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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

Halfway Sieben lists

Hi all 🙂 Well, I reckon I’m about halfway through my LOCKDOWN SIEBEN project as of now. I’d planned #LS100 videos- be they individual songs, or concerts. lately I’ve been branching out into some ‘making of’ videos for your amusement. (Hopefully!) I’m up to #LS51. Including one proper one made by Chris Ogden at Long Chalk Media, in which many of you star! And of course the 22 concerts, each Friday since May 1st have been such a major part of this, and so special and precious to me. The whole project has allowed me to develop and grow my craft at super-speed under the warm light of your kind engagement with it; to re-engage myself and integrate my older material, and re-explore it and a whole new soundscape with Kev! And an utterly lovely community has formed around it. Here’s my first list, of the videos and concerts so far:

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VIDEO SERIES

#0 SONG – LOVE’S PROMISE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utGa3AUPuT8

#1 SONG – HERE IS THE NEWS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usr4o6XRY54

#2 SONG – ENZOSONBENZOS –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC91nZ9qMU0

#3 CONCERT 1 – 1st May 2020 – 2020 VISION ALBUM LAUNCH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_DyZlqjljk

#4 SONG – Northern Lights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0LPkZzUFEw

#5 SONG – Transmission(ish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDF4n3iV46k

#6 SONG – Black Moon, Rise Again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G61nKAEfgw

#7 SONG – Death tape Updated For 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yZl4-MHCcU

#8 CONCERT 2 – 8th May 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM7DM6jDhlY&t=1940s

#9 SONG – Hillfort Mindset

https://youtu.be/DciYV9yTPc4

#10 SONG – Coldbloods

https://youtu.be/btlKx1yhdkw

#11 SONG The Sun

https://youtu.be/zTeD0p8ilaY

#12 SONG – Crumbs

https://youtu.be/XOmFWnSiJqI

#13 CONCERT 3 – 15th May 2020

https://youtu.be/t3UHlHVgr3g

#14 SONG – Donald

https://youtu.be/dqtyn9sqRKA

#15 SONG – Kickstart The Empire!

https://youtu.be/6zK6wwU7l0M

#16 SONG – Love Must Wax Cold

https://youtu.be/rETVm2QHpK4

#17 SONG – Minack Theatre

https://youtu.be/BnECAGQtU88

#18 CONCERT 4 – 22nd May 2020 – LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 1 NIGHT

https://youtu.be/AcLJu8SxGE4

#19 CONCERT 5 – 29th May 2020

https://youtu.be/rxRbbUrXZIg

#20 SONG – Heroes (David Bowie cover)

https://youtu.be/Jt6w56J99CE

#21 SONG – Second Witchwords Heroes

https://youtu.be/MwbLNQL1LQo

#22 CONCERT 6 – 5th June 2020 – LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 2 NIGHT

https://youtu.be/ED4zTvRhjEE

#23 SONG – Ogham the Spirit

https://youtu.be/ncobrbSVSqA

#24 SONG – Written in Fire

https://youtu.be/kbJ652AJqY8

#25 CONCERT 7 – 12th June 2020

https://youtu.be/ktgYs4TeYv8

#26 SONG – I Saw a Face

https://youtu.be/7bw5deKN8Tg

#27 CONCERT 8 – 19th June 2020

https://youtu.be/WbgeBwxpoxQ

#28 CONCERT 9 21st June – SUMMER SOLSTICE Special

https://youtu.be/oz1b7YI5SIs

#29 POPUP SIEBEN Youtube MINI concert 24th June 2020

https://youtu.be/OIGJpgHdoF8

#30 CONCERT 10 – 26th June 2020 – LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 3 NIGHT

https://youtu.be/nnJF_kZWibo

#31 POPUP SIEBEN Ogham On The Hill – HINDRHEIMR TASTER taster) https://youtu.be/dekVAJA2L4o

#32POPUP SIEBEN Berylsinperil – BLACKPOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL TASTER

https://youtu.be/jllXT59MMH0

#33 CONCERT 11 – 3rd July 2020 – BLACKPOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL (UK)

#34 CONCERT 12 –  4th July 2020 – CELEBRATA HINDRHEIMR (NO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl4JKgV-rYI&t=14s

#35 SONG – Rite For The Unfulfilled

https://youtu.be/gLA6Bqz4QS8

#36 CONCERT 13 – 10th July 2020 – WHO’S BEEN DIGGING? – CONOR NUTT!

https://youtu.be/VnQysQ4WaVc

#37 CONCERT 14 – 17th July 2020 – SEX & WILDFLOWERS NIGHT

https://youtu.be/Pr0gxRyqJhs

#38 CONCERT 15 – 24th July 2020 – LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 4 NIGHT

https://youtu.be/mB-ijHzQhXE

#39 POPUP SOUNDCHECK SIEBEN – 27th July 2020 – KULT 41, BONN (DE)

https://youtu.be/xwjgMqyyWKo

#40 CONCERT 16 – 31st July 2020 – FEATURING ANDY WHITEHOUSE

https://youtu.be/-LqRmBvDMhA

#41 CONCERT 17 – 1st Aug 2020 – KULT 41, BONN (DE)

https://youtu.be/CeZntfjLsYA

#42 SONG – Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood!

https://youtu.be/yFM9nsdQUV4

#43  CONCERT 18 – 7th Aug 2020 – KEV’S FRESH BUM BATTERIES

https://youtu.be/mBLsFa0Atdw

#44 Forget Me Not

https://youtu.be/wmFWoShza6Q

#45 OFFICIAL LS VIDEO Come and Ride in the Cult Of Light – Long Chalk Media

https://youtu.be/_qeB5yvEPv4

#46 CONCERT 19 – 14th Aug 2020 WE WILL BE ALRIGHT WITH THE UPSTAIRS HOOVER https://youtu.be/iR42Tp-abD0

#47 CONCERT 20 – 21st Aug 2020 FEATURING RHIANNON SCUTT

https://youtu.be/V6LFNBc-UZ8

#48  CONCERT 21 ATTACK OF THE 8FT KEV

https://youtu.be/16sotTB5_GU

#49 Some thoughts on looping Floating

https://youtu.be/u5e54cJt16o

#50 The making of the Almost Home project

https://youtu.be/XqL8L4rTwG4

#51 CONCERT 22 VOLUME 5 NIGHT

https://youtu.be/sbiLkcIE0ls

COMPILATIONS:

Lullaby – The Cure Compilation

Crumbs – Left Folk BLM Compilation

Here Is The News – Paul Bower 2.5minutes compilation.

The Old Magic – CINYF

IDENTS:

Eclectica

 

I’ve also been busy (as you’ve all noticed, thanks so much for all the orders) with merch: T shirts, badges, 2020 VISON CDs (made possible by you all buying the LS Volumes), the LOCKDOWN SIEBEN 5 VOLUMES to date, and currently silkscreen prints and very limited edition vinyl.

This has been an absolute artisan project from the start, reflected in its nature by both the price and the short run produced. It started from a facebook post where I asked if anyone would like an exclusive vinyl.  ALL FIFTEEN COPIES WERE SNAPPED UP STRAIGHT AWAY. Apologies if you missed out. Though you haven’t seen the price yet! There really could only be so many made. Making more would have made the process somewhat cheaper overall, but not so special, I decided in the end. This was entirely about getting some fantastic and skilled artisans to show off their craft. Jon Downing at Doitthissen Records, lathe cut each 2020 VISION album on to 2 x 10″ 180gm clear vinyl disks with his lathe. He has to do it in real time, and listen each time, so I guess he’s pretty fed up with the album by now 😉 Next, Martin Bedford (who does all my artwork) designed the image and how the layers would work for the silkscreen printing. Rupert and Dan at APG Works, a lovely little gallery and workshop in the centre of Sheffield, then set about making the screens and printing each layer:

15 white card vinyl sleeves were printed, and ten prints on Somerset Velvet 280gsm, Radiant White paper, with torn edges. 10″ four colour print. An amazing old-school process, and they really are looking so beautiful and feel so nice on thick fluffy archive paper. There are still six of these left, in my shop. The vinyl is finished, but I’m waiting on the labels and inserts. It’s beautifully minimal, and a testament to the amazing design and sensibilities of Martin Bedford. I will write 2020 VISION on the front, we both will sign it in pencil. That’s it. A card insert inside, simple labels, a CD copy, and some wooden Ogham ‘strengtheners’ I made from plywood, and have spent the last few weeks nipping down to the cellar to jigsaw an Ogham shape in wood, then take it outside to be sprayed:

LLOCKDOWN SIEBEN has also brought about the Who’s Been Digging In The Garden, George? section, where I get the chance to show you some of the wonderful artists that Sheffield has, nestled in it’s beautifully hairy underbelly. First up we had Andy Whitehouse, then Rhiannon Scutt come play beautiful sets for us. Andy very kindly opened his Almost Home project up to our LOCKDOWN SIEBEN Facebook group (feel free to join, anyone), and we made a track together. See video 50 for the making of this, and hear many of the wonderful contributions. We’ll release this sometime soon, with all profits going to ASSIST charity in Sheffield 😀 Up coming up soon for these nights will be a couple of bands. First off the fabulous fast and furious two-piece that are Yo Dynamo at this Friday’s concert. Same time and place each Friday, in case you don’t know: Sieben page, facebook, 8pm UK time. Next month will see Duck come play for you all, too – love this band, and this will be just glorious. fact is I’ve never got to see them play live as I’ve always been gigging when they are, so this is a double-win for me 😉

What seemed an impossible task in normal times actually became doable due to the pandemic. Being asked to make short video initially in April 2020, has morphed beyond belief. I’ve learned many new skills with broadcasting, sound, and indeed looping. The regular concerts with scientifically (no less) comparable measures of the sound and broadcast, what works best, what I can improve, has improved my live sound immeasurably. (Sorry, Science, I let you down at the end, there 😉 ) That in turn has prompted me to try new looping equipment that means I can build the sounds quicker and better. Which meant I was happy recording simply live, raw and direct into your ears. The LOCKDOWN SIEBEN volumes have been such a pleasure for me to create. A mic, a Kev, and two loop lines into the recorder. No studio trickery, just aim for a great live take with character. No problem if the cat comes in and yowls, or Kev does an untimely screech. It’s all in there, all part of its character 🙂 Thus the idea of a 10 Volume LOCKDOWN SIEBEN release. I made these PAY WHAT YOU LIKE, so people can have them during the pandemic whether they pay or not. Many nice sales with this, thank you, and some people are using it as a tip jar for each concert, some are taking for free as they will be buy the CD boxset, some are just taking them 🙂 By April or so, 2021, this will be ready. Pretty much the better half of my entire back catalogue recorded afresh, sounding better than I could have dreamed. They all, (for me, at least) surpass the original album versions. Even from the newer albums. The songs together are more a whole, too. An Ogham track does not sound out of place with a 2020 VISION track in the Lockdown series. They have the raw, live power I’ve never quite been able to capture before. I’ve never been so ‘on my game’ due to the pandemic and so much being cancelled, so much I wasn’t able to do. Such is life. I’ve completed five of the ten Volumes so far. Here’s what’s complete:

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 1 (& live concert set 22nd May 2020)

23 The Sun (OGHAM) INDEX CARD #LS11

11 Enzosonbenzos (2020) INDEX CARD #LS2

38 Virgin In The Green (S&W) INDEX CARD

24 Sleep, Clara Bow (EDS) INDEX CARD

39 A Firebug Nature (EDS) INDEX CARD

3 Coldbloods (CR) INDEX CARD #LS10

28 Black Moon, Rise Again (OM) INDEX CARD #LS6

40 Ogham The Blood (OGHAM) INDEX CARD

9 Kickstart The Empire! (KICK) INDEX CARD #LS15

81 (The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone)

 

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 2 (& live concert set 29th May 2020)

41 Millenia (HBF) INDEX CARD

33 Ogham Inside the Night (OGHAM) INDEX CARD

6 Here Is the News (CR) INDEX CARD #LS1 +COMPILATION ALBUM

36 Old Magic (deep) (OM)

42 Easy Prey (HBF) INDEX CARD

10 Who Whips (KICK) INDEX CARD

35 Jigsaw Chainsaw (EDS) INDEX CARD

26 We Wait For Them (SWBF) INDEX CARD

17 Come And Ride In The Cult Of Light (2020) INDEX CARD OFFICIAL VIDEO #LS45

84 (Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead)

 

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 3 (& live concert set 26 June 2020)

27 Hillfort Mindset (OM) #LS9 INDEX CARD

45 I Saw A Face (NLTA) #LS26 INDEX CARD            

46 The Spirit (OGHAM) #LS23

34 Vonnegut (NLTA)

47 Second Witchwords (FTSE) #LS21

32 Love Must Wax Cold (HBF) #LS16

16 Berylsinperil (2020) INDEX CARD #LS32

48 Ready For Rebellion (OM) INDEX CARD

2 You Want Some? (CR) INDEX CARD

83 (JD – Transmission/Walked In Line) INDEX CARD #LS5

 

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 4 (& live concert set 24th July 2020)

52 Spring Snowdrop (S&W) INDEX CARD

57 A High Broad Field (HBF)

56 Modron (OM) INDEX CARD

68 Rite for the Unfulfilled (DR) #LS35

13 Death Tape Updated for 2020 (2020) INDEX CARD #LS7

8 The Overlords Are Back (CR)

51 Written in Fire (EDS) #LS24

67 Barry The Astonishing (7JK) INDEX CARD

49 Missolonghi Sky (DR) INDEX CARD

23 The Sundolin* (OGHAM) INDEX CARD

80 (Kylie -Can’t Get You)

 

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN VOLUME 5 (& live concert set 4th Sept 2020)

30 Minack Theatre (SWBF) INDEX CARD #LS17

75 Barley (FTSE) INDEX CARD

73 Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood (FILM) INDEX CARD #LS42

63 Loki Rides Again (S&W) INDEX CARD

4  Ignore the Apocalypse (CR) INDEX CARD

50 Floating (NLTA) INDEX CARD

59 Build You A Song (SWBF) INDEX CARD

18 Anubis (HELL) INDEX CARD

70 Peterson’s Seat (OSC) INDEX CARD

86 (Cabaret Voltaire) Voice Of America/Damage Is Done) INDEX CARD

Obviously, the second half of this list is TOP SECRET! I have all songs pencilled in, though still 14 more you haven’t heard yet to learn and drop in. I’m drip feeding one per concert for the next 14 weeks. And no doubt some surprises along the way, I’m going wherever you’re talking me on this. You’ve all been the driver, the wonderful force in this. Being at the concerts, creating a fabulous vibe, sharing, buying, downloading, welcoming the other artists, riding with my silliness, contributing, your ideas, kindnesses to each other, sending gifts, sending love, entering into the spirit. An absolute gift for an artist, which this artist will always cherish. Thank you 😀

Matt Howden – Sept 2020

LOCKDOWN SIEBEN IS DUE TO RUN UNTIL MARCH 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

 

The LOCKDOWN SIEBEN SERIES

Hi all 🙂 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 😉 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 😉 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 😉 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 🙂

Keep well, all,

Matt – June 2020

 

Friday’s the day!

Hi all, hope lockdown is treating you all okay. Lots to tell. And Friday really is the day! For me, at least:

2020 VISION releases on Friday, exclusively on my Bandcamp – two weeks before official world-wide digital release, when it’ll be on all major platforms, and Spotify etc. The Bandcamp-first thing gives me a little better share of the sale, so helps to recoup costs of making the album –  but feel free to buy from anywhere. And if you’re on my mailing list and can’t afford the album (for whatever reason) you simply have to send me a mail and I will send you the album for free. I WOULD RATHER YOU HAVE IT THAN NOT 🙂

Also on Friday, I play my first online gig- be sure to tune in 😉 Its on my Sieben page over at that there Facebook Live. Link is here, and you can set a reminder to start watching, should you wish. It’ll be 8pm UK (GMT) time, and 9pm in CET time. I’ll be at home, in my socks and playing and singing live for you.

I’m hoping 2020 VISION will eventually make it to CD, but just can’t afford to pay out for manufacture currently. I had all sorts of physical release plans, including limited edition 2x 10″ clear vinyl copies with leather sleeves…Oh, and on the 15th May, Kickstart the Empire will also release world-wide, so be on all major platforms.

I’ve also started to create a series of videos from home, playing live called LOCKDOWN SIEBEN. You’ll find them on my Youtube channel, and here’s the first test one. You’ll also find the wonderful new video made by Joao Paulo Simoes from Frontier Media, here. So kind of him to make me this fabulous video.

Hopefully see some you on Friday 🙂 keep well, and hope you enjoy my LOCKDOWN SIEBEN sessions. I’m planning to do quite a few online gigs now I’ve sorted a good sound, so look out for them on Youtube. Or email me and request one, I’ll beam into your house and come and play for you. You have to buy my new album, though 😉

Matt

All things Kev

So, as you may have heard me ‘banging on about’ on social media, and in person, I have a new violin. He’s called Kev. Rest assured my original violin and I have been through significant counselling, and many honest talks. 1,700 gigs under my belt with only ever my original acoustic violin, so its a bit of a change. Especially as Kev also has five strings, is made of Kevlar, and I’ve changed my looper to accommodate some other changes. Gulp. Pleased to report that I’m over the moon with Kev, who I bought from his lovely makers Bridge Violins, in Sleaford, Lincs. They were very happy to tweak Kev to my bespoke wishes, which turned out to be keeping it exactly as they had designed it.

It all sounds much more like it does in my head, when looped and layered, now. I am so excited about getting out there live with Kev, and capturing all the new sounds I can create with new songs, on the next album. Already planning that in my head, but holding off until I have the looper and new violin sound sorted live. It seems I can remember more songs, for live, and perform more per show with the new set up, which is also a bonus.

Secret and not-so-secret gigs have already taken place in Sheffield and The Lakes, and next up is Lobau (DE), Lisbon (PT) and Bonn (DE), to show off Kev and my new groovy sound! Last up in the year is my “Kev’s First Christmas” (Sieben Secret Santa yearly show) to round off the year. I play two sets, I give you crap presents, I host it like a cheap gameshow host on speed. What’s not to like? Tickets on sale for that shortly from my shop 🙂

Matt – October 2019

 

 

Introducing the new band member of SIEBEN

This will be a real new development in the Sieben sound, believe me.

See for yourself, if you’re in the area, as you are cordially invited to my

FREE SECRET GIG TO LAUNCH ‘KEV’ new band member of SIEBEN- my new kevlar five-string electric violin, new looper (*now with added loopiness and vocal mic).

He needs a first road test. You are invited 🙂
Sunday 22nd September – 4-6pm – The Dorothy Pax, Canal Basin, Sheffield.
STRAPLINE FOR THE EVENT: “DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU!”

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 🙂

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 🙂

Have a lovely summer.

Matt Howden – July 2019

Its all about the gigs…

Some Sieben shows coming up in various parts of the world, soon.

First up, in my hometown of Sheffield next week I have the pleasure of supporting Whispering Sons, a great new band from Brussels. They’re touting their debut album Image, which I can highly recommend. I’ve only seen them live on youtube thus far, but what I’ve seen has been striking and lovely, so expecting to be blown away by them next week. Looking forward to combining with In The Nursery to play some of their songs, and a sneaky cover, too. Great local venue too, Café Totem– intimate, close-up and personal. That’s my way of saying I may well poke you in the eye with my violin bow inadvertently whilst playing, if you’re in the audience for this. Which you should be, of course 😉

A great night of DJ-ing too: DJ-ing upstairs will be Marco Rico. For those of you local to Sheffield, I can highly recommend his Kick Up The 80’s! night on the first Friday of every month – great music, and a fab night. I’ve been several times, and looking forward to the next one in April. And downstairs will be the wondrous sounds of DJ DeAth, based in Leeds but often globe-trotting, always a fine supporter of the underground scene, and good music.

After that, in April, I’m in Antwerp, Belgium, for Black Easter Festival. This festival was inspired by Ward De Prins, music journalist, music lover, and great guy who sadly died last year. Very happy to be coming back to play this, and will be dedicating you a song, Ward.

The week after I’ll be playing a delightful concert in Friedrichshagen, Berlin, at the Eiskellar venue. Support for the evening will be by German darkfolk band Stein, and will be a pleasure to share the same bill with them once again. Always pleased to see them, especially as one of their tribe smokes an excellent fish in many innovative ways, and I will be a happy recipient, I hope, once again. Special mention to super-music-lover Andrea Nickel, who has taken supporting music she loves to new heights, and is putting on the gig herself. One of the joys of working in the underground music and arts scene is the resourceful, caring and supportive people you befriend along the way, and the energy they give to the scene. They make it all worthwhile when your bank balance is giving you a different narrative. Event page for this is here.

May 4th I’m back in Sheffield, playing the first ever Amberfest – a local festival to celebrate 20 years of women’s and girl’s football. Really heart-warming to have ex students of mine running the event, with help from current ones, and past and present students also on the bill playing the event. No way I could say ‘no’ to this. Will be a lovely day.

June, I’m in Norway, near Trondheim for Celebrata Hindrheimr 2019. This is a fabulous family-run private festival which is going to be an absolute blast. Last time I was there I spent quite a bit of time with the cows, simply listening to them munching in a barn was a sonic treat. It might have been the beer…

After that comes Scheunenmottenkiste, Germany, a secret little affair in the woods. Then France, but I can’t give you more details until its announced.

Come the summer, there will also be a new Sieben release – a digital EP (and very limited edition) lathe-cut vinyl 7” single entitled Kickstart The Empire! Details will appear here first so please sign up to my mailing list for news, if you haven’t already. There will only be 50 hand-made vinyl available in total. And then they’re gone. The digital EP will last until the end of internet, however.

 

Kickstart The Empire

Give me new old days.

Those heady, Summer old ways.

Gilded history and gold rays.

People knew their place.

 

Come on, let’s do The Idiot Test…

 

Kickstart the Empire!

Come on all you good people out there.

Kickstart the Empire!

What’s wrong with all you damn people down there?

 

Heave those mighty oars!

We can row this land to brave new shores.

Ride the froth of hope,

we can make ‘then’ now great again.

Kickstart the Empire!

We all need a good plunder now and then.

Kickstart the Empire!

Free the chains of the modern age.

Kickstart the Empire!

 

Hope to see you at a concert somewhere soon 🙂

Matt

March 2019

 

 

 

 

 

first video for Crumbs album-Sell Your Future!

What a joy it was, the Hometown Album Launch this week! Absolutely packed with a super-enthusiastic crowd. Fabulous, thank you.

Sell Your Future Official Music Video is now live:

Loving this video and its vibe. Made lovingly by Chris Ogden at Long Chalk Media, and a brilliant job he has done for sure. My heart-felt thanks to those who came along and danced in an underpass on a warm Saturday morning.

I’ll be giving the Sieben band another outing this weekend in Sheffield, on the Tramlines fringe. After that its Rebellion punk Festival in Blackpool, and the official launch of CRUMBS!

Roll up, roll! Enjoy it – and please like, share and recommend where you see fit. It all helps for a cottage-industry such as myself with Sieben, to get to the nirvana that is breaking-even 😉

Matt Howden – July 2018

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