Samantha Crain

1 02 2013

Toad Session

Toad Hall

 

Here’s the photos from the Toad Session we did last time Samantha Crain was over here from Oklahoma. We did a lot of different things with Sam during that trip, actually, along with the Toad Session. We did an interview for Live From The Latin Quarter, there was a live show at Henry’s, and a slightly unhinged Posh Oli interview. It was all a lot of fun, as it goes!





Kid Canaveral Toad Session

22 02 2012

Toad World

Edinburgh

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This session took place in the autumn of 1937, as I recall. We’d just taken delivery of a shiny new motor carriage called a Morris Eight and we all headed off for a run to the seaside before returning to Toad Towers to record this onto wax cylinders which were then to be broadcast on the wireless. Well, perhaps it wasn’t that long ago – but it was certainly quite a while. You can read Matthew making his own excuses and watch the videos over on Toad, but it was still a fantastic day hanging out with the Canaveral Kids; and that huge pan of chili was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.





Lach

16 07 2011

Toad Session

4th and Toad

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Lach, considered by many to be the godfather of the Antifolk scene that spawned the likes of Beck, The Moldy Peaches, Regina Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis etc. is a New Yorker who has recently moved to Edinburgh after successfully transferring his legendary Antihoot club nights from their original base in Manhattan to the Gilded Balloon for last year‘s Festival Fringe. He’s resurrecting the show at the same venue this year – drop him a line if you fancy taking part – alongside appearing in his own one-man show, entitled The Waitress, The Walls and The Weirdos. In the meantime the Toad Session he recorded during a brief spot of downtime last year has finally found its way online to coincide not only with year’s festival, but also with the release of his brilliant new album, Ramshackle Heart, out on Song, By Toad records now.

Ramshackle Heart





Alex Cornish Toad House Gig

7 06 2011

Toad Towers

Edinburgh

Edinburgh troubadour par excellence Alex Cornish was spotted performing live round at Matthew Toad‘s. He’d brought with him a string quartet, just to beef up the sound a little bit, and it really was quite stunning. The living room at Toad Towers has hosted many types of music from subtle electronica, through folksy strummers to swivel-eyed punk noiseniks. I don’t think it’s ever sounded better than with that string section.





The Scottish Enlightenment

5 06 2011

Toad Session

Maison Toad

The Scottish Enlightenment have now been added to the list of luminaries to have recorded for the legendary Toad Sessions. The band stamped their authority on proceedings by performing with a full electric set-up, and it sounded great. Make sure you don’t miss the session videos and podcast over on Toad.





Thirty Pounds Of Bone

10 04 2011

Toad Session

Toad Hall

It seems a while since I’ve done the photos at a Toad Session one way or another. The last one that went up on here was the Mumford & Sons one last summer, but Matthew’s done a few since then. I suppose it’s mainly because I was on “hiatus” for a while and Matthew scheduled a couple for weekdays when I couldn’t make it. Anyway, back in the game now with a great set from Mr. Johnny Lamb esq.; a.k.a. Thirty Pounds Of Bone. Great fun as ever, delightful company and fantastic tunes. You can check out the full session as usual over at Song, By Toad.





Mumford & Sons

9 04 2010

Toad Session

Toad Towers

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The magnificent Mumford & Sons have come a long way since that night two years ago when we popped over to see them at the Captain’s Rest in Glasgow and first had a chat with them. It was nice to find out they’ve been looking forward to doing a Toad Session since then, and to finally get them in to get it done. Oh, and the performances were amazing. Make sure you check out the  full session over at Song, By Toad.








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