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My old friend Richard MacPhail has recently published a book of his reminiscences. Some of you may know that he tour managed me on a couple of epic jaints back in the day but he's most generally known for his association and friendship with Genesis. He was at school with Peter, Mike and Tony and fulfilled many different roles for the band over the years, all the way from Roadie to Briefcase Man. We're not actually stocking his book but if you're interested in purchasing it his website is here. (Of course I have the odd walk-on part in the narrative!)

To round off my touring for the start of 2018, some shows are now in For Germany in May. I'll be doing two nights in each of the following cities: Nuremeberg, Dortmund and Berlin. Obviously the intention is to do two entirely different sets for each pair of shows. Details, of course, are at touring and a link for tickets purchase is now up there.

The lyrics for "From the Trees" are now up on the site....

A project to which I made a contribution earlier in the year has now been released: "Celebrating Life" by Notopia. This is an improvisational work to which I was introduced by Mike Keneally, who is one of the participants. I also approached the two pieces on which I appear in a full spirit of improv, finding and recording tunes and the seeds of lyrical ideas on the first pass of hearing the material. I then very quickly formed the full lyrics and sang the final vocal parts.

Some of the stuff here is intuitively musicianly, some of it brutally drone-sonic. Obviously it's not in the main path of what I do! We've now sold out of the copies we had but it's still available here.

At last I can say that there'll be a London show in April: the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 20th. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 8th December.

Additionally, an extra show has now been added in Brighton on 27th April. As is the way of things with consecutive nights in the same place I shall, of course, be doing entirely different sets on the two nights.....

Touring's now done for the year. A most entertaining run of twelve solo shows in Japan and Italia and finally I took part in the IBexpo experience in Halmstad, Sweden last weekend...a great event with wonderful performances from all the musicians involved (15 of us in total).

For what it's worth, in all I played 103 different songs in the course of the tour....

I don't promise to emulate that feat in 2018 but I have got some shows booked in now in Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Details, of course, are over at touring.

The new album, "From the Trees", is officially out in CD and vinyl forms.

Once again I play and sing all the parts on the disc. I've nowe also performed all of these pieces live.

There are ten songs, all of them on the shorter end of things and generally conventional - or as close to conventional as I get - in form.

I'll write more about this in the next few days but in the meantime you can now order the CD from us here.

Regarding the vinyl release (as is now traditional) we won't be selling this ourselves but recommend that you go to Burning Shed. It's currently in the process of being repressed, but stock should be in late in December or early in 2018. There's a *long* lead time for vinyl these days! Burning Shed also now have the music available in download forms.

Self-evidently, I'm slower these days. I'll do my level best to be back with more news in the near future.

Apologies to anyone who's been mailing to the contact@sofa address over the last month or so. A glitch meant that nothing has been getting through and the only way to clear it has been wiping the contents. So anything recently sent - until a couple of days ago - has been lost. It's now working properly again, thankfully.

Just one more brief note about orders. As everyone knows postal costs have spiralled over the last few years, particularly Uk to Europe and Rest of World. Accordingly, we've now (finally) raised our shipping prices. They're still less than the actual shipping costs but we take the view that a mail-order purchase is, in the end, an all-in transaction. You'll see the shipping costs added in, of course, at the final stage of the ordering process.

In something of a counter-balancing act, we've now reduced the prices of *all* Fie! CDs on our list. They're now pegged at £10.50 and the "All that might have been" box set has come down in price to £17.00.

My previous notes about inactivity here and activity elsewhere:

I've been far from diligent of late in updating news here at Sofa Sound, even if hard news is a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

Partly this is the result of my continuing commitment to maintaining an online journal - at if you haven't yet come across it. (Though in fact I've been silent over on that platform for the last few months as well....) I began doing this in part because I realised that items I put up here on the latest news page have traditionally been erased  and overwritten as new stuff comes in - and of course it's now some time since the newsletters ceased being my favoured form of updating news. But in turn that's meant that I've been slow to put things up here. Must try harder....but of course the dissemination of info these days is spread over a number of different channels in any case.

(And should you be interested I also have a twitter identity, @Sofa_sound. My contributions there, though, are pretty random and sporadic....)

Many moons have passed...but you may also be interested, now, to go and check out where, finally, some lyric-labyrinthine adventures await, thanks to the indefatigable labours of Adrian. More on this anon, but it's only right to let you know that something's been/is afoot there....

Regarding the site...
The intention here is to have a fundamentally "white paper" place from which information rather than entertainment (or information as entertainment) can be gleaned. To this end the site should be under fairly constant revision. Once again, my apologies for being negligent in this regard over the last few months.