Due to generally being snowed under with work and other commitments at the moment, editing and production time has been seriously lacking at Proc-Cast HQ over the last week. As such, the first video episode has been delayed for a while. Just to keep you interested and provide a sneaky peek into what you can expect when it does arrive, here's a Proc-Cast live session video of Kelly Oliver playing 'Lay Our Heavy Heads' live at The Musician in Leicester. Thanks again to Kelly and her management team for being willing participants and to Andy and Malc at The Musician for being so welcoming!
Last night I was invited to go to and record some of a house show with The Wild Man Of Europe and their friends. As well as TWMOE there were sets from Nottingham folk musician Paul Carbuncle, a man with the best mohawk I've ever seen, and I See Rivers, an acoustic indie pop trio hailing from three of the four corners of Norway! The music was great and so was the company. I managed to blind the acts with a new set of filming lights I received in the post that day, new equipment is always fun to play with and I feel like having the lights has added a new level of clarity to the videos!
I'll be producing an episode soon for both of these acts, for now though, here's a preview of what you can look forward to... This is Paul Carbuncle playing 'Ben Kenobi'.
After seeing Kelly at Rough Trade on Sunday evening, I knew I had to try and organise an interview with her. I knew she was back in the area on Tuesday, so after conversations with her manager Helen, I was lucky enough to be able to head down to The Musician in Leicester to take in the show, record some live session tracks and interview Kelly. First off, if you're from Leicester (or nearby!) and you've never been to The Musician, what are you waiting for? It's a great venue, decorated brilliantly, the staff are friendly and helpful and the sound is excellent. I would thoroughly recommend heading down to check out some of the great acts that they put on!
It was an interesting first experience for me of filming for a full video episode of The Proc-Cast, there's a lot of footage to go through and edit and it seems a bit of a daunting (but exciting) task. This video, of a song from her second set of the evening, is called 'The Witch of Walkern'. In it Kelly sings beautifully about the last ever official witch trial in the UK witch took place in the town of Walkern, which is very close to Stevenage in Hertfordshire where Kelly comes from.
Keep an eye out for more content and the full video episode featuring Kelly Oliver coming soon!
Yesterday I went to Rough Trade Nottingham to the latest in a really great series of events run in conjunction with the venue by Y Not Festival and BBC Introducing East Midlands. Beforehand, I'd only heard of one of the acts playing, The Golden Troubadours, as their percussionist/drummer is a friend of mine from work. I thought I'd go and check them out and see some other new music at the same time. Good choice.
The first act up was a folk singer/songwriter called Kelly Oliver. Kelly hails from Hertfordshire and has strong Irish roots which shine through in her songwriting and her beautiful voice. She told the crowd about how she inherited her love of folk music from her Irish grandmother, and spoke eloquently of the stories that inspired her music. Unfortunately I didn't have time to properly capture the audio, but this video of her song 'Jericho' shows you a brief glimpse of her talent.
Great huh? Well this next lot aren't half bad either. It's The Golden Troubadours, playing a brand new, never before recorded song called 'Dancing With Pretty'. Thankfully I managed to record the audio properly for this one too, so the quality is that bit better!
Also on the bill were the excellent Crosa Rosa and Nai Harvest. Unfortunately I ran out of SD card space to get footage of them!
There are exciting times coming for The Proc-Cast, investment in new audio and video gear means that a full on video episode is on the horizon. With the help of video expert and all around good guy, Rich Lyman, the video capabilities of The Proc-Cast have been improved tenfold.
The Proc-Cast took a film crew to the Nottingham Contemporary on Saturday night, aiming to test out the new gear and to produce some live videos for 'The Madeline Rust'. Unfortunately the live sound on the night didn't go as smoothly as planned, so after listening back to the recordings, a slight change was in order. The video quality was great from the new camera, so I decided to produce a music video instead. One of my favourite songs from their album 'Truth or Consequences' is 'Serial Killer Song', it's got a great groove to it which works fantastically with Lucy's powerful vocals and some creative use of guitar effects. The result was this video...
Today was an exciting on for me, slightly surreal, but definitely exciting. I got my first experience of being on the other side of an interview. Lucas Jackson started following The Proc-Cast after he heard the episode I did with one of his favourite Nottingham artists The Most Ugly Child. Since then we've been in touch on a fairly regular basis, generally about Country/Americana music. Last month Lucas invited me to join him on Acacia Radio for an episode of his show Random Country. I was really happy to accept the invitation and set about putting together a set of my favourite Proc-Cast recordings and studio recordings from artists that have been featured on the show. Unfortunately we didn't have time to play everything, but we plan on rectifying that sometime in the future!
Lucas has just uploaded the show to MixCloud. Have a listen via the widget below if you dare!