Super concert with Dan Britton & Neil Rabjohn with Sally Barker. A night where it all came together. Wonderful sound and lovely crowd who listened and laughed in all the right places.
Our set - Carousell, The Storm, Leaf Boat Dreams, When Will We Be Married, The Alien Jellyfish Song, Snow And The Fire - then we played on 6 songs with Sally.
fun things said to me -Mancunian Croupier - play anything Bond-ish?
Me - not really, why?
Croupier - it's a Bond theme night.
Me - ah - they didn't tell me that.
Croupier - no, they wouldn't've done.
"We decided not to have a disco this year. We decided to have you instead."
Special night at Kontra Roots with fab and diverse acts - Stevie Jones & The Wildfires, Danielle Cawdell, Kings Gambit.
Dan Britton & I + Neil Rabjohn closed the evening and did some old & new & 1 cover.
Set - The Storm, Carousel, West Country Cowboy, Lifespell, For What It's Worth, Journeys End, The Snow And The Fire, The Alien Jellyfish Song.
Quadelectronic 107 was quite different. 7 of us. No liquid light show, in fact no stage lights. The studio floor had been painted so no furniture. 2 past alumni from long ago revisited. Sound was more noise-based than of late. Vibe in the chilly halflight was quite post-apocalyptic. Fun was had tho..
It' has been a plan for a while to record a Memory Wire album in the studio with our chum Dave Everitt focussing on minimal music influences - eg Terry Riley, Steve Reich etc... There's often been a minimal element in MWire's music but we thought why not try to go for it for a whole album.
We recorded about 30mins of music in the end. We'll reconvene again one Sunday.
A bit more of a trek than usual. The wedding ceilidh in Henley-in-Arden was fine and the crowd danced really well. Arrived in late evening sunshine but then the sun set and it got cold and no one closed the big doors so it ggggot cccold.. The food van was a bit slow and made quite a queue which ate into the evening really.
Wasn't sure how a jazz trio would go at the city bar West End Brewery on a Friday night but it went very well - a really nice vibe and had some cool comments. We hadn't played as a trio for over a year! Time flies.... It was noisy to start with with after work drinkers but it thinned out to more of a listening audience which was cool.
OK the album I made with the Buddhist monk is available for download as a name-your-price release (£0 is ok) One kind person has already paid for one. :-) (thank you!) ITunes & Spotify follow in a month or so. It's a 78 minute chantfest. Thanks to Neil Donoghue & Mo Coulson for adding sitar & Celtic harp lushness. I listened back to it after a break - sounds good! :-)
8 months work is completed :-)