Things I did when I was a bear.

Herraawwr *ahem* hello folks. You look nice today, have you got any jam? No? Oh well. As you can see, I was recently transmogrified in a bear-shaped fashion. That’s not ALL I’ve been up to recently however. What else have I been up to? Well let me tell you. It’ll distract me from eating you/stealing your picnic basket.

I recently did a wee interview for The Daily Dose, via the medium of twitter. To see me rise to the challenge of participating in an interview where I’m forced into brevity by the 140-character limit, just click here.

Later that day, I went off to play a gig at Su Casa in Ayr, hosted by the always-braw Little Fire. The enigmatic Squirrel of This Silent Forest was also on the bill, playing some right lovely songs, fresh from the 30 songs in 30 days challenge and leading up to the This Silent Forest single launch at Sleazies. Links aplenty! Click em and listen and go to things! I recommend all that. You should also have a look about for Celine Brooks, also on the bill at Su Casa. She’s more than a little bit good so she is.

That gig spawned a couple of wee reviews, of the gig itself and of my EP Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea, of which there are only about 25 copies left incidentally, so if you’re thinking of buying one, best order sooner rather than later. If you’d like to have a look at the reviews I just mentioned, you can see them…HERE! and….OVER THERE!

Adding “writer of webcomic theme tunes” to my list of…things I do or have done (good list title thinker-upper isn’t one of them) was another recent – OK LOOK, this sentence isn’t going very well, is it? I’ve got the cold and my brain has slowed to a crawl. THE MAIN POINT IS, go read this webcomic, it’s very good and I wrote the music for the theme tune. Well, one of them…

What, there’s more? Well, yes! The lovely Jim Gellatly played one of my songs on his show this week, listen again here!

Lastly, I’m playing a gig for Glasgow/Paisley-based bloggerchap Aye Tunes this Wednesday the 28th of September. It’s at the Captains Rest with the Sea Kings and the Spook School! There will also be a short spoken-word set from Kevin P. Gilday (of How Garbo Died fame) so you’re getting even more bang for your (five) buck(s)! Here’s the facebook event thing, if you like to RSVP to things, the wee socialite that you are.

Phew! That should do it. Til next time folks, me and the Pope are off to shit in the woods.

love Shambles


“Rapture” live at Cabaret Voltaire

Hello folks! As you might know, I recently played a gig at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh, supporting Jack Savoretti with We See Lights. It was a braw gig all round and one of my pals captured this wee performance of my song “Rapture”.

I hope you enjoy it! If you like it, feel free to like it. Or y’know, tell people. Or both.

Cheers folks!

Til next time,

love Shambles


I don’t blog about EVERYTHING…

Hello folks! Jings aren’t you a sight for sore eyes. I noticed that I haven’t blogged as much recently and yet my friends still make fun of me for blogging everything. CANNY WIN. However, I have been right busy recently, which is a better excuse for not blogging than having done nothing. What an odd sentence…

SO. What have I been up to recently? Well I’ve been gigging of course, including a secret Edinburgh gig and having an awesome time down in Ayr at Su Casa. I also played Bloc in Glasgow, fresh off the boat from Colonsay sporting some serious sleep deprivation and a wee tan. I’ll tell you all about that stuff in more detail soon enough, but for now I thought I’d recap my more digital adventures.

As you might know, I recently recorded a wee song called “Rapture” and offered it as a free download. Well, it’s also had some radio play! If you missed it the other day, Jim Gellatly was kind enough to play Rapture on his Amazing Radio show, which you can listen back to on this tasty wee link. It’s always a great show, so do your ears a favour, eh?
Rapture was also played on Pulse Radio, on a show called In the Jabba with Punk Morvs! You can check out the details of her show on facebook and find out when to tune in for a really eclectic mix of music.
I was also honoured to have one of my songs featured on the Scottish Fiction show, again on Pulse Radio. Presenter Neil Wilson had RM Hubbert on as a special guest for some chat and to play some tunes, so it’s one to wrap yer ears round. The pair fair made me blush at one point, so if you fancy hearing the show, you can listen again on the Scottish Fiction blog. Go’frit!

That should do for now I expect. My other main piece of news is that I’m going to be supporting Jack Savoretti at Cabaret Voltaire on the 26th of August as part of the Edge Festival in Edinburgh! I’m fair excited so I am, and I really hope some of you can make it along. I have a few tickets to sell, so if you fancy some tickets for the show, get in touch at shamblesmiller(at) or on any other preferred media. Carrier pigeons accepted.

Til next time folks!

love Shambles


Edinburgh Man, man.

Hello folks! You look like you’ve caught a wee bit of the sun, you must have been out for the 5 minutes of good weather we had this month. As usual I’ve been doing bits and also, of course, bobs. As you can see from the photie above, me and my partner-in-crime Andrew Lindsay joined Where We Lay Our Heads on stage during their gig at King Tuts to sing a wee song. That was fun, though I wish I hadn’t gone on stage holding my pint, like a chump.

Also, remember that new song I put up recently? Well, I’ve made it a free download if you fancy it, but it was also played on The Edinburgh Man Podcast! You might remember that I’ve been played on there before; the podcast is always a pleasure to listen to, so having one of my songs feature is an added bonus. You can have a listen to the podcast by clicking this link, the one with the voice that’s nice to listen to.

(also, you can download the song by clicking the wee arrow below)

That’s about it for now folks. Til next time!

love Shambles


Dear Girl I Like…

Hello folks! Sorry I haven’t updated much recently, been right busy writing and organising this and that. Plus I was at T in the Park, drinking too much and playing that game every Scottish festival-goer loves: Dodge the Ned.
Since I got back though, I’ve been fiddling about with some recording stuff. Nothing too fancy (I’m called Shambles for a reason) but I did manage to tie together some bits of technology and some tin cans in order to produce a new wee song for you to listen to.

What’s it about you ask?

Well, you know when it’s the end of the world and you use that as an excuse to tell a girl you like how you feel about her? Then you write a song about it? Well, it’s that. That’s what this is. It’s called “Rapture” and I hope you like it. Feel free to comment, it’s been a while since I uploaded a New Thing.

There we have it! Hope you like it.

Til next time,

love Shambles