4 March 2014
Marc was the guest on Janice Long's Spoken Word Session last night. It is available to listen to on-line for the next six days via the BBC iPlayer.
21 February 2014
Ahead of the release of The Tyburn Tree on Monday, Marc and John Harle will be on Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, Saturday 22 February, at 6.15pm performing Black Widow from the album. For further information, to listen online or hear it later via the Listen Again service visit the Loose Ends website.
Marc and John Harle will also feature on the programme Front Row, also on BBC Radio 4, on Thursday 27 February at 7.15pm. For further information, to listen online or hear it later via the Listen Again service visit the Front Row website.
6 February 2014
Yesterday Marc recorded an interview with Mark Radcliffe for the Radcliffe and Maconie show at the BBC. It will be avilable for a short time via the iPlayer but you can hear it now here:
24 January 2014
For anyone that missed it, or those that wish to see it again, Marc's recent appearance on Vintage TV is now available to view in the Vintage TV Library.
16 January 2014
The second part of the Dancing Marquis mini album will be released on 10 February 2014 as an EP containing four tracks, Tasmanian Tiger, Death Of A Dandy, Worship Me Now and Love Is Not On Trial. The EP is now available to pre-order from iTunes. A Limited edition coloured vinyl and CD package is also available to pre-order now direct from Cherry Red.
10 January 2014
On 23 January Vintage TV will be broadcasting the second of The Vintage TV Sessions, hosted by legendary DJ Johnnie Walker, which features live performances and an interview with Marc. Vintage TV is a satellite channel but is also available via their website at http://www.vintage.tv
The Tyburn Tree is to be released on 24 February with a tour in March and now has it's own dedicated web page at www.tyburntree.com. A teaser of the album can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/tyburntree and the track Fortress can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN3OdDIBQ_o. There are also official Facebook and Twitter accounts for the release which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/tyburntreeofficial and https://twitter.com/thetyburntree_.
19 December 2013
This Year 2013 has been an interesting and challenging year with some dreams realised.
I finally got to record with Tony Visconti in the producer and arranger's chair; the man who's name features on many of my most favourite and seminal records, records that have been part of the soundtrack of, and that have changed, my life. A wonderful experience that was great fun as well as fascinating and resulted in some great songs.
Ten Plagues at Wilton's Music Hall in June was a learning curve and as challenging as it had been in Edinburgh in 2011. Wilton's was the perfect setting for Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell's song cycle about one man's survival through the Great Plague of London in 1665. It ran at Wilton's for a month and a big thank you to all those that came.
I made some diverse guest appearances. A highlight was taking part in Jethro Tulls classic 1972 concept album Thick As A Brick at the Royal Albert Hall with Ian Anderson. Other highlights included performing again with T.Rextasy, always a joy to sing the songs of Marc Bolan, one of my musical hero's; A tribute to Lyricist Don Black in which I sang the James Bond theme Thunderball and a tribute to Fellini and the music of Nino Rota at the Barbican, in which I sang in Venician, an Italian Dialect.
2013 was mainly a recording year for me. I recorded a mini album, The Dancing Marquis, with producers Tony Visconti and Tris Penna, including songs written for me by Carl Barat, Jarvis Cocker and Jason Buckle. Part one, a double A side single of Burn Bright and The Dancing Marquis, has already been released and part two, a four track EP, will be released in February.
I recorded a wonderful album, entitled The Tyburn Tree, with award winning composer-producer John Harle which will be released in late February with an accompanying tour. This was another challenge and learning curve that took me out of my comfort zone and pushed me vocally. I also contributed vocals to two songs on John's album Art Music.
I recorded another great album with producer Chris Braide. Thirteen big songs of high emotion and polished pop and rock, the kind of record I haven't made since possibly Tenement Symphony or Enchanted. Even a nod or two to SC; All original songs co written by Chris and myself. I never expected again to record an entire album of original songs, let alone so soon after Variete, but Chris's tunes sparkled and excited me and between Chris and working with Tony Visconti I was inspired and fired up enough to write original material all year. The album will start to filter out from April/May and be released in July/August.
I guested on a fascinating new album project of Othon Mataragas, Pineal. This time I sang in Brazillian. Othon's album will come out next year and Othon and I are still working on songs for the Against Nature project with Jeremy Reed.
I also recorded some very old school (think 1979/80 ) electro tracks with Starcluster. They have yet to be completed and as yet there are no plans for release.
With all this recording there's not been much time for shows of my own - only the Union Chapel show in which I performed the whole of The Mother Fist album for the first time with a wonderful line up of musicians including my regular band who worked so hard with Martin and Kimberlee McCarrick on strings and things to make it as true to the album as possible. At some point it would be great to perform it at some more shows.
I recorded a lot this year deliberately as I would like to take a recording break for a few years and concentrate on my back catalogue. I finally won the rights back to my songs this year which was a highlight of 2013.
Next year will be more live work: The Tyburn Tree tour in March with John Harle and I'll also be touring with Jools Holland throughout the year; a couple of Rewinds are in the pipeline and there'll be shows of my own too.
This year saw me presented with two awards. The Ivor Novello Inspiration Award and the Attitude Magazine Icon Award, both which I accepted gratefully and with appreciation.
All that's left is to say is thank you so much for your support this year, thank you to those who follow my mundane and banal banter on Twitter and to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a fantastic 2014 , may all your dreams and wishes come true.
Love to all
Marc Almond, December 2013
A tribute to Don Black, in which Marc sings the James Bond theme, Thunderball, will be shown on BBC4 at 7.30pm on 3 January 2014
13 December 2013
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Art Of Falling Apart, The Quietus have published a wonderful in depth review, featuring contributions from Marc Almond and Dave Ball. You can read it online at The Quietus website.
12 December 2013
The second part of the Dancing Marquis mini album will be released on 10 February 2014. The release consists of four tracks; Tasmanian Tiger and Death Of A Dandy were produced by Tris Penna with extra production mix and string arrangements by Tony Visconti, Worship Me Now was written especially and produced for Marc by Jarvis Cocker and Jason Buckle and features Jarvis on backing vocals and Love Is Not On Trial was written especially for Marc by Carl Barat and features Carl on guitar and vocals. It was produced by Tris Penna and will once again be available as a limited edition vinyl and CD package and also on download.
Marc has recorded an interview with Amy Lame for the Liz Kershaw show on BBC Radio 6 Music which will be broadcast on Saturday at 1pm. Amy will also be playing Worship Me Now.
15 November 2013
The Tyburn Tree by John Harle and Marc Almond will be released on Monday 24 February 2014 and will be available on CD, download and a limited edition 180gm vinyl double LP. To support this release The Tyburn Tree will receive its live premier on a five date tour in March, taking in London, Manchester, Cambridge, Brighton and Bristol (see the Live page for further details)
The press release reads: London and its darkest stories are the theme for The Tyburn Tree, the new collaboration between two acclaimed Ivor Novello 2013 winning artists: Multi-award-winning British saxophonist, composer and record producer John Harle and renowned singer Marc Almond. The concept album entitled The Tyburn Tree – Dark London will be released on Sospiro Records on 24 February 2014 and the project will receive its live premiere on this tour.
The Tyburn Tree is an epic song cycle that shines a lantern into the terrifying corners of London's History. From the infamous Tyburn Tree gallows themselves, to legends of London ghosts such as Spring Heeled Jack and The Vampire of Highgate to the chronicled horror of Jack the Ripper and the Ratcliffe Highway murderer, The Tyburn Tree is a haunted history of London's streets of fear.
Marc Almond is our ringmaster-style tour guide through these tales from the shadows. In turn darkly humorous and heroic, Almond's incomparable voice combined with Harle's pulsating score promises an overwhelming musical experience. Almond's own lyrics form the backbone of the album and concert, drawing on his personal fascination with London's anti-history, alongside texts from visionary Londoner William Blake (Jerusalem), the poet Tom Pickard (a terrifying reworking of London Bridge is falling Down) and Elizabethan magus John Dee (Dark Angel). But while the lyrics stalk the darkest passageways of London's history the music is unashamedly contemporary: Drawing on his own fervent song-writing skills, electronic dance and ambient music, Harle (composer of 'O Mistress Mine' for Elvis Costello, and the theme to BBC1's Silent Witness) has matched Almond's lyrics with dramatic, bitter-sweet songs full of emotion, driving rhythms and black humour. For this very special tour Harle and Almond will be joined by Sarah Leonard (soprano voice) and their musicians. The great London writer and poet, Iain Sinclair, will join the cast in London and Brighton only.
3 November 2013
The Long awaited new single, Burn Bright and The Dancing Marquis, is released and available for download tomorrow. A video for Burn Bright has been made by Jamie McLeod and video artist 3P and is available to view on the YouTube channel now.
31 October 2013
Things are really gearing up for the show at the Union Chapel on Sunday. The doors will open at 7pm and the show will be starting promptly at 7.30pm.This will be Marc's only full solo show in the UK this year but he will also be a special guest at Amarcord Nino Rota, a tribute to Nino Rota, which will be at the Barbican on 22 November and, later on the same night, will be performing at Duckie's Eighteenth Birthday in Brixton. Further details for these events can be found on the Live page along with the confirmed dates that Marc will be appearing at for the Jools Holland Spring/Summer Tour 2014.
The Long awaited new single, Burn Bright and The Dancing Marquis, is released and available for download on Monday.
15 October 2013
Art Music, the new album from award-winning British saxophonist, composer, conductor and record producer John Harle, that features Marc on vocals was released yesterday. To hear extracts and to order physical or download versions please visit http://www.sospirorecords.com
14 October 2013
The long awaited new single from Marc Almond is due to be released on 4 November 2013. The double A single, featuring the tracks Burn Bright and The Dancing Marquis, can be previewed and pre-ordered from the iTunes store now by clicking here.