Monday, July 18, 2022

Alsager ON FIRE!

Alsager Music Festival 17th July 2022

*Updated 22/07/22

At risk of using not one but two overused words in this opening sentence, Alsager this year saw the start of a period of unprecedented levels of smothering heat opressing our usually fresh sumer weather, though I guess we will have to try to get used to this more and more as it becomes the "new normal". My train to the event was change to a rail-replacement bus due to a trackside fire (having gone through such a fire only on Friday on my train to rehearsals) Thank goodness for a strong breeze though to make things much more pleasant though.

Thank goodness too for the as-aways brilliant organisation, great sound which once again came from Mikey of Soundbites Creative on the desk but most of all to all of you who came along and sang along. You were just great, and gave us a fab time - thank you! x 

*Also - there was a frantic ant nest right beneath /around my pedalboard. 

*The Buggs joined us for "No Tobacco" after opening the day brilliantly earlier. 

Photos by Tim Lee

Monday, June 20, 2022

Middlewich 22 - What a Blast!

18th and 19th June 2022 (updated 21st June to include video footage) 

If you see my previous post you can see that for this and a variety of other logistical reasons we were feeling fairly under-rehearsed for the two hour gigs we were scheduled to perform across the weekend.

 The Middlewich Folks & Boat Festival was back after a Covid-induced absence of two years and was now actually better than ever, with acts including Cast, Gruff Rhys, The Waterboys, Boo Radleys and more. Founding festival organiser Lizzie was back at the Helm in collaboration with the local council and I'm sure played a huge part in making this the best one yet, 30 years on from the 1st event.

Under-rehearsed though we were, we've now reached the stage where we know each other so well musically, we can not only take risks but jam-out songs successfully with gusto and with a sort of free-flowing, exhilarating vibrancy even though we might not know them brilliantly well yet, as was the case with the live debut for  "The Stronger You Love", newish songs in terms of playing live like "Bella" and "new" cover "Closing Time".

In a complete reversal of what I'd expected, the Saturday gig was much busier (in spite of a slightly more out-of-town venue) than I expected and the Sunday one seemed to be more "hangover day" with a very small but nevertheless responsive audience.

The gang played absolutely brilliantly and it was a joy to see so many old friends and as meet lots of new people who seem to have enjoyed it all.

Thanks X

Photo: Stephanie Burgess

Audience member Ruby danced and joined us on tambourine at one gig!
Photo: Tim Lee

Photo: Tim Lee

Photo: Tim Lee

Photo: Time Lee

Photo: Tim Lee

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Sorry, back soon.

Posted on June 3rd


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Festival Season

 A couple of things coming up.

I also worked on this recent release... 

Friday, March 18, 2022

Electric Dreams

 Working on something electronic