UK Tour and BBC Rebel Playlist

Hello, friends! A brief update:

The New Mendicants (Joe Pernice and Norman Blake in duo form) are embarking on a UK tour during the month of August.  It begins in on August 5th in Glasgow with two nights at the East End Social, then stops at the Edinburgh Festival, the Tartan Heart Festival in Inverness, and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, before wrapping at the Lexington in London on August 11th. To wit:

Tue 5 Aug - Glasgow, UK - Bridgeton Bowlers Bar (part of the East End Social)
Wed 6 Aug - Glasgow, UK - Bridgeton Bowlers Bar (part of the East End Social)
Thu 7 Aug - Edinburgh, UK - Edinburgh Festival (in the Spiegeltent)
Fri 8 Aug - Inverness, UK - Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival (on the Hothouse Stage)
Sat 9 Aug - Aberdeen, UK - The Lemon Tree
Mon 11 Aug - London, UK - The Lexington

Complete details, including ticket links, can be found on The New Mendicants' tour page at, or on the Pernice Brothers tour page at

If you can't get to the UK to catch the festival fun, you can still help The New Mendicants rise to the top of the pops by voting for their track "Shouting Match" on the BBC Radio 6's Rebel Playlist (where it clearly belongs). Voting is open for a limited time only, so head on over to to cast your vote.

That's all from New Mendicants HQ. We now return you to your Pimm's and lawn croquet. Happy summer!


Vinyl now shipping!

Hi Folks, We are very pleased to announce that we have begun shipping our 12" and 7" vinyl. If you pre-ordered, you should be seeing your package in the next seven to ten days if you are in North America. For everywhere else, you should receive your package around 28 days after we post it, however, as we have to post surface mail to keep your shipping costs at a minimum (Canada Post Airmail is very expensive), be aware that it can take up to six weeks for delivery. The LP looks like this.

The New Mendicants Clear Vinyl.

And here we have Joe, hard at work in our....erm.....mail room.

Joe Pernice on the factory floor.

The Christmas Seven Inch - A Very Sorry Christmas.


We are happy to announce the release of our first 7” vinyl, A Very Sorry Christmas b/w A Very Sorry New Years.

Very Sorry Christmas Front Cover Smaller.jpg

The record is pressed on pristine white vinyl and, like the album, the artwork was created by Bruce Mau Design in Toronto.  You can listen to the song by clicking play below.

If you live in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand or Japan, you can buy the single from our webstore. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship to other territories due to licensing issues, however, the record is available for purchase from One Little Indian (UK/Europe).

Here’s a little story about how the song came to be:  It was the summer of 2013. I was standing naked in front of an enormous fan, complaining to my wife about how miserable summer weather is in Toronto.

“Didn’t Mel Torme’s manager tell him to think of something cool way back when he was in a Palm Spring’s heat wave?” she asked.


“And didn’t Mel write The Christmas Song as a result?”

“What, you’re suggesting I write a Christmas song?” I accused.

“Well, it is kind of your job…”

“That’s not going to make me cool off,” I shot back.

“Whatever. I’m leaving,” she said.


“No, you dope. We need dishwasher detergent.”

An hour later she came back.

“I wrote a Christmas song,” I said.

“Great. Now why don’t you go put some clothes on?”

“Because I’m still hot.”