I took my pennies to the market square

I mentioned last week how between us me and Heather had concocted a fishing game, using a bit of ribbon and a Snow White figure. I still don’t really understand her contribution, that the fish has to be asleep before it can be caught, but then I’m not three years old – maybe I’m not supposed to understand?

Yesterday she came up with another game, based on the AA Milne poem “Market Square”. I say game, it’s really role play I guess, but whatever you want to call it, it’s amusing. What it involves is Heather holding some coins (she found some on my bedside table this morning, including one that came back from Sweden with me) and saying she is going with them to the Market Square. When she gets there, she asks if I have any rabbits, and when I say no, she asks what I do have. Which is one of sweet lavender, fresh mackerel or new saucepans. But she doesn’t want any of those, she wants a rabbit. And I don’t have any of those. So she goes away “disappointed”. Every time.

If you’re not familiar with the poem this probably doesn’t make much sense. I’d have been in the same boat until fairly recently, until I came across Chris T-T’s excellent “Disobedience” album in fact. It’s a collection of AA Milne poems set to music, which was performed at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and then at various shows around the country. Every track is brilliant, and even better, I discovered we’ve got all the lyrics at home, in the form of a Winnie the Pooh collection that includes the books the poems are taken from.

I tried reading from the book one night at bedtime and it seemed to go down well. So much so, in fact, that Heather’s asked for it the last couple of times I put her to bed. Tonight it was a late substitute, mind you, but it replaced the Gruffalo, and if that isn’t high praise then I don’t know what is.

I’m pleased to report that she seems to like my favourite of the poems, Binker, although I think Market Square is Heather’s favourite. It’s certainly the only one she’s made a game out of, although I guess there’s plenty of time for the others to be gamefied yet!

You can hear – and buy – Chris T-T’s “Disobedience” on his Bandcamp page. The whole album really is excellent, but I’d especially recommend Binker, which would bring a tear to a glass eye. And Market Square, of course.

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!

Better late than never…

About a month ago, I told my pal Lis I’d plug the shows she’s promoting once I’d written about a special little girl’s birthday. Due to illness (sniffles followed by chickenpox) said little girl has yet to have her first birthday party, and I’ve therefore not got round to writing about it. With the first of these gigs less than a week away, I guess its time to come good and shamelessly cut/paste Lis’s blurb.

I’ve never seen Jim Bob (or Carter USM), so can’t comment there. Chris T-T was great when I saw him in December, so I’m expecting similar this time around. I’ll be at both of these – see you there?

Chris T-T Sings JC to Sleep In Glasgow

Saturday, 28th April, 7pm // The Admiral, Glasgow

The iconoclastic Chris T-T will be back in Glasgow at the end of April to promote new EP The Taking of Clarkson’s Lighthouse, and YOU are invited!

On this solo headline tour, Chris will tell the tragic (made up) tale of a divisive genius TV presenter, a violent island uprising and the last surviving Fraggle. He will be joined by London-based DIY songwriter She Makes War, touring her excellent second album Little Battles on which Chris played piano.

Glasgow’s Lovers Turn To Monsters, also on the bill (and who I’ve been promising a gig for ages), might not be promoting a new album by April but – given his track record – probably will be.

This one is on Saturday, 28th April at The Admiral Bar. As you know I’m a massive fan of Chris’ work and I’m hoping this will be a really special night. Tickets are £6 and available from Eventbrite, where – as luck would have it! – there are still some tickets left for Jim Bob’s book tour in May.

More Chris T-T: http://christt.com/music/
More She Makes War: http://shemakeswar.com/
More Loves Turn To Monsters: http://loversturntomonsters.bandcamp.com/

Tickets available here: http://lastyearsclarksonsleep.eventbrite.co.uk/

Jim Bob: Driving Jarvis Ham (with Gordon McIntyre, 8-Bit Ninjas)

Sunday, 27th May, 7:30pm // The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Driving Jarvis Ham': new novel and live tour from Carter USM singer Jim Bob.

Following on from his critically acclaimed debut novel Storage Stories, Jim Bob’s second novel Driving Jarvis Ham is published by The Friday Project (Harper Collins) on May 10th.

The novel will be available in hardback, paperback and as an e-book. The limited edition hardback edition will have a link to a coded download EP with four all-new Jim Bob songs on. The EP is called “Day Job”.

Tonight Jim Bob will be performing songs from his back catalogue, both solo and Carter USM, and reading from the novel. Support comes from Gordon McIntyre (ballboy) and a first Scottish show from Walsall’s 8-Bit Ninjas

Here’s what Jim Bob’s publisher has to say about Driving Jarvis Ham:

A friend reflects on life with Jarvis Ham: tea-room assistant, diarist, lift-cadger. Princess Di fan, secret alcoholic, relentless seeker of fame, and all-round irritant.The novel is for anyone who has ever found themselves looking across at a childhood friend, and wondering why they still know them. Everyone here who has read Jim Bob’s book has pissed themselves laughing. It is very funny, but very, very dark. We look forward to unleashing Jim on the festivals and bookshops of our nation this summer.

More Jim Bob: http://www.jim-bob.co.uk/
More ballboy: http://www.ballboymusic.com/news/
More 8-bit Ninjas: http://8bitninjas.co.uk/wordpress/

Tickets available here: http://lastyearsjimbob.eventbrite.co.uk/

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!