Well I packed up the curls and my four horsemen and hit the road to roll with the big kids at Warwick. First off, how bad was the weather Friday?!?! 3 accidents in North Devon I later learned, countless others as we travelled up the M5 and M40 and a whole tonne of breakdowns on the hard shoulder. The rain just fell and smeared and sprayed and alarmingly people still drove around without their lights on doing 70mph. Fearing-for-our-lives aside we were happy to rest up friday night ready for two shows on Saturday and I am very grateful we didn't have to do that drive Saturday morning as we had originally planned! It took about 7 and a half hrs going up and about 3 and a half hrs going back... I'd say never again but we all know that's not gonna happen...
Warwick itself was a beautiful little town that I wish I'd had more time to explore. Very Tudor-esque, lots of wood and stone - the way I like it - and the festival was the largest I've come across so far. Always bear in mind I'm a newbie with this stuff and quite the social-phobe so everything is pretty much new and news to me. It was a good vibe though and I got lots of compliments on my outfits, what every girl wants to hear ;) , and a few "great set"s along the way so I feel like I did alright. The first gig was at the Bridge House Theatre and I got to meet Granny's Attic - a very modest bunch of hugely talented trad folkies - and Stylus who is every bit as stylish as he sounds but I really enjoyed my final set in the lecture theatre. I admittedly designed a punchier set expecting more of an audience but in typicalmurphy's law it wasn't to be and I was up against Nancy Kerr on the main stage. Damn. You can imagine the tumbleweed that blew across my mine haha Oh well I did get to debut a few new songs and covers which seemed to work nicely it's always good when a new banjo tune goes down well, and I did meet some lovely people.
I'm feeling absolutely knackered today though and I know the day job tomorrow is going to feel so much harder than normal but I think it was worth it. I had a great experience, some cracking festival food, listened to some fab acts - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar got the blood pumpin' - and drove a very long way into the mist!
There's a song in there somewhere....
ps. Thank you to Heather Louise Kincaid for taking this shot in the Bridge House Theatre, couldn't resist popping it in the blog.
Ah what fun this weekend has been! I'm positively (think ghostbuster 2 slime) shattered and I only did one half hour set haha what on earth am I going to feel like after next weekend in Warwick? I'm jumping the gun, let's go back.... to green man.
Lots of firsts happened yesterday: 1. I patted (petted?) my first hawk which was huge, soft and looked like it could remove my digits in one quick snap of its bright orange beak. 2. I held a snake, actually I held two but the first one was nicer 'cause it didn't squeeze the life out of my left hand! 3. I wore my brand spanking new Asos maxi-dress to complete the 'pagan god' look and 4. I went to Pilton Green Man and DIDN'T get heavily sun burnt! However that was only because Nev planned ahead and brought his sun cream along (thank you Nev!)
So it was a crazy, hot, busy day with loads more going on than I realised and I had a great time playing the morning slot on top stage despite messing up a certain note... ooo it was just typical! I debuted a song and I went for it in the chorus and my vocal chords went 'are you crazy?' and out came a screeching cat. I'd like to think I recovered well and certainly no one seems to of picked up on it but I picked up on it and as any musician will tell you that's all that matters! I felt quite embarrassed for some time but I told myself I just did a Phil (Collins) and it could've been worse so plodded on. Everything else seemed to go really well so maybe next time I'll play it safe on the new songs! Haha see this is what you get with me, a musician that always puts more than 1 wildcard in her set list and then wonders why it doesn't go according to plan. *Forehead slap* I was very happy to take the risk with 'Button' however and despite a very loud voice coming over the tannoy regularly it went well although it did feel like someone was splitting my brain in two. Huge respect to all the other acts, I'm sure most probably played longer than me and that tannoy was hard to compete with!
So there you have it, lots of fun in the south. Next week, news from the north!
Well I'm certainly in a chirpy mood despite the misty rain and the suspicious nag at the back of my nose that warns a cold might be coming. There's lots going on this month and lots more to come and already people have begun to ask me when the album will be out. It's coming but bear with me, we are still aiming for October. Stage one is complete but next there's mixing then mastering then album art then duplication then distribution, possibly license deals... the list kind of goes on and on so without snowballing a load of confusion on you all I'm just going to keep saying, it's coming :) and spare you the grizzly details.
So next up this month is Pilton Green Man Festival and I was immediately excited and flattered when I saw 621 (last I checked) people said they were going to see me on facebook. I then realised that mine was the only event page that came up for green man so it's pretty much just people saying they are going to the festival... haha oh well, it's a great excuse to wear my new green maxi dress - which I probably will wear come rain or shine - and I'm looking forward to trying out some new tunes as always. After Pilton I'm onto Warwick which is in 2 weeks. Man that's crept up on me. I think it's only just begun to sink in that things are getting a bit serious and I'd better get my butt in gear and polish off some setlists, maybe oh I don't know even write some down! I'm mad I just keep it all in my head 'til the last minute and find myself scrawling them on scrap bits of paper at work in between the 'hello and welcome to's. Perhaps it's time I got a bit more organised...
Well I promised you more stories from the Convent so I shall tell you briefly of the control room (where the lovely Max resides) and the weird things that lie within. Bear in mind it is a converted convent, a very recently converted convent and so everything is stone, wood and wisdom but there in the corner of the room to the left of the ginormous mixer is a very curious cupboard. Max revealed that it opens on both sides of a wall and has something of a turntable inside. It was in fact where orphans or unwanted children were delivered to the convent for the nuns to raise. People would place a child in the cupboard, turn the little plate inside to the other side of the wall where the nuns would be waiting and when they turned it back around the child would be gone. I found that so terribly sad when Max told us but he did put a good spin on it really, no pun intended, and did remind me that had the nuns not been there, the lives of the children would have been a fair bit bleaker. Good point; I stand corrected but inevitably remain saddened by this cupboard's existence.
Maybe it'll emerge in a song somewhere down the line...
So I guess to sum up, there's much more to come and lots of exciting things happening :-) I'm very much looking forward to getting things confirmed so I can share them with you all and quit with the cryptic but until then...
Rose x ;)