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Steve Lawson and Lobelia in Birmingham on 25/11/12 (finally!)

October 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Steve Lawson and Lobelia in Birmingham on 25/11/12 (finally!)

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New Video With Dave Bainbridge and Martin Nolan

October 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on New Video With Dave Bainbridge and Martin Nolan

A couple of weeks ago, I has the privilege of playing two wonderful shows with Dave Bainbridge and Martin Nolan from the band Iona. They were doing a couple of duo shows before Iona’s band tour started, and I was invited to open for them.

Dave and I had played together on a tour a few years back, and Iona were a HUGE influence on my in the 90s. There are so many elements to my music that have the fingerprints of Iona’s music – and Dave’s guitar playing in particular – on them.

So any chance I have to play with him is gratefully received!

At each of the two shows, we did a trio improv section. I hope the one from Leicester will emerge at some point, but for now, here’s the one from the first gig in Sheffield. It was a whole lot of fun. Look out for more gigs with this line-up soon! 🙂

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Warner vs James Taylor – Everything Is Broken

September 20th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Blimey, where do we start with this one?

Right, this is a LONG post. You’re going to need a soundtrack. If you haven’t got anything playing already, try this – it’s lovely:

Onwards – heres a #Protip for Warners, and ever other major label: if you’re going to take the moral high-ground and claim that file-sharing screws your artists out of money and people shouldn’t be downloading the music you’ve released over the years for free or sharing it with their friends, because those works are the livelihood of those artists and they need to be paid for it etc. etc etc… it REALLY helps your case if you’re not habitually shitting on them and doing everything in your power to not pay them. [Read more →]

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What People Are Saying About Invenzioni

September 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

It’s been a lovely first 5 days for Invenzioni – sales are going pretty well (we’ve made a few hundred quid so far, which is a fine start), and the general consensus is that it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Largely, I guess, because of Mike being the other 50% of it. 🙂

A few people round the internet have written things about it. Here’s a round-up:

John Toolan, over at gave it 9/10 in this lovely review:

Kevin Johnson at wrote nice things about it too:
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New Album Invenzioni, with Mike Outram, Out Today!

September 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on New Album Invenzioni, with Mike Outram, Out Today!


I know a lot of you have been waiting for this patiently for two years. Well, here it is, the first of 3 albums to be culled from that epic first session:

There’s some info about the album’s genesis on Bandcamp, and here’s the press release in full:
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Steve Lawson in Sheffield on 11/09/12

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Steve Lawson in Sheffield on 11/09/12

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Steve Lawson in Leicester on 09/12/12

August 29th, 2012 · 2 Comments

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10 Years Of Blogging

August 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

cake picture, courtesy of seelensturm, licensed by creative commons. Today marks the 10th anniversary of this blog! Or at least, the point at which I stopped posting long updates about what I’d been upto on my ‘news’ page on my site, and put in a dedicated blog section.

My original blog was hand-coded – no RSS feed, no proper CMS, just HTML and some anchor links for navigation. You can find all of those early entries on [Read more →]

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A Few Thoughts On Careers In Music

August 2nd, 2012 · 3 Comments

Back when I did my ‘ask me anything‘ thread a few months ago, I said I was going to re-blog some of the answers, as there were some really good thought provoking questions, and answers that really deserve a readership beyond those tenacious souls who wade through all the responses to posts here… So here’s a question about having a career in music:

After years of studying music in Higher Education I wasn’t prepared for the outside world when the apron strings were finally cut.

I went into teaching and now I work in an office. which is killing me because I want to be creative. i have music I am happy with. I just want to take the big step to be the musician and writer I envisioned myself becoming when I was an undergraduate.

The truth is, I don’t know where to start. Gigs, website, social media outlet, blog, recording an ep…… It just seems so daunting to jump into.

Am I right to plan for this? Or does being a freelance musician and writer mean you have to go with the flow?

All the best,

…and this was my answer: [

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A New Way To Pay For My Music…

July 12th, 2012 · 5 Comments

I had this idea ages ago, but have finally got round to putting it in place.

As an alternative to just heading over to Bandcamp and paying with paypal or a credit/debit card, I’ve now added the option via the MP3s page here (which isn’t really an MP3s page at all, it’s just all my albums embedded from Bandcamp, so you can listen then download them in whatever format you like, but anyway…)you can now ‘pay’ by buying me something from my Amazon wishlist. [Read more →]

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