Dominic Waxing Lyrical
releases new album ‘Rural Tonic’ on 21 April 2017 on Tenement Records
and announces UK dates, including April tour with Lone Pigeon and Bell Lungs
Dominic Waxing Lyrical is Edinburgh-based poet and musician Dominic Harris and an ever-changing line up of musical collaborators.
One of the most unsung lyrical talents of the past twenty years, Dominic’s new album, Rural Tonic, will be released on the 21st of April by Tenement Records, and features both his regular band (whose backbone remains Edinburgh band Aberfeldy) and idiosyncratic chamber group ‘Mr. McFall’s Chamber’ (featuring members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra).
In support of the album, Dominic Waxing Lyrical is touring the UK, playing two Scottish dates in March with support from ILK, before setting out in April with Lone Pigeon and Bell Lungs in tow. The dates are:
Dominic Waxing Lyrical / ILK
Wed 29th EDINBURGH Henry’s Cellar Bar
Th 30th GLASGOW Nice n’ Sleazy
Dominic Waxing Lyrical / Lone Pigeon / Bell Lungs
Tue 18th BEVERLEY Westwood
Wed 19th FROME The High Pavement
Th 20th BRIGHTON Pelirocco Hotel
Fri 21st READING Arts Center
Sat 22nd LONDON Mill Mead (Tottenham)
Sun 23rd DOVER Folkestone rd
Mon 24th LONDON Defoe Rd (Stoke Newington)
Tue 25th BIRMINGHAM The Edge
Wed 26th SHEFFIELD Riley’s & Co
Th 27th COVENTRY The Tin
Fri 28th LEEDS Mill Hill Chapel
Sat 29th EDINBURGH St. Vincent’s
Sun 30th ANSTRUTHER Town Hall
Lone Pigeon (above)
Dominic Waxing Lyrical first started performing in the 90s, becoming a celebrated artist in both the squat/punk and low-fi folk scenes. From Berlin to Amsterdam and then Edinburgh, Dominic has betrayed the sickly-sweet world of alibi lyrics with declamatory zeal. Nudity, destruction, cross-dressing and poetry have trailed in his wake since his debut single ‘Victoria’ on Bosque Records in 1995; the following year ‘Change’ was played repeatedly by John Peel and his first album was released – complete with a show choreographed by performance artist/dancer Ruby Worth.
Listen to album track La-Giostra featuring Mr Mc.Fall’s Chamber
=Watch ‘Sugar Daddy’ live video
His first eponymous LP was released by Neptunes in 1996 (described as ‘DIY-baroque- folk’ by the Melody Maker) as well as further singles on the Bosque label. He was championed at the time by John Peel and Jonathan Richman, amongst others. DWL toured extensively through Germany, Holland, France, the UK and the States. After a long absence from music Dominic returned with a new band and LP in 2014 entitled Woodland Casual featuring Edinburgh musicians Riley and Murray Briggs (Aberfeldy/Oi Polloi) and George McFall (Clean George IV) who were all long-term fans of Dominic. The album and gigs were well received. The band undertook a tour of the Union Canal in central Scotland to promote the album, travelling on a barge and performing at places like the Antonine Wall and the Falkirk Wheel.
Dominic quickly commenced recording more material both with his live band (now including bassist Ken Macintosh, also of Aberfeldy) and with classical ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber featuring new arrangements of Dominic songs, old and new, by Robert McFall who had recently collaborated in a similar fashion with the late (great) Dundonian singer/songwriter Michael Marra.
“For the past twenty years, the imaginative unorthodoxy of Mr McFall’s Chamber has singled it out as a flamboyant presence on the Scottish music scene” – Ken Walton, The Scotsman
“Full marks for originality of concept and for execution, which has all this ensemble’s trademark style and communicative nous” – Gramophone magazine
Rural Tonic is a combination of these two separate recording sessions and is therefore very varied stylistically. As always with Dominic’s records the lyrical themes and narrative threads are the main feature and run in all directions. Notable highlights on this record include Susan Sontag (’tis hard to tell if greater want of skill, appear in writing or in judging ill’) and La Giostra (‘Earth’s tilt, moon’s traction, the stars are punctures in a bicycle tyre, hissing at the dark’).
‘A resonant insight into the human condition’ Record Collector
‘A tonic for those who fret that everything sounds the same’ Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman
‘Harris is a one off’ The Herald