And a special hello to Daniel from Sweden who sent us a very kind greeting - we are in the process of getting some photos done which we will gladly sign and send off to you, thank you very much for listening!
We've had so many lovely comments lately and it has truly meant the world to us, particularly me because I'm quite a self-critical softy! We can't do any of this without people like you so I'm going to start this blog with a hug and a huge thanks to everyone for their continued support. You're awesome :)
And to reward you for your awesome-ness here's a sneaky peak at what we get up to in rehearsals....
Now you might wonder what on earth is on Mike's face... then again you might not, but what it is, is a 'cozy nosey.' Ever had one of those blustery walks in the winter wind, hair blowing wildly, ears aching sadly and noses permanently frozen? Well Mike has the answer! [he pitched this to me just before we played at The Imp in Bristol, stupidly I blazz-ayed the whole thing then...he sure showed me]
So back to the music! There's lots of things coming up and we've been working very hard indeed to make sure 'Geography' is going to be everything it can. We've also decided to give you another track so rather than a nine-r you'll have a ten track album featuring none other than my new banjo! Yaaay! I've finally plucked up the courage to introduce a banjo song to Mike, and he liked it so I'm hoping you will too!
Gig wise we're in Bristol on the 24th and it's Gigathon next month as well as a special, intimate gig coming up at the end of April (watch this space for the details).
So as ever, lots in the pipeline and lots of love to you all!
Keep checking back!
Another busy week or so but I promise not to write an essay this time! So here we go ;)
We had an awesome time at The White Lion last Saturday in Braunton. I managed to arrive a good 2 hours early and still without the very-much-needed 3rd mic stand .... I know... I know. So I also have the Reform Inn to thank for such an awesome night because we couldn't have done it without borrowing yours!
Met some lovely people at The White lion though and I was introduced to a new throat remedy - whisky, lemon and hot water -I'm pretty sure like me you're assuming the worst but rather than hitting the floor my throat was gently soothed and finally I was getting some of that top end back! Hallelujah! I feel like I've had the flu for a year already!
Anyway back to the gig, lovely, wonderful, cheery, captive audience. Could not fault you guys one bit you made my year so we look forward to playing there again in the Summer :)
On other news phase 1 of recording Geography occurs tomorrow! Hooray! We've admittedly had to trim some of the dates but I'm as optimistic as ever and aiming for a minimum of 4 basic tracks to be laid down tomorrow. I've sent out a teaser demo of Happiest when barefoot & kissing this week to sort of test the water in a sneaky sort of way. I know at least two people have listened to and loved it so that's reassuring! I will probably push it a little more, now that I know at least two people like it ;) that's all I need! So anyway yes barefoot & kissing will feature on Geography so it's a proper sneaky listen in you're getting ;) Maybe I'll keep drip feeding demos to you... hmm I tell you what if I get enough good feedback about this one I will :)
Pipeline wise... there's lots in the pipeline! Got a few things waiting for confirmation and a few very exciting opportunities on the way so as always keep checking back and I'll keep you in the loop :)
All the best,
What a whirlwind of a week! First off I turned 25 on Tuesday and then had to face a sea of children telling me how old I was at work... (I'm not listening :P) had a lot of quality time with good friends which included ice skating in Barnstaple and horse riding on Dartmoor so I am aaaaccching!
On Wednesday we were invited to the Queen's Theatre, initially to watch Kristina Olsen, and ended up supporting her! What an amazing woman, some hilarious stories - reminded me a lot of Tori Amos - and very down-to-earth. She let me play her custom New York Guitar, what a thing of beauty. Can't wait for my Brook baby to get started now!
The audience from Wednesday, and indeed the numerous people we've now met as a result, have most definitely spun my head a little. Huge support shown and I was paid the best compliment, 'you're a good writer.' Thank you Sue :) That meant the world to me. We've been talking to agents about possibly playing at the Queen's Theatre and it looks like that might actually happen and it's these lovely people who have sort of opened our eyes to the possibilities out there!
There we were half way through 'When we're apart' and I was just about to sing my Spanish verse - which apparently made everyone perk up and go 'oh'! - and all I could think of was touring the new album and all the things it could lead to. I thought, "quick, quick what am I singing!' Luckily the lyrics came back just in the nick of time and my vacant expression disappeared in a flash! No really though it was a bit of a special night and both me and Mike left the theatre feeling a bit dazed so you'll have to excuse me if this blog stumbles around a bit.
So things are in the pipeline! And Recording has begun! Very happy with how it's all sounding and it was highly therapeutic singing 'The Line' to a bunch of sheep just beyond the window at the Ariel. We've got five skeleton tracks down already and are hoping to head back in April, in the meantime we'll be polishing and refining another five ready for another two 2hour sessions in two months :D
We're in talks, as always, to be gigging further afield and in addition to this we've been invited to play on BBC Radio Devon!!! By John Govier!!! I think Mike's actual reaction was (and I reach for my phone for the message I was sent...)
"Holy ****!!!! John Govier has asked us to play on radio Devon!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D" [there were a lot more smiley faces and some throwing up from excitement too]
My response? "I need to pee"
Like I said it's been a craaazy week and we're still spinning from it! Do keep checking back to the blog and upcoming dates page because it is always changing and things often happen last minute!
We'll be in touch! Wish us luck!