New album

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I flew to Los Angeles a week ago, with my regular collaborator Will, to make an album with our producer friend, Thom Monahan.

I took me about three years to make Dream Life, so this time I’ve gone for the opposite approach, using time (two weeks) as a self-imposed constraint, to try to force myself to make bold choices and not be so fixated on detail.

We’re eight songs in already, and something interesting is starting to take shape.
I can’t wait for you to hear it.

Huge huge thanks to the PRS for music Momentum Fund for making all of this possible.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately…

…about what a massive (literal and metaphorical) rush the last year or so has been for me.

I don’t really feel like my feet have touched the ground since last summer, and if I look back at just how many things I’ve done in that period of time, it’s mind boggling.

The most recent big thing is of course the massive US tour I did as part of Welcome to Night Vale’s live show of “The Investigators”, which saw cohort Will and I travelling almost the entire outline of the USA, playing to many sold out crowds.

We played, or ate lunch in 29 states, played 36 shows (and a couple of non-NV shows too), and played to over thirty thousand audience members.

I have so much to say about the experience of the tour, I don’t really know where to start, so I’m just going to say thank you again to everyone who made it such an incredible experience. I’ll never forget it.

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Here’s a high quality photo of Will and I enjoying my name in lights in Detroit.

Before that I was also on the road with Night Vale, on my own this time, on a tour of the UK and Europe, that saw us playing to 11 thousand people in 10 countries. This meant I got to visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland for the first time, and hang out with red squirrels.

Night Vale bring “The Investigators” back to the UK in a couple of weeks, you should absolutely GO NOW and treat yourself to a seat if you haven’t already. See here:
http://commonplacebooks.com/live-events/#/uk-ireland-tour-fall-2015/

Before that, back in August 2014, which seems a LONG time ago, I was on stage with Boy George, Mark King, Bernard Butler, Hollie Cook, and Natalie McCool as part of Steve Levine’s  Assembly Point sessions at St George’s Hall, as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival. This was an incredible night, and a very fun day of rehearsals. Another experience I’ll not be able to forget.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CgMqUA0ZcM

So there you go. A busy year. After each of these things it took me a few weeks to readjust to normal life, almost in time to rush off again on another mission. Some of these things are secret at the moment but will emerge into the light at some time in the next year or so.

If I sound like I’m being flippant about any of this, it’s because I either don’t have the words, or I have so many words I’m afraid that starting might mean I never stop talking.

I’m so thrilled to have been invited to be a part of these things and to have made so many new friends on the way. Thank you all.

So what comes next?

US Tour with Welcome to Night Vale

Night Vale tour teaser

 

 

Hi! I’m very very excited to reveal that I’m off on a tour of the US with Welcome To Night Vale. The European tour was incredible, so I’m really excited about this one! 

APRIL 7. 8:00PM
BIRMINGHAM, AL
WORKPLAY THEATRE

APRIL 8. 8:00PM
MEMPHIS, TN
MINGLEWOOD HALL

APRIL 9. 8:00PM
NEW ORLEANS, LA
CIVIC THEATRE

APRIL 10. 8:00PM
HOUSTON, TX
CULLEN PERFORMANCE HALL

APRIL 11. 8:00PM
SAN ANTONIO, TX
AZTEC THEATRE

APRIL 12. 7:00PM
DALLAS, TX
MAJESTIC THEATRE

APRIL 15. 8:00PM
TUCSON, AZ
RIALTO THEATRE

APRIL 16. 8:00PM
MESA, AZ
MESA ARTS CENTER

APRIL 17. 8:00PM
LAS VEGAS, NV
HORN THEATER AT COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

APRIL 18. 8:00PM*
LOS ANGELES, CA
THE ORPHEUM

APRIL 20. 8:00PM
SAN PEDRO, CA
WARNER GRAND

APRIL 21. 8:00PM
OAKLAND, CA
FOX THEATER

APRIL 23. 8:00PM
PORTLAND, OR
REVOLUTION HALL

APRIL 25. 7:00PM
SEATTLE, WA
THE NEPTUNE

APRIL 25. 9:30PM
SEATTLE, WA
THE NEPTUNE

APRIL 27. 8:00PM
SPOKANE, WA
BING CROSBY THEATRE

APRIL 28. 8:00PM
MISSOULA, MT
WILMA THEATRE

APRIL 30. 8:00PM
FARGO, ND
FARGO THEATRE

MAY 1. 8:00PM
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
PANTAGES THEATRE

MAY 3. 7:00PM
IOWA CITY, IA
ENGLERT THEATRE

MAY 4. 8:00PM
LAWRENCE, KS
LIBERTY HALL

MAY 5. 8:00PM
ST LOUIS, MO
SHELDON CONCERT HALL

MAY 8. 8:00PM
CHICAGO, IL
COPERNICUS CENTER

MAY 9. 8:00PM
BLOOMINGTON, IN
BUSKIRK CHUMLEY THEATRE

MAY 10. 7:00PM
DETROIT, MI
THE FILLMORE

MAY 12. 8:00PM
LOUISVILLE, KY
BOMHARD THEATRE

MAY 13. 8:00PM
CINCINNATI, OH
TAFT THEATRE

MAY 14. 8:00PM
CLEVELAND, OH
HANNA THEATRE

MAY 15. 8:00PM
PITTSBURGH, PA
CARNEGIE OF HOMESTEAD

MAY 17. 8:00PM
BUFFALO, NY
ASBURY HALL

MAY 18. 8:00PM
ALBANY, NY
THE EGG – HART THEATRE

MAY 19. 8:00PM
NORTHAMPTON, MA
ACADEMY OF MUSIC

MAY 20. 8:00PM
BOSTON, MA
BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER

The Wolf and The Woods video

NEW VIDEO!!! The Wolf and the Woods!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the festive season and are dipping into some kind of seasonal magic, whatever your leanings.

I’ve made a video for my new song “The Wolf and the Woods”, which is a celebration of the ancient traditions of this time of year, especially that of bringing a small piece of the forest into your home.

For the video, master face painter Natalie Sharp transformed me into something icy and wolfish.

You can buy the track and 11 other incredibly varied songs on Hand Of Glory’s “Christmas Joy in Full Measure” compilation!

I’m joining two of the other artists from the compilation, Kiran Leonard and Young Knives on BBC6 music on new year’s eve, from 1pm, live in the studio with Chris Hawkins, for a “bring a bottle and a record” party. Tune in here!

See you in 2015 for much more music!

Mary x

Pre-order “Christmas Joy” today, and get “The Wolf and the Woods” instantly!

Pre-order “Christmas Joy” today, and get “The Wolf and the Woods” instantly!