Finland tour reports: Nov 2013 and June 2014

by david on September 19, 2014

1. Finland November 2013 tour Endlessly CD

The November tour started with a flight North to Oulu with a great band – so much fun to start playing the Endlesly songs again with band

Radio Dei event in a cathedral in Helsinki – Endlessly songs again were the feature as we reunited with Teemu Viinikainen on guitar for an unforgettable night in such a beautiful venue

Kokkola– small band, Nina Astrom joined us for another smaller celebration of Radio Dei’s birthday – 3 languages flowed seemlessly

Seinajoki – Pentecostal church night service – delayed radio coverage of our small acoustic band – we always have such profound free times of worship inthis setting

Sastamala  – Manku home church – full band, was wonderful to share our songs with manku’s family and friends

Jyvaskyla – Jarmo Sormunen’s church 4.30pm – combined band for worship was awesome and Jarmo S made an interview with me to flesh out our passion for worship. A super response from this nthriving new church

Joensuu – Russian border – small band, powerful night in this remote town that loves visitors and is passionate about music. A staff member joined us on cello which was fab esoecially on ‘We in Christ are one’

Recording: Northland album

When I was touring Finland in November 2013, we grabbed 2 days in Manku’s (Markus Vainiomaki) Helsinki studio. We had a ball recording 13 songs, including current live favourite song ‘I am yours'( based on the final days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer), an a bunch of new blues numbers. The band totally rocked. The most amazing 2 days recording I have ever known!

This our 15th album – it opens with Music in me’  a rocker I wrote at Marty Crowe’s batch, looking back on my 50 years, and how Jesus and the wonderful music and people in my life, have shaped who I am.

Can’t wait for you to hear the band an especially Teemu Viinikainen’s astounding blues and acoustic playing. Wait til you hear the stonking guitar on ‘What goes up’, ‘Relentless’ and ‘Somewhere, someone’ co-written by Anders Liljestrom. 10 of the songs are co-writes, Anders is such a great writer and luthier, with the other 3 songs that I bought to the table pretty much complete and road tested in Thames and Newmarket. Anders songs ‘Wonder why’ and ‘Bluebird’ are absolute tear jerkers!

2. The June 2014 tour to launch ‘Northland’

Dei Festival in Seinajoki

David and band played outdoor at Radio Dei’s big summer celebration

Olli Helenius came as a one-off on drums and rocked! Wonder why – our song to remember Amanda Pouttu who lived for one day on earth, was incrdibly special to sing on her birthday – 24 years on! Caught up with Juri Veikkola and family on holiday from Hong Kong and planned my April 2015 visit there

IsoKirja’s Midsummer Conference in Keuru

Thurs evening  concert at main tent with Nina Astrom   – wondeful to attend this large Pentecostal summer camp for the 1st time

It was a cold night but we really rocked ‘Well of life’ with a visiting African pastor

Friday evening English worship session in youth tent with 1000 young people – this was such a blast as I challenged the ‘Pente’s’ not to lose their roots in the Holy Spirit and passionate joyful worship! Israel Houghton followed on from us in the main tent that night!

New album ‘Northland’ launch gig with Olli Helenius acoustic support

Sture 21 pub Helsinki. It was a joy to rock out with teemu just as he reuterned from playing in Aussie! One of those rare chances to play the whole album through and feel te power of the songs in spirit and music and message

Songwriting

Great to grab some time with Anders again to begin writing some new material. We have some more songs in the mode of the last 2 albums (blues etc) and some new worship oriented material on the boil. Please pray for the right direction ahead, esoecially as we meet upagain in April 2015 and plan the way ahead. What a super partnership along with manku in production.

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Northland album review by Chris Geldard

by david on September 16, 2014

In our culture we place a lot of focus on the past, and rightly so.
The past doesn’t define us, but often the past reminds us of the things that are important to us and that knowledge gives us the confidence to step into the future. In ancient cultures they used to make monuments or altars in memory of these important things. We live in culture now that doesn’t do that as much. We are a culture of story tellers and troubadours.

This brings us to ‘Northland’, the latest offering from Kiwi singer/song writer David Lyle Morris, who once again brings his relaxed style to the table….
It seems fitting that David starts the album with looking back and tracing his musical genesis. He gives us a glimpse of how he was shaped by friends and family and events in his life with the song ‘Music in Me’ and ever so gently tips his hat to God to say “But God… through all of this you have placed the music in my heart”.

Those who are used to listening to David ‘s mainly James Taylor-esque acoustic style will be pleased to know that there is plenty here to keep you happy, with tracks like ‘After a While’ and ‘I am yours’. These tracks are simply crafted and beautifully played.
A special track and a real highlight of the album is ‘Bluebird’ – the song full of sorrow and promise all wrapped in one beautiful package. ‘Bluebird’ poetically balances the tensions of the tough times here on Earth with the promise of the freedom of Heaven. This is something that often is mentioned to me about David’s music… how he can take such a tough subject like suffering and death or sickness and place it a real positive light. It’s a tough thing to do however David is able to do it tenderly without making sound cheesy or trivial.

One of the first things that grabbed me about this album was “wow the boy’s found the blues again… and he makes it rock too.”
David fills his latest offering with sound from his past.
You’ll hear sounds influenced by Dire Straights on tracks like ‘Somewhere Someone’ and also some great blues influenced rock shining through on this album too. ‘What Goes Up’ could easily fit into the mix of a Stones album or maybe even  ZZ Top.
Guitarist Teemu Viinikainen really takes the lead on these rockier tracks and forms a great platform of groove and drive for David to sit upon. You know a guitarist understands the brief of the songwriter when you find yourself saying “Mmmm niiice” against your will.

Once again David is able to help craft an album that tells a story…. a story of love, of life,  of the loss of his homeland New Zealand and his friends in other far-flung countries.
I love the mixture of David’s hallmark acoustic style and a rockier edge that is showcased on this album, especially the  really bluesy feel that shines through.

With David I love how the tracks aren’t perfect. That in itself is perfect. It lends to you hearing the emotion and tension of any individual track…. that’s what you want.
You want real life… you want authentic… you want heart… and when an album is over produced you don’t get that.

Welcome to the journey.
Past and present, light and dark…  packaged in this beautiful album.

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Northland CD release Article “International Music Collaborations” By Jon E Clist

September 16, 2014

Northland album release article: “International Music Collaborations” By Jon E Clist It wasn’t that long ago that David Lyle Morris ticked over the half century on this planet. For many people this is one of those milestones that signify the slowing down in order to take a long look back at all that has been achieved so far. […]

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‘Northland’ the new album – launch concert Sat 9 August 2014

July 30, 2014

We are thrilled to release our 15th album ‘Northland’ on Sat 9 August at The Upper Room, 10 a Clayton St, Newmarket, Auckland, 7.30 pm The live band featuring Derek Lind will perform all the new songs Going to be a blast! Come and join us for a great night Had a ball in Finland […]

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Endlessly album review by Chris Geldard 2013

February 20, 2014

Album Review: David Lyle Morris ‘Endlessly’ by Chris Geldard David Lyle Morris ‘Endlessly’ When did music lose it’s innocence? Sure there have always been streams of the music industry that have been pushing the boundaries and that’s great but doesn’t it seem that everything has just been condensed down to love and hate? It’s like we […]

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New album to be released in Finland June 2014, NZ on 9 August 2014

February 20, 2014

When I was touring Finland in November 2013, we grabbed 2 days in Manku’s (Markus Vainiomaki) Helsinki studio. We had a ball recording 13 songs, including current live favourite song ‘I am yours'( based on the final days of Dietrich Bonhoeffer), an a bunch of new blues numbers. The band totally rocked. We are finishing […]

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Finland tour 2014

February 20, 2014

Excited to be returning  to Finland in June 2014, after a super tour in November 2013, when we started recording our new album to follow up ‘Endlessly’. Come and see our super band and hear the new album! 1. Saturday 14 June Dei Festival in Seinajoki David and band play at 4pm at Radio Dei’s […]

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Finland TV clips 2012

August 8, 2013

Here are some great TV clips to give  flavour of a superb launch tour of Endlessly in 2012 http://www.youtube.com/user/TaigaMusic/videos

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Dates for 2013

August 5, 2013

David is currently working on his 15th album with friends in Finland. He plans to record it over there in November 2013 Finland Dates for Finland in November 2013 so far Oulu Friday 1 November Oulugospel http://www.oulunseurakunnat.fi/oulugospel Evening starts at 18.00 DLM set at 19.15 for 45 minutes Karjasillan kirkko Nokelantie 39 90150 Oulu Helsinki […]

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Endlessly review by Malcolm Gordon

May 8, 2013

Hey David, Wanted to send you some thoughts on your new album. I got a good chance to digest it over the last week or two while I was ensconced painting ceilings in our house as we renovate. I love the opening track ‘Start of something new’- I definitely connect with it regarding my growing […]

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