Sunday, 20 December 2009
Yipidee Doo Dah this pretty vinyl single is out today and you can buy it, yes you can...
This single features "For The Love Of Others"
A version of "I Wanna Be Like You" from Disney's The Jungle Book
(done in a Squirrel Nut Zippers/skiffle kind of way, see what you think!)
and a pretty, ethereal track called "Brady's Bluff"
The artwork is by the amazing Geoff Howell
Touring is a series of hurry up, wait around...
Here is Emma, Mike and Barny doing precisely that outside of Clwb Ifor Bach (pre-soundcheck, post-load-in, you get the drift).
Cardiff was especially twinkly and Christmassy that night, maybe it was because we were playing a Christmas gig. We went to a lovely pub around the corner for a proper Welsh dinner and had a jolly good time.
We would go back to Cardiff whenever. What a lovely city!
We were lucky enough to be invited to play the Vinyl Vendettas Christmas Party at Clwb Ifor Bach. We took a photo of the poster because it looked so cool. If you don't know who the Vinyl Vendettas are, check them out because they are awesome-sweet. http://www.thevinylvendettas.co.uk
If you've listened to my album, or myspace, or Spotify you will know that I have a bit of a 'thing' for bees...
As a touring band we do spend a lot of time in service stations (not as glamorous as it sounds!) but when I came across this little guy it was love at first site.
God, could I be any more twee?
I love Bath and I love Chapel Arts, it's a gorgeous old church.
It feels like a bit of a home away from home for me, because Purr put out my 'Of All The Wonderful Things' single last May and they are based in Bath. So the whole Purr massive was there and that was nice to see everyone.
It felt oh-so-civilised as the venue was decorated with little candles.
The great thing about singing in a church is that your voice goes on and on, soaring through the rafters. It's natural reverb and that's fun for me as a singer to experiment with.
The support bands were really great too! Barefoot Dance Of The Sea were 3 pretty girls singing amazing blue-grass/folk stuff. Race Horses were excellent 60's-tinged rock. It was a good night all round!
We seem to have stumbled across the most stylish place in the Southwest! The Cavern Club was full of pretty people in pretty frocks and it was great to have such a glamorous Saturday night. For some reason though, we just took photos of ourselves in the dressing room... see?
Monday, 14 December 2009
So Cheltenham's Slak bar was an interesting one... it was, well... a little under-attended. However the 3 people (+ dog) made enough noise for the whole room, and it was all a bit 'Happy Birthday Mister President' in a good way! We had our fans/friends in the audience playing along with percussion, the bar staff even joined in on "Not Your Anything" tapping their knees like German folk-dancers. By the end of the gig everyone was smiling and there were even more people as they arrived mid-gig... it was all good, really good.