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James at the finals of the BBC Radio 2
Young Folk Awards 2006

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Indy Award 2007

James Chadwick was nominated for the INDY MUSIC AWARDS 2008. Please show your support by
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Review of Worried Noodles in the Sunday Times on 11th November by Richard Clayton:Worried Noodles CD

"It’s a strength of the project that the best-known names (David Byrne, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) turn in some of the least involving contributions. With treatments ranging from future doo-wop (Dirty Projectors) to gabba techno (Liars), the tastiest tracks, to my ears, come from Psapp (cute ambient pop), James Chadwick (unashamed folk), Scout Niblett (PJ Harveyish obsequies) and Final Fantasy (violin-chuggy prog). The greatest juxtaposition, Shrigley says, between lyrical starting point and final song is Grizzly Bear’s “Spinal Tap-like guitar ode to blackcurrant jam”. READ the review >>

See the Review from the Guardian below.


Worried Noodles LaunchLaunch party for "Worried Noodles" at Scala, Kings Cross on 14th October. James wrote the music for "Wooden Floor" and performed at the party alongside, amongst others, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand DJ and Psapp.

Review from the Guardian: Compilation of the month:
David Shrigley/Various, Worried Noodles 4 stars
A cartoonist's poems set to music: just the job if you like intriguing experiments of the darkly funny persuasion, writes Stephanie Merritt   Sunday October 14, 2007

"This is the ultimate indie-kid's collectors' item: the poetry of cult artist and Guardian cartoonist David Shrigley given musical substance by eclectic leftfield bands (including TV On The Radio, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand, Lord Cut-Glass, Aidan Moffat and David Byrne), all packaged in a little hard-backed book of Shrigley's sprawling line drawings. The original Worried Noodles was made by Shrigley in 2006 and released as a 12-inch LP, except that it didn't have any music, because Shrigley, in his own words, 'couldn't be bothered to make a record'.

This small deficiency has now been remedied, and on the resulting 39-track double album the musicians have constructed songs of all varieties around Shrigley's spare lyrics. There are seemingly shapeless dance tracks ('A Clash of Heads' by Tussle, which features Shrigley reading in a monotone) and gently melodic folk (James Chadwick's 'The Wooden Floor'), Celtic rock (Lord Cut-Glass, 'Maybe') and blues/gospel (Hank, 'Baby's Bible')..... READ MORE>>

KULTUREFLASH advertised the eveing thus:

Catch London electro outfit Hot Chip, performance artist Simon Bookish, indie rock duo Psapp, the Brazilian freak-folk of Cibelle, and the precocious talent of singer-songwriter James Chadwick, among others, at a live showcase in aid of Amnesty International's Protect The Human Week. Inspired by Glaswegian artist David Shrigley's illustrated book of imaginary songs, Worried Noodles ("The Empty Sleeve"), this eclectic group of musicians and singer-songwriters, signed to independent record label Tomlab, will bring to life Shrigley's surreal doodles and musings. A chance to hear Hot Chip's toe-tapping anthem "Over And Over", and see Shrigley and his animations in the flesh, in the comforting knowledge that all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the charity. (


David Shrigley adds music to Worried Noodles...

“I didn’t make a record. I couldn’t be bothered to make a record. It would have been too difficult. It was easier not to make a record.”

The words of Glaswegian absurdist David Shrigley regarding his LP-sized book of song lyrics Worried Noodles, released in 2006. Unfortunately it was missing one crucial component - the music.

No longer. Tomlab have assembled artists ranging from Liars to David Byrne, Deerhoof to Grizzly Bear and James Chadwick to Franz Ferdinand, leaving them to their own devices to produce a composition citing Shrigley's absurd scrawlings from the "Worried Noodles" book.

Again titled Worried Noodles, it will be released as a 3xLP and/or a 2xCD, the latter with a 106-page hardback book of Shrigley's work, on October 23.

Track listing…
Roger Ferguson – ‘Welcome Singer’
Christopher Francis - ‘One’
Grizzly Bear – ‘Blackcurant Jam’
R. Stevie Moore – ‘Live In Fear’
Phil Elvrum & Nick Krgovich - ‘Watcha Doin’'
Scarlett’s Well - ‘Maybe’
Psapp – ‘Sad Song’
Aidan Moffat & The Best Of’s - ‘Your Hands Are Cold’
Yacht – ‘I Saw You’
Simon Bookish – ‘Prince Of Wales’
Deerhoof – ‘You, Dog’
Hank – ‘Baby’s Bible’
Marriot 1262 (TV On The Radio Portland Chapter) - ‘Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Potato’
David Byrne – ‘For You’
James Chadwick – The Wooden Floor’
Islands - ‘Joy’
Cotton Candy – ‘A Sentimental Song’
Franz Ferdinand - ‘No’
Alig Fodder – ‘The Hole’
Cibelle – ‘Elaine’
Dirty Projectors – ‘Come Forward’
The Curtains - ‘Show Me The Way Things Work’
Max Tundra – ‘A Truce’
Munch Munch – ‘A Squirrel’
Liars – ‘Panic Button’
Tussle (ft. David Shrigley) - ‘A Clash Of Heads’
Trans Am – ‘The Film’
John Shankie – ‘A Song’
Scout Niblett – ‘The Bell’
Final Fantasy - ‘Joys’
Mt. Eerie – ‘A Sentimental Song’
The Dead Science - ‘Once I Found A Diamond’
Lord Cut Glass - ‘Maybe’
Per Francine – ‘Another Song’
Hot Chip - ‘No’
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - ‘The Pretty Girl’
Mitch Friedman - ‘Awesome’
Pyrolator & Stoya - ‘Elaine’
Les Georges Leningrad - ‘Manager And Coordinater Of Prostitutes’

READ MORE on DROWNED in SOUND and David Shrigley


"...the enigmatic James Chadwick...was Centre stage at a lunch time concert set in the beautiful surrounds of Lewes castle, Chadwick's emotion laden lyrics allude to a lifetime of experiences which seem incongruent with his apparent fresh faced youthfulness... Belting out a range of blues and folk Chadwick switches effortlessly between genres and tempos. Both vocally and on guitar... he is technically fantastic" Hannah Russell Sussex 02/08/07


Opening for Karine Polwart at Sale, Manchester and Cambridge
The "Scribbled in Chalk" Tour

See gigs page for details


  On tour with Folkwit Records.... See gigs page for details


Supported Jim Moray at
Stratford Civic Hall
Norwich Arts Centre
& Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

See gig page for details


Debut performance at one of the most famous clubs in England! The Cavern, Liverpool

Print a cut-price ticket flyer HERE


A fantastic weekend 8th & 9th of July at the Gillingham Festival then at Priddy Folk Festival. The rain was torretial and James's tent not waterproof - but what the heck! View pictures of Priddy Folk Festival 2006 [HERE]. Another one to add to the diary next year.



James is involved in helping to organise the first Rutland Grassroots Festival. He is playing solo in the Acoustic Tent and also joining Opaque and Circus as bass player.

26/07 Thanks to all the superb Acoustic Tent players and to eveyone who helped to make this a sell-out success, especially the driving force, Moony. To see who else was at the Festival and read more about it go to the Unity Blog [ HERE ] . Add this one in your diary for next year.


20/06 An all-day Folkwit Records event at the "Solstice" Peterborough. See gig page for details.
22/06 The event was a great success, with a guest slot from Jackie and Doug Oates.
Read the Unity Blog on the day [HERE] and the local press [HERE]


5/04 James will be starting an Acoustic Open Mic evening at the Xoo Bar , below the City Club, Peterborough.
This will run every Wedneday evening. Just turn up if you hope to sing or play; or email James to book a definite slot. The evening ends with a 30 minute booked showcase slot. On 5th this will be Patrick Briscoe and on 19th Andy Whittle . More great names are lined up for coming weeks. [Local Press]


5 track EP: "Serotonin" by James Chadwick and the Red Guards released.
Tracks: Serotonin, Cold, Don't Go, Down to the Ground Blues and Thomas.
You can hear them on the listen page.

Vocals & Guitar: James Chadwick; Bass: Nathan Wieckowski;
Rachel O'Malley; Drums: Pete O'Malley

[NB 2 of these tracks appeared first on the EP "Nocturne"]

Buy the EP [HERE]


Two of James's songs were played on internet radio in Japan. According to the DJ, Dominic Glyn, "the Nobones show is a pretty eclectic mix of all things underground" Small world that it is, you can log on and listen yourself to There are some archived programmes

"Wasteland Blues" was played on Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland.


You can get a FREE download of James's song: "Falling Down" if you join the mailing list for
the record label, Folkwit Records.
Simply click the Folkwit banner below to send an email signing up to the list.


A fantastic day at the Crown, Peterborough organised by Unity & Muddy Promotions.
Click [HERE] to see photos and reviews of the day.
Join Unity's mailing list for information on some great gigs in Peterborough.

DECEMBER 15th 2005

James is to play 3 songs live on BBC radio Cambridge on Thurday 15th December between 6-7pm.
Tune in to listen!!

DECEMBER 9th 2005

James is in the Finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards on Friday 9th December.

12/12/05 The winner was the amazing Bodega, a six piece band with harp and Northumbrian pipes.

I had a fantastic evening, I got to play to a full house at the Sage, Gateshead , with the likes of Vin Garbutt and Howard Goodall in the audience. All the finalists were brilliant. If you get the chance to see any of them live, you must do. They were, Mattheu Watson, Shona Donaldson, Southwind and Joe O'Connor. None of them seem to have websites yet so I can't direct you. Last year's winner, Lauren MacColl also made an appearance playing a great twenty minute set. You can check out her site at Afterwards, there was a big party with posh food and another session. Thanks to Folkworks and the BBC for giving me this great opportunity.
Photos of the event can be seen by following this link: YOUNG FOLK AWARDS GALLERY

In the pipeline, I have a number of exciting gigs lined up for the new year. Definite bookings have been made for the Cavern, Liverpool , the Liquidroom, Edinburgh and Priddy Folk Festival . I look forward to seeing some of you there. Dates are on the gig page on my website.

NOVEMBER 5th-24th 2005

James is performing as part of the "Folkwit Tour" at venues as far apart as The Little Civic, Wolverhampton, The Old Ale House, Salisbury, The Talbot's Bar/ Yales, Wrexham, The Troubadour, London, The Portland Arms, Cambridge. NEW VENUES HAVE BEEN ADDED THIS MONTH , so visit the gigs page for details of venues near you.

Other artists involved are: Bailey, Gwildor, Jinder, Keith Mouland & Paul Godden, Palava, James Yuill. For further details, see the gigs page. To hear samples of the music of the other musicians, visit Folkwit.

OCTOBER 14-16th

James at BBC Young Folk Awards

The weekend of 14th-16th October was the Semi-final of the BBC RADIO 2 YOUNG FOLK AWARDS. James was one of just 14 semi-final acts chosen from hundreds of entrants nationwide. The weekend consisted of workshops and music-making on Friday and all day Saturday, followed by the audition concert on Saturday evening in the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. The weekend was rounded off at lunchtime on Sunday with an informal concert in the Malt Room at the Arts Centre, with all the musicians working together.

It was a brilliant weekend and the standard of musicianship was incredibly high. There were certainly some of the stars of the future in the line-up. Mike Harding announced the names of the 6 FINALISTS on his Radio 2 Folk show on 26th October (88-91 FM). If you missed the radio show, you can listen again on the BBC Radio 2 website Short snippets from each of the six finalists were played at the end of the show. You can also read brief biographies of the finalists on the website.

There will be photographs of the semi-finals available soon, so visit again to have a look. If you would like to hear extracts from the two songs James sang for the auditions, please visit the LISTEN page and click on "Walking the Line" and "Down to the Ground Blues". Post a comment on the forum.

Local press: Evening Telegraph 27th October 2005

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