So this is a little bit exciting. Our EP is being duplicated AS I TYPE. 😁
As soon as the CDs are available to buy I will let you know so please do watch this space.
So now I need to look into getting these tracks on the old interweb. Which is what I will be investigating as soon as I have finished typing this. Woop!
***Edited to add: since publishing this post earlier today, I have now uploaded the EP to Bandcamp and you can find it >>HERE<< 😁 So that means it is released into the big wide world! (Slightly scary but SO PROUD!) And we must thank Garfy at Semi-Echo for the recording wizardry and for putting up with us and doing a fantastic job!***
We have had a fair few gigs since I last did a blog post (oops) and from before that, so here’s the rundown…
I realised that I haven’t mentioned anything about our first few festivals of the summer which seem Such A Long Time Ago now. At the end of April we played on the River Stage at Cosmic Puffin on Mersea Island, which was in a lovely little cosy tent with a very large fish hanging above the stage. It was pretty cold. (The weather, not the fish.) In June we played on the new acoustic stage at Alive & V-Dubbin at Jimmy’s Farm, which we particularly enjoyed being dubbers ourselves. Unfortunately just as we were performing it was raining hellishly so most sensible people were hiding in their vans rather than listening to us. (We are used to terrible weather at outdoor gigs. We seem to take it with us.) On the same bill were some amazing bands deserving of a mention as they blew us away with their talent – Gentlemen of Few and Heath. Awesome.
Oh we played at The Apex too! How did I miss that… We were asked by The Milkmaid Folk Club to perform a supporting set in the bar, on the night that Blazin’ Fiddles were playing in the main auditorium. We had never heard of them before but oh my word they were amazing. Crazy fiddle skills.
Dubs At The Hall was our next festival, in Norfolk, (where it also rained a lot – spot the wellies) and we were on the main stage this time which was brilliant. We had most of July gig-free, during which we went to Latitude and had an amazing time there. I did a little impromptu gig in the Piano Garden, which was fun. There was a small audience there!August was busy again, starting with the Ipswich Waterfront Celebration, where we played on a boat (that was definitely a first) and it was so windy! Another lovely Acoustic Afternoon at The Brewery Tap in Sudbury followed that, then the one we had been looking forward to All Year – FolkEast. We were booked to play on the Soapbox stage, then in the week before we were also asked to play for the Milkmaid Folk Club, on the Broad Roots Club stage. So that made it even more exciting! It was an awesome weekend, during which we discovered many new (to us) bands and poets, including Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, Piers Harrison-Reid, Jayd Green, The Malingerers, Jess Morgan, Rura, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, Solana, The Hut People, and The Georgia Shackleton Trio. Some of these we saw twice on different stages which was even better. We came away with some new CDs, and would have bought a few more if we hadn’t run out of money!
The following weekend we played at DukeFest (The Grand Old Duke of York in Ipswich) and EddyFest (Edwardstone White Horse), bringing an end to the summer festivals. It has been a good summer and as well as discovering lots of new music we have performed on the same bills as plenty of local talented musicians we have the pleasure of knowing already – EllY Tree, Keith Sadler, Fern Teather, Meg Burrows, Jordan Hay, Peter Hepworth, Chloe Hawes, The Broken Maps, Aartwork, Meg Hughes, Charlie Law, Tilly Dalglish, and probably more that I have forgotten. There are so many! It’s really great to have such a wealth of talent in Suffolk and surrounding areas.
We also played at a private party this weekend which was another first for us. I wasn’t quite sure how to react when one man said after one song, ‘that one was really good, the best one so far, your voice sounds lovely’…it wasn’t a song of mine… 😆 ah well. It was still a compliment.
I have been playing a couple of new songs in recent weeks, one being my accidentally political song Side by Side, written on Dolly the dulcimer, and the other being my sunshiney summery song Let’s Go Outside that seems to make the sun go away every time I sing it! ☀️🌧
So our next gig coming up is UkeEast in Norwich which I am really looking forward to. I feel it is our best one, surrounded by fellow ukuleleists who are all just as crazy as me and Jim (although he felt a little left out last year being a drummer…) and it is a mix of extra pressure because they all play my instrument and no pressure because they are all lovely people. Hopefully the EP CDs will have arrived by then and we may even sell a few!
So keep an eye out on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for news of the CDs appearing and other exciting stuff.
Back to the music 🎶