City’s hard-working musicians reveal exciting year ahead

Harry Hammond and the Midnight Experience perform at the Apothecary this Saturday night.
Harry Hammond and the Midnight Experience perform at the Apothecary this Saturday night.

This week, musicians from the Lancaster district have been telling me what they’ve got planned in 2015.

Joe McCorriston: “I have a UK tour in February and April, both with David Kay, and a tour of Germany with singer/songwriter John Allen in May. Favourite personal moment of 2014 was supporting Frank Turner, and playing my favourite festival Kendal Calling again.”

Philip James Turner: “Following the release of their debut EP ‘Some Day, Away’ PJT & The Crow Mandala are busy recording an album. The band have been booked to perform at a number of summer festivals across the UK.”

Dawn Foster (Room Full of Mirrors): “Highlights of 2014 were Dent Music and Beer Festival, Lancaster Music Festival and our main stage gig at Beatherder. We also released our third album and must say a big thank you to our regular pubs and venues for their continued support and love. 2015 brings some exciting festivals like ButeFest and BamFest and I will be releasing my second solo album.”

Ben Ruth: “The Convulsions are teaming up with Get Carter to start work on an album. Unusually this collaboration will have no guitar but some special guests. We are also putting together a tour in Costa Rica and a revisit to Sweden looks possible too. James Mackie’s organ playing was very much the missing piece of the puzzle!”

Luke Paget (The Feud): “We release our debut album in April. A tour will be announced soon along with the album release date. It’s an exciting year ahead for us.”

Molly Warburton: “2014 was a turning point in terms of our music and our business. We founded a label (MATB), signed a recording deal, wrote a huge amount of new material, recorded our album in one of the greatest studios in the world (Eastcote Studios in London), and played our first set of international dates in the U.S. The plan for 2015 is to maintain our current rate of progress without losing stamina...including writing our next album...”