MJ Hibbett & The Validators

The Last Working Day Of The Month: Issue 82

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(MJ Hibbett & The Validators FACT, December 22nd 2011)

Merry Christmas one and all! In this (slightly early) festive newsletter we've got albums, Christmas songs and a podcast to talk about, so let's get going!

GIGS TO COME
Thursday 12 January - The King & Queen, London
Totally Acoustic with Elizabeth Morris and Model Village

Tuesday 17 January - The Green Dragon, Croydon
Moon Horse at Freedom Of Expression

Thursday 26 January - The Wilmington Arms, London
Dinosaur Planet Album Launch!
The Validators with Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie All-Star Celebrity Backing Band and Jenny Lockyer & Tim Eveleigh

Tickets available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/147118

Saturday 4 February – The Rutland Arms, Sheffield
Moon Horse comes to Sheffield!

Check http://www.mjhibbett.co.uk/gigs/gigs.php for more information.

DINOSAUR PLANET ALBUM
After a long long wait and many delays the Dinosaur Planet album is FINALLY available! It's officially released on January 23rd, but you can get an early copy if you order direct from us, HERE:
http://dinosaurplanet.co.uk/shop.php

There's also t-shirts and various combo deals for MEGA BARGAINS, a free download of the title song, and a streaming preview of the whole album. We think it's rather good!

CHRISTMAS SONGS
We've had not one but TWO Christmas songs out this year. The first was a version of 'Walking In A Winter Wonderland' on the Joyzine advent calendar, which you can find HERE:
http://www.joyzine.org/1stdecembermjhibbett.html

The second was a brand new Validators track called 'Thank Goodness For Christmas' recorded especially for the 'Christmas In Haworth' advent calendar, which is HERE:
http://www.fikarecordings.com/christmasinhaworth/?p=103

There's lots of other gorgeous songs behind the doors of both calendars too, which are well worth a listen, and we've BUNDLED both new tracks in a revised version of our Christmas album, 'Christmas Selection Box', which is HERE:
http://mjhibbett.bandcamp.com/album/christmas-selection-box

TOTALLY ACOUSTIC
Slightly delayed due to GIGS and ALBUM stuff, the latest edition of the Totally Acoustic podcast is now available HERE:
http://www.totallyacoustic.com/podcast.php?podcastcode=18

It features the living legend (and my ALL-TIME HERO) Mr John Otway, as well as some festive key jangling and yet more dinosaurs. It's also the shortest podcast so far, and is LOVELY!

IN OTHER NEWS
Those who remember Mr Tim Pattison's excellent previous band Prolapse may be interested to know that there is a TRIBUTE album in the offing. We've put in a bid to do a song and they're looking for more - full details HERE:
http://www.facebook.com/events/294431177265177/

Finally, thanks to everyone who's bought the album so far, and especially those who've got in touch to say they liked it - I find myself in a weird post-production pre-release ZONE where I keep thinking 'Hang on, has this been a COLOSSAL, RIDICULOUS, MISTAKE?' so all reassurance is much appreciated! Many thanks too to everyone who's come to see me this year, in whatever GUISE. I've played 79 gigs in 2011, doing 'Dinosaur Planet', 'Moon Horse', Totally Acoustic, Validators shows or, occasionally, just normal gigs, and it's been fantastic fun. Next year will feature of lot of 'Dinosaur Planet' promotion and even a few festivals - it's going to be GRATE, I reckon!

And that's about enough for now - thanks very much for listening, and have a brilliant Christmas!

Cheers,

Mark


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