Apologies for the lack of news etc. since last year – I’m afraid life rather got in the way. This site will be being updated regularly (at least weekly) again as of now. There will be news about gigs, releases and new sounds coming soon. In the meantime …
I’ll be playing a showcase gig with new band The Crow Bone Chorus at The Audio Lounge in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon, May 5th. More details to follow.
Well, there you go. No matter how daintily you tiptoe through life, it’ll still give you an unexpected kick in the cock just to remind you who’s boss. And so, due to ill health, plans for live work for the rest of 2017 have had to be shelved. Hopefully we’ll pick up where we left off in late January or February of next year. On a cheerier note, the “Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus” rehearsals are carrying on regardless. They’re sounding rather good too.
For the same reasons as above, plans for the Off the Cuff EP release have also changed. However, rather than leave it until next year, we’ve opted to put it out for download/streaming as a Bandcamp exclusive as of Friday, December 1st. A physical release and full digital distribution will follow in March 2018. Ish. Full details on the Bandcamp release will be up here in the next day or two. Please do check back.
Just discovered that an update to this site earlier this month didn’t “take”, so here’s the belated news …
With our first couple of rehearsals under our belts, I’m happy to say that my erstwhile band mates in Dog Moon Howl, Bryan Campbell and Ally Tennick, are joining me in a new project: Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus. We’ll soon be bringing new music to a venue near you, by which I mean a venue near us, as well as selections from my studio releases and more besides.
Plans are now afoot to record and release my next album under the Craig Hughes & The Crow Bone Chorus banner. The album is unlikely to be underway before early 2018 but we intend to be playing live before the end of this year. The band will run in conjunction with The Craig Hughes Two, also gigging soon as well as releasing that pesky EP/mini album we’ve been threatening since forever.
After five years of rehearsing, songwriting, recording and intermittent gigging, we feel it’s time for Dog Moon Howl to wind things down. We’re opting for the popular showbiz euphemism “extended hiatus”.
Unfortunately, for unrelated reasons we’ve had to pull out of the October gig at Nice’N’Sleazy, so as it stands we’ll no longer be active after our upcoming support slot with Lionize at the ABC2 on August 1st. We may take the very occasional gig if we get the right offer but we won’t be chasing live work or working on new material for the foreseeable future.
There’s no bad blood involved, not even musical differences. In fact we’ll be continuing to work together, though on a very different project. More news on that soon.
Anybody who wants a last hurrah with the band can head over to dogmoonhowl.bandcamp.com for half price tickets to the ABC2 show. In the meantime, thanks to those of you (family, friends, bands, bloggers and broadcasters) who’ve supported us over the years.
We’re booking new live dates at the moment for both The Craig Hughes Two and Dog Moon Howl (contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for gig enquiries) and we’ve already got a couple of choice Dog Moon Howl dates in Glasgow for your diaries:
On Mon 01 Aug we’re at The ABC 2 for a return engagement with the mighty Lionize. Also playing will be Mantis Taboggan and The Last Gasp. We’ll have tickets for sale at crazy-knock-down-blow-out-how-do-they-do-it discounts very soon. Watch this space.
Sun 08 Oct sees us back at Nice’N’Sleazy with Serpent Kings, as part of their UK tour (+ Warhead + TBC).
So, the Dog Moon Howl EP launch came and went – and even though it was a Sunday gig (not traditionally the best suited evening to rock), it was a grand night, a good time was had by all and so on. This despite a piss poor showing on the Friday from Parcel Force who decided they couldn’t be arsed delivering a box of CDs because was a nice day or whatever, and my main guitar having a breakdown on the day of the gig. So, the EP’s out. Dog Moon Howl at Bandcamp – fill yer boots (also available from iTunes, Amazon blah blah blah).
Since then, I’ve been doing a bit of writing and that, including an update to the Ritual Objects blog. I’ve been revisiting a modern favourite album of mine, Amanda Palmer’s Theatre is Evil. Check out the write up HERE.
Due to some kind of mix-up by the organisers, I’ve been incorrectly listed as playing at Record Store Day in Stirling on April 22nd. Please note I am NOT playing this event. Of course, don’t let that stop you going along!
The new Dog Moon Howl EP, These Days, is available now via Bandcamp on CD and pay-what-you-want download. The full digital release is also available via all the usual download stores (iTunes, Amazon etc.) plus streaming via Spotify et al.