Well I hope you've all had a wonderful christmas and I hope you are prepping yourselves for the best new year celebration you can muster! It's been a mixed year and indeed a mixed christmas so I'll share my thoughts you as we teeter on the edge of 2016...
First off my heart goes out to Cumbria and the many venues and households that have suffered the flood waters this winter. I had a wonderful time gigging in Carlisle and the surrounding area earlier this year and I can only hope that the wonderful northern spirit endures and Cumbria is able to get back on its feet as soon as possible. xx
Feel a bit spoilt now to be talking about presents but I was a very very lucky girl this Christmas as I received three very important musical presents: firstly a new snark tuner - DESPERATELY needed as anyone who has heard me live lately will know. Secondly the promise of Bodhran lessons - thank goodness 'cause no matter how much I try with youtube tutorials it's just not happening without a tutor... and finally my favourite Tori Amos album on vinyl, 'under the pink.' Absolutely gorgeous. I can honestly say I feel renewed and revived through listening to it... music is coming!
I've been writing loads lately but I am reminded to focus on 'Time' and I should tell you all that I am currently sorting out some tremendous talents to back me up for my album launch which I can now confirm will be at Tapeley Park February 26th (a day after my birthday I might add so we've got to make it extra special ;). Rehearsals should begin mid-january and I'll, of course, be teasing you with artistic snap shots of peoples feet and what not to keep you all guessing about what instruments will be joining me.
So that's the news for now! It's been a long year, here's to a smoother ride in 2016
ps. Oh and it goes without saying I love you all and I remain eternally grateful to the kickstarter backers and anyone who ever bought an album. You have all given me a hell of a lot of support this year and I have really appreciated it. Onwards and upwards together, happy 2016 everyone! x
I had a lovely start to my week with the Braunton History Group who invited me to play at their Christmas function on Tuesday. Now normally I don't name names when I've done a private gig - I'm not really sure why, might be a 'professional-overkill-habit' but I have so many nice things to say about this jolly group I'm going to have to give 'em a mention.
First off I met Neil who thankfully did the sound for me and provided a PA. I haven't really accepted it yet or told many people but my speakers were sadly stolen earlier this year though curiously they left the stands? Very strange but I won't dwell on it, I'm seeing it as a fresh start seeing as I'd had them since 2008 the jokes on them really. Anyway... so we set up in a cosy nook to the side of the bar and right in front of the door to the kitchen. Cue the many times we both looked at equipment rock as staff bustled by and took a deep breath of fear.
So after we'd set up we snuggled into a brilliant christmas meal with CRACKERS! Now I will never ever get over the novelty of crackers, when I used to run open mics crackers always came out on the tables when we got near christmas so imagine how stoked I was to find a pack of cards in mine! A quick game of patience ensued as Tony told me tales of the Mitchel Mariners and Cider Press Brothers... there are definitely some songs in there we just have to watch and wait.
I'm really pleased with how the actual set went down as I wasn't entirely sure what to play, I never am when it's a private gig and normally break out the covers, this was no exception but I did limit it to 3 festive numbers and it was wonderful to have the audience singing along to the carols. They even sang along to something stupid despite me doing something stupid and forgetting what key I do that one in.... whoops. It was also lovely to break out songs I hadn't played in a while like East of the water and The Line and for them to have a fresh audience. You can tell I had a great time so before I forget I would like to thank Jon, Sue, Tony and Neil for making it probably the most memorable Tuesday ever!
I also forgot to mention in my last blog post that I received a note a week or so ago from a kickstarter backer who had listened to Time and wanted to give me their thoughts on it. Naturally this made my day so I feel I've got to share it with you and thank him officially for being a sweety. I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes the Cranberries, they're like this forgotten gem from the 90s.
Few more festive gigs to come to stay tuned for more nonsense!
Time for an update! No pun intended...
I finally have Time back from the manufacturers which means my tiny apartment is jam-packed with copies and what with the christmas tree and all it's getting rather cosy in here! I'm pleased to say the album is available to pre-order on Amazon (see the 'albums' link above, next to 'home') and everyone who has heard it has been very kind, most notably Jackson Cooper of Riviera FM who wrote a jolly nice review which you can read by Clicking Here!
Hopefully now everyone who stated a CD or a download in the backers' rewards section of Kickstarter have now received their copy - thank you to those who have posted your glee on my twitter and facebook, I'm chuffed to bits that you like it! I was worried for sometime you'd all listen to it and be like, "really?" haha so there we go, we're nearly there! So the next stage is a launch - January 15th, venue TBC - which will be something of a party if I have anything to do with it! I'm thinking balloons and streamers, maybe even a buffet ;)
So that's very exciting and I've also got a few gigs lined up for December which means I get to break out some cheesy christmas covers *yay!* and keep my form on top. I've got a week and a bit to get my covers up to scratch - that's the trouble with christmas songs you don't tend to play them at any other time of the year so they can get very rusty indeed....
That's about it for now but I'll do my best to keep you better updated this holiday season :)
ps. Oh and it goes without saying, once again, a huge thank you to the kickstarter backers and indeed anyone who's ever bought an album from me for making 'Time' possible. Couldn't of done it without you.