Tuesday, 28 February 2017

When the tour bus takes off down the l'autoroute without you...

...keep smiling. Here endeth the lesson.

First of all - yay that this has over 3k plays:

Second - don't come crying to me when is sold out...

Pre-order links here.

Third - I am glad to be involved in this:

Now, where were we?

After brilliant Helsinki, Teenage Fanclub forged on to Cologne (where I was reminded that I played a random solo gig in The Blue Shell, many moons ago).

We sold out of gig tickets...

And tapes...
Cute, huh? And the wee cassette's nice too.
Post gig K├Âlsch in Cologne.

Then we were off to Switzerland.

Vadian! (*googles Vadian*)
Loved this venue - a wee converted cinema.
Guitar George Borowski opened for us here and did a fine job.
Cheeky wee Swiss number - good for what ails you apparently.

Un- *burp* - Untitled.
Bologna venue was near the  church tower. The Franciscan Friars left Teenage Fanclub a welcome note in the dressing room.
Tiramisu in Bologna (not as nice as mine when I'm on form - by the way).

Zaragoza tapas
Window shopping. One for my Christmas List if Santa is reading...
Untitled, Zaragoza
Didn't know she lived here
Nice city to reflect on.
Caesar hails a taxi.
They do one tapas here - but they do it deliciously well.
Sweet? Savoury? Och, both.
More Zaragoza window shopping.
Before Madrid soundcheck I zipped off to the Prado to look at Las Meninas.

I snapped a wee bit of Goya before getting a row.
Bridge, Madrid.
Que pasa, Tio?
Paella con arroz negra, Madrid. All done with squid ink apparently.
"So I said to him I said - I wouldn't pay that if I were you..."
Building, Bilbao.
I managed to grab an hour in the Guggenheim - which was amazing.
After Bilbao - where the audience were loco in a good way - we drove through the night to St. Mallo for cidre et galettes - and a gig at La Route Du Rock festival.

Cidre et galettes
Then on to London where I hooked up with some pals including Harry Pye who gave me a signed David Hockney book.

Me and him.
Norman's back in London.
Me and Paul blinkin' Cook!
So, I've eaten the best crisps in the world (Oslo) and reindeer sausage (Helsinki); visited the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), the Prado (Madrid) and the Guggenheim (Bilbao); and shaken hands with a real live Sex Pistol (London!).

Teenage Fanclub have played for some stonkin' audiences (1800 full-voiced Madrilenos was one of several highlights) and met some great people. Next stop - Japan.

Meanwhile I am reading this:

It's not exactly a rib-tickler but the chapter A Portait Of Manoug had me chortling out loud.

In other news, some of my music popped up in this, and the rugby documentary Building Jerusalem for which I provided the soundtrack is now on Netflix.

Now - did I mention that my album with Harry Pye Bonjour can be pre-ordered here?

Friday, 17 February 2017

Oslo to Stockholm to Helsinki


Psst! Want to pre-order a new album of toe-tapping, heart-wrenching musings about love and art, Mike Love and Lucien Freud? All kicked off with a cameo from Kevin Eldon pretending to be Richard Attenborough?

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:


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.)
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.



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