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GLASTONBURY 2017

VINYL RELEASE AND TOUR BEGINNETH

Available Now - Collected Lyrics Book

GET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DOOR!

IMAGINED HYMNS & CHAINGANG MANTRAS - OUT NOW

Official Album Trailer

'Tumbling Snow' - Live Video

Loneliness, Redemption and Road Rage

Clash Premiere New Live Video

Vinyl & CD Pre-orders and Launch Tour

NEW EP: Turn This World Into A Home

In This House - Official Video

The Old Year

Winter UK Tour Dates 2017

Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award

Winter Solo Shows

Clash Magazine Premiere New Video

LAST CHANGE TO PLEDGE FOR OUR NEW ALBUM

UK TOUR & ALBUM RELEASE UPDATE

JOE KEELAN EP RELEASED

GERMANY TOUR BEGINS & NEW VIDEO

SYMPTOMATIC - NEW SINGLE

NETHERLANDS & GERMANY TOURS

BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK

NEW LIVE ACOUSTIC ALBUM

HANDMADE LYRICS BOOKLETS

UK AUTUMN TOUR 2016

GLASTONBURY

ALBUM PRE-PRODUCTION

DEAR PARIAH ALBUM RELEASED

NEW ALBUM CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

NEW WEBSITE AND TOUR DATES

SPIKE ZEPHANIAH'S LIVE ILLUSTRATION

WINTER SOLO DATES 2016

MERRY YEAR-END!

FISHER KING RELEASED

UK SOLO TOUR NOV/DEC 2015

'YOURS' LIVE IN HIGHGATE CEMETERY

THE LEXINGTON IMAGES

BRAND NEW ACOUSTIC EP

HIGHGATE CEMETERY SESSIONS - CAN WE HEAR IT?

CAN WE HEAR IT? OFFICIAL VIDEO

MARCA EL CAMINO

'CAN WE HEAR IT?' SINGLE RELEASE

FISHER KING RELEASED TO PLEDGERS

DEAR PARIAH RECORDING SESSIONS

FULL CIRCLE - LIVE VIDEO

HIGHGATE CEMETERY SESSION PREVIEW

UK TOUR

COLOMBIA

ALBUM RELEASE PLANS

GLASTONBURY 2015 - BRITNEY SPEARS COVER

A DAY AT ABBEY ROAD

UPCOMING UK FESTIVAL SHOWS

NEW VIDEO: A FOG-SICK MONDAY MORNING

ISLAND MUSIC / ALBUM MIX PREP

BALCONY TV SESSION

ELECTRONIC ISLAND ALBUM LAUNCHED

FUNDING TARGET ALMOST REACHED - THANK YOU!

Oxford Couch Session

The first film from my Oxford Couch Sessions live recording.

'WE REAL COOL' NICK CAVE COVER

A live cover of a Nick Cave song about galaxies and Wikipedia amongst other things...

'In This House' New Album Track

A live solo version of a song from the new album, filmed in a big echoey church.

NEW ALBUM 'FISHER KING'

You can help us finish the new album 'Fisher King' by pre-ordering it and pledging for dribble-enducing exclusives here...

Fire in the Mountain

Pleased to announce our first festival of the year will be Fire in the Mountain in Wales.

Dreams

This is what my dreams are like whenever we're making a new record...

New Album Recording

I've started recording a new album for release later this year.

FULL BAND UK TOUR, MARCH 2015

NEWS! Our biggest full band tour of the UK yet is happening in March next year. More details here...

Charity Christmas Single

I have gone and made an attempt at making a Christmas song. Sort of.

UK WINTER TOUR DATES

We are doing a handful of special solo and full band gigs before the year is out.

Bob Harris Plays 'Frankfurt' on BBC Radio 2

Listen again to the legendary Bob Harris playing our track 'Frankfurt' on his radio 2 show.

Post-Tour Musings and Thank Yous

Some reflective 'hmmm's and 'ahhhh's in the stillness following our three week UK adventure.

UK Autumn Tour Dates

One week until we hit the road with the full band...

Songs from the Shed - Live Session

We did a live session for Songs from the Shed at Larmer Tree Festival.

Thank You Larmer Tree Festival!

It was so blinkin' excellent being back at the peacock-friendly Larmer Tree Festival last week.

FULL BAND UK TOUR

This September/October I'm muchly excited to be hitting the road with full band to tour parts of merry England.

Glastonbury Festival Annual Come-Down

We had our first three festival shows of the season at Glastonbury Festival last week. Here are some mud-soaked, bleary-eyed thoughts on the whole joyful ridiculousness of that.

Tour Dates and Festival Update

Today, Friday the 13th, unluckiest day of the year in Western superstition, and I'm off on tour...

June UK Tour

It is time to hit the road. And hit it hard, we shall!

A FILTHY HUNGER COMETH

The new EP and poetry book are here!

Final 'Live in Highgate Cemetery' Film

The final instalment of our 'Live in Highgate Cemetery' sessions is here.

RELEASE (UP)DATE!

Release update on the impending arrival of 'A Filthy Hunger: New Music and Poetry'

Guess the Gadget

What's that odd-looking piece of retro gadgetry and why the fudge are you posting it on your blog, John?

Making the Artwork for 'A Filthy Hunger'

With the help of two excellent human beings I spent a weekend being covered in ink to make the artwork for the new EP and poetry book.

New Rough Island Band Album Released

The new album by the Rough Island Band that I play on and produced out in the Isles of Scilly is now available to ingest

Vinyl EP in Production

As we speak, hugely clever craftsmen with beautiful delicate hands are cutting my music onto vinyl, and here's why I'm so giddy about it.

HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND (Funding Target Reached!)

A note of thanks to all who've helped us reached our funding goal for the new EP and poetry book release.

Rough Island Band Album Promo

Have a look at this lovely little film made by the magnificent Alex Mousefall, about the new Rough Island Band album.

Video from the Filthy Hunger Studio Sessions

The recording of the new project 'A Filthy Hunger' is done and dusted, here's a video of us in the studio with the Southfields Quartet

PRE-ORDER 'A FILTHY HUNGER' - NEW MUSIC AND POEMS!

You can now pre-order the next record-and-poetry package 'A Filthy Hunger' to help support the project!

'Running Up That Hill' - Kate Bush cover

Yes, that's right, I've gone and done another Kate Bush cover. I'll give it a rest now.

'Why I Came Here' Live in Highgate Cemetery

The second video from our Highgate Cemetery Sessions, recorded live with the Southfields String Quartet in a glass house.

It's 2014, and here I am making faces in Abbey Road

Some incredibly insightful thoughts on the deceased year, as well as the usual positive shpiel about the new one. And a photo of me in Abbey Road.

'Riot Song' - Live in Highgate Cemetery

The first video from our Highgate Cemetery Sessions...

Natural History Museum Performance

We played in the grand old Central Hall of the Natural History Museum last night.

'Frankfurt' - New Song and Video

Some footage of a new song performed live with strings and percussion at Magic Garden a few weeks ago.

Island Recording, Filming and New Poetry

Furiously click your mouse button many times here to find out about some bloody excellent news I have about things. GO ON.

Short Films, Next Shows and Island Recording

What the devil is happening now, then? Find out here.

Waking the Witch - Video

Finally got round to recording my version of Kate Bush's 'Waking the Witch'...

Atoms for Peace cover

Here's a video of a cover I did late one night, 'Before Your Very Eyes' by Atoms for Peace

Acoustic Version of 'Dig For The Promise' Released

Acoustic versions of tracks from the new album 'Dig For The Promise' released today

Waking the Witch

The 'Hounds of Love' tribute night last night was a total joy.

New Video, T-Shirts and Kate Bush

New video re-edit for 'Into The Faceless Night', some limited edition T-shirt info nudge nudge wink wink and Kate Bush night in London

London Show - Jamboree, 25th August

Some info and ticket link for the next London show

Words from 'Dig For The Promise'

Lyrics from 'Dig For The Promise' are now available to look at on the 'Words' page...

New Song 'Hunger', Secret Garden and Beyond

A live video of a new song that came about yesterday, as well as a bit of news on Secret Garden Party this weekend

'Job': A Short Film

I went along to the shoot of the short film I wrote last week, even managed to wangle myself a cameo.

The Arts Hour - BBC World Service

Listen to my slot on The Arts Hour

Post-Glastonbury Reassessment of Major Life Goals and Career Objectives pt.1

Whilst trying not to over analyse the Glastonbury experience, here's what I thought of the festival this year and a few bits of news on what's up next.

THE LITTLE UNSAID AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2013

Performance times at the festival

Electronical Experimentationings and Acoustified Diddles

Need I explain this?

New Cate Ferris Remix!

I've remixed a beautiful song by Cate Ferris, 'Leave A Light On'. Listen here...

Live Footage from Roßwein, Germany

Some film of a bit of improvised chaos at the gig in Roßwein, Germany

Blast Off - Album Is Launched

Some thoughts on the overwhelming night that was the album launch gig on Friday...

REAL COOL TELLY PROMO AD FOR ALBUM

A super-hip, mouth-watering promo ad type thing for 'Dig For The Promise'

The Making of 'Dig For The Promise'

A short film by the brilliant Jack Hextall about the making of my new album 'Dig For The Promise.'

'DIG FOR THE PROMISE" OUT NOW!

The new album released today...

Dig For The Promise - On The Scillonian

A short piece of writing about sea-sickness and the new album by Piers Lewin.

Album Launch Show

Official album launch show Friday 10th May at St Pancras Old Church

End of the Line

Some thoughts on the UK Tour as the final date approaches.

STREAM THE NEW ALBUM!

Listen to the entire new album 'Dig For The Promise' on Sound Cloud...

Tour Videos with Cate Ferris

A couple of videos of me and Cate improvising together at gigs in Halifax and Southampton.

UK Tour So Far...

Some ramblings and mumblings on the first part of my UK tour with Cate Ferris...

OFFICIAL VIDEO for 'Midnight On An Island'

The brilliant filmmaker Alex Mousefall has made this video for the first single from the new album.

UK Tour Begins

It seems Spring might finally be springing here in England, and today is the first day of my UK tour...

'Midnight On An Island'

The first single from the new album is released.

Pledgers Only First Single Preview - Midnight On An Island

Those of you who've pre-ordered the album can listen to the first single here before anyone else on planet earth...

New Music and Visuals

Hark! Fruit hath fallen from the boney tree of musical and visual joy!

Album Mixing

Some news on the mixing of the new album.

On the Radio and Launch Tour

First bit of national radio play to start the year off, and some news on the April album launch tour.

Recording Strings at Soup Studio

Have a little peak at some film of what we got up to in the studio this week...

Recording Continues

An update on the recording of album DEUX.

Ultraista - Bad Insect (The Little Unsaid Remix

I've remixed Ultraista's 'Bad Insect' as part of the band's competition. Listen here, if you like. And listen loud, please!

New Video for a New Song from the New Album

Yes everything is rather new, these days! Here is a bloody lovely video made on Regent's Canal in London by Jack Hextall...

New Album 2013 - With Your Help!

I'm making my second album - but this time round I need your help...

Recent Shows and Office Life

Some words about my last two gigs at St Pancras Church and Norwich Sound and Vision Festival, as well as an update on the new album pre-production-admin-office-job-type-trying-to-get-everything-organised process (nearly there).

'Through the Fields' Goes Billboard

The animation for 'Through the Fields' was screened twice in London this week, at two very different locations.

How to Disappear Completely

Off the radar...

Iceland and Island-Hopping

Marathon running, geyser-gawping, and island-hopping in Cornwall...

Official Video for 'Through the Fields'

Have a look at Kingman Cheng's fantastic animation for the song 'Through the Fields.'

Running Up That Hill

Running a marathon amongst other things...

London Show - Magic Garden Pub

Final London show for a while...

Secret Gardening

Here's what happened at Secret Garden Party, and what's to follow...

MUD

Some thoughts on Sunrise Celebration and what's next.

The Wall of Corn (and other stories)

A little diary of the latest leg of the Damp Vagrant Tour, fresh from Cornwall.

Damp Vagrant Tour Summer 2012

The 'Damp Vagrant' Tour Summer 2012 is underway after a belting night in Manchester last night...

I Cannes and I Did

Michel Gondry, excessive canape consumption, (too much) free booze, meetings and film screenings...my experience of the exhilarating chaos that is Cannes Film Festival

High-Fiving Hollywood and Animation Project

Animation project underway and gig news as I prepare for Cannes in an over-sized suit.

Through the Fields

Last of the new videos for a while, here's one we made for a song about festivals...

'Into the Gold Rush' in an Old Theatre

Last week we snuck into an old theatre that was formerly a boxing ring and made this film...

'Gun Goes Off' Live Video

A snippet of film from the Norwich gig last week...

Porky Prime Cuts

Record store day was last week, and my vinyl obsession is really taking hold...

The Come Down

Mini southwest tour is over. Read the low-down right here...

Migrating South

Today - any minute now in fact - I'll be chasing the sun into the west for a fistful of gigs in the southwest. Click the title to read more...

Into the Gold Rush

SHABOOM! This is the sound of another new song arriving in the world. Click the title to read more and hear it...

Cannes Film Festival

A while back I did some music for a short film. It's going to Cannes, and so am I. Click the title to read more...

Through the Fields (another new'un)

Another new song, 'Through the Fields' is available for download now. Read more...

There Go All Our Wide-Eyed Days

New track numero deux available here...read more.

WELCOME! (Wipe your feet)

BEHOLD! Our new website hath arrived. Scaffolding and dust sheets are well and truly gone. Click the title to delve in and read more...