They haven't gwan anywhere just yet. But they're about to gwan!
The next 10 days are going to be enormous for us. And could go some way to shaping the future of this little band! Or which direction we take next...
(~) Our film, How NOT to be in a Band, is going live as soon as we can work out how to upload it!?
(~) We are embarking on our first foreign foray; crossing the channel into France and Belgium and Holland.
(~) And we're about to air on the television to an estimated audience of 13 million people!!!!
All in the next 10 days! So hang on to your hats fellows! -------> WHOOSH!
But first let's fill you in on the last few weeks... Shambala was our final festival of a busy summer. It was a beautiful gathering and we were well received on the compass stage on sunday night. The whole festival was wonderful, maybe because it was small and had stayed small, resisting the temptation to increase its capacity and buy the neighbouring fields off Farmer Thornycraft! Shambala has a lovely little site and a population that works. 'If it ain't broke don't fix it!' like Secret Garden Party, its greedy cousin 50 miles up the road, that got too big and lost the magic it once had!
A few weeks later we played at a wedding down at The Old Sawmills on the banks of the Fowey river. "Up Cannabis Creek!" as it was fondly called. Back in the 60's it used to be a kind of bohemian commune for CND and LSD! And it was owned by my grandfather, the Cornish author Denys Val Baker. So it was quite special to see where mother grew up in those hazy blazy days!
Most recently we've been to London playing at Merge Festival on the banks of the Thames in a Airstream converted into a stage. We were certain we'd sell a few CD's on this busiest of thoroughfares, so much so that when we forgot them we sent the drummer 50 miles back to collect them! We didn't flog a single one. Sod's law. Though the audience were responsive and it was a gorgeous setting...
But mostly these days have been taken up with the planning for our mini tour. Our virgin voyage onto the continent. One band travelling 1002 miles for no reason! But there is a reason, and it's mostly because of this very blog that your reading now! It was while researching the readership that we discovered there were a lot of you Dutch people reading our posts. Indeed the Netherlands came in second place with a whopping 802 of you! For the record there are 70 Russians out there following us and I don't know a single one!? We'd love to hear from you!
The tour is about coming over to the 'low countries' and playing for the 'tall people'. To thank you for supporting us and following us. The Cheese and Tulip Tour we've named it because we were tired and the cliche was overpowering! We begin in Bristol on October 3rd @ THE GREENBANK
----- Raamsdonksveer SWAMP STUDIOS <--------------
\ (Oct 4th)
--------------------> CAFE LANGEREIS Amsterdam -----
(Oct 5th) /
---> DEN HOPSACK Antwerp
Back in real life, in case a lot of you have been following the guitar player's on/off, will he/won't he buy a house scenario that's been dragging on for months now; well let's just say this situation is thankfully nearing it's conclusion and without tempting fate, there are just some formalities left before he moves in!
And, as I've mentioned him, i'll only get an earful from the rest of them if I don't disclose information on them too! The bass player has bought a ticket to Thailand, the drummer is thinking of moving to Cornwall and the piano player is stuck in Glasgow!
Well there you have it; it's about to get pretty exciting in OddLand, it's the quiet before the storm, a good name for a title but I think we've used that one before, hmmm....? Hang on your hats! That'll do ;-)
|poster by Mae Voogd|