Friday, 17 February 2017

Oslo to Stockholm to Helsinki


  

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OK. You heard it here first...



In UK/Europe/etc. you can pre-order the new album Francis Macdonald & Harry Pye "Bonjour" (Shoeshine Records) on limited CD, LP or Digital Download...*drum roll*... here.

If you are in Japan/Asia you can order the album on CD/digital from Hostess Entertainment.

Meanwhile Teenage Fanclub continue to roll through Europe.

Bergen was beautiful:

See?


In fact the drive to Bergen was beautiful.

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Well done, Norway. Best crisps in the world.

The Bergen gig was a bit of a blur (shut it.)
Golly.
Norwegian sweets
Norwegian bananas
Oslo window shopping. A lesser man would make a joke about Pianist Envy. But not me.
Second best crisps in the world.
Romantic No Entry sign, Stockholm.
Quality window display.
Twas a beautiful day in the capital of Sweden.
Dave considers some stage diving.
Changes his mind.
Och - would you look at this wee fellow.
Chocolate wrapper straight out of Central Casting.
Loved this hotel - Seurahuone, Helsinki 

Kiitos, Helsinkians!

Couldn't Finnish this beer. (Editor's Note: Brilliant, Francis!)
Now we are back in Deutschland.
Yay.

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PS:

 ...in UK/Europe if you pre-order "Bonjour" on i-tunes you'll get an mp3 of this right now:





Sunday, 12 February 2017

Berlin-Hamburg-Copenhagen-Bergen


First of all, a reminder that if you like this:


...or this:


..you can pre-order the new album here.

Here is a fun video.

The Teenage Fanclub bandwagon rolls on. Here is the view from my bunk on the tour bus:



Berlin venue
"O would some power the gift to gie us..."
"...to see ourselves as others see us."

Monkey Lightstand, Berlin.
Untitled.
"I hear you do good schnitzels here. Hmm? Oh you're a hairdressers..."
"Short back and sides, please. I'll put gel in it myself later."
Job done. Auf wiedersehen!
When in Rome and all that... *burp*
Schnitzel + excellent wine glass, Hamburg.
Hamburg venue.
Stairs onto the stage in HAMBURG.
Copenhagen venue.
Exotic crisps.
Danish baking...
Downing tools in Copenhagen (I didn't get a photo of our stage dancer...)
Tour bus view.
Window shopping, Bergen.
Norwegian fish & chips?
Dreadful.
Pre-soundcheck, Bergen.
And now: I am reading "The Diving-Bell & The Butterfly" and trying to overdose on crisps.

Tonight should be fun.


Takk!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Paris-Amsterdam

Teenage Fanclub  kicked off our European run with shows in Paris and Amsterdam. 


C'etait tres bien.

At the airport train station near the ticket machine a fellow was playing Bach prelude in C Major on a public piano. Which was nice.

I don't know much about public art but I know what I like.
Norman's back in Paris.
Tunnock's Teacakes spotted backstage (thanks, Debbie).

Cheeky wee glass of Bordeaux afore the gig? Och, I don't...
Och, Paris, you're spoiling me now.
Actually no - you're alright. Merci anyway.
Entente Cordiale
Dutch sweeties. If they're good enough for Tony...
I toddled along to the Rijksmuseum for a gander.

Vermeer's The little Street was smaller than I thought it would be, despite the title.
Van Gogh self-portrait; apparently it was cheaper than paying a model to sit.
I was a bit disappointed with Rembrandt's The Night Watch up close.
Norman's back in Amsterdam
Norman encouraged me to try this. Well I couldn't just stick my head in the sand.
In other news...

Harry Pye emailed me to say he met David Hockney and told him about this piece of music:



And The Hock-meister signed something for me. Yay.

Harry Pye and me have a new album, "Bonjour", coming out. "Isle Of Capri" is a wee taster.


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