We want to wish you all the very best for the Holiday Season and thank you for all of your support this year. 2014 was our best year yet, and we’re getting really excited as the 2015 bookings are rolling in! We took a little break in December to spend time with our families, work on our show and add some new songs, so stay tuned for some new surprises in the coming year!
Our last show of 2014 will be New Year’s Eve up at Northstar Resort inLakeTahoe! We will perform a FREE outdoor show from 7-9PM immediately followed by a huge fireworks display.
The following weekend we return to the Bay Area to kick off 2015 with two great shows.
Saturday, 1/3/15 we make our debut at theCity Wineryin Napa. This is one of the finest new music venues in the Bay Area. It’s been two years since we last played in Napa and we’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends up in the wine country. It’s sure to be a special night! Tickets are already going fast for this one and we highly recommend you get your TICKETS in advance now HERE.
We have a whole lot more coming which you can always find on our website. Check out the schedule on our shows page for a show near you!
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"Everybody's singin', all the bells are ringin', It's Christmas all over again”
~Petty Theft aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Monroe, Michael & Mike
How have you been keeping? Happy and well I hope. Thanks to all those that kept up-to-date through the face book page. I've actually made it to 1000 likes, which is great news to come back to!!
The trip was incredible and Peru was very generous with me. I managed to write two new tracks which I plan to record early 2015 and will be on the EP after I have released, "Misspent Future", which is released on 16th Feburary 2015.
After climbing mountians, living in the jungle and eating lots of Ceviche, I'm back refreshed, renewed and ready to get going again...not to mention with new songs and ideas to get moving on.
So, I need to get over this jet-lag but I just wanted to say "Hi" and let you know normal servie will resume soon, believe!!
Check out the left side! King Mike V on the cover! Check out this month's December issue of Art Katalyst Magazine and check out my feature article. You can buy a copy here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/850176
If you haven't picked up Spain's first three albums, The Blue Moods Of Spain, She Haunts My Dreams, and/or I Believe, all on limited edition 180-gram colored vinyl, now would be a good time to do so! $10 / $8 / $8 each..you can't beat that. All part of the Omnivore Recordings Holiday Sale going on NOW.
This is issue #012 of The Monthly Articles News Column
I exceeded my goal by creating over 90 music videos this year alone. I spent the first days of the month going through them and adjusting quality on some where the imagery may have been blurred in the transistion before I'll be reaching out to Guinness. An example would be better color contrast on videos like "The Shore". Especially useful on some of my 2013 sketched videos. Also if you want go to the discography selection on this site (in photos). Beneath the cds feature 5 dvd covers with the reverse with the song titles selected. I'd like to be able to unleash them as a collection when the time is right. Yes this is required. With the help of others this project can become what it was always meant to be. That is why this article is significant to my follow up.
Don't miss Ramblin' Jack Elliott as Special Guest with Peter Rowan at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California on Friday December 12th! Peter Rowan, Friday, December 12, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, Blaine Sprouse, Mike Witcher, and Jeff Keana'aina
Peter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn’t just hear Bill Monroe’s recordings – he played guitar and sang lead with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s. After stints in Earth Opera, Muleskinner, and the Marin County rock group Seatrain, he co-founded Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Since then, he’s recorded more than 30 albums and earned six Grammy nominations and a Grammy. His classic originals include “Panama Red,” “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy,” and “Moonlight Midnight” – and he’s just released a new album, Twang An’ Groove Vol. 1, featuring high-energy live versions of traditional classics and some of Peter’s outstanding originals. “The entire band coalesces around a supple groove, suggesting a sound not unlike the Grateful Dead in full jam band motif,” says the website Country Standard Time, adding that the free form improvisation “all sounds in sync, a reflection of the band's competence and confidence.” Joining Peter tonight will be Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, Blaine Sprouse, Mike Witcher, and Jeff Keana'aina. Get your tickets early – this should be a glorious musical celebration, led by a true master!
Dance To Tipperary Greatest Hits is avalibale now on iTunes, Amazon, HMV Digital, Beatport and all good download stores. The Greatest Hits album features 25 tracks including all of Dance To Tipperary's biggest hit singles, fan favouites and other top downloads.
Buy Dance To Tipperaary Greatest Hits using the links below.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. --- After being nominated for two Asbury Music Awards in 2013, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son have been announced as a musical guest for the 2014 awards on Dec. 18, 2014. The event will once again be held at the Asbury Park-famous Stone Pony.
"Asbury Park has been my musical home since I was 15," Bobby Mahoney, lead singer and guitarist for the band said. "And I am humbled and honored to be playing the Asbury Music Awards with so many great artists."
The band will join the likes of Deal Casino, Eastbourne, Sofia Nicole among many others as performers for the evening.
It was a busy 2014 for Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, as the band released its debut full-length studio album, Friends in Low Places, to critical-acclaim. Jersey shore outlet The Aquarian had the following about the album in July:
"Friends In Low Places marks Mahoney’s return to the band format and a more tumultuous and concentrated rock and roll sound. Defiant and green, this record logs adolescent 'life in the fast lane'recorded and learned by the young men who wrote it."
In June, the band released the first album's first music video, "Another Deadbeat Summer." It features shots of not just the shore, but a live performance at the Asbury Park-famous venue The Saint.
The group is currently in the midst of touring to support the album, which has included to stops in Canada as part of Light of Day Canada.
"A lot of hard work went into the past year with this band," rhythm guitarist Jon Alba added. "We are very excited to share the stage with such talented acts and to represent a place we feel is one of our adopted homes."
In 2013, the band was nominated for "Top Young Band," while Mahoney himself was nominated for "Top Male Acoustic Act."
Doors will be at 6 p.m., while Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son hits the stage at 7:25 p.m. Advance tickets for the event can be purchased at the box office at The Saint and The Stone Pony, or in advance via Ticketmaster or Ticketweb.
We had a BLAST playing in "The City" at Slim's. San Francisco you always know how to party down with your Petty! KUDOS to our friends from Fresno, Stealing Nicks, who put on a great show and Marie Wilson for joining us on stage for a great rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"!
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with our families this week we want to share our gratitude and thanks to all of you who continue to support us every year and at every show. We definitely got lucky when we found all of YOU!
Come help us celebrate and dance off those dinners as we have great shows this weekend at two of our favorite venues right after Thanksgiving. Starting on "Black Friday”11/28 we return to the Peninsula area for another show at Club Foxin Redwood City. Our last show was packed and we are expecting another capacity crowd so get your tickets in advanceNOWHERE.
Both shows this weekend will be special “Evening with” performances featuring two full sets of all the best of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. These will be our last shows of 2014 until our NYE show at Northstar Resort in Truckee! Come on out and help us close out the year in style.
“Well it's all right, we're going to the end of the line."
-PT aka Dan, Django, Bagel, Monroe, Michael and Mike
Check 'em. 8 days and counting then we be knocking on your back door. The Unholy Goat once again crawls out of its deep dark hole and takes to the highways of this green and pleasant land. To double up on this awesome awesomeness we partner up Sweden's most monstrous, Stonewall Noise Orchestra. S.N.O celebrates their 10th in existence on this tour. Come, help us celebrate with style, give praise to the Unholy Goat, worship the might of the Wall! We finish our little soiree across the country with prime slots at the Winter Rocks Festival. Sheffiled's latest and greatest attraction. A full day of balls-out swinging music from prime cut local and international bands. Get yerselves into the fray. Fuck shit up y'all.
Gone and gone! The Bitch & Moan E.P's are now completely sold out. For those who missed the boat you can check-out our latest cut from this disc on your internets machines with the aid of our music player. Track. 1 - White of the Eye. Crank it like you mean it.
Here be some summertime no class evocations to get you in the mood. Drink deep from the well of yourself.
Once again, we had a BLAST playing in "The City" at Slim's! BIG THX to all who came out. San Francisco you always know how to party down with your Petty! KUDOS to our friends from Fresno Stealing Nicks - The Ultimate Stevie Nicks Experience who put on a great show and Marie Wilson for joining us on stage for another rendition of "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"! Oh my my OH HELL YES!
What a magical day it is today! Why? Well, because I shall now be referred to as, Uncle Mark!
Yes, at 6:38am today my Brother became a Dad and my Sister-in-law a Mum for the first time, but obviously more importantly than that (!) I became an Uncle for the first time!
I'm well happy!
Essentially, I'll get all the fun of a kid without the nappies, crying and lack of sleep.
Good deal I reckon!
I plan to teach, Joshua James Mathews, all about the important things in life: The Beatles, Guitar music and the wonder and majesty of the humble Jaffa cake! Before long we will have a fully trained and expert fellow "One T" in our midst and he will be unstoppable!
Any fellow Uncles out there, please do drop me a line and let me know any tips or things I should know! I wanna be the best Uncle there is and I've got stiff competition from my little Brother!!
Well, it's a wonderful way to take a break from the blog, just as a new life is just beginning. As you are aware I am off to South America for 3 weeks from tomorrow and so blog updates are likely to be minor to non-existent from now. Make sure you like my Facebook page, because there will be daily updates on there until I get back in December.
In the meantime if you miss me, listen to my radio interview on Croydon Radio:
Have a safe and happy time whilst I am gone and please do keep supporting me, sharing my music, telling your friends and basically doing the things that you have been doing for so long. It means so much to me, believe!!
Luis is pleased to announce 2 upcoming gigs before Christmas!
The first is taking place at Chilwell Road Methodist Church on Saturday 29th November, where Luis will be guesting in a musical event run by Derbyshire-Based vocal group Cantata. Mixing a vareity of styles, Luis will be switching between steel and nylon strings as he offers up both vocal and instrumental pieces.
Then, on the 20th December, Luis will be heading up a musical event in aid of the Hope Charity at The Creative Corner Cafe in Chilwell.
More details will be posted as information becomes available.
I'm sending you Tuesday love! May it be the best day ever...oh...and might I say you are looking spectacular today?!
Not long till that bearded man who loves the young starts coming round to our houses unannounced...no, I'm not talking about Rolf Harris (!) I'm talking about that other dubious character known as, Father Christmas.
Or Santa Claws to my brethren across the pond.
I do love a bit of Christmas time, I have to say! The silly season brings nothing but joy to me and how can it not: booze, food, time off, presents...It's top!!
This time last year I was just getting ready to record the three singles for 2014 and now I am just about to release the last one of those very three! Where in the hell has that year gone?! I mean it's been a great time, full of stories, but man it has flown by! I really cannot believe that I am now planning and scheming for 2015 (and let me tell you the plans and schemes are gonna be bigger and better than ever before!)
The Christmas bookings are coming in also, although as I am out of the country till December 11th, I seem to miss a lot of them. Boo!!
Alas, if you are struggling with gift ideas, remember my new single "Someone" is released on the 15th December. A great gift for all the family, believe!!
In my quest to get things sorted in my diary before the big off, I noticed something alarming - The amount of weddings I have to go to next year! Seriosuly, I know I said I would be releasing a lot of music in 2015 but I am being comprimised by the amount of friggin weddings to attend!
Ok, it's three, but melodrama aside, it's a lot when you consider that is also 3 stagg do's. And these weddings are never low key, cool affairs anymore. Oh no, heaven forbid! (personally I blame this "Heaven" place for a lot of this marriage business!)
People now EXPECT you to take a friggin holiday for them. Twice! One for the stagg and one for the wedding.
Don't get me wrong, those people that decide a dated, fusty old institution is exactly how they want to celebrate their love is fine by me. However, do not impede on my life. What about the folk like myself who are not beleivers in the whole marriage thing. I don't force people to use up their holiday time and spend their cash on coming to an expensive venue before expecting them to also buy me a gift!
Sorry, I'm not against love. For me it's nothing to do with love in my eyes anymore. Believe it or not, I'm a romantic when all is said and done. I write a lot of songs about it. I believe wholeheartedly in love and there is nothing better than actually being in love. But spending upwards of £20,000 on a day event, where those invited have to comprimise a lot and are made to feel bad if they do not fully want to go along with it, can afford it, have other more interesting holidays to take!
And I understand that a big party where both families and friends can get together is great, beautiful even. So fine, do that. But why the lavish expense for all involved? Why not hire a big room and invite all those nearest and dearest. Unless I am invited and everything is covereed for me I cannot see the argument for these events I'm afraid.
But good luck to you all. I do hope you have a wonderful, special day, believe!!
Sorry, could you speak up? A little louder. OK try this ear!
Yes, what a morning it is. I went to bed feeling like shit because of this jungle detox diet I am on (see previous posts) and I have awoken to have a slight ear infection! Not the best of times.
I don't think I have had an ear infection since I was a bout 8 years old! Adults do get them, right? I haven't regressed to my 8 year old self have I, like some sort of 'Zany' eighties film?!
Either way, it is typical that it happens now, a few days before I head to the Amazon jungle and drink plants!
I have a feeling that it is because I have had my earphones in all day and actually fell asleep in them. I just hope it rights itself pretty damn soon, because I fly on Thursday! Does anyone have any remedies for this sort of thing? I am open to all suggestions!
With the fact I go away on thursday in mind, I should mention that Wednesday will be the last blog day for three weeks so if you haven't already, follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/markmathewssong) as this will be the only place updated whilst I am away, believe!!
I found this great little interview with the Chief himself, Mr Noel Gallagher and once again he is being his irreverent, funny self. Even if you dislike his music (though I bet there is at least one tune you like of his!) you cannot deny this mans personality.
His point about buying music instead of expensive coffees is a really important one. Music has become so throw away that people now consider it worthless. With the advent of downloads and a product that cannot be sold on, like records or CD's could, there is now a real sense of entitlement and a "Why should I have to pay for music?"
Well, here's a few reasons why I think it is important to pay for music:
It took a lot of time and effort to learn the skills in order to write a song. If you study to become a mechanic you are rewarded with payment for your services when they are used. The same should be said for muscians and song writers.
Equipment does not come free - Guitars, pianos, decks, computer programmes, strings, plectrums. Everything has to be bought.
Rehearsal space costs money
Time in the studio to record the product costs a hell of a lot of money
Artwork, music videos, promotion etc costs a lot of money
All of the above are reasons alone to decide to buy music and support artsits. It has become all too popular to get free music, no one wants to buy it anymore but if you consider the above then maybe you can see why it is worth it.
However, the most important reason to be buying music is to support the band/act/artist, that you love dearly. The one that speaks to you, that makes you feel good about yourself, answers questions makes you feel less alone in the world. By buying their music they can continue to do just that - Write music that means something.
I don't think any musician is under the illusion that they will become millionaires anymore. It's not the 70's or 90's, where the fur coats, cocaine addiction and Rolls Royces ran free. But what we do try to do is carve a career for ourselves so as we can carry on making music that we believe to be good and rightous and hopefully others do too.
So, if this has stirred you up below is a link where you can buy my back catalogue (!), believe!
Dance To Tipperary Greatest Hits is avalibale to pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The Greatest Hits album features 25 tracks including all of the biggest hit singles, fan favouites and other top downloads.
Just three chords used and it is one of the most hauntingly, beautiful tracks he's recorded. Maybe it's because I'm teaching myself to play the piano, but I find the simplicity and the sparseness of the track to be so awe inspiring, especially when it kicks in at the end and a wonderfully positive guitar solo kicks in.
The production values as well are second to none, with a real difference between the level and fullness of the sound in the start and when the strings and drums come in.
Thanks for stopping by. I would like to offer you something to eat or drink, but essentially all I have is rice and water, so unless you want that...oh you don't...right. Awkward!
Don't worry I'm not talking complete nonsense, I'm just on a crazy detox before my trip to the Amazon jungle to drink some plants! (See previous blog if you are still unclear with what I am talking about)
I have to say if this detox is anything to go by, they don't make you feel ANY better. I'm feeling and looking much worse than when I was consuming alcohol, caffeine, sugar and all that other lovely stuff!
Alas, this has not stopped me from pushing on further with plans for the next year and I had a very productive and successful meeting last night with some Producers who are keen to get me in the studio and record my next EP! Their enthusiasm really rubbed off on me and I cannot wait to get in the studio and start work now!
The thing is I need to really pin down the tunes I want to do. I have pretty much decided on two (one classic and one new one) but I still have tons that from one day to the next I keep changing my mind about. If anyone wants to get in contact and recommend a tune of mine you've heard me play live, or maybe you've liked a demo I've posted on youtube orr similar, please do get in contact!
Happy Birthday...to all of you born on November 12th! If not, well, have a happy day anyway!
After a massively hectic past week, I managed to get a bit of "Mark" time last night and played a bit of piano before passing out good and proper and getting a full nights sleep! I feel full of beans, although these are not coffee beans.
Oh no, as much as I would like to have a lovely strong cup of coffee, I am currently on an Ayahuasca diet. Within a week I will be flying to Peru to drink this Shamens drink and drift off to an alternative reality!
I have been told to cut out most things I enjoy - Caffeine, salt, sugar and sex!
I just hope it is worth it!
So, I am the cleanest living musician aside from Chris Martin, these days!
With the above in mind, I will be away from blogging duties, performances, recording and talking nonsense whilst I am away in the Amazon. The only thing that will be updated on a daily basis is my Facebook account so do add me - markmathewsmusic
Anyway, I'll be here till Thursday next week, so there are still some daily blogs to go until we close up for a few weeks, believe!!