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May. 29th, 2009


various and sundry bits of edwyn news

Royal City releases disc of rarities -- why do we care? Because, folks, it features a cover of The Strokes's "Is This It?" and our man Edwyn is on it.

Keith Cullen, head of Setanta Records -- Edwyn's home for Gorgeous George, Doctor Syntax, A Casual Introduction, and the "Message For Jojo" single -- has written and is publishing a novel called "God Save the Village Green".

Some random person named Tommy Reilly is apparently recording an album with Bernard Butler after winning a contest -- and they're using West Heath studios. Edwyn has lent the Reilly person his guitars, or something. I'm not sure why this is news... anyway, the end has a nice bit with Bernie talking about why West Heath stayed open during Edwyn's illness and afterward.

Apr. 10th, 2009


t(ea time) in the park

Edwyn (and Roddy Frame on guitar) are going to be playing at this year's T In the Park in the King Tut's Wah Wah Hut tent on Friday (July 10th). Quoth the man himself,
It's really exciting to be playing at T in the Park. I've never been there before, but my son, nephews and niece are there every year and they reckon it's about time I got there [...] Since I have come back from my illness, I love playing more than I ever have. I've wanted to do this for a long time." Source.

Nov. 18th, 2008


british birdlife review

Short article on Edwyn's British Birdlife exhibit, and a nice picture that gives an idea of how the exhibit is set up (for us poor non-UK-dwellers who can't hope to get to see it!) here.

Nov. 6th, 2008


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Edwyn's a judge for the First Annual Uncut Music Awards. The shortlist is as follows:

1. BON IVER – For Emma, Forever Ago (4AD)
2. DRIVE BY TRUCKERS – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (New West)
3. ELBOW – The Seldom-Seen Kid (Fiction)
4. THE FELICE BROTHERS - The Felice Brothers (Loose)
5. FLEET FOXES – Fleet Foxes (Bella Union)
6. THE RACONTEURS – Consolers Of The Lonely (XL)
7. RADIOHEAD - In Rainbows (XL)
8. VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Vampire Weekend (XL)


Further information about OJ's reformation for the Nordoff-Robbins Scotland award:

Saturday November 22
Glasgow Fruit Market
Sold Out
Info here.

Oct. 30th, 2008


Edwyn to Play at Celtic Connections in January

The Celtic Connections 2009 festival, held in January, will feature a show by Edwyn. Opening for him will be the Bluebells, a contemporary of Orange Juice.

Friday 23rd January 2009

Edwyn will also be appearing at the festival's 250th "Burns Night," intended to celebrate Robert Burns.

Sunday 25th January 2009

Oct. 28th, 2008


Orange Juice Re-forming for a Special Gig!

After 26 years apart, the legendary post-punk outfit Orange Juice are reuniting. According to Sunday Mail report, the long-disbanded Scottish act will share the same stage next month to be honoured by Nordoff-Robbins Scotland, a charity that raises money to fund music therapists. The entire original line-up — front-man Edwyn Collins, bassist David McClymont, guitarist James Kirk and drummer Steven Daly — will be present to receive an award from Nordoff-Robbins, whose work helped Collins recover from the near-fatal brain hemorrhages he suffered in 2005. Source.

No word yet on exactly when in November it'll all happen, and no details up on the Nordoff-Robbins website yet, so... details to follow!

Oct. 27th, 2008


myspace blog 10/16

Edwyn at the Smithfield Gallery, London

Hello and how are you? Vivienne, my art friend has organised a new exhibition at the Smithfield Gallery. It's one more thing I'm excited by. At first my drawings back then were kind of crude. I persevered with it. I'm fluent again, but still a long way to go. Always room for improvement. I'll finally put more drawings up on myspace.
After that I plan to get back into the studio once more, with my engineer Seb Lewsley. I'm thinking up new lyrics and songs already. I can't believe it. I didn't think it would come back. But they're simple and direct. My old songs were complicated and direct! Oh how I've changed.
Love Edwyn

The attached flyer says the show will run from October 21 to November 1. More information at the Smithfield Gallery website here. It links to the Margaret London website for further information, but don't bother going there, it's useless.

There's an article about it in the Independent, and a small bit at the end called "My Life with Edwyn," written by Grace.

Aug. 22nd, 2008


Home Again documentary

Totally crying over here, guys -- this is the documentary BBC Scotland did in 2007 and broadcast in May 2008, Edwyn Collins: Home Again. Below is the first part; links to the other three parts are on youtube. (The fourth part shows part of his appearance at BBC Electric Proms, including Bernard Butler's introduction!)

Aug. 21st, 2008


myspace blog entry from 08/20

Love and Affection

Hello, how are you? I'm here in Helmsdale. Taking it easy and relaxing. It's been a year of changes for me. I'm pleased and extremely satisfied with myself. I've done a lot of concerts. I'm up a notch each show. Dingwalls, the first show, I was nervous and it showed. Now when I get on stage I'm relaxed. I feel good about myself. The first shows were a bit hesitant. The last show, Belladrum, near Inverness, I feel confident. It flows. It feels so good, this progress. I need to see the evidence. See you in the autumn.
Love Edwyn

Also, to help celebrate Heavenly Records' 18th birthday, Edwyn will be playing the Purcell Room in London on September 13th.

Aug. 4th, 2008


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"You'll Never Know (My Love)," set to some clips of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth dancing. Really nice, although the same user did one set to "Take Care of Yourself" that I like a bit better.


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