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 email@example.com 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.
The Craig Hughes Two will be releasing a mini-album, Off The Cuff, culled from a live-in-the-studio session we recorded late last year. The tracks are a mixture of live regulars from m’back catalogue now performed with significantly different duo-arrangements, and a couple of cover versions. We’re just waiting to get the licensing sorted out for the covers so we can decide on a release date – it will be available on CD and download; tape release TBC. Update to follow once everything’s in place.
Dog Moon Howl will also soon be releasing the new EP, These Days – head on over to www.dogmoonhowl.com for more on that one.
One way or another, this is going to be a very busy year, for me at least. Got to get my tax return done for a start.
After that, the next few months will see new EPs from both The Craig Hughes Two and Dog Moon Howl (more news on them very soon). I’m looking into organising a series of self-promoted gigs, possibly marking the return of the old That Devil Music night. Limited edition runs of “hand stamped” CDs and tapes of my back catalogue are in the works. The websites (this one, Dog Moon Howl and Channel Nowhere) will be back in full working order and there will be regular updates over at the Ritual Objects blog.
I was in the studio with Ally Tennick last Saturday recording a live-in-the-studio session for an EP release in the new year. Knob-twiddling was by Tommy Duffin.
We played seven songs from some previous releases which have changed shape somewhat over the years on the live circuit – particularly as arranged for the duo – plus a couple of covers. The initial mixes are sounding good and I’ll be sifting through them as I get them over the next few days, settling on the best takes.