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LS4 and a real-world thing or two

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 4 released today. I’ll be playing the same songs (and always a little extra) tonight at my usual time and place, online πŸ˜‰

For those of you local to me, I have an open-air, secret location concert in Sheffield this Sunday. Going to be odd to have to unplug my stuff to do a gig out in the real world! You may all have to hold up large emojis and comments on cardboard signs to make me feel at home. Or maybe I’ll get used to clapping again πŸ˜‰ It’s a tenner for each day, happening Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, with bands on at 5, 6 and 7pm. I play Sunday at 6pm. In socks, probably πŸ˜‰

They’re keeping it quiet, the people who are organising this concert. It’s strictly word of mouth, and booking people in on tables, served at distanced tables, buy by their app etc, so all as responsible as they can be. Just thought I’d let you know. Contact me for the link to the venue, and the password to give you access if you wish to come along πŸ™‚ Line up is as follows:

Saturday: Jim & Mick, Banjo Jen, 20 Foot Squid Blues Band

Sunday: Rhiannon Scutt, Sieben, Fargo Railroad Co.

And a trip to the wonderful world of Barry (he of Barry The Astonishing) may be in the offing, with a gig at Fell Foot Wood, Cumbria in September. I would have been playing Erbenfestpiele for Goethes Erben on this date, but this has been postponed until 2021, for me at least, due to possible pandemic travel restrictions. Hopefully all will be well for the whole tour in 2021. This Cumbrian date, and Sheffield on Sunday may form two of the three actual live gigs I play this year, the first being a little gig we put on just before lockdown to celebrate my wife and I’s birthdays. I shall continue to offer divertissement on a Friday evening at 8pm, each week πŸ™‚
Matt – July 2020

vinyl apologies!

Hi all! Many vinyl apologies for those of you who ordered it. Good news is its on its way to being finished, as the machine is now being tested ready to cut copies once more. I shall email each and every one of you as soon as I’ve posted your copy. Thanks for your patience- and hope you are at least enjoying the Extended Digital EP already πŸ™‚

Tramlines in Sheffield was brilliant- so many great gigs throughout the city- and was really feeling the love at my two gigs, which were immense. Thanks to everyone who came to those, and especially those of you who travelled some distance – impressive and much appreciated! Next week, Germany and a mini-farm-much-fun-festival, the week after in the company of Rosa Crux at their delightful festival in Northern France.

After that I’m in Louth at The Priory, and very much looking forward to playing and staying there. Which will bring me to September and a gig in Cumbria for Barry The Astonishing himself… I’m also looking for concerts for the night before/after, in the area, so if anyone near Preston/Clitheroe/Lancs/Cumbria has any suggestions, or better still wants to book myself and Andy Whitehouse then drop me a line πŸ™‚

Have a lovely summer.

Matt Howden – July 2019

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