September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Back into action after a much-needed break this summer!

I very rarely participate in compilations but decided to make an exception for music and migration iii, the third and final instalment in a trilogy released by second language, the label that released my last album. The project was launched in partnership with birdlife international who are celebrating their 20th birthday, and the compilation’s aim is to highlight the problems (usually due to man’s actions) encountered by migrating birds. Find out about the compilation here and about birdlife international here.


I’m going back to playing live in a couple of weeks, first in sicily on 20 september, then for 4 shows in france in october and a show in cork, ireland, on 2 november. As usual you can find all the details in the future shows section (be careful with show times for the poitiers and rennes concerts as they are a bit unusual / attention aux horaires des concerts à poitiers et rennes, assez inhabituels).

If you’re wondering what my concerts sound and look like these days, you can see a video of my show from 13 june 2013 in paris at the collège des bernardins. Thank you benoit!

Here’s a short version (also available on youtube here)…

… and a longer one

More news of a discographical nature soon!  :-)

Second Language interview podcast

July 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

skylark at rainham marshes - RSPB

It was my pleasure to talk to Martin Holm of Second Language, the label that released The Weighing of the Heart in May, as part of the Second Language podcast series. The interview took place two days after the Crystal Palace and Cafe Oto shows, and the day before I had been treated to an incredible visit of London’s hidden gem of a bird and wildlife paradise, Rainham Marshes, where Martin works (you’ll hear more about our feathered friends soon…), so I was still feeling a bit groggy, but it was great to talk about African influences, my search for rhythm, singing, general inspiration, production and a possible dub future ;-)

Listen to the podcast here.

tom ravenscroft BBC radio 6 mix

June 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve had the great pleasure of doing a short mix for tom ravenscroft’s programme on BBC radio 6 music, and you can listen to it here (it starts with Prince Douglas and ends with Moondog) until friday 21st june. It should be my last mix for a while, so i hope you’ll enjoy it !

Dublab mix with Iker Spozio + Mondosonoro spanish interview + French radio interview + last gigs of the tour

June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve had the great pleasure to prepare a mix for Dublab in tandem with Iker Spozio, who not only has created the artwork for all my music since 2004 but has also shared an enormous amount of incredible music with me over the years. You can listen to our mix here. We hope you will like the music in there as much as we do!

I was interviewed in Spanish for Mondosonoro, so far it’s the only interview in Spanish available, read it here.

Following the Colleen special a couple of weeks ago, French radio programme Bouche cousue has broadcast the interview we did in early May, there were a couple of sound issues but the interview is definitely a good one, and you can listen to it here.

Last but not least, thanks to all of you who came to the Dublin, Glasgow and London gigs, I had a wonderful time and I hope you did too!

Tomorrow is the Paris show in the beautiful Collège des Bernardins, and after that three shows in Italy and back home to work on new music!


Influences mix + interview for Thumped + posters for sale at London shows

May 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have made a mix incorporating songs from artists that have influenced me during the making of The Weighing of the Heart, you can listen to it here on Second Language’s Soundcloud: I didn’t realise it as I was doing the mix, but it is very much a trip around the world, from England to Africa and Jamaica, via the Reunion Island, Kyrgyzstan, Chile, New Zealand, the US, Sweden and France !

You can also read an in-depth interview I’ve just given for Irish online magazine Thumped here.

Dublin and Glasgow are coming up, then London, and in both Crystal Palace’s Antenna and Cafe Oto, Iker Spozio‘s concert posters will be on sale, so if you’ve been thinking of getting one this will probably be your only opportunity to get one !

Hope to see you there ! :-)


COLLEEN_ANTENNA_by iker spozio

back from portugal + lisbon concert photos + interview and record selection for fractured air

May 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Here I am, back from Portugal where on Thursday 23rd I played my first concert in 4 years and 4 months. To say that I felt emotional is a gross understatement: I just could not believe that after all these months of preparation it was finally happening, and other things came to increase my emotions. The concert, organized by ZDB, took place at the Anglican church of St George in Lisbon, set within the cemetery grounds, which is also an incredible garden full of exotic trees where dozens and dozens of birds are chirping away and going about their business. As the PA was being prepared inside, I sat rehearsing in the shade, and just lifting my head up to look at the trees and birds, I felt so incredibly lucky to be there. On top of that, my hosts at ZDB, Sérgio who was organizing the concert and coordinating my other two dates in Coimbra and Guimaraes, Daniela who helped with everything, and Cristiano the sound engineer, were so absolutely amazing humanly and professionally that I guess it made me feel even more emotional.

As for the concert itself, although my emotions sometimes got the better of me technically, I was so happy to finally play for an audience, as well as sing live for the first time, and present the new record and a couple of new songs and cover versions!

I also had a great time in Coimbra and Guimarães, and coupled with the great weather, the beauty of Portugal and the ingestion of many pastéis de nata, this made for the ideal “comeback” I was hoping for! Thank you so much lovely Portuguese people!

You can see some really beautiful pictures of my soundcheck and of the concert in Lisbon on the website of the very talented photographer behind far out and beyond ( I’m including just two below)

colleen far out and beyond 1

colleen far out and beyond 2

In other news, I had the opportunity of having a really nice conversation with the Irish musical webzine Fractured Air (whose “slogan” I love and totally identify with: The universe is making music all the time): you can read the indepth interview here, as well as listen to some of my favourite music of the moment on their “Whatever you love you are” section. Thank you Mark and Craig!

Some reading (The Quietus), some listening, and three Italian gigs to end my tour

May 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve had the pleasure of doing a lengthy interview for The Quietus, read it here.

If you speak French, you can also go and see my replies to the questions asked by The offline people.

Still for the French speakers out there, you can stream Bouche cousue, a Lille-based radio programme which dedicated this week’s programme to the new album and my previous work.

Last but not least, I’ll be closing my small European tour with three dates in one of my favourite countries in the world, Italy: on 18 June I’ll be playing in a church in Piacenza, then on 21 and 22 June I’ll be playing on Isola Maggiore, a tiny island in the middle of a lake in Umbria: on the first night I’ll have to provide an improvised musical accompaniment to the sunset – I’m certainly looking forward to that! – and on the second night I will do my regular live show.

As usual, all details are in the future shows section.

I’m leaving tomorrow for Portugal, and hope to see you many of you at the gigs over the next month!


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