After a long and some what laborious week I can honestly say I am at last feeling positive! I've got a couple promo gigs lined up for August - which is a strange as I had initially planned a break till September - which I'm really looking forward to and I am really working hard and aiming to finish recording Geography next Sunday. I can now confirm that Mike Lake will not be featured which is a shame but I am respecting his decision hence all the hard work to redo some of the tracks. So what can you expect? Vocals. Epic vocals. That's if I can keep this groggy throat at bay!
I have also begun planning my set for The Queen's Theatre and I'm hoping to really bring you something a bit special. I've been resurrecting some old tunes, learning some new ones and reworking Geography. No doubt the set list will change numerous times before September 10th but I guarantee you it'll be a night to remember and hey if I'm looking forward to it you guys should too :) smiles all around!
So for once guys I'm going to keep this short. Wish me luck in the studio and I shall be in touch.
Love you lots,
Sorry it has been a while, a lot has happened and I felt it best not to post until I was sure of what to say so lets try and treat this blog as a meal, make everything bitesize, start with the filler and end with the good stuff you’ve been waiting for (in my case that perfect cheese cake where the biscuit to cheese ratio is 3:1).
Mike and I are no longer working together. That doesn't mean to say we hate each other or have any ill feelings towards each other it was simply a case of wanting different things. It has been a tough decision to make but I feel it was probably the best course of action for us to take. I have enjoyed my time working with Mike and will certainly look back on it with fond memories. I realise a lot of you are probably doing the ‘oh em gee’ look of horror right now and thinking “what about the album?” Well yes the thought has obviously crossed my mind and I think rather than scrap the music that we have both worked so hard on, with Mike’s permission, I would like to release it along side the other tracks seeing as the concept of Geography is where I am now in my life and is largely about the places and characters I have met along the way that have inspired me. It therefore seems fitting to include them as they are but that is obviously subject to discussion and I’ll keep you posted, either way I will be continuing recording imminently.
Gig wise I have sadly had to cancel B-Bar and Mr Wolf’s as the trains in the south west (particularly those on the Tarka Line) do not run late enough and so with work the next morning I am unable to play as I cannot get back in time. Words cannot express how gutted I am to not be playing these venues but as a friend put it, “there will be other gigs” but then as I responded, “yeah but I really wanted to play those!” Oh well these things do happen I suppose but as always there are more shows on the horizon and as soon as I have them confirmed you will be the first to know.
On the mandolin front we have a pickup! yay! Which has and will continue to make gigging easier and allow me to stand up every now and then as I realise it must get a tad dull for you guys in the audience watching me. I like to mix it up ;)
Well I guess that’s just about it for now, as if that wasn’t enough to contend with! Thank you for being patient with me .
What a fantastic half term it's been and what beautiful weather we've had and you know what beautiful weather means... road trip!
Yes last Wednesday we headed over Exeter way to get lost in the single lane labyrinth of the grassy back of the back roads; as Mike put it, "you don't find Brook, it finds you." Although to his credit we managed to reduce our 'lost' time from 1 hr to 30 mins. Impressive ;)
Once found however we still had the danger of navigating our rather large vehicle over the very weathered wooden bridge... Ben was perhaps a little wiser, got out and walked it; I still don't think this photo really does the danger justice.
So over the bridge, past the polos (the car not the mint), up the hill, round the hives and round the bend then finally we had arrived. We were welcomed in through that wonderful sawdust-scent to the second floor where we were offered tea and some priceless advice.
We've been considering the issue of live sound for my mandolin for some time and have, up until now, been miking it up with a condensor mic - which the sound technicians will tell you is a risky business at the best of times regardless of whether or not you have a rookie on the desk. Ben has done us proud but we felt it was time to make his life easier and actually get a pickup fitted so, fingers crossed, by the next time you see us play I'll be able to plug in and actually move around on stage! Imagine!
On other news we've started booking up our final dates in the studio. We're hoping it'll take just four more sessions to finish Geography - as I said before, we would've finished sooner but we felt you deserved more tunes so do bear with us! If everything goes according to plan it's going to be one whirlwind of an album!
I think we're both really excited and perhaps a little terrified that it's already June as July is just round the corner and is pretty much choc-a-block with tour dates, and recording. I've got a good feeling though and I'm very much looking forward to being able to stand during a set - I've really missed having a mandolin with a strap!
So that's all for now folks, keep checking back for updates and thank you, as ever, for your continued support...669 likes on facebook >< madness! :D