Discover my limited edition handmade book: I Called Out To The Darkness

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[Update March 10th] Our hand made and limited edition book ‘I Called Out To The Darkness’ is already sold out!
We are so happy that there was such a fantastic response to the book. With our label Beating Drum, we want to create objects that bridge Art and writing as well as making beautiful and innovative music so a thousand thank you to all those of you who answered the call. It inspires us to keep working and experimenting

I’ve always had a passion for conceiving and making the artwork to illustrate the albums I’ve made down the years. I love the process of dreaming up images that will accompany a set of songs and although I have more of a painter’s eye, the graphic necessities of what constitutes good album artwork pushed me to explore other techniques than paint and brush. Back in 2010 while working on the album My Wilderness, I started cutting up maps and making self-portraits for the album cover and that was how my work made with the cut of a blade began. More cut ups followed in 2013 with the artwork for the album Between Dogs and Wolves as well as for the portraits of the book Songs I Love.

Starting up the label Beating Drum was a way for me to explore another way of producing objects and artwork around the music I release. Those of you who’ve bought our releases have seen the love and care that goes into what we produce and your countless messages of thanks are very gratifying for me to read, after all ours is a passion shared. The long introduction aside, I want to tell you about a wonderful project that we’ve recently put together as I think it will interest those of you who are as passionate about Art as we are.

I recently started collaborating with artist and designer Estelle Jauneaud. Like me, Estelle has a great love for cutting, creating and designing with paper. Some of you may have seen the video we made together entirely using hand cut paper, “Missing Words“.
Over the last couple of months we’ve been working together on a beautiful little Art book, illustrating a poem I wrote, I Called Out To The Darkness. Chatting and swapping ideas together, Estelle introduced me to other ways of working with paper. Although I can happily spend hours cutting up tiny bits of paper, Estelle showed me some of her own work using laser cutting technology where the laser cuts with a detail that no human hand could dream of making.
And that was how was this book was born, I’m very keen to show it to you and I’m eager and curious to know whether enough of you will buy it, to know whether this is something I can keep mailing and proposing to you. I look forward to finding out but in the meantime, my friend Fabien Barral aka Mr Cuphas taken some wonderful photographs of the book for you to see.

We made a limited 1st edition of 50 books, each one is signed and numbered.
You can purchase it HERE













Handmade book by Piers Faccini and Estelle Jauneaud
Dimensions: width 158 mm Height 108mm
Fine art paper by gf smith: Accent Antique Silk
150gsm, Peregrina Majestic Real Silver (150gsm )
Cover: Plike dark Blue 300 gsm
Technique : Laser cutting, digital printing, handmade binding by Sundial Bookbinders
PRICE: 40€




02.13 Quebec City, Canada
02.14 Shawnigan, Canada
02.17 Montreal, Canada
02.18 Pierrefonds, Canada
02.19 Gatineau, Canada
02.20 Montreal, Canada
02.21 Longueil, Canada
02.24 Barbes, Brooklyn, NY
02.25 Dartmouth, MA (Living Room Tour with Dawn Landes)
02.26 Burlington, VT (Living Room Tour with Dawn Landes)
02.27 Coxsackie, NY (Living Room Tour with Dawn Landes)
02.28 Falls Church, VA (Living Room Tour with Dawn Landes)
03.01 Washington, DC (Living Room Tour with Dawn Landes)

L’urgence de ralentir

Derrière l’objectif de Philippe Borrel, des savants et des experts prônent l’avènement d’une société dans laquelle des hommes hybrides seraient connectés en réseau et se verraient remplacer par des cyborgs pour les tâches pénibles. Ce documentaire lève le voile sur un univers futuriste, plus réel et imminent qu’il n’y paraît.


Click here to download the track for free

Since I first started up Songs I Love, the series has been a way for me to share songs with some of the different friends and artists that I play with. So last summer while recording Jenny Lysander’s album Northern Folk, we also found the time late one August evening, to record a cover for the ongoing Volume II of the series.
Nottamun Town is an old English folk song that I first discovered on Fairport Convention’s 1969 album ‘What we did on our holidays’, their version was sung by the great Sandy Denny. Between takes recording Jenny’s album, we’d spend a lot of the down time listening to music. I love playing records for friends and seeing the excitement on their faces as they discover new music. I played Jenny some of my favorite singers like Anne Briggs, June Tabor or Joni Mitchell.
Listening to Nottamun Town, some of you may be reminded of Bob Dylan and he used the same melody for his song Masters of War. There’s a trance like cadence to the strange and original lyrics in Nottamun Town and Dylan used this relentless and hypnotic rhythm to great effect in his timeless anti-war anthem. According to various sources the original song dates back to medieval times and there’s a theory that the surreal nature of the text relates to the traditional day The Feast of Fools, during which time which power was briefly conferred on those in a subordinate position. On this day, the fool took his revenge, the servant beat his master and the cat chased the hounds! So for the full sensory experience as you listen to this song, picture a Hieronymous Bosch painting in your mind and enjoy!

“Met the King and the Queen and the company more
Came a riding behind and a walking before
Come a stark naked drummer -a beating a drum
With his heels in his bosom come marching along”



We’re putting together an acoustic living room tour of the north east between the 25th of February and the 4th March and we’re looking for hosts in the areas listed below. I’ll be performing alongside my good friend Dawn Landes singing and playing my songs and hers as well as a few we’ve written together. The shows will be entirely acoustic, no stage, no mics, no sound system! Each show is limited to 40-50 tickets.

We’re looking for hosts in the areas listed below. If you are located in or near any of these cities and interested in hosting please read everything below and get in touch! Contact info at the end.

Feb 25: Boston MA
Feb 26 : Vermont
Feb 27: Northampton MA / Albany NY
Feb 28: Philadelphia
March 1: Philadelphia
March 2: Washington DC
March 3: Baltimore
March 4: Woodstock, NY (upstate NY)

Deadline for submission is January 26.
Tickets will go on sale January 30 @ 2pm (eastern time).

We’ll make this as easy as possible for the hosts. All you have to do is let us borrow your living room for about 3 hours, check names off the list at the door… in return you’ll get 5 additional free tickets for friends and our eternal gratitude.

Here’s how it works:

1. You have a house, loft, small gallery, studio or other private space that can comfortably and safely host 40-50 people. A place with a big living room, finished basement or other interior space would be ideal. There needs to be street parking, parking garage or public transportation nearby and your neighbors should be cool. It would be a huge bummer if someone called the cops because of all the extra cars and people coming to your house. You probably shouldn’t do this if you live in a small apartment with a bunch of uptight neighbors or a cranky landlord. Be realistic on how many people your place can hold. We need to know how many tickets we can sell in advance. Sorry, we can’t do these shows outside.

2. Ticket price will be $20. Everyone must buy tickets in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be no reselling or third-party tickets sales. All tickets sales are direct to fans from Undertow. Limit 4 tickets per person. We want everyone to have the same chance of getting tickets.

3. We’ll provide the host with a list of everyone coming to the show. The host won’t have to deal with any money and will only need to check people off the list as they arrive. We ask guests to arrive between 7:00-7:45pm. The shows start at 8pm and we ask everyone to be out of your space by 10pm.

4. The host gets 5 additional free tickets for the show. If you have other friends beyond your 5 guests who want to come to the show you should direct them buy tickets on-line.

5. Your home address will not be published on the web and will only be given to people who purchase tickets.

6. The shows will promoted on our websites, Facebook and Twitter and word-of-mouth.

7. We’ll need your help to spread the word on your Facebook and Twitter too. We’ll create a Facebook event for each show and make you a host of the event so you can easily invite your friends (Thank you!). Remember, please don’t post your address. The address only goes to people after they buy tickets. We need to keep the location private so random people don’t try to show up and pay at the door.

8. You don’t need any sort of sound system. They’ll need to borrow a couple of armless chairs to sit on and some kind of ambient lighting like a lamp on coffee table, floor lamp, or overhead lights with a dimmer to help create a cozy mood.

9. You don’t need seating for everyone. If you have a bunch of chairs, great! But most shows are floor seating and we let guests know they should bring a cushion or pillow to sit on during the show.

10. There will be no opening acts on the living room shows.

After reading all of this, if interested please follow these steps:

You read everything above and it’s all cool?

1. send an email to with this info:
– a. Your address.
– b. A few photos of the space where the show will happen.
– c. Please put “Dawn + Piers Living Room Show” and the name of your city in the subject line.

2. Sit tight and we’ll get back to as soon as possible if we can book the show at your house.

Thanks for your help!

After we have the dates sorted out we will announce the shows and tickets will go on sale at