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Touring!

How amazing to be touring again- and what a great tour of Germany that was! My immeasurable heart-felt thank you to Goethes Erben,  Oswald Henke, and Dryland Records for their incredible work putting the X-Tour together. So lovely to be out playing once more, and even more so to meet some of (and see the meetings of) many from the LOCKDOWN SIEBEN  facebook group 🙂 And merch sales meant that 2020 VISION and LOCKDOWN THE COVERS CDs have both now broken even – and Crumbs is one sale away from break-even! 😀

 

This Saturday, 16th October I’m in Bilbao, Spain, as part of the Mareak Jaialdia festival – can’t wait to be playing this!

SIEBEN ONLINE 06 comes live-broadcasting at you Friday 8pm, Oct 22nd via my SIEBEN page on Facebook – no login required, and a free, online concert direct from my studio

After that I have a Sheffield gig! Friday 29th October at The Church House, with the wonderful Hungarian Lanterns.

I’m guessing that will be it for the year with real-world concerts, up until my SIEBEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

How amazing a touch of normal feels 😀

Matt – Oct 2021

Gig, gig, gig

Hi all- gigs announced in my concerts section – there’s a free facebook one, a Bandcamp ticketed one, and an in-the-flesh one in Sheffield!

July’s is a Friday at 8, Facebook online concert – SIEBEN ONLINE 2 Sprechen You Sieben. And August’s Bandcamp SIEBEN ONLINE 3 livestream sees Kev trying to teach me how to play Neo-folk…

Other than that, there’s my new LOCKDOWN SIEBEN BOXSET- get it while it’s hot!! So happy to see so many arrive safe with you all, and for those who haven’t had it yet, hang on in there – we’re only just getting near the date I estimated they’d arrive with you. Fingers crossed for yours coming soon! x

I’ll be adding the event pages and links for these concerts shortly, on Bandcamp and Facebook. Thanks as always to the fabulous Martin Bedford for his incredible poster art for these 3 events.

See you online – Or at the Sheffield gig if you’re local 🙂

Matt – July 2021

 

 

 

Boxset fever…

Well, with LOCKDOWN SIEBEN over I’ve had the chance to take a few days rest… ha ha, of course not! May have been planning the next stage, SIEBEN ONLINE, in fact 😉

It’s time to strip the paper mâché facing from the back of my little room and dismantle Lockdown Sieben. I’m not only cleaning forgotten areas, but re-discovering things anew walled off for a year! And setting to work on the next stage…

Before that though, a sacrificed must be given to the Gods of Online Concerts. After a heated meeting, myself, Kev, The Old One and The Upstairs Hoover have nominated Not So Big Kev for the honour of ‘the BBQ sacrifice’. Don’t judge us for slightly misleading NSBK on what (‘who’, more to the point) the BBQ entailed! Video to follow, when the deed is done. It’s for the greater good, Not So Big Kev!

Boxset smockset! They’re in PL, having mistakenly been to FR, coming originally from PL, where they are now loitering with intent. Hoping they’ll see a little UK sun soon, and I will send them straight out to you. Exactly 100 sold as I type, so no more key rings! Luckily my partner in crime Maciek Frett (Job Karma, 7JK) has managed to obtain the very first boxset sighting in the world and has sent us all some pictures:

 

Mmm, boxset! Officially released as soon as they stop holidaying on their Grand Tour of Europe 😉

I’ve booked a flight for a gig! That was odd. Off to Hradby Samoty Festival in Slovakia in July. Very much looking forward to that, and being back in the real world of concerts. Restrictions permitting, of course, that good old proviso we add on everything we plan, these days.

You’ll see me before that, I hope, with the first two gigs of SIEBEN ONLINE, an intermittent but regular concerts online ‘show’ replacing LS. My Deutchangle Friendschaft Nacht will happen when the boxsets arrive, and possibly at short notice. Of course I’ll let you know with some kind of warning ;). Got some nice things planned for that- and in fact already worked out better decor, camera angles and at least the sound you are used to, if not better still 😉 And keep Sunday 20th June free, for my Sieben Summer Solstice Show (9-11.30pm UK). I’m planning on doing a concert/live album with this show, and broadcasting for the very first time from Bandcamp. Giving it a try, as a dry run for live-streaming the Christmas show 😉

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN was amazing, such a pleasure and privilege for me to do, and something I shall always cherish. As always, I aim to up the ante and improve on whatever I did last, so excuse this slight respite period of slackness where I don’t record a sodding album, boxset, series of gigs or teach George to tap dance! 😉 Before all, the sacrifice of Not So Big Kev must appease the Online Gods. #LS90 THE BBQ OF NSBK

Thank you so much for the amazing support throughout, and particularly with the generous support for the boxset. Apologies again that they are taking the scenic route. rest assured NSBK’s demise will speed their journey to you –  Assuming I’m not ‘Brexited’ at the border (still braced for being so) it might even break even at some point 😉 More than that, I’m just desperate to get my hands on a copy and check it’s as nice as it looks!

Matt  – May 2021

 

 

2020 VISION CDs, US TIME SPECIAL concert, Ogham music stands

Hi all, hope life in Lockdown, stuck at home, stuck at home working (me) or god forbid leaving the house and working, is treating you okay!

Some news, then…

2020 VISION CDs have arrived and are now for sale in my shop. If you’d prefer to order from Bandcamp (you get the files too) I’ll be adding it there in a day or so- please feel free to do so, if Bandcamp is more convenient. Also remember you can bank transfer or paypal to me if you don’t like shoddy looking home-made WordPress sites like mine! (I do the best I can!) If you have bought the digital but want the CD, feel free to guilt-free downloading of some LOCKDOWN SIEBEN material as recompense 🙂

I shall be online each Friday EVERY week, it seems, for LOCKDOWN SIEBEN live in concert – with all the gang, Kev, The Upstairs Hoover, Apple, Amber and Ogham Stand. This week Surprise Frenchman pops in for a visit! What will happen next in the ongoing saga at Sieben Towers? Probably a gig, with a touch of added silliness. And the warm and lovely vibe you’re all bringing to these online 🙂 All this stuff is archived regularly on my Youtube channel.

To that end, I’ve started a Facebook group called LOCKDOWN SIEBEN which you are most welcome to come and join, should you wish. It’s lovely to see the pics from your end, chat, get requests, interactions 🙂

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 1 & 2 are now on my Bandcamp, Pay What You Like. I’ve been busy learning things that take my fancy, material old and new, for this- and to vary the live concerts as much as is humanly possible. At the minute I’ve managed to learn, map, and loop 51 Sieben songs and 7 covers. And have 22 older songs yet to re-learn. So LOCKDOWN SIEBEN may well be an eight-album CD boxset when all this is over. I’m just looking into that now.

Thank you all so much for your generosity: of spirit, with your mails, interactions with myself and each other at and around the concerts; and financially, purchasing the albums online or physical, over-paying, simply leaving a tip – it is most appreciated.

Finally, there will be a US TIME SPECIAL concert on Saturday/Sunday 21st June, as well as the normal (ha ha, normal!) Friday concert. For everyone, of course, but to accommodate the different time zone, or those of you who are near me, but are night-birds! It’ll be Sunday, 1am GMT. And all my neighbours will be asleep 😉 I’ll add it to my gig list after the weekend.

Hope to see you on a Friday! 🙂

Matt

 

pre-order crumbs now

You lovely people on my mailing list can now pre-order crumbs before anyone else from my shop, should you wish 🙂

You want some?!

 

You Want Some?

Possibly a slight departure from what you might expect of Sieben, perhaps? #The world is currently truly absurd, I’m just following suit. Only the second time I’ve ever played mouth trumpet on a record, and a first for a Sieben album. This is ‘You Want Some?’ featuring the vibrant and lovely Zowie Lumsdale for a second time singing on this album. She’s the one with the lady voice.

I’m presently finishing the 17th of 17 tracks for Crumbs From The Rich Man’s Table. The release is actually 15 tracks, with the CD having two bonus tracks- full band versions of two of the tracks. Possibly it’ll come out August time. Here’s a rough track list, though contents may settle in transit to mastering and manufacture:

01 Is It Dark Enough?

02 Here Is The News

03 Coldbloods

04 I Will Ignore The Apocalypse

05 Just Be A Lot Nicer

06 Sing Loud

07 Crumbs

08 Sleep Our Dream

09 Liberal Snowflake

10 Forge A Better World

11 Post-Brexit Dreams Of Albion

12 Sell Your Future

13 You Want Some?

14 We Will Be Alright

15 Can You Hear The Wind Coming?

BONUS CD TRACKS:

16 BAND VERSION: Here Is The News

17 BAND VERSION: Coldbloods

I’m currently researching printing on small plastic baggies, so I can give away actual ‘crumbs from a rich man’s table’ with each CD bought. The first 200 copies will get this. After that, its baggies with a little bit of dirt or fluff in for the rest of you – your own little bit of Britain from the Great British bring-and-buy-sale 😉

Matt Howden

Don’t let the coldbloods take the stage…

Happy New Year to you! Had brilliant gigs in 2017, and hoping for more of the same this year. Not much in the way of gigs, to start this year – I’m trying to get my next album finished. I shall be in Colchester and Hannover at some point. And back to London, Croydon and Freiburg, possibly, too. Such is the beautifully odd nature of my varied gig list.

Crumbs From The Richman’s Table, my next Sieben album, is coming along nicely. I have ten tracks so far:

Crumbs / Sell Your Future / Just Be A Lot Nicer  / Forge A Better World / Sleep Our Dream / Post-Brexit Dreams Of Albion / Here Is The News / We Will Be Alright / I Will Ignore The Apocalypse / Coldbloods

Here’s a snippet of Coldbloods for you:

Coldbloods

Who let the hawks hang the higher ground? Who led the crows to circle round?

Starting to feel a little nervous now. (Don’t-let-them-near-the-switch-hey)

Who let the vipers take a hold? A slither of lies that became a road.

Can’t just be me that’s starting to feel a little nervous now.

Who let the primal shape control? Who let instinct steer the wheel?

Can’t just be me that’s starting to feel a little nervous now.

(Don’t-let-the-coldbloods-take-the-stage)

Who let the reptiles free their cage? Who let them loose on the modern age?

Who let the reptiles free their cage? Can’t just be me that’s starting to feel a little nervous now.

Still no plans for a release date. I want to write some more songs for this before its done. And properly make sure its exactly as I want it. And sit on it for a few months and try and do some proper promotion for it, for once. Though, I always say that and then when I get the copies made they start ‘burning a hole in my pocket’ and I itch to get them out there and heard.

Wishing you all the best 2018 🙂

Matt – Jan 2018

Sell Your Future! (happy festivities)

I’m still working hard on the next Sieben album, Crumbs From The Rich Man’s Table. Determined to take it nice and steady, and reach some new ground with this one. Drummer extraordinaire Tom (Didi) Didlock has been adding his own magnificence to the tracks Sell Your Future and Coldbloods. Love his drumming, and immensely happy with what he’s done for me. Check him out with either of his bands, Loam, and Blind Saints. I’m feeling like there will be lots of drums on this album. Here’s a snippet from Sell Your Future:

Hope to see you at a concert somewhere in 2018 –  hope you like this snippet, too. More to follow as I do them. 8 of the 15 or so tracks are now written for Crumbs. Happy festivities, all x

Matt Howden – 14th Dec 2017

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