On Friday 28th January 2022, the much-celebrated record shop Rough Trade East hosted a launch event for the Edsel 4CD and Demon Records 2LP reissue of Bernard Butler’s first solo album “People Move On”. Originally released on the Creation label in 1998, it charted at # 11 in the UK album charts, and was home to three hit singles.
For the bonus material of the reissue, Bernard decided to re-record all his vocals, for the album and the non-album b-sides. Revisiting the songs in this way inspired him to perform some of them again. So after a Q&A session with journalist Pete Paphides, Bernard took to the stage and played six songs to an appreciative audience – one b-side and five album tracks.
The inner sleeve features a new note by Bernard himself about his love of bootleg recordings – here’s an excerpt: The live LP always let me down – well-recorded, staged and sanitised repros. This – my first attempt – is of course ‘off the desk’; but in the spirit of those lost bootlegs, I had no plan for this recording or release, and so it is raw, re-invented... a short but enjoyable set at a London in-store thrown back at you in my tribute to the bootleggers.
We are extremely proud that the Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler record "For All Our Days That Tear The Heart" has been included on the prestigious Mercury Prize Shortlist for 2022. Bernard & Jessie attended the launch yesterday in London to answer questions and be photographed accepting the shortlist award. The event will be held on September 8th in London where they will perform a song live. The show will be televised and is not to be missed!
Then on Saturday they join the lineup of Later ... with Jools Holland on BBC2 at 9:30. They will be performing two songs live accompanied by a band, strings and mini-choir. They will also be chatting to Jools at the piano and choosing songs from the BBC archive.
Not to be missed!
All performances will be found afterwards on the show links.
I will be playing some more shows in Scotland in September with Norman and James.
Norman is of course the centrifugal force in TEENAGE FANCLUB, and James known for his solo work and LOVE AND MONEY.
We perform a selection of each others songs – and it’s an arrant joy; each musician fronting one of their own songs in turn, with simpatico input from their co-players. There’s a natural camaraderie and beautifully crafted tunes, filled with melody, harmony and impeccable guitar chops.