Londoners – join us this evening for an bill of Americana and Blues at The Monarch in Camden! With free entry and doors from 7:30pm, we’ll be warming up the night with a duo set of some tunes from the forthcoming 3rd album. (We’re back in the studio Sunday morning so awfully soon, the smoke should clear and and we will have a single ready for your ears in no time!) Following us this evening will be 2 fellow Soup Studio comrades: Ollie Seymour-Marsh & Friends & Golden Spike (nee the Tender Hips) both of which are burgeoning new formations and sure to make a splash on the local Americana scene. Closing the night will be Jimmy Regal & The Royals, ever worth the wait so plan to stay til the end. Bound to be a cracker. x
The last few months have been so busy for us that we haven’t even had the time to document our news. We would therefore be remiss not to jam pack this post with all the highlights of May and June. So here goes..first (and most importantly) we are officially knee deep in album number 3. After 2 extremely productive days in Soup Studio recording the majority of the tracks live with drums, the record is really starting to take shape and we couldn’t be prouder of the progress. With the help of the quality team that is Sam Beer and Simon Trought, we are all engines go for the finishing touches. Providing everything stays on track, this little puppy will be ready for a release party in early Autumn. If you think that sounds too far away, we promise that you will not have to wait long for snippets of what’s to come. We will be letting out snack #1 in no time.
After getting the record rolling, we took our album filled heads abroad for a gig in New York and varied experiences in Boston and Jamaica. We chose to host our duo event back at the birthplace of the band, The Sidewalk Cafe on Ave A. With the support of some great friends and faces we haven’t seen for too long, we got the opportunity to experiment with stripped back versions of several of the new songs before dutifully closing the place down for the night. Along with a handful of other old school New York venues, Sidewalk is still run by the “free entry/ kindly tip the band” recipe that has inspired our Chalk Farm Folk nights back home. Hopefully some day more London venues will catch on to the benefits of this concept to make us one of many free entry quality nights out there rather than one of the solid few.
Apart from our own gig, New York was as usual, one great big ball of music. We scored 2 full days at the Governor’s Ball, a visit to our favourite Jazz n’ Blues dive, and an inspiring (if-possibly-ill-advised-very-late-eve-before-our-gig) night out to see friend of the band, Beans on Toast at Grand Victory in Brooklyn.
We managed to catch a lively 2 sets by JT Bowen (Lead singer of Clarence Clemons’ band, The Red Bank Rockers) at Arthur’s Tavern. This little West Village staple, snuggled in right next to Marie’s Crisis off the West 4th/ Christopher St junction, has been around since the 1930s and it is one of those city secrets you want all of your friends to know about. With a nightly line up that is consistenly filled with some of the most talented Jazz and Blues players in the tri-state area, it is always free entry and as far as we’re concerned, always the ideal pit stop at the end of the night.
This was our first experience at the Governor’s Ball which takes over Randall’s Island for a weekend each Summer. After a swift walk through Harlem and passage over the RFK bridge we were surrounded by overpriced booze stands, thousands of pot-smoking teenagers and endless sunshine. Though the sets were staggered, the 4 stages unavoidably competed with eachother at times with the wind carrying amplified sounds back and forth over the tiny strip of land. We managed to squeeze in decent sets from War on Drugs, Sharon Von Etten, Connor Oberst, Ryan Adams (arguably the best set we’ve ever seen him play), Black Keys, Noel Gallagher, and Bjork while wiping the oil from our chins from possibly the most overrated sandwich ever. Sorry Ramen Burger – we do get it. You are two things that are individually delicious but combined (despite extra points for creativity) totally unremarkable. Proof that waiting 45 minutes in line will not always amount to a worthy pay-off.
Sun fried, we returned back to the UK, barely kicking our jetlag in time for an outdoor set at Green Days on Sunday, 14th June. This was our 2nd appearance at the crafts, ales, and music end of Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick. This year we managed to bring the full band along for what clearly turned out (from the pictures below) to be a rousing stomper for the toddler set. We even signed an album for a 4 year old so it’s safe to say our fan base is broadening at a clip.
Finally, we’ve had the good vibes of returning to Chalk Farm Folk with one just now past and another just around the corner. In June we were joined by CFF newcomers Running The Colour and Hannah Rose Platt with the treat of double acapella sets by the velvety-vocaled Canaries. We will be returning in a few short weeks with a fresh line up for 23rd July. The full bill, poster, and event page will be available in a couple of days.
So there you have it…a taste of what we’ve been able to muster in the last 8 weeks. We’re ready now to put every free second into the production of the new album and we will do our best to keep the updates a bit more regular as we go. Stay tuned for August gigs and sneak peaks of the freshly cut material – we think we may just have a hit on our hands.
With much love, Mahoney & The Moment. x
We’re back at The Monarch in Camden tomorrow evening for a great line up hosted as always by yours truly. We’ll be taking the stage full band at 9:30 and sharing the bill with Jack Joseph Band, Dan Raza, and Dave Santos & The Odds n’ Ends. Entry is free all night at Chalk Farm Folk and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been down. Check out the event page HERE!
We can’t even believe it’s been 2 year’s since ‘Don’t Say No!’ was released! For those of you who haven’t had the chance to hear the full album straight through, here’s a treat for you….
…and also a few behind the scenes shots from our work getting it down in Soup Studio.
We are thrilled to be asked back to Green Days this year as part of Bedford Park Summer Festival. There are so few festivals to be found right in London and this is surely a little gem in the rough! Last year we fled back from Somerset after an ambitious weekend of 4 gigs in just 2 days. Bedford was our final pit stop on the tour and while on the car ride there we thought we might just not have been up to it, we arrived to a warm, sunny day with bright blue skies and cheerful crowds. The crew were relaxed and super sweet and let us have a slight recoup period (Pimms and Hot Sausage Butties) before taking the stage. It was the perfect finish to a hectic weekend.
Last year we closed the festival as a duo and we will be taking the same slot this year but instead we will be playing full band. Join us on Sunday, 14th June in Chiswick at 5pm for the show. The festival takes place on Acton Green directly across from Turnham Green Tube station and you will find the bandstand right around the middle of the park. With today being the warmest day of 2015 so far, you can almost feel the rays of a June sun off in the distance….almost...Good times.
Oh so long overdue….we finally took a day out to settle in at SJB’s Dungeon of Sound (a.k.a the legendary Sam Beer’s house) for a creative purge. Steve’s Rockabilly project, Emily’s Solo Ep, and M&M’s 3rd full length album all got a nod in the session with trials of about 15 new tracks. The birds were chirping, the sirens were only occasional, and the day went by far too quickly but we’re pretty damn pleased to get the ball rolling. Here are a few photo’s of the session and hopefully we can debut one or two of the tracks online soon enough! xx
Ready to shed those Winter blues! – New music, full band gigs, and Chalk Farm Folk moves to Thursdays!23 Feb
Slowly but steadily 2015 is looking way up. The days are getting longer, Spring is nearly at our door, and Mahoney & The Moment are finally cooking up some good music news. We broke into the new year with our final Tuesday event at The Monarch on the 27th of January along side Bird Radio, Ellie O’Keeffe and StevieRay Latham. That night we headlined with our first full band set in ages, welcoming on board the massively talented Ashley Hallinan on drums. Omitting to post about this last month was a true disgrace as it was possibly the best poster imaginable (see down below). We are now thrilled to bring our British-infused Americana to Thursday nights at The Monarch as Chalk Farm Folk Returns this very Thursday, 26th February.
After a raining day’s band rehearsal in Chiswick yesterday we’re genuinely amped to shell out a few new songs that are primed for the upcoming 3rd album. If all goes as planned, we will be demoing the full catalogue of new material accrued over the last year and a half in the next month. There is so much to put down now that the lot is likely to spill into 2 full albums and 1 EP…nothing short of a creative purge! We also have some travelling on the horizon and non-CFF gigs to announce but we’ll get to that in our next post.
So, join us this week to sample 2 of our new tracks and enjoy what will be a full band showdown of CFF alums: The Yes Mess, Lazy Heart Parade and Black River Wild. We plan to send you all back to work on Friday morning tired (and maybe hungover) but definitely tapping your feet uncontrollably.
Tonight is our absolutely final gig of 2014 and it’s a Christmas special of course. There may be baby songs thrown into the mix no more than a few weeks old and quite possibly even a shocking Christmas cover. Afterwhich, Mahoney & The Moment will be sitting down to review the year in music, organize our new recording schedule and get a newsletter out with photos, vids, and fresh updates for 2015. Free entry tonight as always with Dj Stev Mayo spinning his playlist inbetween sets. Gonna be a cracker! In the meantime check out last year’s Christmas Single: “Don’t Say No! at Christmas” HERE
Tonight with free entry and music starting from 7:30, Chalk Farm Folk will be paying tribute to Neil Young all night long! With 6 acts spanning his long and quality catalog, it’s sure to be the perfect way to spend a rainy Tuesday in London. Joining the bill will be Mahoney & The Moment, Blind Atlas, Slow Wolf, Steve Hallam of Before The Gold Rush and many more! Come down to the Monarch in Camden on Chalk Farm High Road and sing along. x
Yo kids. Mahoney & The Moment are ready for fall.
We are planning records, polishing new set lists, and back for another evening of Americana at The Monarch. Chalk Farm Folk, right smack on high road in Camden will be free entry as always and kicking off from 8pm featuring us and 3 other great acts. All new to the night, we’ll be joined by Dani Blue, Dave Santos, and (part of) The Rude Vandals. Swing by for a beer, stay for the love.