31-8-2020

More news from the old country

Dan Tuffy triumphantly blends electronic and earthy sounds on his sophomore album, Letters Of Gold

REVIEW: FORTE MAGAZINE - AUSTRALIA (August 2020)
A record bound to cast a long shadow.
"I first heard Dan Tuffy way back in the 1980s when in Tasmania. He was a founding member of Wild Pumpkins at Midnight, which later went on to ARIA success, before heading off to Europe. Since 1995, Dan has been a Netherlands resident, writing, producing and performing while owner of Smoked Recordings.
It’s been three years since Dan’s 2017 debut solo album Songs from Dan which gathered much critical praise and had him busy touring Australia and Europe.
His new album, Letters Of Gold has just been released, and is a move away from his more country albums to a more unique approach where bass, electronic and percussive elements come to the foreground.
The recording process involved multiple collaborations musicians from around the globe including bass players Madelief van Vlijmen and Judith Renkema (The Netherlands), co-producer, midi programmer and sound-scaper Michael Turner (Australia) and multi-instrumentalists Lucie Thorne & Matt Walker.
I could spend some time talking about all the tracks on this album, but for our locale, the standout is ‘Big Man’, a tribute to our own Chris Wilson. This song was put together and previewed by Sarah, Fenn and George before being released.
A definite one for extended listening."
 

 

22-8-2020

Setting the Big Man free

This song is my tribute to friend, musical legend and mentor Chris Wilson who died last year. I recorded it pretty much the day he left us but have been sitting on it for long enough now. Its the last track on my new record Letters of Gold. Old WPAM comrade Michael Turner made this gorgeous clip. In fact there is a lot of WPAM energy in this (my old band of the 80s & 90s). Chris loved us and we loved him. RIP Willo you legend. 

 

7-8-2020

More shows in view

Have just done a couple of strange 1,5 metre shows. This post gig shot tells that story. A half-full room is suddenly the new full room. We played 2 sets to 2 different paying audiences last Sunday evening at the Blue Room Sessions in Den Bosch. Its good to be back out doing shows but if feels odd and, frankly, very fragile - as if it could fall apart again any minute. I hope it dont. We have a couple of fine shows planned though; the Walk the Line Festival at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Grounds in Rotterdam, a great Pop-Up show in Wageningen. Check the SHOWS tab for details. Meanwhile I kinda like the post gig shennanigens I get up to with Madelief van Vlijmen (coolest bass player) and Stefan Wolfs (coolest geetahs) captured here very nicely. We had fun. More please!

 

6-26-2020

Crawling back

As restrictions lift and strange little social distancing gigs begin to loom on the horizon I find myself feeling a mixture of indifference and trepidation. Ive done 1 or 2 social distancing shows, as well as a couple of online streaming gigs - they were cool I suppose but they also felt a bit like 2% milk, and reminded me of how great it actually is to play to a properly filled room to real flesh and blood people. I miss that. The trepidation comes from the thought that this could go on for a long time yet. The challenge is to adjust to this new reality. Im doing the best I can under the circumstances - everyone is. In the meantime, I count myself among the lucky souls who hasnt yet lost anybody (touch wood!) and who lives in a country where people actually have space in their blessed and privelidged lives to even contemplate music, art etc let alone create it. You gotta stop and think about that sometimes. It put things into perspective. In the meantime, here is a cool little video of a song of mine with footage of my daughter growing up in these times

 

 

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