Mar 22, 2014
Jake Morley

The Jelly Is Setting

My favourite moment writing a song or recording an album is about 70% in when you know you’ve cracked it but there’s still time to be creative with where it goes.

Other bits are great too, particularly the initial thrill of discovery and the final letting go, but this bit, the 70% bit, that’s the bit I love the most.

Leaning over a vibraphone in the studio yesterday, full of concentration with a different kind of mallet in each hand, I got my first glimpse of it and a big weight lifted – I think I’m going to be extremely happy with this record.

Two formal confessions: Technically, we’re not actually 70% through on every song yet, there is still a massive amount more to do.

Secondly, there are still one or two fights I’m not yet winning on this album, a couple of rocky-looks-like-he’s-finished songs that are awaiting a hollywood finale… or a quiet retirement. Who know’s which, you have to be prepared to set aside your expectations and go where the music takes you. But what’s certain is that I am a world of montages right now and no number of steps feels like too many to run up.

At one point, a song called All & Forever was track 3 on Many Fish To Fry, in the end we decided it shouldn’t even make the album. Be With Me Once More never seemed like a serious contender before the recording sessions, but last week I played it during a wedding ceremony. So you never know.

I’ve not found it easy to say much online recently. I think it’s partly a feeling that I should do my talking with music not chatter. Maybe also some embarrassment that it’s taken so long to write and record another album. Plus when I wasn’t confident with my music, I didn’t always feel confident about other things too.

But it’s definitley no reflection on how much this little connection matters to me. Whether ours is a tiny tenuous one or a big important one I’m so very glad we have it and I hope it bring good things for us both.

Much love
Jake

Dec 3, 2013
Jake Morley

Music and Movement

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on my first new single, and it’s almost time to shoot a video for it. My ideas invariably involve lots of walking, I wonder why might that be? Time to reverse psychology myself.

As a kid I’d definitely listen to music in my room a lot, it felt like putting life on hold and losing myself for a while.

But everything changed when I started putting earphones in and taking music with me. Music on the way to school, music on a random bus somewhere, music coming home from a party where my best mate just kissed the girl I fancied.

I used to walk down the street chatting to a mate whilst keeping an earphone in my other ear. Sometimes the other bud was in theirs, sometimes not. It was a tacit acknowledgement that neither of us had anything as interesting to say as Eminem or Bob Dylan. Over time music became less a way to escape my life than a soundtrack to it, they became ever more intertwined.

But not quite inseperable, as when I got somewhere I’d usually have to take the things off and, y’know, talk to people or whatever. So it was really moving about between places where my love for music took root. Some songs were at a great pace to walk down the street to, or strut to, or breathe to. Music itself is movement too, one lyric or melody always leading to another, forcing us kicking and screaming into the present moment and not letting us go.

So anyway, back to the present moment and that’s probably why when it’s time to shoot a video I’m always like “right so how about me walking through a……”

PS OK I have a confession to make: I remember cassette tapes. There I said it.
PPS I also remember getting the first MP3 player on the market. It held 16, yes count them, 16Mb of music. I could fit three-quarters of Pearl Jam’s Ten and that was it.

Nov 8, 2013
Jake Morley

2013 UK Tour Blog

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The tour ended last night under a mirrorball in Edinburgh. 27 dates in 6 weeks around the UK and I can honestly say it’s been one of the best experiences of my life.

Sorry I’ve not blogged more – I’ve been totally solo this tour, and managing myself is a full time job!

But playing solo has really rejuvenated me, made me feel musically free in a very important way, and I feel grounded as I go into a new phase of recording and playing with the band again next year.

A good handful of the gigs officially sold out and a load more were full or proper choc-a-blok-man, but even the odd quiet gigs were ones to cherish and had a great atmosphere. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO A GIG.

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Although the venues were generally small, it still amounts to a good couple of thousand people who came out to see me on this tour. We are not alone!

I’ve also fed reindeer…
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And handled snakes…

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I’ve slept in hotels, B&Bs, inns and bunkhouses, on sofas, spare beds, blow up beds, pull out beds and bunk beds, on a boat and on the floor of a gift shop. Thank you to everyone who helped me not die in the cold.

I’ve played with some really talented support acts too, much love to you all on your musical adventures. I hope we all find what we’re looking for, which may or may not be playing ‘My Lovely Horse’ from that episode of Father Ted…

I’m going to turn my phone off for a few days and unwind, then I’ll continue trying to make 2014 a year for releasing a great album I really believe in, I hope it’s a really good year for you too.

Keep in touch. Wishing you much happiness
Jake
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Sep 24, 2013
Jake Morley

The Everything Goes Back To Normal Button

Every tour I like to run a competition. This year it’s this.

One of my new songs is about An Everything Goes Back To Normal Button, so I decided to make a batch for real.

I’m giving one away at each gig of the tour to someone deserving of one. The best way to deserve one is to help me out promoting a gig – spread the ticket links around, drag people along and help make the night special.

These things have taken ages to make, loads of different parts to source and I’ve put each one together by hand – just imagine the montage! Pencil-behind-the-ear drilling… going to B&Q… as a result I’ve only made 50 for now, but if people like them I might try and make some more. You can also buy one for £10 at a gig or there’s a sticker version too.

If one goes to you, post up a photo or video with it and share it online. Be creative.

Wherever they end up, I hope they find a good home.
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Sep 9, 2013
Jake Morley

Studio + Tour Update

A little video blog about what I’m up to right now…

Studio + Tour Update 2013 from Jake Morley on Vimeo.

Aug 21, 2013
Jake Morley

Extra Dates Added…

Icon02…Inverness, Cambridge, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Norwich.

Lots of people love the idea of live music, as long as it’s not rubbish right? I don’t know if you’ve come to one of my gigs before or not, dear reader, or whether you thought it was good, but either way this could be a good time to book a couple of speculative tickets. I’m feeling full of purpose and new ideas right now, and I’m eager to give you everything I have.

What’s more I’ve been able to keep the ticket prices quite low to hopefully not price anyone out who might want to come. Truth is I’m not too fussed about your £6 (although it does all help) I just want you in the damn room, because great things can happen when lots of people all get in a room together.

Take a look to see if there’s one near you, and if there is I hope to see you there.

25th Sept 2013 Moon Club Cardiff Tickets
27th Sept 2013 Queen’s Head Box On Door
28th Sept 2013 Somborne Sessions Kings Somborne Tickets
1st Oct 2013 The Castle Manchester Tickets
2nd Oct 2013 Bootleggers Kendal Tickets
4th Oct 2013 The Bothy, Hootenanny’s Inverness Tickets
6th Oct 2013 Old Bridge Inn Aviemore Call 01479811137
7th Oct 2013 The Hop Wakefield Tickets
8th Oct 2013 Black Swan York Tickets
9th Oct 2013 The Shakespeare Sheffield Tickets
10th Oct 2013 The Venue Derby Tickets
11th Oct 2013 Hub Oxford On Door
14th Oct 2013 Sunflower Lounge Birmingham Tickets
15th Oct 2013 Holy Trinity Church Leeds Tickets
16th Oct 2013 Railway Inn Winchester Tickets
17th Oct 2013 Cellars Eastney Tickets
18th Oct 2013 South Devon Arts Centre Totnes Tickets
20th Oct 2013 The Bell Inn Bath Tickets
21st Oct 2013 Thekla Top Deck Bristol Tickets
24th Oct 2013 Theta Ipswich Tickets
25th Oct 2013 CB2 Cambridge Tickets
26th Oct 2013 Sebright Arms London Tickets
30th Oct 2013 Red Room @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham Tickets
1st Nov 2013 The Brunswick Brighton & Hove Tickets
6th Nov 2013 Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s Glasgow Tickets
7th Nov 2013 Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh Tickets
5th Dec 2013 Open Norwich Tickets

 

Aug 1, 2013
Jake Morley

UK Solo Tour Now On Sale

Jake Morley UK Tour

I invented a new rule yesterday in time for my birthday today. For two days either side of your birthday you are allowed to eat anything you can find in the kitchen, even if it’s not your food or your kitchen.

We’ve been almost announcing this tour for a while now and I figured why not do it today? So in between mouthfuls of cake here goes – my 2013 UK Tour is now on sale…

25th Sept 2013 Moon Club Cardiff Tickets
27th Sept 2013 Queen’s Head Box On Door
28th Sept 2013 Somborne Sessions Kings Somborne Tickets
1st Oct 2013 The Castle Manchester Tickets
2nd Oct 2013 Bootleggers Kendal Tickets
4th Oct 2013 The Bothy, Hootenanny’s Inverness Tickets
6th Oct 2013 Old Bridge Inn Aviemore Call 01479811137
7th Oct 2013 The Hop Wakefield Tickets
8th Oct 2013 Black Swan York Tickets
9th Oct 2013 The Shakespeare Sheffield Tickets
10th Oct 2013 The Venue Derby Tickets
11th Oct 2013 Hub Oxford On Door
14th Oct 2013 Sunflower Lounge Birmingham Tickets
15th Oct 2013 Holy Trinity Church Leeds Tickets
16th Oct 2013 Railway Inn Winchester Tickets
17th Oct 2013 Cellars Eastney Tickets
18th Oct 2013 South Devon Arts Centre Totnes Tickets
20th Oct 2013 The Bell Inn Bath Tickets
21st Oct 2013 Thekla Top Deck Bristol Tickets
24th Oct 2013 Theta Ipswich Tickets
25th Oct 2013 CB2 Cambridge Tickets
26th Oct 2013 Sebright Arms London Tickets
30th Oct 2013 Red Room @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham Tickets
1st Nov 2013 The Brunswick Brighton & Hove Tickets
6th Nov 2013 Nice ‘N’ Sleazy’s Glasgow Tickets
7th Nov 2013 Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh Tickets
5th Dec 2013 Open Norwich Tickets

It’s all about the great small venues of the UK, no big aircraft hangers, just the best little cauldrons of atmosphere I know, from the top of Scotland to the corner of Devon.

I’ll be on my own this time too – a chance to play new songs you’ve never heard and old songs like you’ve never heard them.

Two deserve a special mention. We didn’t find the right gigs in Bath and Birmingham, so rather than ignore those places, I just decided to hire the venues myself.

That does mean there’s no-one locally to encourage people to come along though, and we’ll need to book some really good support acts. So if you fancy helping with those or any other dates on the list then send me an email. You’ll get in for free and it’ll make the gigs so much better.

The Sebright Arms in London will be a special night presented by Communion. You can find out more about it here: http://www.jakemorley.com/2013/08/sebright-arms-26th-october.

I know there are some big places missing. Sit tight Glasgow! I’m arranging a special Scotland tour for straight after this one’s finished. Sorry if I’m not playing near you this time (sorry rest of the world…). This is the best we can do for now.

In the meantime I’ve got songs to finish recording. The first one will be released just before the tour so you can hear what I’ve been up to in my illicit cave of songwriting.

Plus I want to go boating on a lake somewhere today cos the weather’s nice.

The gigs are only little, so do grab tickets early if you want to be sure of getting in. Have a wonderful summer,

Jake

Aug 1, 2013
Jake Morley

Sebright Arms 26th October

I’ve always admired the way Communion develop their artists, giving a platform for songwriters like Ben Howard, Laura Marling and Daughter to play their music. So I’m very happy for them to present my next London gig at The Sebright Arms.

I know it’s not a massive venue, but this tour has always been about playing in the best small venues around. I love the interaction and atmosphere that those environments offer, so let’s start here and as plans for the next album develop, we’ll see where it all leads… x

Tickets are on sale now at communionmusic.co.uk/live.
 

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Jun 20, 2013
Jake Morley

New Album + A London Gig

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I can report that writing the ‘difficult second album’ has indeed been difficult. Should it be an elaborate concept album? How many bagpipes to have in my bagpipe orchestra? There was joy, there was *facepalm*. I made a sign.

But along the way I feel like I re-discovered music, and look at many of these new songs as the best I’ve ever written. It’s now time to record them into an album to follow up 2011′s Many Fish To Fry.

Our first studio dates are booked for next month, and although it may not be released until next year, the ball is rolling and will bear its first fruits in the Autumn. Listen out for that.

In the meantime I’d like to invite you to a solo concert at a small venue in Dalston, London next month.

The date is 23rd July 2013. Are you free??
The venue is The Servant Jazz Quarters, 10a Bradbury St, London N16 8JN. Website here
The door will open at 7:30pm
A wonderfully talented young songwriter called Kimberly Anne will play first. Her website.
Tickets will cost £7.77 each inc all relevant fees, taxes or charges. No Ryanair-style muggings.
There are only 70 tickets on sale for this. So be quick smart if you’d like to come.

They will go on sale tomorrow, that’s Friday 21st June, at 10am and are only available from this link:
http://www.musicglue.com/jake-morley/listings

Speaking of live dates, a little while back I said to my ‘people’
“I want to tour the UK again, this time just on my own in small venues that feel like little cauldrons of atmosphere”.
The result is my next UK tour throughout October, which I’ll announce soon.

Those of you with time and an interest in the inner-workings of my brain are free to read my recent tour blogs from Canada, France and the UK, they’re all below and at http://www.jakemorley.com/category/tour-blog.

Have a beautiful day everyone, may all your lunches be healthy AND delicious.

Jake

Jun 18, 2013
Jake Morley

More Excellent People Doing Great Things

John Crowdsurfingphoto by Adam Dickens

Just want to express my gratitude to The People’s Republic of Nizlopi for letting me be part of their special shows in London this week. Two extraordinary people making extraordinary music, it really was a privilege to be one of their support acts along with the brilliant Antonio Lulic.

Who else makes music like them? They really are like nothing I’ve ever seen before and the love in the room is testament to their impact on people’s lives. Thank you also to everyone who listened so carefully to my set too.

As many of you know, John Parker (pictured above, stage diving last night) has been the only bass player I’ve ever played with. We’ve shared so many wonderful gigs together from the outer islands of Scotland down to mainland Europe and everywhere in between. This history, tied in with a little piece of Nizlopi history, meant last night was all the more meaningful to me.

More gig and album news on the way in the next few days….

Much love x

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