Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ahead of the Set.

Friday, 11th January, 2019

Well, this was a most unusual one from my point of view, really taking the role of a sort of 'play out' artist following an inspiring talk by the North West MEP, Julie Ward. A really interesting talk and Q and A in these incredibly tumultuous political times. 

Technically, there was a somewhat unexpected problem of wearing a Madonna-style headset mic (though not the cone-bra to go with it). I had checked out the venue PA system in a technical meeting earlier in the week and knew that a headset mic was the way we were going with this, however, it wasn't until the actual performance and having to deal with the dynamics in the vocal performance (ie the 'louder and quieter' bits where I would normally move further away from the mic where singing really loudly and so on) where I suddenly had to improvise singing some really high notes that I normally belt out loudly to get them out there, only having to do them relatively quietly.. not easy!

Julie Ward, MEP

Earlier in the week...

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Paradise Sting

As a result of my new access to GarageBand, I've ended up playing with the new features and have come up with a brand new album of instrumental, ambient, sci-fi loops and sounds based on an imagined adventure. I'm releasing it under the artist name Kitten Jynx as it's so different from everything else I do, so as to reduce confusion rather than cause it.
It's out today and you can listen or download it here: (Track 1 requires good speakers or headphones).

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Organising a €{$$ up in a brewery!

December 7th, 2018

*What could possibly go wrong, as they say!!? Well..

*The previous venue owner mistakenly deleted the event (which she was still tagged into- my fault d'oh) meaning that 50 or so folk who said were going or interested were informed the event was cancelled...
*At the end of one song, the 'dramatic ending' involved me falling into the guitar rack and symbols behind me!

Other than that it was a lovely night playing for Rickety Wireless, Sean and Jacqui at Tom's Tap and Brewhouse were great hosts who were friendly and really looked after us.

Thanks to all who survived the cancellation notice and came along!

Because of the working environment of a brewery,
 and the stage being immediately in front of the big, brewing casks, a
lot of the general, malty crud from the floor had trasfered onto
my effects pedals, warrenting a good clean the next day.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

We name this ship...

It's getting closer (March 1st, to be precise), the new album I'm making with The Blue Yellows has been recorded, was mastered this very week (see insta' post below), CD distributors and printers have been contacted with issues discussed, as as I write, artwork is being tweaked to fit the necessary criteria. The plan is to get a batch of CDs ready by January to send to out reviewers, magazines, bloggers and so on as the serious players are mostly focused on reviewing material 6 weeks or so before release. The pressure's on.

We are also planning on doing a facebook-live broadcast in the near future, answering any of your questions on the album, or anything surrounding it. So feel free to let me know ANY of your questions on this, don't worry about it being too daft or not knowing enough about recording or music, anything at all - fire away here or on social media! 

Questions so far include; "Will The Lorax be on it?" and "Is the album a girl or a boy?"...

What's your Question?

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Some different moments in the recording of this album.. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Savage brilliance at Enzo.

October 14th, 2018
Grace Savage performing at Enzo, which was packed out for the whole event.

Festivals come and go throughout the Spring and Summer and nearly all of them are vibrant and special, not to mention really exciting and fun to play.

But the Words and Music Festival is really particularly close to my heart, and being my 'home' festival, gives me a chance to play a full-on part in promoting it and helping out as well as performing. 

Running a whole event such as this 'Enzo Acoustic Zone' which has over the last few years become a regular fixture at the festival can have it's own stresses, especially for someone with a natural shyness (or more specifically social anxiety) such as myself, and many artists in fact. Whereas in a recent gig, I allowed myself to shake off some of the pre-gig nerves in a run around a rainy car park, at this event I have to look after the other artists, help them to keep calm while getting anything they need done for them, liaise closely with the sound engineer (my good friend and regular music collaborator Dayve Dean in this case) and politely fielding any queries from members of the public, requiring me to suppress my own nervous energy and my natural desire really to get away from everyone, find a quiet space and maybe warm up on the guitar or dispel some nervous energy in some other way, in ways that I might normally do.

Anyway, any level of draining, nervous energy more than paid off by the bucket load both due to the incredible talent of my special guests, and the the wonderfully music-savvy, listening, attentive, music-mad audience that is a feature of this wonderful festival as a whole.

The soulful, earthy, gorgeous vocal tones of and wonderful new songs from Tiki Black, poignant, incisive, witty poetry of Oliver Lomax, the perfectly crafted songs of top producer Nigel Stonier and, well... what can I say about Grace Savage, a truly incredible talent, and a privilege to introduce her on stage at a point in her career when she has just been Radio One artist of the week, and with 4 titles of UK beatbox champion... just amazing.
Please do check these artists out.