The dates are:
- May 7th Stockholm – Kägelbanan
- May 9th Gothenburg – Pustervik
- May 10th Copenhagen – Loppen
- May 11th Oslo – Revolver
The song, released on Monday 10th December, is an interesting counterpart to its floral cousin, English Rose, in that it celebrates life that blooms in the winter time.
I don’t expect to beat the X-Factor single to Number One this Christmas but, as always, I would love your support! You can download it direct from my Bandcamp page, here: andrewmilloy.bandcamp.com.
Edit: it’s now live on iTunes as well: here.
The songs are available on a three-track EP, from as well as the usual online music outlets! Proceeds from the sale of the EP will support the work of Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity.
You can read more about the interviews in an article on the BBC website.
Featuring fingerstyle guitar and ukulele in an arrangement that builds and builds, the song is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and direct from me (name your price!) at andrewmilloy.bandcamp.com
Also at the beer festival the following day, Band of Hope and Hundred Acre Wood will both be making an appearance, so it promises to be a busy weekend!
I wrote these three songs in memory of my daughter, Philomena. These recordings were done between December 2011 and April 2012, and feature some great musicians.
The sale of this EP will raise money for Sands, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity, who do great work in supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby in the UK.
Your support would be much appreciated!
In February I had the privilege of recording OXUS string quartet playing my arrangement for English Rose. This song has a very acoustic folk feel, and I wanted the sound of a small chamber ensemble rather than sampled or synth strings (which would not have suited the arrangement at all). As well as a couple of takes of full quartet, we also recorded overdubs with just the upper strings, con sordino (this can then be brought into the mix if we need to fill out the sound). Having Sibelius playing the parts alongside the main tracks in Pro Tools 9 (via ReWire) was useful during the arranging stage, but hearing a professional quartet play it for the first was a moving and breathtaking experience (and such nice people too ).
However, the title track, Philomena, needs a more epic, cinematic string sound for its climactic ending, so I turned to the many sample libraries available. These have come on a great deal since I first tried mocking up orchestral arrangements in Sibelius a few years ago. My first attempt was using EWQL Hollywood Strings, which had received great reviews; unfortunately it turned out to be practically unusable on my modest music machine (a 2.8GHz core duo iMac with 4MB RAM). Even my i7-based laptop equipped with 8GB struggled to play back the more lightweight legato patches, one instrument at a time, with reliable timing. So this was duly returned to the seller, and replaced with LASS Lite (LA Scoring Strings), which ran beautifully and will hopefully sit in the mix. It was particularly satisfying to be able to control the speed of the portamento easily, to get some nice cello position-change effects.
Stay tuned for more EP news over the next few weeks!
I had the privilege of singing a song a wrote for my daughter Philomena, which I hope to release sometime next year, to raise awareness and funds for Sands, on CD and digital download. Watch this space for more news on that project.
Also featured on the night were local handbell ringers, who drew the audience out to participate in a few carols. I even did my bit, playing low C and D bells!
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