It's Here At Last...!
I am thrilled to announce that the physical CD's of my debut album "Just You And Me And The Stars" have arrived!
Here at Simon Lane Music headquarters we are busy collating shipping addresses for our generous crowd-funding campaign supporters so that their rewards can be shipped before the album goes on general release.
In the meantime, a picture of the album to whet your appetite:
Hope you agree it looks great?
I'll be announcing the release date very soon!
There are currently NO LIVE SHOWS SCHEDULED before the 23 May 2020 due to COVID-19.
Updates will be posted on this site as soon as anything changes.
Stay safe and well my friends
'Just You And Me And The Stars'
Just to let you know what's been going on since I last posted an update. Well, the recording of the album is complete! Hurrah!
We spent ten days at the fantastic 'Sky Studio 24' in Monbazillac, near Bergerac, here in the south of France producing a body of work that I feel confident will honour your generous donations as well as it possibly could.
I was ably assisted by my brother Peter on bass guitar, Ian Davies on drums and Stephane Hebert on electric guitar. The dream team was further enhanced by the talents of Martin Lascelles, the studio owner and album producer, who also played the piano and keyboard parts and breathed life into the string and synth arrangements. Martin was, in turn, assisted by Anthony Giorgi who by the end of the session was making the best cup of 'builders' ever produced by a Frenchman. An essential skill for any budding recording studio technician!
I couldn't have wished for a better result, and initial feedback from the very few who have heard the material thus far, has been extremely positive.
Back here, at Simon Lane Music headquarters, we are working hard to finalise the artwork so that we can send the raw material off to the pressing house and finally make this project real. Our intention was always to release the new album in September, and it looks as if we will hit this target!
Release date to be announced soon. Watch this space!
New Album Gets The Green Light!
You may have heard a commotion in the night. I apologise if it woke you - it was me. I was jumping up and down while shouting and screaming like a teenage Beatles fan in front of my computer.
The reason? I had just received confirmation from Kickstarter...
WE'VE DONE IT...!!
At around midnight last night, the fund just tipped over the target amount of €4,500.00. I am so excited right now, I cannot even begin to tell you! Thank you SO much for all of your contributions, I am very touched by your support and moved by your confidence in me as a musician, it really is very gratifying to know that so many of you believe in me and are willing to support my musical endeavours.
So, I'd better get off and get myself organised! There is so much to do! Maybe I'll just sit and have a cuppa while I calm down a bit...
Have a great day everyone, and know that you have just made at least one person in the world a very happy human being...
Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign Update!
Exciting times over at www.kickstarter.com!
As I write, my crowdfunding campaign is currently sitting at 91% funded - that's to say you have reached an incredible €4,132.00 towards a target of €4,500.00! That's absolutely amazing!
However, it is an 'all or nothing' campaign, and there are only 59 hours to go before it ends!
Please can I implore you all to keep on sharing this link to my Kickstarter Campaign page.
We really are getting to close to the total, but also close to the end of the campaign, so please share to anyone and everyone, and, if you haven't already, please donate whatever you can afford,. If you have already made a contribution, please remember that you are free to adjust that contribution if you would like to!
Come on, lovely people - we WILL get there!
Thank you all SO much!
New Album Coming - Summer 2019!
I am very excited to announce that I have plans to go into the studio this summer 2019, to record an album of my original songs with a full band.
In order to finance this venture I have started a crowdfunding campaign through www.kickstarter.com.
You can find a link to my page on their website here.
Long-term, my ambition is to write songs for others to record and perform. This album will allow me to promote myself, book more gigs, bring my music to a wider audience, and realise my dream of being an independant song-writer.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I am really grateful for any support you feel able to give me towards this project.
As promised, I have now uploaded my new gig dates to the 'SHOWS' page of this site. I'm pleased to say that there are a whole stack of additional events in the pipeline awaiting confirmation. I will upload those dates as soon as I have them.
2019 is shaping up to be even busier than last year with a number of new venues coming on board, while also being invited back to some of my favourite places to play from previous years.
The 'off-season' has been ticking over nicely too, with a few low-key acoustic solo gigs in the diary for February and March, so do come along for a quiet, cosy evening of singer/songwriter original compositions along with a selection of well-known covers where you see 'Solo Acoustic' in the 'SHOWS' listing.
Thanks for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Happy New Year!
To everyone who has supported me throughout 2018, I would just like to say a massive 'Thankyou!'
I've enjoyed playing some great shows in some fantastic venues during 2018 and look forward to playing to you all again this coming year. Look out for 2019 dates appearing on the 'SHOWS' page of this site and on my facebook page. It's already shaping up to be a busy year!
A very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all, and I look forward to seeing you again at an event near you!
New Live E.P. Uploaded
I recently played a short solo set at Le Lembarzique Cafe in Lembras and am pleased to be able to share 4 live recordings made at the venue on the night. Three of the songs are original compositions and the last is a cover of a long-standing favourite of mine.
Check out the 'Sundown Live E.P.' by clicking on my MUSIC page. I hope you enjoy the tracks and please let me know what you think.
Welcome To My New Website
Today sees the launch of my new dedicated ‘Simon Lane Music’ website. I am very excited to welcome you, old friends and new.
Within these pages you will find everything you may wish to know about my musical endeavours and how to get in touch.
In addition, I am pleased to offer you free downloads of my music, which I really hope you enjoy.
And please keep checking back in; I will soon be adding new material including extra band pages and music.
'Le Riverain' Magazine Celebrations
I was pleased to be asked to perform a showcase of my original music at 'Le Riverain' magazine's first anniversary celebration last week.
The fabulous event was held in the 1930's Théatre Apollo in Valence d'Agen, and organised by Thierry Teychenné of Bastide Communications.
Thank you to Thierry for the opportunity, and to everyone who attended for their enthusiastic response. Plans are already afoot to come back and play for you again very soon.