Happy 50th Birthday Bruce Watson

All the best on your special day

Bruce will be celebrating his 50th birthday tonight at The Green Hotel in Kinross with an Elektrik Cirkus gig.

Contact Details http://www.mundellmusic.com/ Tel; 01577 863467

Booking / Ticket Information Backstage at the Green Hotel, Kinross.Tickets £16

You can also catch The Elekrik Cirkus at PJ Molloys in Dunfermline later this month on Saturday 25th March.

Doors are at 7pm
Tickets priced at £5

Click here for more info….  

Hopefully there will be a few more gigs on the horizon for The Elekrik Cirkus over the coming months.....


Skids Live 2010 Special Edition DVD now only £12


The Skids Live 2010 DVD is now available as a special offer and discounted price.

The Special Edition DVD with Promo CD is available to buy direct from Richard Jobson and is now only £12 including postage and packaging.

The Skids Live 2010 DVD is Region 2 PAL (UK) so this disc may not be suitable for playing in other countries and is not a multi-region or region free disc. You DO NOT need a Paypal account to order, Paypal will accept all major credit cards and debit cards. Make sure you put your email address in correctly as confirmation of your order will be emailed to you. ====================================

The Skids Live 2010 DVD contains the following tracks: Animation, Of One Skin, Melancholy Soldiers, Thanatos, Yankee Dollar, The Saints Are Coming, Scared To Dance, Charles, The Olympian, Hurry On Boys, Charade, A Woman In Winter, Circus Games, Masquerade, Into The Valley, Fields.

The DVD also includes interviews with Richard and also footage from the Fifer Festival 2010

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The Skids Live Rock Goes To College listen again on BBC6

The Skids concert recorded at Rock Goes To College in London 1981 will be played on the BBC6 series called The Live Music Hour.

The BBC6 Radio series has already featured some classic gigs and on Tuesday 8th March this Rock Goes To College concert from The Skids will feature alongside other  BBC sessions from Hatfield And The North (19/03/1974) and Help Stamp Out Loneliness (16/11/2009).

You can visit the BBC6 website Live Music Hour by clicking this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rwm3t and check out the revious programmes.

Follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rwm3t/episodes/upcoming to see whats coming up next on The Live Music Hour, including The Skids

Skids frontman to host acting and filming workshops

Richard Jobson Film Workshops at Converge Point Three

Converge.3 at the NFT on March 1st and 2nd brings together the leading lights of the HDSLR world. From Philip Bloom?s expansive and ground breaking images to the ground breaking award winning documentary world of Danfung Dennis, the two day festival is a mixture of inspirational talks and workshops.
 Festival organisers James Stoneley and Sol Rogers, say that “The Convergence movement is a gathering storm that neither the cinema and or photography world can ignore. People like Kevin Shahinian have invented a new genre of docu-drama that is setting standards we never knew were possible. “
 The workshops will contain everything from creative lens work with the likes of Feature Film DOP Simon Dennis to learning how to take Final Cut Pro to a new level.

 Director, Richard Jobson will hold an acting workshop breaking down a scene and showing how he would film it.
 He says “Convergence is freedom to control and create a new type of narrative. Convergence is changing the face of how we all think and work and those who apply the technology to their ambition will be the ones who succeed the most. Convergence is the answer.”
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Bruce & Jamie Watson’s Electric Circus

Bruce and Jamie Waton’s Electric Circus will be playing at The British Legion (Dunfermline) Saturday 22nd January 2001 Doors 7pm Tickets £10 available soon from Kennys Music and Third Base Records. Tickets will also be available on the night so “pay at the door” is available. Over 14s’

As part of a series of fundraising events for the local British Legion, Bruce & Jamie Watsons Electric Circus will be joining Slurpy Gloop and Thee Zu on stage next Saturday, following on from great reviews as support for Big Country.

Big Country – at The Lemon Tree – Aberdeen

January 3, 2011 Thanks to Dod for posting. Original article can be found here

It was with some anticipation that I went along to see Big Country at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen.

 I hadn’t seen them perform since Stuart Adamson had passed away and I wasn’t sure how I, or indeed, any of the other fans would react, to a different singer.

From the opening number, 1000 Stars, the fans were right behind Mike Peters, the frontman with The Alarm, and made him more than welcome.

He seemed nervous at times and could be seen to be struggling with the words at some points but soon got into the swing of things. Bruce, Mark and Tony were also joined on stage by Bruce’s son, Jamie, who’s a welcome addition to the band. They put their heart and soul into every song and often made reference to Stuart. At one point Mike read a paragraph from a book from the 1800′s from which Stuart had got inspiration to write The Porrahman.

They sang all the old favourites including Harvest Home, Fields of Fire and Steeltown then came back on to do a 4 song encore which consisted of Lost Patrol, Chance, Restless Natives and In a Big Country. The time passed far too quickly and we were all left wanting more. Roll on the next time they come back to the Granite City.

-Rock Chick- Big Wheel Contributor More photos of the show can be seen HERE

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BIG HIT Alarm star Mike shines as he signs up with the Country club

News Of The World – 9th January 2011 by Tim Barr


SUBMERGED beneath a heaving crowd, Mike Peters is pulling off the neat trick of still managing to sing…a bit.

And when the spotlight finally picks him out, midway through his extended stage dive, it’s clear he’s having the time of his life.

Yet it’s hard to think of a more daunting venue for only his second show with the reinvigorated Big Country.

Stepping into the shoes of the late, great Stuart Adamson, one of Dunfermline’s favourite sons, before a hometown crowd takes a special something.

But tonight, in a dazzling display that reminds us of their special accomplishments as a musical force, the Welshman seems to be staking his claim as one of post punks all time great frontmen.

While the band, powered by drummer Mark Brzezicki, drill through hit after hit, including stunning versions of Harvest Home and Just A Shadow, he proves a neat match for Adamson’s signature vocal.

And in terms of the energy he expends, relentlessly vibing up the crowd, no one could ask for more.

“This is a real international gathering,” he says at one point, reading out the names of fans who’ve travelled here from all over the world.

At another, he reveals he’s spent the hours before the gig travelling the local area, visiting places like Crossgates and Townhill that have played a key role in Big Country’s history.

When he offers a salute to Stuart, while knotting a Dunfermline scarf into his belt, the electric atmosphere cranks up a notch.

It doesn’t hurt, of course, that this brilliant venue is an almost perfect setting for rock ‘n’ roll thrills but the band themselves, led by co founder and guitarist Bruce Watson are on sensational form.

Bassist Tony Butler is exceptional on a tearing version of Look Away that’s one of tonight’s undoubted highlights, offering further proof of Big Country’s abilities when it comes to penning classic guitar rock, littered with memorable hooks.

Meanwhile Jamie Watson turns in some impressive rhythm guitar work on the epic East Of Eden, another early standout.

Much of the set is drawn form their 1980s heyday, but as they plot their way through a running order packed with king-size singalong moments, the songs sound as fresh as if they’d been penned yesterday.

The spine tingling Inwards, surely one of post punks most emotive treasures, gets pulses racing, it’s jagged guitar riff spiralling underneath Adamson’s heartbroken lyric.

Hearing it back, in the company of superbly crafted songs like Wonderland, it’s not difficult to figure out why Big Country were such a welcome fixture in the charts.

But it’s obvious they’re winding up for a big finish, and when it comes, it hits with all the force of a runaway train.

Cramming a blistering Fields Of Fire, Chance and of course, In A Big Country into the final quarter, they deliver a brilliant sprint to the tape that suggests there is plenty of mileage left in their creative tanks.

“Thank you for looking after me in there,” Peters tells the fans.

Judging by the response, he’ll be welcome back anytime.


The Skids Live – Multi-Clip Editing in FCP

Steve Sander on December 1, 2010
original source article http://theconvergence.co.uk/2010/12/the-skids-live-multi-clip-editing-in-fcp/

Thanks to KAMDude for posting.

Richard Jobson’s film of The Skids performing at the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline was an excellent opportunity to utilise the capabilities of the Canon 5D MkII camera with Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 software. I was tasked with editing 6 cameras into one seamless record of the live gig, capturing the energy of The Skids’ live performance.

The Canon cameras lent themselves beautifully to capturing stunning images in low light without distracting the band with bulky equipment, cables and additional lighting. Indeed Richard commented that while performing he completely forgot the cameras where even there. It was also beneficial for the audience whose attention stayed on the band.

The cameramen shot long takes focusing on specific aspects of the performance. One camera followed Richard, another the lead guitarist and another the base player. A static camera was trained on the drummer.

My task in the edit suite was to transcode the footage and then sync the cameras to each song as a multi-camera clip. I transcoded the footage using the free software download, MPEG Streamclip, which quickly converted the H.264 files into Apple ProRes files. I believe that there is nothing to be gained in transcoding to the ProRes HQ codec from the 5D, although some professional colourists tell me that HQ would be better. From all the tests I’ve done, I haven’t personally found a generational loss of image quality when conducting any reasonable amount of colour correcting. The H.264 codec is already heavily compressed and transcoding to an intermediate codec like ProRes HQ will not provide a boost in quality. The only benefit I can see is if you are combining 5D footage with graphics and animation work encoded at a higher data rate. It was also apparent in the case of The Skids edit that when editing multiple clips in the timeline, smaller file sizes and data rates were going to be more convenient.

Setting up multi-clips in FCP was easy. I marked the same ‘in’ point for each camera angle of a particular song and then made a multi-clip from all of the angles (syncing the clips to the ‘in’ point). I then opened the new muliti-clip in the viewing window and edited in real time, making sure to take the audio from just one camera.

Editing in real time was a joy as it enabled me to quickly put a rough edit of the track together, reacting to the music as if doing a live mix. This enabled me initially to react to the performances rather than going for a more clinical assembly. I was then able to go back and fine tune my rough edit selecting alternative angles where necessary or indeed alternative moments from different parts of the song, like a crowd reaction. In this way the live music sections from the film were edited together quickly over two days and retained, I hope, the energy from the original live performance.

There is no doubt that shooting with the Canon 5D MkII and doing a multi-clip edit streamlined the whole process and from an editorial point of view enabled me to react creatively and instinctively to the material.

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