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Winter Solstice Special Live Album

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

Must admit there was an extra tension in the air 😉 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 😉

 

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 😉

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 😉 )

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 😉 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 😉

 

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 😀 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 😉

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 😉

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! 😉

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 🙂 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

sawing away at wood, rather than the violin…

sawing away at wood...

sawing away at wood, rather than the violin…

Had some lovely, and as always, quirky gigs in 2017, so far. All in the UK, for a change. London. Brighton, Croydon, Sheffield and Nottingham gone , Edinburgh and perhaps Louth to come, along with some others which I’ve yet to announce. May takes me to Toulon (FR). July brings Sieben and 7JK at Castle Party, Bolkow (PL). August I’m back in France, with the lovely Rosa Crux. And a lovely night at Sheffield City Hall Ballroom in May, where I’m on the bill with some fabulous bands. See Concerts section for details.

Our Solitary Confinement came out as a vinyl re-release with previously unheard material, The Sound Of His Horn. 30 or so minutes of the most ambient material I’ve written as Sieben. A few copies still left in my shop. 6, in fact. I’ve also reduced the prices on much of my merch, including Barley Top (hardback book and CD, my father reading his poems, set to music by myself) now at £10.

I’ve barely written or recorded a thing since the release of 7JK’s Ride The Solar Tide. Principally because I’m building my new Redroom recording studio. I’ve put ‘sawing away at the violin’ to one side in favour of sawing away at wood in general; wooden floor, I figure its always handy having something to stand on; wooden ‘picture frames’ for acoustic panels to ‘temper’ the acoustics in my new room. I’m smugly satisfied by how my panels clip together to make a vocal ‘booth’.

Whilst sawing away, my brain has been secretly plotting my next musical move for me. “Sparse, dirty, quirky loops and strange melodies” it whispers whilst I’m measuring a piece of 2 x 1 (that’s 4.2cm x 2.1cm in metric, PSE). And “sonically odd and striking like never before” it opines whilst I’m drilling a wall. Or “try looping six beats on x6 setting, or with unrelated loops”, though I’m sanding with ear protectors on. I hear it. “Finish sawing sodding wood and make some music”. I hear it. Will do…

Matt Howden -March 2017

higgledy piggledy Autumn news

Its all higgledy piggledy when you move house, and studio! Redroom studio is now on its 5th location and will be cosier and freakier than ever. So, some random snippets of news:

The Old Magic is out and getting lovely reports!

Moving house has revealed the unsold back catalogue ‘mountain’. Damn that ‘economy of scale’.

Cats are winning the internet. Its now official.

7JK’s second spiffing album, Ride The Solar Tide is out in a few weeks. available from my shop, now, though 😉

Looking forward very much to playing at Music Port Festival in Whitby in a couple of weeks time.

After that I’m in Wroclaw, Poland, for the launch night concert, with 7JK, as the inaugural act for the WIF Festival.

A very worthy, and necessary, cause for this great compilation album featuring Sieben and 7JK and a host of great music, here.

More news soon, when the higgledy piggledyness dies down…

Matt Howden – Oct 2016

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