Windle’s Christmas knees-up swansong

Jon Windle 2012
Jon Windle 2012

After announcing that he is hanging up his guitar for good Jon Windle’s hometown festive show at the City Hall Ballroom on Saturday becomes his swansong as a performer.

While the former Little Man Tate frontman turned solo artist will release no more albums and isn’t planning on scheduling any future gigs his music career is far from over.

“I want my focus to be on Tiny Teeth, my label and promotions company,” he explains. “It sometimes feels a little like a conflict of interests doing my own solo thing and being part of Tiny Teeth.

“I’m really grateful to everyone for their support and being into my music but I’ve always had the idea of two albums then finishing. I don’t want to hang about and bore people. It’s similar to ending Little Man Tate. We did two albums and decided it was good to bow out there.”

After the demise of indie rock scamps Little Man Tate in 2009, Windle embarked on a solo career, releasing debut album Step Out The Man in October 2010 and touring the UK with a full band, and also intimate acoustic gigs.

A second album, Sober Minds, and a first single The Boy With The Ginger Hair, emerged last year from the Sheffield born singer songwriter whose energetic live performances maintained a following across the country.

Saturday’s Big Christmas Ballroom Blitz will feature Windle’s old mucker, Maz Marriott, original member of Little Man Tate now a session musician in London.

“Yeah he’s playing the whole set with me,” confirms Windle. “I was without a guitarist for the last gig and we decided it would be great to invite Maz along to play as the set will be packed with Tate tracks.

“He’s had to learn my solo stuff which has been good fun but he really makes a difference. He’s one of the most talented people I know and I’m very lucky to have a friend like him. I’ve just been best man at his wedding and he was best man at mine; we’ve grown up together and been through loads of ups and downs.”

While Saturday will be a reflection on the past Windle is looking forward to a big year for Tiny Teeth. “There are going to be more signings, more releases and more live shows with Tiny Teeth Presents and on top of all that we’ve got Tiny Teeth Publishing. Our aim is to be one of the best independent labels around. We’re really excited and looking forward to going full pelt in 2014.”

And what of the more immediate? “Well me and my wife Melissa have got two boys- Eli and Albi- who are two and one year olds- so we’re looking forward to a busy family Christmas. It’s the first time Elijah has really understood Christmas as he’s nearly three and it makes it really exciting again. I’m sure we’ll find plenty of time to party too. You’ve got to give the ball a good old kick at Christmas.”