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2015 Siiga U.K, Ireland & European Tour Dates…

November 21st, 2014

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After a fantastic run of shows in both New York and Los Angeles this year, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be back on the road again in 2015 accompanied by my very talented friend Iain Hutchison in January for the following shows across the U.K, Ireland and Europe.

All shows will be supporting the amazing Nathaniel Rateliff and his full band.

I’m currently tucked away in a small cottage on the Isle of Skye for the winter, a familiar situation which last time, sent me back out into the world with the music that is taking me on these great adventures…

Richard

Ticket Links Below

JANUARY

23rd Dublin, Ireland – Academy 2 Tix

24th Belfast, N.Ireland – Limelight 2 Tix

27th Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute Tix

28th Brighton, UK – Komedia Tix

29th London, UK – Bush Hall Tix

30th Ramsgate, UK – Music Hall Tix

31st Paris, France – L’International Tix

FEBRUARY

2nd Berlin, Germany – Gruener Salon Tix

3rd Hamburg, Germany – Molotow Tix

4th Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso (Small Hall) Tix

5th Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell Tix

6th Heidelberg, Germany – Karlstorbahnhof Tix

7th Dresden, Germany – Beatpol Tix

NY to LA

June 22nd, 2014

After a year that’s left me bouncing back and forth across the water with my guitar, two weeks ago Siiga made it’s very own U.S debut in the amazing New York City.

Another beautifully unknown step from the beginnings back here on Skye where I now sit on this late Sunday afternoon writing to you.

Accompanied by my talented friend Iain, we set off for three shows which took us from the East Coast to West Coast of the vast American landscape in only a few days.

It was an incredible adventure to be carried by this music from New York to Los Angeles where we played great shows to really great people.

We had a very special night as part of the Communion New York club night in the city’s Rockwood Music Hall – Some photos of which are here courtesy of photographer Ester Segretto.

So… We move forward gently with so much more on the horizon for Siiga, opportunity seems to come calling when you least expect it, or more often when you’re not looking at all.

Judging by the last 10 months, this pull of energy seems to be constantly calling me to the wide open lands of the United States, a spiritual and actual home of the music I’ve listened to and loved all my life.

Follow your instincts, listen to your heart and believe in the unknown… :-)

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Siiga American Live Shows

May 22nd, 2014

Dates USSpending months dotting around the U.S last year was another unexpectedly beautiful adventure in my life brought around by the continued meanderings I take in my own little musical world…

It’s a privilege to travel and it’s a privilege to perform your own music, if you can combine both you count yourself very lucky.

I’m excited to be heading back across the Atlantic for three very special live shows next month at the following venues accompanied by my talented friend Iain Hutchison.

U.S LIVE DATES

JUNE 2ND: BROOKLYN, NY

Baby’s All Right

JUNE 3RD: NEW YORK, NY

Rockwood Music Hall

JUNE 5TH: LOS ANGELES CA

The Hotel Cafe 

 

Hashtaggers Anonymous…

April 13th, 2014

10247504_648065905249263_5030328804221164101_nHello from the depths of this newly repaired and now watertight Siiga website…

Struck by some kind of virus/spam/internetty plague type thing… This site was completely obliterated in the new year…

Left as nothing more than my own personal link to a fairly suspect website which I can only describe as an 80’s Cold War/Hunt For Red October type of Russian social media submarine strategy game… Or something along those lines…

It was pretty funny the first time I dropped by and got an earful of music (and opinions) that were definitely not my own!…. Then not so funny when I realised well… My battleship was sunk!

Cue handy web bloke out in Colorado to the rescue who in his most polite American tones, hinted that the Soviet security breach was possibly down to my ‘DIY web making skills’… In short… I built a dodgy website…

So onwards he went… Sifting through the wreckage to where we are now… Match fit, spit shined, doors bolted and ready to go back to work…

The only unfortunate battle scar being all the great comments gathered here until now have been lost…  A real shame as they were a lovely part of what was becoming an interesting ongoing diary…

So… We begin again…

It’s a little overwhelming to consider that your voice or creations will be even slightly bright enough to be seen in amongst this infinite sea of updates and information that buzzes around out here amongst us all… So it’s often easier to just get on with what you are doing quietly and not worry too much about who gives it the old ‘looky – likey – thumbs upy’.

But… I have this little pocket of the internet fenced off to myself again… No competitors… No adverts… No trade-offs… Just me plus anyone who wishes to drop by and that’s just how I like it…

I wasn’t really sure what ‘blogging’ was before I started writing here, I’d shelved it with twitting, tagging, liking… selfies… and I dunno… twerking?!… Basically the flood of online shenanigans I seem to really struggle to keep up with or commit myself to…

One of my most reactive Facebook outings was prompted by a pumpkin I carved, I made it with the Siiga emblem on it and wished a Happy Halloween to all and as much as I  really appreciated the kind response it received, it only further highlighted how lightly this Social Media stuff needs to be treated… Especially as a route by which as a creative person, you let go of your work… Shakey territory and not for the faint of heart I say…

You see, i’m a terrible social networker anyway and even worse at keeping in touch with people – I have a friendless personal Facebook account gathering dust, my actual friends get irritated with me for taking a week to reply to a text, if at all… and sitting down to write an email takes me about a month…but … i’m trying to get a little better at it all… I understand the ironic standpoint here as I self-indulge in this little bit of online meandering… But I guess I decided that I should really try again and be a bit of a better online communicator, at least intermittently… for now… it’s a start… right?…  It just always seems to be a commitment I find slightly uncomfortable and if I don’t have anything much to say I always think saying nothing is probably better…

So… for now at least, i’m on the Social Network road to recovery… I’ve stopped smoking my Hashtags, my Instagram filters are menthol flavoured and my twits are well… They’re just twitting…. Blabbering aside… I’m just trying to use it all a little more often…

Every time I post something on Facebook as Siiga, i’m now faced with the option to ‘pay to boost my post‘… Just enter your credit card details and you can possibly be in with a chance of a few more people thumbing you… Well I don’t know about you but I’ve got enough people trying to thumb me for money on services of no actual value as it is…

When I post here though – like right now with this little moonboat scribbling I made late last (pictured above)… It’s free, gratis, no toll… nae cash required matey… For anyone who wants to join in… Give or take the odd hacker who wants to get involved… But to be honest with you… I kinda liked his style… He at least seemed brutally direct and dedicated to wanting to screw me over by destroying my website for his own gain…

He wasn’t offering me free passage through them there waters then flipping out the Visa machine asking for credit card compensation for the life-jackets like those slippery Facebookers…

I’m almost starting to like this blogging again…

Onwards me hearties…

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To The Shore…

October 20th, 2013

Rich Shore PicI’ve missed writing these blogs over the last few months as life takes me on unexpected and incredible adventure across the USA…

My plan is to return to where I left off here very shortly…

For now though, i’m incredibly happy to be able to announce that from humble beginnings, tucked away making music through a winter on the Isle of Skye…

Siiga is now under the American representation of 7S Management in Denver, Colorado… Whilst also joining the very talented roster of artists with U.S booking agency, High Road Touring…

Lots of exciting work to be done!….

Thanks for listening, caring and following the journey so far!

Over The Ocean…

June 14th, 2013

Here I sit… back at this blog after some time away working on the bringing the world of ‘The Sea And The Mirror’ out from behind the screens and live to you… It’s lots of fun and will continue to grow from the roots of Siiga here as more branches begin to unfold…

As you know if you’ve been someone whose read and followed these little windows of words arriving on this page from time to time… You’ll remember that the pebble dropped in the water, responsible for the ripples of creativity which have occurred here, was surrounded in spontaneity, free headspace and patience.  ‘The Sea And The Mirror’ grew from a journey on the waters of the North Atlantic, around the islands where the music was inspired, created and cared for.

All good stories start with an adventure…. Sailing between weaving porpoises… building light-box animations… exploring haunting forests… all contributed to the creative burst and spark that brought Siiga this far…

I said it here some time ago…. good energy attracts good energy…

The moment you stop looking for something…. it begins to arrive….

Today i’ll be embarking on a new creative adventure to the USA, spending my time submersed in music and all surrounding sparks of spontaneous inspiration…

Last year the world of Siiga existed around sailing trips on the seas I grew up staring out from… This year it will travel beyond those horizons, over the ocean…

A new adventure takes time to experience… To find the new stories it will bring…

Back soon

 

‘The Sea And The Mirror’ – OUT NOW

April 1st, 2013

It’s the first real day of Spring and renewed growth outside, so it seems the right time to be finally letting go of this today and looking toward the next chapter and where this musical journey may head…

The Sea And The Mirror’ is released officially today…

It took a year of day-dreaming, imagining and creativity to make it… A song released on the last Sunday of each month coinciding with a diary here to explore along the way… It was the best decision I ever made to attempt to make an album in this way and I hope you enjoyed the trip just as much as we have…

I want to take this chance on behalf of both myself and everyone else who has been involved in making this to say thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for the support and energy you have passed on here as you’ve come across our little world…

There have been people here from the very early stage, downloading each track as it was being made and truly jumped aboard for the trip…
Others who arrived later and back-tracked through to the origins of what they discovered and showed true kindness of spirit towards what they’ve found…

However you got here, your kind words of encouragement and support have been the force which has keep it going…

I’ll close this post with a well wish to you reading this and say that I hope to see you somewhere along the way as we bring Siiga out there and begin to look to the start of the next creative adventure…

Richard

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