The future is bright and casts a guitar-shaped shadow.  Welcome, Alan Roberts….

 

It is with real sadness and great love that we’re announcing the April 7th, 2019 gig at The Musician as Thure’s final stage appearance with Project Blackbird. After five years and two albums of shared music-making, he has decided to refocus his energies and considerable talents on other endeavours. Ming, Jon, Styx, and Jamie will continue on the path Thure has helped forge, with a new guitarist whom we’ll introduce in due course. In the meantime, we’ll reflect upon the wonderful partnership we’ve had with Thure, look forward to cheering on his next adventures, and treasure the ongoing friendship. As Semisonic said it best, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end“.

Peace and fortitude x

I can’t think of a more generous opportunity for a band than having its full-length album played in its entirety on the radio, with each track punctuated by commentary from one of the band’s members. Which is exactly what our musikalische Freunde von Radio Marabu have offered us with their “TrackByTrack Albumspecial” featuring Endurance, first broadcast online on February 17th, 2019 and available to listen to for a limited time via podcast. (The mp3 files are too large to post here, but please contact us if you’ve missed the boat.) A very big thank you to Marcel Fischer and Anett Schilling, and to my bandmates for tolerating the inevitable (and somewhat seat-of-the-pants) focus on vocals and lyrics.

Turtle Tempo is a music discovery webzine and events promoter based in South East London that “prides itself on being fully committed to giving exceptional independent & alternative music artists the recognition that they deserve“.  Annie Rew Shaw’s excellent interview with us was published on February 6th, 2019:

Hailing from all across the globe, Project Blackbird is an international collective of musicians from equally diverse backgrounds and experiences….[who] have just released their debut LP Endurance – an immersive and thought-provoking record intertwining carefully-crafted musicianship with emotive lyricism and themes.

I had a chat to the band to learn more about the project and what drove them to create Endurance

Check out the full interview here.

We’d like to give a warm and belatedly public welcome to Jamie Varley, who will be depping for Thure on those occasions when Thure is in Denmark, and who will be a valued fifth band member/jack-of-all-trades when Thure is here. Jamie’s first gig with Project Blackbird will be at More Coffee Co in Melton Mowbray on November 10th, and all five of us will be playing at The Musician Pub in Leicester on November 18th.

Over the past few months Jamie has stepped forward fearlessly and with incredible generosity, offering his time, good humour, promotional energy, and talent. We are honoured and grateful!

And while we’re at it…let’s give a little love to Styx, who has been there since the beginning but was unlucky enough not to be at the Borderline gig where we snapped our home page photo. One of these days, we’ll get a shot with all of us together. In the meantime, our drummer does exist:

If you’d like to know more about the talented young Catalonian photographer who took the striking photo, “Wilderness”, that adorns the cover of our album, then please go to Helena Aguilar Mayans’ website.

We are indebted to her vision and are grateful that she agreed to share it with us.

Welcome to the new website dedicated to Project Blackbird. Keep up to date with all our news here, and enjoy the journey….