Welcome to the monthly updates You Lot!
Lets get straight down to business, as usual your yer Ask Olga answers are here. Keep sending your questions to .
The latest guitar lesson can be found here. It's almost the end of the guitar lessons (boo we here you cry!) but they'll soon be replaced with Olga’s studio album interviews, which are as equally enjoyable I can tell ya!
So, the Sao Paulo show in Brazil on 12th August has sold out already. Cheers from Olga, Tommy & Duncan for your unbelievable loyalty, we thought you may have forgotten us!
Anyway, you need to be quick if you wanna get tickets for the other South American gigs, tickets are selling well fast! (Ticket links are on the tour dates, on the right hand side of this page).
The first show of 2018 is just around the corner, Stockholm, Sweden on 28th. Rehearsals are booked and the lads are itching to get going again!
NEW BOX SET!
Captain Oi! Have just released a lovely new box set, well worth adding to your collection. Check it out here.
Olga tells me he is still working on new album song number 6, oh come on Olga work faster!!!
There has been a number of requests recently asking about Olga’s guitar amp settings, so I've managed to prise the info outta the man himself! As you know, Olga’s guitar amplifier of choice is a Marshall 100w JCM 800 2203 model. He has pointed out that he prefers the re-issue models to the 1980s version, which is not usually the case with re issues!
Anyway, here are his settings, the top amp being the re issue and the bottom the mid 80s model, notice the difference in settings.
Olga also asked me to let you know that he prefers the Marshall AV (angled/vintage) speaker cabinet, as opposed to the standard angled cab as he reckons this adds warmth to the high end treble of his Telecaster.
So there ya go, Olga finally spills the beans on his amp settings!
OK, that's about it for this month. The band's live agent is still hard at work on more shows for 2018, and Olga is working on the new album every day!
Oh yeah, one last thing... big congratulations to Olga for becoming an Apple Certified Pro for the DAW (digital audio workstation) Logic Pro X. He passed his exams last week and is now on the official Apple Registry. In case you didn't know, Olga’s name is MICHAEL ALGAR if you wanna look him up! Maybe now his studies have finished he can get this bleedin’ new album done!
Until next time...
We are proud to announce that The Toy Dolls will play at the Montebello Rock Fest in Canada on June 16th.
Hey You Lot! Welcome to the updates.
Straight down to business with all yer Ask Olga answers here. Keep sending your questions to .
Talking of questions... Olga was here last week, with Ronan The Toy Dolls biographer, to film a load of interviews about each of the 12 Toy Dolls studio albums.
Filming these interviews was a highly enjoyable and enlightening experience! I loved every minute, and learned a lot of stuff too! These will be a 'must watch' for you lot, I promise!
The monthly updates will start to feature these new interviews when we get through all the current guitar lessons. Expect to start seeing them in a few months time.
Speaking of guitar lessons... the latest one is here.
Olga is flat out making new album demos as we speak. He tells me some of the songs are crap and some very nice, but that's Olga for ya! We will be the judge eh?!
This time of the year sees the lads starting to rehearse, getting the equipment serviced and preparing for the new shows which start in April.
Here’s the guy behind Olga’s Telecaster servicing. Kevin has just replaced the strap nuts and input on Olgas main Telecaster. Now it's ready to rock!
Just a mini update this time, but more shows will be added to the tour dates as we go, so please keep checking em’.
We are certainly pushing Olga to get that album written, but I guess all good things are worth waitin’ for eh?!
Until next time...
SPECIAL TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT!
Finally, the lads are returning to SOUTH AMERICA!
The band have been searching for a good promoter to bring them back to SA for almost a decade now, and we are all beyond ecstatic about this news I can tell you!
Lets get straight down to business and tell you the show dates!
AUG 10: BRAZIL CURITIBA, HERMES BAR
AUG 11: BRAZIL GOIÂNIA, MARTIM CERERE
AUG 12: BRAZIL SAO PAULO, FABRIQUE
AUG 15: URUGUAY MONTEVIDEO, BLUZZ LIVE
AUG 16: ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES, EL TEATRO FLORES
AUG 17: ARGENTINA ROSARIO, VORTERIX
AUG 18: CHILE SANTIAGO, ESPACIO SAN DIEGO
This tour promises to be a totally wild one! So to avoid disappointment, don’t leave it till the last minute to get yer tickets!
I have no idea when, or if, the band will ever be back again!
Until next time...