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
You'll have to forgive me for opening on such a deep note but the more I think of the title of our new album the more I think it's very appropriate for where Roholio is right now. For some time it felt like it was just me throwing songs at a wall a dreaming there was someone on the other side listening through and now all of a sudden there's a big audience on the other side and we're breaking through... oh man I can't even write a blog post without lapsing into a rhyming scheme...
The point is Roholio has come a very long way in just the space of a year and this album - which at first I admit was just going to be another collection of emotions I couldn't keep bottled up any longer - is really going to mean something. It's going to mark a year as a duo and the promise of what's to come and so with that in mind Mike and I have decided 'Geography', and you, deserve more than eight tracks... therefore we will now be working towards recording a whopping fifteen (we're about 6 in...). The time is right, you've all given us so much and we'd like to give you an album that truly delivers on every level :-)
Phew now I'll take a step back and inject some silly into this post by telling you what we did last week. We should've been practicing - well we sort of were - but Instow got the better of us. So what did we do? Went paddling, had a barbecue and practiced on the beach of course! No doubt some of you have seen our beach pictures (see above) and videos on youtube and I hope that you are as impressed as I that I could hold a song and strike a pose whilst under the influence of Strongbow! I even dragged half a punt from one end of the beach to the other in an attempt to fashion a rustic couch by the fire! My arms have been hanging off all week, frankly I'm amazed I could even lift the Mandolin after that!
We've been talking lots about where we'd like Roholio to go and as always I aim for the moon and leave Mike to figure out how we'll get there (probably in his van) but the addition of agents and our lovely spouses has made it all the easier to dream big. There is a humongous amount in the pipeline for us and July is looking pretty chock-a-block with tour dates so do keep checking the 'upcoming dates' section, and of course the blog whenever you need a pick-me-up :-) I'm told I can be funny...
Love to you all for showing us so much support, as I always say, non of this is possible without you guys out there so take care and we shall see you soon!
Feels like a while since I've written in here so I apologise but we've been quite busy organising our mini-tour for Geography and there have been a lot of last minute things to sort out and confirm - also we've been having too much fun as always ;)
So where to start... oo how about the Cyder Presse in Weare Giffard? Had a lovely evening down there despite initially feeling like running a mile on realisation the entire bar area was packed; and not just normally packed, you know with bodies, this was heaving with stringed instruments! I felt like if I moved I'd damage something so naturally I nestled nicely in the darkened corner with Mike listening until we were asked to play. We got some great feedback and also made some new friends so we hope to return there again soon for another night of fruitful folk.
The mini-tour is taking shape, we are looking at dates in Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Cardiff and of course Barnstaple. As soon as we can confirm (and I've asked Ben nicely) there will be a flyer swiftly dispensed through ever social network detailing when and where you can find us :)
I should also add that we have been asked to support Murrary Lachlan Young on two dates of his UK tour this week and so will find ourselves in Fremington on Thursday (sold out show), Hatherleigh on Friday and then it is Chubbstock on Saturday - as organised by The Voice fm DJ Roy Grimes.
We're hoping for a jolly turnout and although we may only do a couple Johnny Cash covers (sorry Roy we got a bit too busy to do the whole set as covers) it will still be a magical twenty minutes with us - this we guarantee ;)
Phew so that's a good 2 weeks or so condensed neatly into this chirpy little blog post! Keep checking back as information is a bit like buses, you wait and you wait then BAM! Loads!
Thank you all for your continued support and we shall see you soon.
Well what a busy fun-packed week! I had a day off from protecting the planet against evil geniuses on Tuesday which enabled me to spend a couple of hours at The Ariel Studio recording some double bass. Rose was unable to come along so I took my friend, mentor and all round good-egg, Ced with me (shhh… we were using Rohoilo studio time to secretly work on a new duo – The Velcro-Brothers). Thanks again to Leigh for his producing wizardry matched only by his unbounded patience!
Rose had a surprise call asking if we’d be available for two nights to play as support for a touring poet. We were free and agreed. Now I must say that poetry has never been one of my passions in life, but I was absolutely blown away by Murray Lachlan Young, the hilarious poet, writer and broadcaster.
His poems and songs were funny, intelligent and captivating. If you haven’t read any of his work or seen him perform, I strongly recommend you seek him out, you won’t be disappointed. Thank-you for the book Murray!
We supported him on Thursday evening at Fremington Quay Café and at Hatherleigh Community Centre on Friday evening. Both nights were great fun with fantastic audiences; we met lots of new people and also met up with our agents/friends Ken and Sue.
To top off a damn fine week we had the pleasure of playing at Chubbstock at The Wrey Arms – Barnstaple. Organised by our good friend and radio presenter Roy Grimes, Chubbstock is a festival with local musicians to raise awareness for SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy), a charity personal to Roy. He managed to raise over £500 which is fantastic and will go together with his Chubbs Cycle Challenge - Land's End to John O'Groats! http://blog.chubbscyclechallenge.co.uk A wonderful evening for a great cause.
So after a busy spell we now have a couple of weeks gig-free! This will suit us perfectly as we can now put the time into finishing off Geography. It's nearly there and we are looking forward to confirming the album launch. That's about it with the blog for this week, back to slaying dragons tomorrow!
This is bound to be a strange entry and so I will endeavour to begin and end it on a positive note so let me open with 470 likes on facebook! Only 30 to go until we hit 500, I feel a bit like buzz lightyear... "to infinity and beyond!" Okay maybe not so epic but still :P
On other news we've spent Easter practising, recording, polishing and writing together and I really feel it has paid off. I know I'm probably biased but I am loving Mike's song, '16 men' based on the true story of Lundy Island's turbulent past - turns out Mike is even more obsessed with history than me (tell no one but I have a substantial coin collection...)
We performed the song last night for the first time and I was very pleased to hear Mike singing naturally - he tells me he's very used to backing vocals and singing covers of Neil Young - turns out his tone is actually a lot lower than I thought; the man is deep haha. It was definitely a bit of a strange one last night though to say the least, Roholio experienced our first ever heckler in probably the smallest venue we've ever played - note to selves - if we can't fit the double bass in comfortably and we can't even fit ourselves on the stage then we probably shouldn't be there! None the less we had a strong first half before the crowd thickened and the noise increased. I think we got to the point where we were battling a wall of sound with our music, it was like fighting metal with a feather! Guess we've learnt to go where we are appreciated but a big thank you to the people who did make us feel welcome - you know who you are - and to the kind bar maid who made Mike's night by telling him how awesome his boots were [cherry red Dr Martens].
Hey ho! onward and upwards, all experience is necessary and who knows maybe we'll get a song or two out of that one ;-) All the best and we will be in touch soon,