After being shortlisted for the much-coveted 2015 Mercury Prize (with his acclaimed ‘Architect’ LP named as one of the Mercury Prize Albums Of The Year) and completely selling out his previously announced December 2015 London headline show, we are pleased to announce a brand new early 2016 12-date UK & Irish headline tour for Glasgow’s prodigious young talent C Duncan.
C Duncan will also release a new special limited edition 7” single on 27th November. The new single comprises a brand new re-write of his debut single “For” (the original version of which is featured on ‘Architect’) B/W a French language re-recording of previous single “Here to There”, now titled “Ici à Là’.
Support for C Duncan has pretty much crossed all boards… At radio, Lauren Laverne, Shaun Keaveny, Huw Stephens, Radcliffe & Maconie, and Steve Lamacq are all firm fans, whilst The Guardian, NME, The Sunday Times, The Line of Best Fit, The Quietus, DIY Magazine, Stereogum, Les Inrockuptibles (among plenty of others) have all featured Christopher’s music. Previous single ”Garden” earned a place on BBC 6Music’s A-list and, with his live band, Christopher has performed sessions for Lauren Laverne, Vic Galloway, Ricky Ross, John Kennedy at XFM, Clive Anderson’s Loose Ends and several more. Belle & Sebastian also invited him to open at their Somerset House show on the album’s release date.
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A graduate of music composition from Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire, this new arrangement of “For” evidences Christopher’s considerable abilities not only as pop songwriter, but also as a gifted academic musician. Effortlessly, the track is adapted from a winsome and pretty shanty into an irresistible choral collage of Beach Boys expanse, its rhythms shifted to accent a driving 4/4 and its ended lifted in glorious vocal harmonies. On the B-side, “Ici à Là’ unexpectedly takes on a Serge Gainsbourg quality, an entirely different personality from the original track.
The son of two classical musicians, Christopher was drawn so persuasively to indie and alternative music and playing in school bands as a teen that he added guitar, bass guitar and drums to his existing repertoire of viola and piano, studying all five instruments at the same time.
C Duncan wrote and recorded his album alone in his Glasgow flat on a bedroom studio set-up, gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time, building-up the breadth of the pieces. Though time-consuming, the process allowed him to lovingly assemble the intricacies and subtleties for this astonishingly intricate and subtle collection of music.
The cover art for the new arrangement of “For”, a detailed and stylised aerial view of Glasgow, was created by Christopher himself. A skilled and accomplished artist, his work has been exhibited at galleries around Scotland.
Forthcoming C Duncan UK & Irish tour dates are as follows;
Thursday 12th Newcastle Riverside (with Lucy Rose)
Friday 13th Coventry – Warwick Arts Centre (with Lucy Rose)
Saturday 14th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (with Lucy Rose)
Tuesday 17th Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill (with Lucy Rose)
Wednesday 18th London Forum (with Lucy Rose)
Tuesday 1st London – Courtyard Theatre ***SOLD OUT***
Thursday 3rd Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 4th Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
Saturday 5th Glasgow – The Art School
Sunday 13th Helensburgh – Tower Digital Arts Centre
February 2016 ***NEW SHOWS***
Thursday 11th Newcastle Cluny 2
Friday 12th Oxford Old Firestation
Tuesday 16th Sheffield – The Harley
Wednesday 17th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Friday 19th London – Union Chapel, Islington
Saturday 20th Manchester Deaf Institute
Sunday 21st Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 22nd Norwich Arts Centre
March 2016 ***NEW SHOWS***
Tuesday 1st Southampton Joiners
Wednesday 2nd Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Thursday 3rd Liverpool Leaf
Friday 4th Dublin Whelan’s
Tickets for all new February & March 2016 UK dates go on-sale at 9:00am Friday 13th November (from all usual agents). Special guest at these new shows will be Tom Low.