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!
This week has been gathering momentum like that juggernaut man in xmen four so much so I was going to update you yesterday but there was even more news to come today! So where to start, how about band practise shenanigans which I've been dying to share with you guys since Monday. For anyone who ever wondered what an acoustic duo get up to whilst rehearsing for a gig....
This is what we get up to. In our defence though Dory had been a little under the weather after running full speed into a prickly bush and requiring stitches...
Anyway once rehearsal actually began we were half way through 'The Line' when we got a surprise phone call from The White Lion in Braunton asking us to play! If that wasn't enough we were then asked to play in Appledore so as I always say, keep checking the upcoming dates page because the gigs really are coming in at an alarmingly short notice-y rate! Oh we've also established two Soundcloud accounts, one with purely album tracks on it and one with some drafts, demos and live tracks giving you more options to get your kicks! So that was Monday's very effective band practise ;)
Apologies for the lapse in blogging, as you can see Roholio.co.uk has now merged with Roholio.com and we have a new look website which hopefully makes finding things a little bit easier for you guys. Lots of things have happened since Halloween so I'll try and paraphrase...
Tour. We have been wanting to tour for a long time and it looks like we are finally able to and so this Summer we will be taking to the motorways and B roads of this land and playing a south west tour hopefully with the support of some equally quirky musicians.
Geography. We have begun to put together a track listing for Geography and have been rehearsing somewhat non-stop. Recording dates booked for February and we are hoping to share some of the magic with you in April. We are being very organised with this record to the point where we already have the album launch booked and ready to go so here's a date for your diary! June 20th! But I feel a need to keep the venue a secret til the last minute in order to entice more of you to come along.
Another busy week in the holio-verse (like the universe only a bit weirder)... We revealed a fresh new set at The Volunteer Tavern, Bristol Thursday night to a very welcoming crowd and had a great time tasting their unique Loki Ale and gazing upon, possibly, the world's biggest potato! Lovely quirky pub but seemingly in the middle of no where? We got lost several times upon leaving, even managing to get ourselves stopped by the cops:
"Mike try and drive a bit slower so I can read the signs otherwise..."
[blue lights flash from behind]
"Like I was saying you'll get pulled"
[Policeman approaches, I wind down the window, he abruptly opens the door]
"Oh sorry I didn't see you wind down the window... are you lost?"
He then went on to give us detailed instructions on how to get back on the M4.... which we didn't follow one bit and ended up even more lost driving in circles round Cabot Circus. Nevermind no fines and we got home safe and sound so in our minds it was a good night.
What a busy time it has been! Allow me to fill you in on what's been happening....
Firstly Mike decided we should have a little road trip to Brooks Guitars and let me tell you, I am smitten. This was by far the most beautiful guitar I have ever played and probably the most expensive! I will be saving all future pennies for one of these and some sort of fancy inlay. Honestly cannot praise Brooks enough on their craftsmanship -- they make their own machines for crying out loud! Lovely people, lovely instruments :-)
So epic road trips aside what else have we been up to? Well rehearsing with the soulful likes of Kiera Osment for our gig at the Plough of course! We've also played at Barnstaple Foodfest, been in the North Devon Journal this week, twice, and on local radio show, The Voice who will soon be moving to FM and have invited us to come on the first breakfast show. Details to be confirmed so watch this space!
So aside from all the promoting and pushing for the plough what else have we been up to? Oh you know, just drafting the song lists for the next three albums.... You heard me ;) We are planning on becoming something of recluses this winter in an attempt to hopefully bring you two of these albums next year. So naturally this means a lot of new material, more instruments, more Mike and a bit more of a range musically so I am hoping you will like where we're going and follow us there :)
So keep watching this space 'cause there's lots more news to come and we hope to see you all on Thursday at The Plough Arts Centre. :)