Ey Up 🙂
So here it is, the follow up to yesterdays blog 🙂
WAHOO! It is very rare that I get the opportunity to play with a band so these gigs were something truly special 🙂 I am wayyyyy lucky to work with such talented and kind people. Ahh man I was just buzzing!!
First stop was a sold out gig in my home town of DERBADOS!!! The audience was crammed full with not only peeps who like my music but also my family, friends, old school teachers and other people I have met along the way. There was just something in the air, but no need to call out the instigators (see what I did there), there is just something about playing in your home town that has a vibe like no other. A distinctly scary vibe lol, I was bricking it!! But in all the good ways 😀
The band line up is an ever changing, ever growing array of awesome people and I was blessed to be able to have both Sam Pegg and Joy Gravestock there, but also my self pronounced surrogate parents O’Hooley and Tidow. We had very little time to rehearse together given everyone’s busy schedules; in fact, the first time Joy played with the rest of the guys was at the sound check before doors! But it’s a true testament to those guys for pulling it off, they really nailed it.
In fact there was a brilliant moment after we had finished one of the tracks, I stepped back so all the guys were in front of me and witnessed an exchange of looks across the stage that said silently ‘Oh my Jeff! That actually worked, we did it ARGGGHHHH’ 😀 hehe.
Actually, I’m getting ahead of myself a bit here, given that this was a special night, I went all out with the stage decor, lanterns/chairs/cushions/throws/telephones/vases all from my own home and a load of cut tree branches on the edge of the stage that had come from my mums garden. I had a lot of help from my family, we built a diddy, cosy nest for us to play music in and it felt well good 🙂
Me and Rob also made a big pack up picnic…no band of mine is going unfed!
There was lush sound, groovy lights, a smoke machine…it was like being on stars in your eyes! and I totally loved it hehe!
We were lucky enough to not only have 1 night of band loving but got to do it all again the next day in Abingdon, thanks to the lovely Jenny at Seahorse promotions who had booked in the most amazing little guildhall you’ve ever seen with a gorgeous minstrel gallery and everything! Just look
More Than The Music also wrote a really lovely review of the night…have a gander here
So then as the very last note on this here tour check out the Top 5 Tour Facts:
1: 3000 miles covered (this is travel to and from gigs only)
2: 8 car picnics consumed (just to clarify, this is where you eat picnics in the car, not when you eat cars as a picnic!)
3: 5 completely sold out gigs
4: 200 songs performed
5: Last, but certainly not least, the sound effect we used on Belinda’s electric piano was entitled “Massive Organ”
FESTIVAL SEASON IS HERE!!!!!! and that is mightily exciting! I have done a couple of early spring gatherings but this is the beginning of my summer spent living in a tent hehe. I will be playing at:
- Upton Folk Festival
- Raunds Music Festival
- Tredegar House Folk Festival
- Bearded Theory
- Ireby Festival
- The Gate To Southwell Folk Festival
- Wirral On The Coast
- Gower Folk Festival (with Cupola:Ward)
- Beverley Folk Festival
- Bromsgrove Folk Festival
- Ely Folk Festival
- Festival At The Edge
- Wickham Festival
- The Big Tree Festival
- Towersey Festival
- Shrewsbury Folk Festival
- Fylde Folk Festival
- South Hill Park Arts Festival
- Folkstock Acoustic Festival
- South Downs Folk Festival
- Derby Folk Festival (with cupola:ward and Derbyshire Volunteers)
- Lewes Folk Festival
- Folkfestival Veenhuizen (The Netherlands)
And I am proper excited about playing all of them!!!! There are lots of festivals that I have never been to before, Beverley, Towersey, Big Tree, Greenbelt but also I am going to be going to my spiritual home/the festival I grew up going to as an artist for the very first time: Glastonbury WOOP!!!
Lastly, my new album is very very nearly ready…the 2nd cut arrived in the post this morning 😀 Happy days!
See you soon peeps