Moon & Back Session :: Mark McCabe

“She’s not thick, she’s from Austria” – Mark McCabe

Back in March, Scottish singer/songwriter, Mark McShit McCabe went on a tour around the UK with Oxygen Thief. Rather than hang around Manchester all day doing nothing, we took the pair of them under an old railway bridge (you know the one, it’s been in a few of these videos now) and filmed a couple of sessions. Unfortunately for Mark, he could only get one song out before we encountered some technical difficulties. However, all was not lost. Later that night we commandeered a lift in Manchester Piccadilly train station and set the camera rolling again.

Mark performed, a track of his own, ‘Catch The Wind’ (watch the background of that one!) as well as a cover of Alkaline Trio’s ‘Warbrain’. Remember, if you want to see a particular artist perform in session, please leave us a comment, message us on Facebook or hit us up on Twitter. Next week’s session comes courtesy of Joe McCorriston.


‘Catch The Wind’

‘Warbrain’ (Alkaline Trio cover)

These videos were shot and edited by Dicking Around Productions in association with Moon & Back Music.

Moon & Back Session :: Oxygen Thief

“Oi, Oi, Oi, Oi” – Everyone

Oxygen Thief recently took on a jaunt around the UK (accompanied by, the awesome, Mark McCabe) and we chucked on a show for them in Manchester. Y’know, because we’re nice like that. So before the gig started we thought we’d record a session under the very bridge our podcast/promotions thing/psuedo-record label is named after. Little did we know, we’d have some, pretty awesome, intruders.

Seriously, we have no idea who these girls are. If you do, please let us know by emailing us by clicking those links in the sidebar. And, as always, please let us know what you thought in the comments and on YouTube. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave those here too. For now, why not enjoy two awesome songs from Oxygen Thief and his two-part dance troupe.

‘Paper Planes’ (M.I.A. cover)

‘Mestle & Porter’

Moon & Back Session :: Abbie Broom

'Abbie Broom In Session' - © 2012 Anthony Barlow

“…It’s alright, because this motorbike is really warm” – Abbie Broom

This session was a bit of a mad one to record. We found out Abbie was going to be in Manchester shortly before she arrived, and had more sessions to shoot that day. Needless to say, we were in a bit of a rush. So after trying to find a well lit corner of Manchester to film, we threw Miss Broom out into the cold and had her perform a couple of songs before running off into the night to our next engagement.

Despite our hastiness (it was cold out there too!) and the lack of light, the session came out really well. Background noise and Manchester’s least courteous people aside, of course. If you want to hear more from Abbie, head over to Rough Trade.

Anyway, enjoy!


‘Dorothy’s Heels’

Moon & Back Session :: Dave Hughes

© Robert Balmer 2012

“I got the chorus slightly in tune that time…”- Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes recently embarked on a short UK tour with Emma Hallows. Under The Bridge (and, by proxy, Moon & Back) organised a Manchester show for the pair and, whilst we were waiting for things to get rolling, we shot a session with Dave under a bridge.

Dave performed ‘Tacitus (Burn Like A Fire)’ – a track taken from the Hughes/Harker/Hallows split released on Under The Bridge Records – and ‘Mirrors’ for his session. Sorry about all the wind, talking and trains. These are the hazards of filming outside. Regardless, both videos turned out well. Enjoy!

As always the video was shot and edited by Dicking Around Productions. If you have any suggestions as to who we should get in session next, put it in the comments, write to us on Facebook, or send us something on Twitter.

‘Tacitus (Burn Like A Fire)’


Moon & Back Session :: James Hull (Leagues Apart)

“Holy shit I look like an idiot when I’m drunk!” – James Hull

Having made his triumphant return to Manchester, we decided it’d be a good idea to get James Hull to do a session. Why we thought this is beyond me, we did though. With his hangover from the previous night, presumably, still lingering (he played an ‘Under The Bridge’ show) we set Leagues Apart’s tallest member to work again, after an intimate gig at Manchester’s Star & Garter.

James decided to play a Leagues Apart song (I don’t think you can call it a cover if they did the original, right?) as part of his session and even managed to improvise a completely new verse just for us. Enjoy!

‘Damage Deposits’

Moon & Back Session :: Chris T-T

“Is it alright if I do a cover?” – Chris T-T

Earlier this month, Chris T-T embarked on a tour of the UK with Franz Nicolay. Whilst in York, we caught up with him and he played us a couple of songs for a Moon & Back Session. A stalwart of the UK folk scene, T-T recently released an album comprised of A.A. Milne poetry having had a fantastic reception at this year’s Edinburgh festival. For his session he performed ‘Halfway Down’ – a song from the Milne record – and a cover of Sebadoh’s ‘Willing To Wait’.

Chris’ session is the final session of 2011, but we’ll be back in the new year and are hoping to continue where we left off. If there’s anyone you’d like to see us have ‘in session’, please leave a comment below, message us on Twitter or post on our Facebook.


‘Halfway Down’

‘Willing To Wait’ (Sebadoh Cover)

Moon & Back Session :: Jimmy Islip

“People usually lie down when I play” – Jimmy Islip

Jimmy Islip is a stalwart of the UK punk/emo scene. Having previously played in Eighty Six, Jimmy now divides his time between That Fucking Tank, Milloy and The Magnificent, whilst also playing solo acoustic shows every once in a while. Before playing one of the aforementioned acoustic shows, we roped him into playing a few songs for a Moon & Back Session.

As well as playing a brand new song, that we’ve dubbed ‘Untitled’, Jimmy also graced us with an acoustic version of, The Magnificent single, ‘1981’ and a cover of ‘Rumbleseat’s ‘California Burritos’. Jimmy will be embarking on a UK tour alongside Digger Barnes and Moon & Back Music/The Under The Bridge podcast will be bringing that tour to Manchester on January 28th.

For now, enjoy! And, as always, feel free to tell us who you’d like to see in session with us in the comments below.



‘California Burritos’ (Rumbleseat Cover)

Moon & Back Session :: Helen Chambers

Ladies and gentlemen…Helen Chambers!

If you’ve ever listened to Under The Bridge, you’ll know that we love Helen Chambers. The singer/songwriter from York recently released a split 12″ with Sam Russo, Jimmy Islip and, the one and only, Chuck Ragan. Not only that, but she became a surprise inclusion on more than one Revival Tour date this summer – singing alongside Chuck and, Alkaline Trio singer/bassist, Dan Andriano.

We’ve been trying to get this session done for a while now with little success, but we’re glad to finally have it up on the site for your listening/viewing pleasure. Helen performs ‘Little Demons’ a track from her debut EP and, brand new song, ‘Not Breaking Down’. We hope you enjoy them. We’ll be back next week with another Moon & Back Session!

‘Not Breaking Down’

‘Little Demons’

Moon & Back Session :: Great Cynics

© 2011 Louise Distras

Ladies and gentlemen… Great Cynics

Great Cynics are one of our favorite bands right now, so to have Giles do a session for the site was pretty awesome. We’d dragged him up to Manchester to play a show, but made sure to get him “in session” for you guys too. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a dodgy hat, Giles sat and performed ’14 Coleman Street’ and a cover of, Paint It Black’s, ‘Memorial Day’ outside a Manchester bar.

We think it turned out quite well, but what do you think. Let us know in the comments and be sure to let us know who you’d like to see us get a hold of in the future.

14 Coleman Street

Memorial Day (Paint It Black cover)

Moon & Back Session :: Louise Distras

Ladies and gentlemen… Louise Distras

Louise Distras is a singer/songwriter from Wakefield who’s been causing quite a stir in the UK acoustic scene. Her latest EP Heartstrings On A Handgrenade is fantastic (read Barlow’s review!), so it was great when she agreed to perform a song for us as part of ‘Moon & Back Sessions’. Check out the video below to see/hear Louise perform ‘Blue On Black’ outside a pub in Manchester.

The Moon & Back Sessions are shot and edited by our, in-house, video team Dicking Around Productions. To contact them or see more videos, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.