emma mcgann

jumping on the blogwagon

Sunday, 20 June 2010

It's almost here!

A lot's been happening since Febuarys
events! It's feeling more like summer
every day as I finished my first year of
Uni two weeks ago, that and the sun is
shining for once! So far the course has
been really enjoyable, looking forward
to second year and composing for film!
And building my own instrument!

After all their hard work James and Alex
put on Barbershop the Musical and it
went down unbelievably well! The two shows
were both well organised and the audience
were loving it! You can have a listen to
their tracks here - www.myspace.com/barbershopthemusical
They now have plans to get trained in silver
service and become singing waiters and perform

Apart from all this it's been all go with
The Undercovers. More and more gigs seem
to be coming in which is always good.
Everyone wants a piece of us it seems! We
played in front of over 1000 people last
night in Minehead at Butlins which was
fantastic! One of the best gigs ever!
One kid even tried to climb on stage!
We also played at the Ricoh Casino a few
weeks back that went down just as well!
Have had a few comments from people about
playing in a covers band. Some negative
but mostly positive. A few have regarded
it as selling out but I don't see it that
way at all! It's all still full steam ahead
with my original stuff :)

I'm still up to my eyes in all my own music with the album due July
12th! Very exciting stuff! Also holding an
album launch at the Phoenix on that night
with Carly Ryder and Polar Rays as support.
Should be amazing! The album will be available
on the night for £7 and from then on will
also be available on Amazon and iTunes.
Then we're shipping it off to Kylie & friends!

It's been hard work getting everything together
for the album but it's almost finally
finished! No more long nights in the studio for
a while! Well... not for me anyway. Poor James
will be in there with lots of different bands
recording EP's, albums, radio jingles and what
not. Hopefully next year I'll have a smaller
scale album with more acoustic tracks on as well.
But we'll see how we get on though eh? :)
After looking at the songs individually, it helped
me to organise them into an order that worked for
the album. Photoshoots were fun too, I owe a
certain Mr Pete Lord a million favours for all
his time, ideas and fabulous photography.

www.emmamcgann.com is almost ready to go! Big
thanks to Al Kaye for all his hard work and mega
brains to get everything working for the website!
Do keep a look out for any video updates/gigs/news/

The still as of yet un named Emma McGann band
were labelled Band of the Month in June for
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Introducing...
We popped into the studio for a chat with the
lovely Martin Winch who also aired new track
'Little Hearts' on the show too. (Which is also
now on the myspace!)

Me and James are moving into the new flat this weekend!
I've never been so excited! A few weeks ago we
bought a new 32' HD TV and an Xbos elite. If we're
gonna get a new flat then new toys are most
definitely needed! Moving day won't be all that hard either
as it's only 2 doors away and on the ground floor!

Songbird is still a running success and is every
Monday at the Phoenix from 8:30pm onwards if any
of you should fancy popping down to watch or play!

I think that's it for now! Lots more gigs to update
on throughout the rest of the year! When I get a
chance to write another blog! Hope y'all are well!

Em x

2010 then

2010 then


So far the new year’s not been too shabby at all! Songbird’s now in its second year, I’ve dropped all other acoustic nights for the moment as it’s just too much work with uni as well! The course is going fab! Despite being one of the only girls on the course, the atmosphere’s brilliant - and it’s nice to know that whenever I fancy a tinker on the ol’ grand piano I can just pop round the corner and play away to my hearts content :)

We went on the hippy van holiday last year before Christmas and had no regrets despite snow, no 2nd gear and dodgy electrics! The petrol was waaaaayyy too expensive for us to go anywhere like the Lake District, so we ended up parking at a caravan club in Moreton-On-Marsh. I’ve never felt cooler… rolling in alongside these massive remote controlled caravan winnebago machines driven by people three times our age. And then there’s us in our teeny weeny tiny yellow tin can VW. Kept ourselves occupied though, took two guitars, a pack of cards and plenty of hot choc.

This year’s Covfest is on April 10th at various venues around Coventry. I’m running the acoustic stage at Esquire’s Coffee House while Justine’s running the stage at the Tin Angel. It’s a bummer that I’ll be missing the acts playing over at the Tin on the same day… but quite looking forward to watching the Ripps and the Austin Francis Connection at Taylor John’s on the Sunday! Check them out on myspace if you haven’t already, time well spent.

Have a new band up and running which is in centre focus at the mo! We only got together for rehearsals just before Christmas so it’s still early days, but it’s sounding top! We all love our pop so we’ve decided to stick to that genre and work with each other on some new material. We’re all working together really well and have some gigs in the pipeline so things are looking sweet!

As for writing I’ve found that I’ve wrote heaps of new songs… but I never seem to finish them! Talking of heaps… me and James went to Manchester to see Imogen Heap the other week and blimey! What a gig! We were quite near the front so we got a close up of all the little props and trinkets she brings on stage with her. She had this transparent piano frame with fur interior sitting beneath odds, ends, cymbals and gongs that were hanging from a massive tree which stood centre stage. It was all very visual! She was even hooked up to tiny microphones that were stuck to her wrists to pick up the jingles and jangles of all these obscure instruments she leaped around the stage with! That performance in Manchester was the first of the Ellipse tour, and perform she did! She’s almost like a comedian in a way too… she kept herself calm and pokerfaced through any blips the equipment made throughout the show. And somehow, even when Pro Tools crashed as soon as she came onto the stage she managed to make a joke of it, she communicated with the crowd really well. Dead professional, dead good… everything I expected and more from the grammy award winning Immie :)

So the writings going farely well… just need to join up the dots at the end and actually start finishing off lyrics! But there’s some newbies that I’m eager to get done in the studio - ‘written in stone’, ‘speak for yourself’, ‘is it cuz’ and ‘so long’ being a few. Jezebel should be up on the Myspace by the end of this month too… as well as soon Youtube video action!

Roll on Summer 2010