Happy 2015 everyone! I spent new years on a very small big wheel (maybe there's a song in that?), sipping southern comfort and singing along to Depeche Mode (definitely a song in that) and I hope you all had an equally merry time bringing in the new year!
So what have I been up to? Well Santa bought me a MIDI interface for christmas (thank you Ben) so I've been recording a few demos on logic in an attempt to polish some new songs ready for the northern tour this year. I've also been Dulcimer shopping but so far to no avail... this hasn't stopped me writing new songs for Dulcimer however...
So basically I've spent the Christmas period upping my game, writing and planning for the tour oh and I also helped out a friend with some backing vocals [see photo] oh his wonderfully cheesy Christmas song. Now I did write a christmas song a year or so ago but never bothered recording it. With my new found christmas spirit I'm thinking maybe next year I'll actually record it and make my own cheesy christmas song/vid/extraordinaire - what do you think?
I think it apt that I finish my first blog entry of 2015 with a lot of thank yous for the support given in 2014. I know I do this somewhat religiously but I do often remind myself that without all of you attending my gigs, listening to my demos, reading my blog, buying my music, re-tweeting my tweets none of this could happen and I'd still be that shy girl from Bude writing songs that no one ever heard. It means the world to me that I'm finally being given the opportunity to make a living doing what I love and I have you to thank so here's to you and here's to 2015!
Season's greetings to you all! I hope you've all been having as much fun as me, most of you now should be on holiday or at least approaching holiday so the time to relax and watch the infamous coke advert is nigh! I have had the nicest week meeting up with old friends, so much so it's inspired me to pick up the ol' dulcimer that Mr Purser has kindly fixed up and I've been writing loads.
I've been thinking I'm going to have to buy a thin guitar-like dulcimer for some of these numbers as I'm straining my index finger playing them on a traditional lap - Appalachian style. I kind of play them as I play mandolin on Geography "like a demon possessed" according to David Kidman [read the full review here http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2014/RoseannaBall.html] although I have to admit I never felt like I was channelling any such entities! I guess if you strum these kinds of traditional instruments you are instantly thought of as insane (I would argue that's my blink 182 influence coming out) but still I think it's a positive review? What do you think?
On other news I've been up to some secret, seasonal antics this weekend that we really can't talk about but I want to talk about but can't..... so let's just say there was a santa hat, me hollering and a lil bit of money raised for charity. I will divulge all next week.... with pictures!
So still loads on the horizon and a wonderful christmas to look forward to. I hope you all stay warm and don't hog the crackers!
Well I left it a week because so much was going on - to be fair I did make up for that by uploading a little demo on soundcloud to keep you all happy (or frustrated depending on how you look at it) - so what have I been up to? Well I've added another date to my 2015 gig list, I am now playing at the Square & Compass in Dorset February 1st. I remember holidaying in Dorset when I was a kid and being enchanted by the new forest and then completely gobsmacked at The Cerne Abbas Giant chalked into the hill side so I'm really looking forward to returning! I really hope I can stop by some woodlands and soak up some inspiration before the gig, Dorset is not unlike my home county of Cornwall what with it's moss and magic at every turn. I've never explored the coast though so maybe I should pay that a visit and find a fossil....
Job wise, I have now officially left and am officially unemployed which - to me - translates as I have plenty of time to paint the bedroom and craft the rest of the christmas presents. My idea of heaven. Crafting has almost taken the place of music in my life recently as it's been a more accessible outlet due
to a nasty, lingering cold BUT today I went to an open mic, instrument-less and was invited to play. Now honestly I thought I sounded like a rusty hinge but the crowd were very welcoming when I sang "unwed fathers" and once I'd stoked up enough fire in my throat I delivered my rendition of Greenday's time of your life which went down a treat. I'm really grateful actually that I was encouraged to play 'cause in all honesty I didn't go there to perform I just missed my mates!
It has definitely given me the sharp nudge I needed to continue making my music and I'm feeling newly inspired.
So onwards and upwards I feel! Oh but before I leave I'm told I must share a picture with you from our little excursion to Dartmoor this weekend. I know, me in a burger king - not really a common occurrence, which I think is probably obvious from the surreal expression on my face!
Yes there I am in a Burger King, with the biggest burger I have ever seen, on the edge of Dartmoor wondering why there was a burger king on the edge of Dartmoor....
Just when you think you've seen everything you see something else.