After playing 39 gigs around the UK and Germany between January 22nd and May 16th this year I thought I’d try and have a break for a while, but in the last few weeks I’ve been lucky enough to play three really cool shows:
Dot To Dot Bristol – Thekla Main Stage (23/5/15) saw more than a hundred bands play at venues around my adopted city on a blazing hot summer day. I was really happy to get to play Thekla for the first time – the famous boat venue was rammed and I enjoyed getting my head back in English gig mode (which just meant slightly less German chat in between songs). Thanks for showing up, people of Bristol.
“The music of She Makes War has been compared to the floating indie folk of Warpaint with a tendency towards the grunge of Shirley Manson, but Kidd has proved within her 30 minute slot to be a unique artist brimming with eclectic ideas all of her own.” – The Fix
“Performing a solo set filled with customary vocal loops and handclaps; there’s a joyful spring to Kidd’s step that no doubt owes something to a relentless touring schedule this and last year.” – Drunken Werewolf
Worry Dolls EP launch – Sebright Arms, London (2/6/15) – after coming across this London folk duo two years ago when we played the Amersham Arms together it was a great pleasure to be part of the launch for new EP “Burden”. Their folky country blend sounded fabulous with some additional musicians for this special occasion, but pivotal is the exquisite pairing of Zoe and and Rosie’s voices. It was a lovely night – thanks to Good Soul Promotions for inviting me along!
The new songs sound great but my favourite is still the gorgeous “Darling”:
Below are a couple of live performances of tracks from my forthcoming third album “Direction Of Travel”, big thanks to Andy Wright for filming. He captured some older songs too, here’s “Delete” and “Scared To Capsize”.
“Time To Be Unkind”
“In Cold Blood”
tUnE-yArDs support – Marble Factory, Bristol (7/6/15) – it was a great honour to share the stage with Merrill, Nate and their marvellous musicians for a second time in Bristol. As predicted they pretty much took the roof off the Marble Factory with their joyful multi-textured tunes and all I could do was stare, wide-eyed, drinking it all in while the audience danced uncontrollably. Fellow local Rhain opened the night and it was wonderful to see how she’s blossomed since I first met her on the Isle Of Wight in 2012 (I was giving a talk on social media and DIY music and she had green hair and bags of enthusiasm).
The inevitable #gigface photo ensued:
Thank you to MJR Group, tUnE-yArDs and the incredible audience for a fabulous night!
I really am staying quiet gigwise for the next couple of months with just two shows in the diary:
31st July – BRISTOL – The Louisiana – an evening with She Makes War. I’ll open with a preview performance of my Edinburgh Fringe one-woman spoken word and music show “Shit Girlfriend” (more on this soon!), special musical guests will play afterwards and then I’ll headline the night with the SMW band, premiering songs from my new album “Direction Of Travel”.
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