on the heels of February. The actual date is not yet set, but we’re planning an end-of-the-month launch gig in Glasgow, so, you know, expect it around the end of the month. Ish. More news on this soon, including a teaser track to be brought to you via the magic of YouTube.
Once that’s all sorted, The Craig Hughes Two will be releasing our mini-album, Off the Cuff, culled from a live-in-the-studio session we recorded late last year. With a running time just shy of a half hour, the tracks are a mixture of live regulars from m’back catalogue, now performed with significantly different duo-arrangements, and a couple of cover versions. We’re just waiting to get the licensing sorted out for the covers so we can decide on a release date – it will be available on CD and download; tape release TBC. A further update will follow once everything’s in place.
Things to have fallen significantly behind during this past near-fortnight of influenza induced inertia include blog updates and gig bookings, so I’ll be on those again properly as of later today. Expect some updates over at Ritual Objects of Sight and Sound and to the gig pages of www.craighughes.net and www.dogmoonhowl.com presently.
Well then, that’s another month by. Currently, I’m trying to restructure/streamline Channel Nowhere (as a businessman, I make a pretty decent guitarist and I’m afraid the whole thing has become rather onerous, not to mention messy).
There was supposed to be a whole big release for the re-master of Pennies On My Eyes but after months of dragging on it now seems more prudent to just get it out there. Physical copies will be available online in the next few days and from the next Craig Hughes Two gig which is at The Vestry in Dundee on Saturday July 2nd as part of the Almost Blue festival (8pm start).
In about a fortnight I’ll have some concrete news regarding more live work and a recording/release schedule for the rest of this year into 2017. Until then look for an update or two at the Ritual Objects … blog. Unless I decide to bin it, right enough.
Brief update: there will be something of a flurry of Channel Nowhere activity over the next couple of weeks, so you can look forward (or not) to the release of the remastered Pennies On My Eyes on March 11th and a couple of gig announcements for both The Craig Hughes Two and Dog Moon Howl. Promos will go out for Pennies just prior to the release date and a lyric video for new track No-One Cares If You Die will be up soon on YouTube.
Told you it was brief.