Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Photo by Norman Lamont - Sunday 21st August.
Impossible songs playing live at Leith as our part of the OOTB "out of bounds" Fringe week.
We are having a serious amount of fun and hearing a great deal of good music with well over 30 Scottish and international acts playing original music every night this week. If you can please join us at Venue 237. www.outofthebedroom.co.uk has all the details.
If you can't manage down ask us about the double CD "out of bounds" that is currently on sale and features many of the OOTB acts.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Spent the afternoon in Leith preparing for OOTB “Out of Bounds” as our part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lamb’s House looking a lot better than I’d expected. Everybody has done a fantastic job so far – let’s hope the shows are well attended. Lunch in a small café nearby with Ali, Joe, Liv and Tommy Mack before Ali & Tom went of to distribute fliers. We returned to SQ to chill out (on the East Coast) (www.theg.co.uk) and watch two Harry Potter DVDs. Ok so far..
www.outofthebedroom.co.uk has all the info about the Lamb's House gigs and open spots - every night from 9.00 pm.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
A house is not a home nor is it an igloo or a sandwich: We have a new place! Next month farewell to our beloved Inchgarvie (after 3 years – see the cool painting) and hello to the run-down but spacious Upper Parkhead. Lots of work to do but we hope to have fun and make this exciting new piece of living space as warm, welcoming and inspiring as we can. Extra rooms (of all shapes and sizes) will certainly help, open fire, oddly smelling but large kitchen, utility room, big garden, two loos, two showers and a bath, a mysterious pond in the woods, a garage and large parking area. In the hot weather the house looked very impressive despite needing obvious TLC.
Leithstock, later than planned, a few of the few pictures I took before my phone / camera froze, Tommy Mackay, Scott Renton, Norman Lamont all in some kind of action.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
In a cumming piece of blog piracy I've taken this rather artistic little montage from http://crispycat.co.uk (that'll lead you to the CBQ blog). This is only because my phone froze (and Ali and I are in few of the pics).
Sunday, August 14, 2005
(These fish are nothing to do with anything)
Yes I know it’s pretty obvious title but that was what we all experienced today after a little early morning rain. OOTB invaded Leith Market for 6 hours of live and generally pretty good music. We gave out flyers for the forthcoming Leith gigs, sold CDs, chatted, hung out, ate big burgers, drank coffee and beer and all had a pretty good afternoon. We were on at 1230 before the market (never really busy) fully woke up. Our set was nice and noisy and (spiney tingly crystaly guitary sweepy uppy swoopy vocals) I’m sure woke up a few folks in the surrounding flats and apartments in the still air. The music seemed to bounce back from the surrounding buildings in a rather satisfying way. Impossible Song’s set list was:
That’s my baby
How I hate
I miss that boy
Also playing were (and listed in no particular order): Flowers for Algernon, Jill Hepburn, Tommy Mackay (mastermind behind the gig), Norman Lamont, Torpedo Buoy, Scott Renton, Fraser Drummond, Chris Brown, Steve Cox, Jeremy Kemp and Rosie Bell.
Lots of friends and fellow musos (CBQ, JJ, Big Jim, FS and more) all drifted along during the afternoon. I’d have pictures but my phone cam froze up for some reason after I took a pic of Steve (Spartacus) Cox. Some will no doubt follow from other sources.
Catch us next at the Left Bank, Guthrie Street, Tuesday 16th at 9 pm and then next Sunday (9pm also) at “Out of Bounds” Lamb’s House, Leith.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
I was out in one of the outhouses this afternoon looking for a piece of timber to fix a notice board. Syrus was in a shed, up on a shelf, at Cheshire Cat height, staring down at me, wondering no doubt why on earth I was hunting on his patch, interfering in his world, scaring away his prey.
These pictures show him however in a more restful state, which is mainly how we see him.
So far we've caught him with five rabbits, half a rabbit (?), a mouse and a small bird. On occasions the local magpies do however gang up against him.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Still and tranquil
A tranquil footprint,
Still the same as it has always been.
Birds and bees, ancient trees,
History twisted by Lairds and roadmen.
Ploughs and searchlights, ruin and dry stone.
Mysterious cairns and monuments.
The Picts came this way, the robbers and the cattlemen,
The priest and the poacher and those who could not stay,
But we only have a few days,
To share this drizzle and mist,
The elusive sun, the cruel cloud,
Those that deny us a perfect summer,
Some how doesn’t matter.
No phone signals for there is no need,
Track the RAF in a hurry,
Planes are still new to these skies,
Chop logs and bird watch,
Waste time and build bridges,
Dam up streams and daydream,
Think and write down thoughts,
Forget what you were taught,
About time and things to do,
On holiday with you.
Impossible Songs at the Roxy - Picture by Stu Cobley.
Had fun (?) last night playing at the Left Bank in Edinburgh. A 35 minute set was received well by a young and eager audience (eager for the next act that is!) but Ali and I enjoyed the gig. We were pleased that the very busy Norman Lamont joined us on bass for "that's my baby" before doing his own set later in the evening.
Gigs coming up for us are:
Sunday 14th August - "Leithstock "- open air OOTB day at Leith Market cunningly put together by Tommy Mackay. Lots of OOTB favourites will be playing from 11.30 till 5.00pm ouside and live in the fresh air. A taster for "Out of Bounds" which begins Saturday 20th.
Tuesday 16th August - back at the "Left Bank" Guthrie Street from 9.00pm.
Sunday 21st August - "Out of Bounds" at Lamb's House, Leith from 9.00pm.
Saturday 10th September - "South Queensferry Arts Festival" - ourselves, Norman Lamont and Tommy Mackay - details TBC.
Of course Out of the Bedroom is on each Thursday (except 25th August) at the Waverley Bar in St Mary's Street. www.outofthebedroom.co.uk
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Out of the Bedroom's fun packed festival nights begin at Lamb's House, Burgess Street, Leith, Edinburgh (Pic above) 8.30 till late, 20th August till 26th. A wild mix of open mike and set performances, you'd be mad to miss it and it's only £3.00. The venue is just behind the Waterline Pub (Venue 237). More details at www.outofthebedroom.co.uk
A special 30 ish track CD is being released by OOTB featuring us (impossible songs), Tommy Mackay, Scott Renton, Norman Lamont, Big Jim, William Douglas, Flowers for Algernon, Andy Paterson, The G.co.uk, CBQ and many other OOTB favourites - £3.00.
And while on the subject of gigs we're back from holiday and playing at the "Left Bank" Guthrie Street, Edinburgh. Tuesday 9th & Tuesday 16th August - 9.00 pm onwards.