Other by Alison Moyet out today 

I am very proud to be involved in the making of this album. Sean McGhee and I co-wrote The Rarest Birds with Alison and Reassuring Pinches with Alison and Guy Sigsworth. Looking forward to touring new material in the Autumn.

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Alison Moyet – New Album, 2017 Tour Dates

Listen to the gorgeous title song from Alison’s new album “Other”.

Sean McGhee and myself co-wrote TWO songs on this album. I’m beyond proud, and ridiculously excited for this record to come out. Alison is writing some of her strongest material, and it’s a huge honour to be working so closely with such a talent at the height of her powers. The record is produced by the amazing Guy Sigsworth, who also produced Alison’s previous album “the minutes”.

We will be touring the new record throughout the rest of 2017. Some summer festivals, then, starting in September, we embark on a world tour, taking in North America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and continental Europe. Looking forward to reuniting with a great touring crew and putting this show on the road!

Here are the dates:

UNITED STATES /CANADA
Booking and presale details announcement on Sunday 19th March at 10am GMT on AlisonMoyet.com
Presales at Various Times – See Sunday’s announcement
Tickets go onsale on Friday 24th at 10am PST

11 Sept – Sixth and I: Washington DC

12 Sept – The Trocadero Theatre: Philadelphia, PA

13 Sept – Royale, Boston, MA

15 Sept – Webster Hall: New York, NY

17 Sept – The Danforth Music Hall: Toronto, ONT

19 Sept – Park West: Chicago, IL

20 Sept – Fine Line Music Café: Minneapolis, MN

22 Sept – Star Theater: Portland, OR

23 Sept – The Showbox: Seattle, WA

25 Sept – The Fillmore: San Francisco, CA

26 Sept – Music Box: San Diego, CA

27 Sept – The Fonda Theater: Los Angeles, CA

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND

Booking and presale details announcement Tuesday at 2am GMT on AlisonMoyet.com
Fan Presale – Wednesday 22nd March at 9am AEDT – See Tuesday’s announcement
General Onsale: Friday 24th March at 09:00 AEDT

4 Oct – Riverside Theatre: Perth, Aus

6 Oct – Entertainment Centre Theatre: Adelaide, Aus

7 Oct – Margaret Court Arena: Melbourne, Aus

9 Oct – Enmore Theatre: Sydney, Aus

10 Oct – Convention Centre: Brisbane, Aus

Booking and presale details announcement Tuesday at 2am GMT on AlisonMoyet.com
Fan Presale – See Tuesday’s announcement
General Onsale: Friday 24th March at 09:00 AEDT

13 Oct – Michael Fowler Centre: Wellington, NZ

14 Oct – ASB Theatre: Auckland, NZ

16 Oct – Isaac Theatre: Christchurch, NZ

UK / IRELAND
Booking details announcement on AlisonMoyet.com on Tuesday at 10am
Ticket fan presale: Wednesday 22nd March at 10:00
General Onsale: Friday 24th March at 10:00

27 Oct – Opera House: Cork

28 Oct – Olympia Theatre: Dublin

29 Oct – Ulster Hall: Belfast

31 Oct – Sage: Gateshead

1 Nov – Royal Concert Hall: Glasgow

2 Nov – Usher Hall: Edinburgh

4 Nov – Regent Theatre: Ipswich

5 Nov – Hexagon: Reading

7 Nov – New Theatre: Oxford

8 Nov – The Dome: Brighton *in aid of The Samaritans

9 Nov – Symphony Hall: Birmingham

11 Nov – Cliffs Pavilion: Southend

12 Nov – Corn Exchange: Cambridge

14 Nov – The Palladium: London

16 Nov – Pavilion Theatre: Bournemouth

18 Nov – St David’s Hall: Cardiff

19 Nov – Barbican: York

20 Nov – Royal Philharmonic Hall: Liverpool

22 Nov – Bridgewater Hall: Manchester

23 Nov – Colston Hall: Bristol

24 Nov – Arts Centre: Warwick

26 Nov – Royal Concert Hall: Nottingham

27 Nov – Waterside Theatre: Aylesbury

28 Nov – 02 Guildhall: Southampton

EUROPE

Booking details announcement Tuesday at 10am on AlisonMoyet.com
Fan Presale – See Tuesday’s announcement
General Onsale Friday 24th March at 10am GMT (11am CET)

3 Dec – Rockefeller: Oslo, Norway

4 Dec – Odeon: Odense, Denmark

5 Dec – Berns: Stockholm, Sweden

7 Dec – De Roma: Antwerp, Belgium

8 Dec – Paradiso: Amsterdam, Holland

9 Dec – Kantine: Cologne, Germany

11 Dec – Huxleys Neue Welt: Berlin, Germany

12 Dec – Gruenspan: Hamburg, Germany

13 Dec – Colos-Saal: Aschaffenburg, Germany

15 Dec – Substage: Karlsruhe, Germany

16 Dec – SIMM City: Vienna, Austria

17 Dec – Fabrique: Milan, Italy

19 Dec – x-tra: Zürich, Switzerland

20 Dec – L’Alhambra: Paris, France

Tales of King Arthur, Tales of the City; From Glastonbury to New York

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This month sees TWO reunions; the first reunion is of my old band Mauve la Biche.  We are supporting the Cary Grace band at The King Arthur, Glastonbury, Saturday March 25th. Founder member Andy Budge and myself will be joined by David Payne on drums and Victoria Reyes on Keys and Vocals. I’m also playing guitar in the Cary Grace band that night. Expect psychedelic visuals, vintage synths and over-long guitar solos! I’ve been writing a lot of new material for this gig, and we are currently in the studio working on a new record; more news on this to follow!

Secondly, on March 27th, I’ll be in New York for another reunion: a one-night only concert staging of Tales of the City the Musical, which I co-wrote with Jake Shears. Many of the original creative team are planning on being there, including Jeff Whitty, Jason Moore, Stephen Oremus, Travis Greisler, Cian McCarthy and the wonderful Betsy Wolfe, who was instrumental in organising the event with the O’Neill Center. The narration/stage directions will be read out by Armistead Maupin himself! Back in 2009, we workshopped Tales of the City at the O’Neill Center in Connecticut, and it was a joyous, inspiring experience. I’m humbled that they have chosen to stage our musical for this evening celebrating their legacy. We are collectively honoured to support The Trevor Project, who will share jointly the benefit of the funds raised at the concert – more about their important work here.

If you are anywhere near either event in time or space, I hope you can join us. Both events promise to be very special and represent projects of which I am equally proud.


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Dyads and Triads – are your chords “Too Jazzy”?

Dyads and Triads – are your chords “Too Jazzy”?

Something that I picked up from working with great singers was that harmony is there to support the song and the singer.

When I first worked with Alison Moyet in 2002, I had been playing a lot of jazz, so my natural impulse was to fill out harmony with three-, four- or five-note voicings. Alison picked me up on a section where I was adding too much to the voicing, and showed me a dyad (two-noted chord) that was more appropriate. Her exact words were: “Not every chord has to have three notes.”

During the writing of the score for Tales of the City the Musical with Jake Shears, I would often follow a similar impulse to “over-harmonise” things, to which Jake’s usual response was: “Too Jazzy!” I took this onboard, and started writing a lot more using only triads (and sometimes dyads). Surprisingly, this opened up my harmonic language more than I could have expected, because it forced me to think harder about inversions, voicings, modulations and related keys.

As an exercise, I highly recommend limiting your harmonic palette, and seeing where it leads you. For me, it really opens up the potentials of songwriting and composition. Then, when you finally do sneak in a major 7th, a minor 9th or even a 13th with a b5, the effect of it is that much more powerful.