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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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

It’s time to strip the paper mΓ’chΓ© 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰ 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 – Β Assuming I’m not ‘Brexited’ at the border (still braced for being so) it might even break even at some point πŸ˜‰ More than that, I’m just desperate to get my hands on a copy and check it’s as nice as it looks!

Matt Β – May 2021

 

 

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN coming to an end? ;)

48 weeks, 13 albums, 50 concerts, 82 videos, 122 songs, and an immeasurable pleasure to have made LOCKDOWN SIEBEN for you all.

Friday 2nd April is concert 50, VOLUME 10 Night, and the final concert of LS.

But as always, I aim to give no less than all, so there may be a little extra. And seems a shame to not ‘see the year out’? πŸ˜‰

“Boxset is coming!” says Kev, menacingly πŸ˜‰ I’m hoping that I’ll have it up on the site in the next week or so.

See you Friday!

Matt – March 2021

Lockdown Sieben building to a climax!

Hi all πŸ™‚ Next week is Volume 9 Night- as you know, the album releases on Bandcamp in the morning, and I play it live for you online on Facebook in the evening πŸ˜€ (remember you don’t need to be on fb, or log in, to watch- and I add them to youtube the day after, too) After that, I’m aiming to bring LS to its climax! Next week’s show will be songs from Forbid The Sun’s Escape, and The Lion & the Hook albums played live (and updated!) for you. Obviously, the night will called Forbid The Hook’s Escape Helpline πŸ˜‰

Volume 10 will happen on the 2nd of April, 11 months after I started online, thanks to all your lovelinesses πŸ™‚

It’s been a glorious Sieben-Boot-Camp workout for me, throughout! I’ve always aimed to push and develop what I do, concert by concert, certainly album by album – but this has been under the microscope of your wonderful gaze, and you’ll have seen the new Sieben sound developing before your eyes more recently live. I feel set up nicely for writing the next Sieben. And it’s nicely the other way round to usual, for me, too: Normally, I’d have the content and ideas and go searching a new sound. Bootcamp training has set me up with a whole new wealth of sounds and sound sources, and new grooves I want to explore with new Sieben music. I can feel a whole new skin shedding. LS has enabled me to meld Pastoral Howden with Angry Howden, now it’s time to push on to Future Howden? That’s my plan, at least – to try and channel this into the last concerts of LS so that there’s still a (hopefully) very special climax to it all πŸ™‚

This Wednesday, 3rd of March, Kev and I make our DJ debut, at 16.32UK time, here: https://beachyheadradio.com/listen/Β 

After that I’ll wrangle it on to my Mixcloud πŸ˜ƒ I guess some of my song choices may surprise you πŸ˜‰

The box set is being manufactured. I’ll keep you all updated about its release. Shouldn’t be long, now. I still have Lockdown The Covers and 2020 VISION CDs to sell to break even, too πŸ˜‰

Keep well, all!

Matt – Feb 2021

Winter Solstice Special Live Album

My Winter Solstice Special Live (digital) Album is now on sale exclusively from my Bandcamp πŸ™‚ You can watch the concert in its entirety on my Youtube Channel.

Must admit there was an extra tension in the air πŸ˜‰ Not least because I was conscious that my weekly fun moments of ‘nope, no sodding clue how that bit goes’ wouldn’t translate too well to a full-blown two-hour culmination of a year’s work’ album. It’s pretty ‘chunky’ anyway, and Kev caps it off with his own hymn. Then there are a couple of virtual encores. Plus, all the usual inane and bizarre chat, without all the dim pauses and bending down to tweak the looper πŸ˜‰

 

Thanks all, for your immense support throughout LOCKDOWN SIEBEN.

I’m straight back on it in the New Year, with Concert 38 – Hello Mellow 21? Friday at 8 on my Sieben Facebook LIVE page, each week until you’ve had enough, or we’re allowed to do it in real-life again πŸ˜‰

Matt – 22nd Dec 2020

2020 IN BRIEF…

2020 IN BRIEF: Album release planned, festivals, tour dates booked. Covid cometh. ALL GONE. Teach online, work out broadcasting.First gig online. Scramble to master the sound, struggle to operate cameras, lights. Rehearse, record, learn songs, teach, sleep, repeat weekly. DIY. Lovely Church of Sieben est.2020. 36 gigs in a row. Build each week to Friday. Papier Mache something. Often a moon, sometime a Big Kev. ‘Record some songs’ becomes ’10 CD retrospective career so far re-write Boxset’. 2020 VISION releases digitally, then CD, vinyl. Cat T shirts. Kev, George, Amber, Big Kev, Not So Big Kev, Mel, The Upstairs Hoover, The Old One, Stand, and Jonaton Monotron form ensemble. Sieben covers album. Sieben all-covers gig. 14 Sieben albums performed live in concert. 67 LS videos made – Lockdown a strange beast! Live Solstice album culmination. LS 2020 ENDS… (except two videos which release 24.12 and 25.12 πŸ˜‰ )

Expect the Grateful Dead (Gruntled Dead?) version of Sieben with concert 37 tomorrow night, as I indulge in a two-hour special and bask in the reflection of The Ginger One’s glory. Culminates with a virtual ‘Who’s Been Digging In The Garden, George?’ and a hymn that Kev’s written for us all as a message of hope for 2021 πŸ˜‰ I finish off the year with this live album concert, Winter Solstice Special, and as always try to top the previous show. This time more so than ever πŸ˜‰

 

I can’t thank you all enough for the wonderful journey, the fantastic travels we’ve had whilst at home in socks; for the mental and physical exercise-wheel of joy that has been LOCKDOWN SIEBEN 2020 for me πŸ˜€ A chance for me to really develop what I do, push myself, in ideal conditions. With a Kev. With you. With a new there-and-then approach. Re-connected me with my old material, integrated it all with a new sound. The ultimate As They Should Sound for me, with the better half of my back catalogue. With one major exception: No wasteful pursuit of over-cooking, over-working the mixtures making studio albums. It’s taught me a new, simpler more effective way: Pick up Kev, do it live, pedals ready to go, knowing there’s an eager audience, and as always having a real desire to expand the music I make and keep it fresh has driven me like never before. Despite Lockdown’s many downsides this has been an absolute joy, a labour of love for me to undertake, and to offer out to you. Truly a real blessing for an independent artist to have an outlet, a lovely audience that cares, and brings so much to the live concerts, and the LOCKDOWN SIEBEN Facebook group, its interactions, its friendships formed.

More to come in 2021, of course. I’ve still got to get to 100 videos, Volumes 8, 9 and 10 need doing, other albums need their own night. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see it through to a one-year cycle. I’m guessing you won’t be that surprised, either πŸ˜‰

Thank you all so, so much.

Matt Howden 19 Dec 2020

Lockdown the Covers album

Guess what I found, digging in the garden this morning? My new Lockdown the Covers album! Now in my shop. In fact, ONLY in my shop. I bought a license to use other people’s songs for this CD. So it won’t be available digitally, or any other format. Just 750 of these mildly bad boys πŸ˜‰

I’ve also done an ‘offer‘ whereby if you buy this and 2020 VISION CD, you get them a little cheaper.

Guaranteed NOT to get to you before Christmas! πŸ˜‰

This album launches on Friday, with the online live show, concert 35, Don’t mention The ‘C’ Word.

The halfway point of LOCKDOWN SIEBEN

Well, it’s five months since what started as ‘make a little video of a couple of songs’ turned into a project that aims to make 100 videos (55 so far), 10 albums reworking the best of my back catalogue (Volume 6 release this Friday, with the concert in the evening), re-learn 105 songs (92 so far), and make 105 index cards!

Friday sees the release of Volume 6, and just over the halfway point, I guess. I made a video of what’s happened so far:

It’s been amazing, demanding, and intense throughout, made brilliant by your support and enthusiasm. Despite 2020 absolutely falling apart at the start of the year, for all of us, this really has sustained me, and been an island of sanity. An odd but fitting way to celebrate the 20th year of doing my Sieben project. A weird and wonderful unification of my work past and present has taken place, in part led my the army that is Kev, (my kevlar 5 string violin) but for the most part, by you πŸ™‚ I look forward immensely to another five months of giving it my best to entertain you and amuse you. And give you a little island of sanity, too, hopefully.

Matt Howden- Sept 2020

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ I’ll add it to my gig list after the weekend.

Hope to see you on a Friday! πŸ™‚

Matt

 

The LOCKDOWN SIEBEN SERIES

Hi all πŸ™‚ Well, what started as a quick online video of a couple of Sieben songs has swelled slightly!

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN now sees a LIVE ONLINE CONCERT each Friday, 8PM GMT, from Sieben Central (my home studio), and is evolving into something of a soap opera, featuring The Upstairs Hoover, George the cat, Kev, and Amber’s antics. (coming soon- Garden Cam featuring my first remote-but-in-person audience member). Catch it on my SIEBEN Facebook LIVE tab.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VIDEOS can be seen on my VIDEO tab, or on my YOUTUBE channel. There are currently 19 – 14 individual videos of songs, and the five live concerts that have taken place under Lockdown.

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUMES 1-7 are now underway; LIVE ALBUMS, with sets matching the live concerts. They’re live and raw, and possibly the best versions of the songs I’ve ever produced. Who’d have thought just plugging in and playing would sound best? Doh. That’s twenty five years and thousands of hours of studio time put to shame in the space of seven weeks. Hey ho, couldn’t have got here without them, though πŸ˜‰ They’re all initially on my Sieben BANDCAMP, but will go on to iTunes etc shortly. But they’ll always be ‘pay what you like’ on my Bandcamp. So do, even if that’s just downloading it for free. Times are hard in many cases, and my aim is to entertain you, and myself, during lockdown and beyond. This isn’t going away for a while yet, and neither am I πŸ˜‰ This may eventually go to a 7 CD boxset, as some of you asked for that. Just the small matter of getting 2020 VISION on CD before that, and getting enough sold to make it possible πŸ˜‰ But your generosity with merch purchases post-concert have been incredibly heart-warming (and useful!), with people using the LS albums as a tip jar, a concert ticket, or paying even more than an album would cost- all most generous, and very much appreciated.

VOLUME 1 IS OUT NOW! VOLUME 2 releases this Friday: https://sieben.bandcamp.com/

So, feel free to download my LS VOLUMES, and I hope to see you at my online concerts on Friday. This week the set is chosen by you- there’s a poll on the fb event page, so feel free to chip and hear the songs you’d most like to hear πŸ™‚

Keep well, all,

Matt – June 2020

 

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