You're going to do what!?

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This weekend is going to be another glorious slice of Ishmael action. 

Last call for tickets to our gig on Friday (16 March) at The Victoria, Birmingham. Buy them from our store or ask us to put some behind the door for you. Oh and if you can't make Friday then come to our gig the following day in Stoke at The Underground, you'll be needing tickets for that one as well. 

Just one other thing. On Friday we're starting work on a crazy project. Frontman Gary Wilcox and axeman JT will be running a number of half marathons (and some assorted 10ks etc) in 2018 whilst creating an accompanying mini-documentary that looks at the parallels between long distance running and being in an independant pop band. No jokes, there are A LOT.

There are a number of reasons for wanting to do this, but probably the most important is that we wrote a song about running for our last album, so there's definitely some cross over that will create mad dollar for the band. Somehow. 

We will tell you more on Friday. See you there. 


Surviving Storm Ishmael

 Photo credit - Laura Ellement

Photo credit - Laura Ellement

The band were an emotional wreck on Friday. We had members stranded on the mean streets of Kings Heath, others carrying all their gear on the train and a saviour in the very likely shape of Adrian Tasker who battled the elements to get two of the band to Congelton Unplugged. Our gig for the festival was great, a tight blast through two 45 minute sets of our acoustic tunes. 

Stressful start aside this weekend was a high point for the band. Throughout Saturday we wrote and demo'd new material - including the blistering 'Blood is Thicker', which will be released as single in the coming months. In the evening we played a packed show at the Market Vaults, with support from the king of Stoke-on-Trent Merrym'n

Saturday's gig was amazing and we're really thankful for all those who braved the rubbish weather to come and listen to us. We hope you enjoyed it? 

Next stop is a headline slot in Birmingham on Friday 16 March at the Victoria (TICKETS) and then the day after we're at The Underground in Stoke (TICKETS).

Come down to either of these if you can. 


Coming to a harbour near you...


Spring 2018 is looking like a mighty season for all of us on the good ship Ishmael. We have four gigs in March and our annual practice / song writing session. So expect some new material in our set list. 

We're covering some decent ground across the middle of the country during this string of dates. If you're in Birmingham then please come to our gig at The Victoria on Friday 16 March (tickets.) For Stoke / Stafford people there's plenty to pick from, why not come to all of them? 

We're very excited to get back out there. See you on the road...or seas...the metaphors get a little mixed. 


Ishmael's last gig of the year is happening tomorrow


It's been a great year for the good ship Ishmael. We released an album in May that has been well received by people and has set a standard for what comes in 2018.

On Tuesday 5 December we will be playing our last gig of the year at The Glebe in Stoke. Support will be in the shape of Jay Johnson. Come down and celebrate with us. 

For more details go to the Facebook event page.

A Sleeping Whale Wakes


Ishmael is slumbering at the moment, getting ready to surface in the coming months. We've started recording new ideas, talking about our annual Christmas EP and some creative ideas for music making in 2018.  

The only bad part of being in a band comprised of people who are all in about five other bands means there are periods when we all have to go off and work on our other projects. More often then not with each other. We thought we'd let you know what everyone is up to. 

Gary is working hard on his folk roots project, Wilcox:Hulse, with long term collaborator Phil Hulse, they put out a single today from their new album, listen to it on DROMA's Bandcamp pageRob has released the third TMC single this year, prolific work from the indie pop masters, make sure you listen to 'End of the World.' Matt has been appearing across a lot of releases, but his stunning work on the Wilcox:Hulse album deserves a special mention, get All Change now, you won't regret it. Sophie has, like Matt, been playing on everything but a real shout out should be directed at her stunning work on TASKRZ's latest releases that dropped in early August, download both of them pronto. Last but not least, Jack has been the shadowy figure behind all of these projects, he recently did a long form interview with E MAJOR blog, where he went to great lengths to explain all the different musical projects he's got his finger in.

We'll be back on the road in December when we appear at The Glebe in Stoke, then a month later at The Swan Inn in Stone. You'll hear from that prior to that as the whale wakes. 

Speak soon, 

I'm Broken, But I'm Fine released today

Today is the day - I'm Broken, But I'm Fine has been released to the world. You can buy it physically via our store by clicking here, downloading it from Bandcamp by clicking here or streaming it from Apple Music, Spotify etc. 

It's been a whole year since we started working on the project. The process of writing, recording and creating is a glorious one and we're so happy to have made it through this second album to tell the tale and release the record. We want to thank our families, friends and the other musicians who chipped in along the way.  

Get yourself a copy and let us know what you think.