The Nation // Live – A National Galleries of Scotland project featuring Daniel Warren and Wounded Knee


If you know much about Swimmer One, you’ll have heard of our long-time friend and collaborator Daniel Warren, who has designed all Swimmer One (and Seafieldroad) artwork, as well as directing numerous films to accompany our songs – from We Just Make Music For Ourselves to Ghosts in the Hotel. He also worked with us on Whatever Gets You Through The Night.

Daniel’s latest project is film forming part of a major new exhibition and commission by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, called The Nation / Live. The exhibition is accompanied by a hardback book, a DVD of the film and a beautiful 10-inch vinyl record of songs and sounds curated by Wounded Knee (aka singer/song archivist/experimentalist Drew Wright) – featuring some recording and mixing work by Hamish Brown of Swimmer One and contributions from Polish choir Davno, beatboxer Bigg Taj and members of Sparrow and the Workshop. Find out more (and buy it if you like).


Whatever Gets You Through The Night set for 2013 Edinburgh Fringe

Whatever Gets You Through The Night. June 2012. The Arches, Glasgow

Whatever Gets You Through The Night. June 2012. The Arches, Glasgow

We’re thrilled to announce that Whatever Gets You Through The Night, the live show Swimmer One made last year with Cora Bissett, David Greig and lots of other talented people, will be at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 20-25 August, as part of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. If you missed it during its sell-out run at the Arches in Glasgow, now’s your chance.

Whatever Gets You Through The Night is a collection of night-time stories, told in numerous different ways by over two dozen Scottish musicians and writers, from Alan Bissett, Alan Spence and Annie Griffin to Eugene Kelly, Ricky Ross and Errors. Playing live in the show this time will be Withered Hand, Rachel Sermanni, Emma Pollock, Bigg Taj, Wounded Knee and other special guests tbc. Swimmer One will be acting as house band as well as playing some of our own songs.

Tickets are now on sale here. Scroll down to find the performance date you want.

The show is a co-production between the Arches, Regular Music and Richard Jordan Productions. It’s being presented as part of this year’s Made in Scotland showcase.

Listen to album accompanying the show and buy it in book/download form.

If this is all news to you, the Skinny’s feature about the show is a good place to start.

Whatever Gets You Through The Night: Edinburgh Fringe 2013 (Trailer 3) from The Arches on Vimeo.

Whatever Gets You Through The Night – film tour


Daniel Warren’s film, Whatever Gets You Through The Night, is touring Scotland in 2013.

Tour dates

15 February – The Arches, Glasgow, as part of the Glasgow Film Festival, with live sets by Swimmer One, Rachel Sermanni and Wounded Knee & Bigg Taj. BOOK TICKETS

22 February –, Banchory, with live sets by Withered Hand and Bigg Taj.

26 February: MacPhail Centre, Ullapool.

26 February – Tower Mill, Hawick, includes Q&A with Andrew from Swimmer One.

1 March – Mull Theatre, with live sets from Emma Pollock and Wounded Knee.

2 March – Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, with live sets from Emma Pollock and Wounded Knee

10 March – Dundee Contemporary Arts, includes Q&A with director Daniel Warren.

Daniel’s film is part of a much bigger, multimedia project featuring dozens of Scottish musicians and writers, which was put together by Cora Bissett, David Greig and Swimmer One, and produced by the Arches in Glasgow. The live show premiered at the Arches in June 2012, the film premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe two months later, and the album was released in November 2012. Listen to/buy the album.

We’re hoping to revive the live show soon. Check back for updates or follow the project’s progress on Facebook



The Winter of 88 – a very limited edition album from Seafieldroad


Seafieldroad news. The Winter of 88, the third ‘solo’ album by Andrew from Swimmer One, will be something a little different – a limited edition of 88 physical copies, each with handmade packaging, each named after the person who bought it, and each featuring the names of those 88 people in the album’s title track.

Andrew plans to start recording The Winter of 88 in early 2013 – it will be partly financed by pre-orders from the 88 people who will get to own it. At time of writing there are still some albums available to preorder. If you’re interested you can get yours.

You can listen to the first two Seafieldroad albums in Bandcamp or Spotify.