On New Year’s Eve 2009, instead of fighting the crowds in the centre of Edinburgh, we decided to take it a little bit easier and we thought that a house gig would be the perfect solution. Alongside Jon Rooney from Virgin of the Birds, Jamie and Rory from Broken Records also agreed to play.

The stunning Aleko, below, is an exclusive, and will be the b-side to their next single.

The lads have also begun work on their second album, which will be out on 4AD some time this year, presumably, and we were treated to an exclusive preview of a song from that album, but I am not allowed to show you that on the internet because it’s a secret.  See – that’s why you should come to the house gigs.

This performance reminded me an awful lot of Broken Records’ rather gorgeous Toad Session (the first ever Toad Session, in fact) because it’s not often you see Jamie with no more than violin to flesh out the sound.  In fact, they played If the News Makes You Sad and Wolves on New Year’s which also featured on that session, and I had a lovely little nostalgic moment all to myself.

For those of you who are interested, the rest of our videos (and there are an awful lot of them these days) can be found here.

We actually broadcast the gig itself live on the internet, and have now figured out how to do it using the really posh camera we use for the Toad Sessions, so in future the live stream should genuinely be worth watching.

The photos used for the titles were taken by Dylan from Blueback Hotrod, and the full set can be viewed over at his site.

Broken Records – Aleko (Live at Song, by Toad) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.


Broken Records – If Eilert Loevborg Wrote a Song, it Would Sound Like This (Live at Song, by Toad) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.


Broken Records – Lessons Never Learnt (Live at Song, by Toad) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.


Broken Records – Wolves (Live at Song, by Toad) from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.


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