Tourtagebuch des Singer-Songwriter Richard Lomax

Tourtagebuch Richard Lomax – Teil 01

Live in Heidelberg: Richard Lomax im Tourtagebuch beim Soundkartell

Live in Heidelberg: Richard Lomax im Tourtagebuch beim Soundkartell

Das Soundkartell präsentiert euch einen weiteren Künstler, der hier Tagebuch führen wird. Richard Lomax heißt er und ist gerade auf Tour durch Europa. Der Solokünstler aus Manchester schreibt exklusiv nur für euch über seine Gigs hier in Deutschland.

Through London, Brighton and on to Dover where a badly timed toilet stop nearly put paid to the entire tour. A ferry over to Dunkirk and it’s only(!) 600km through France and Belgium to our first gig in Karlsruhe at local Irish bar Scruffy’s. I realise that seems a long way to go to play an Irish bar but Scruffy and his staff were kind, accommodating people intent on getting us drunk (I’ve since discovered this to be a trend in Germany – very intent on getting me drunk – who’s complaining?)

Support on this tour is from my DogFace records labelmates Kev Morel and Forge On! who both put in great sets on day one and have continued to do so every night since. Also in attendance that night was a former bass player of The Pogues, it’s always a treat to meet a Pogue.

Day two in Kaiserslautern was at The Clearing Barrel, a G.I. bar and café run by the amazing Meike. The Barrel was set up as part of a series of not-for-profit organisations who offer military counselling as well just being all round sound and safe places. Everyone we met in Kaiserslautern was welcoming and lovely and the gig was one of my favourites that I have played. I played a long set consisting of songs from the [mk iii], old Johnny5thWheel numbers and the newer 52 songs and still they wanted more so they were treated to some drunken renditions of I Feel Fine and Keep The Customer Satisfied by all three DogFaces.

Live in Heidelberg: Richard Lomax im Tourtagebuch beim Soundkartell

Live in Heidelberg: Richard Lomax im Tourtagebuch beim Soundkartell

It’s not been all gigs gigs gigs here. I also have songs to write and record (one every week as I may have mentioned) – this week’s was actually written as part of a songwriting workshop I was engaged to give at FutureSkills college in Salford. I worked on the song in a one on one session with a very talented student named Saskia who is singing on the track. It’s called ‘Mistakes’ and it’s the poppiest thing I have ever written. Obviously writing every week was going to mean that some tracks would be surprisingly different but I never thought I would write a song like this. Do have a listen here.

Day three and onto Heidelberg. A beautiful city seen on a beautiful day drenched in glorious sunshine. The Heidelberg castle sits over the Rhine and is home to the biggest wine barrel in Europe/the world? Our host, promoter and fellow musician on the bill was Peer van See. Peer had put together a gig at Leitstelle which is a former fire station converted into an art space. It’s a very interesting building and was great to play but I am genuinely gutted I didn’t get a go on the pole which has since been retired.


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Thank you to Indie Rock Kid for their review of the gig which you can read here.

A day off and some stolen moments meant I had time to record some backing vocals from Kev and some guitar from Ben (of Forge On!) on the ‘Mistakes’ song and even email the track back to Blighty for Chris Ball to play some gospel-soul organ on.

Ben, wie er den Song "Mistakes" aufnimmt

Ben, wie er den Song „Mistakes“ aufnimmt

Next week’s song appropriately is on the topic of ‘Brits Abroad’ and as I still have another week out here in Europe I have decided that this will be my first ‘two-part song’. Part one will be up next Monday and part two the Monday after so as ever, keep ‘em peeled, watch the skies, so it goes.

We leave for Mönchengladbach today and play at Kultube on Wednesday 2nd. See here for more details on that.

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