Well this has been a bit of a crazy week, let's start with the obvious. Seth Lakeman was, of course, awesome at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. Every time I see him live I'm blown away by the energy the whole band brings and it was great to see Lisbee backing him up with her stunning vocals. Just brilliant, cannot recommend them enough! (and yes I finally bought my copy of word of mouth)
Onto the random then and I've had a strange achy-ball-like-sensation in my side all week which I'd put down to a strained muscle. By wednesday, day of the Tapeley gig, it was getting painful so Thursday I saw a Dr who suggested a kidney problem. Alarm bells fully rung, my head was spinning as we travelled up to London on Friday to see an old friend and mosey. The pain got worse and the trip was cut short as we rushed back home to A&E and finally got some antibiotics for my urinary infection Saturday night. Joy. So I'm feeling especially sorry for myself just now HOWEVER Tapeley was awesome.
We dressed up day of the dead style - I proudly managed my lipstick and eye liner creation at home but the boys needed Jen's makeup expertise at the venue - and me and Nev delivered our spooky set without hitch, even sold a few albums! Niks did a marvellous job on the sound and we even pulled off a cover of Live & Let Die. Really hope I get another chance to play a Halloween set, they're so much fun! It certainly lifted my spirits, oh wow pun unintended there. I might be the most un-funny creature you'll ever meet...
So there you have it, a strange week full of highs and lows. On other news, Broadstairs Festival have now confirmed I'm playing on the Sailing club's acoustic stage as well as later on the main stage. Yay! I've already begun rehearsing despite the fact it's not 'til next Summer....
Optimism engaged then and I'm hoping for a calmer week! Thank you to all who came on Wednesday, shout out to Roy and Ange, you made my night :-)
See you all again soon,
Whoops nearly left that one two weeks, my apologies! The stress of the "day job" anchored me to the ground last week and that deflated feeling continued across the weekend BUT I do, of course, have good news!
You might have noticed there's a new quote on the front page... Jeremy Vine has listened to Geography! My initial reaction to this news was huh? What?! whaaa.... (and the baby like babbling continued for a considerable amount of time). I'm still in that place to be fair, swirling around in disbelief. Not really sure what will come of that but hey I have at least got a smashing quote now for the album so I'm pleased as punch :-)
On other mesmerising news I'm also confirmed now to be playing at Warwick & Broadstairs folk festival. Jaws upon the floor? Mine too. Ben's immediate response was to find pictures of expected turnouts, show them to me and calming say, "don't mess up." Thanks Ben ;)
So back to normality and I feel I should mention I saw Jackie Oates at the Queen's Theatre last week and her music completely calmed me down from the hysteria of the day job. It was like stepping into the land of ter-nah-nog and taking the deepest breath. I must admit I'm one of these people that never researches artists before meeting/listening to them. I'm not sure why, it could be laziness but I rather think if it's anything it's more of a 'I want to see for myself what they're like and not kiss-ass.' Anyway, needless to say Jackie was a pleasure to listen to and, to quote Depeche Mode, soothed my soul!
So onto the weekend and I am seeing Seth Lakeman perform at the Theatre Royal Saturday. Could not be MORE excited if I tried. This is probably the first time I've not learnt every lyric to a new album before going to see the artist, I'm actually ashamed to admit I don't have his new album 'word of mouth' but I have made a pact with myself to get it at the gig and Ben did at least download it onto his phone so we can brainwash ourselves on the way down to Plymouth. What I have heard though is as gorgous as ever and I am loving Portrait of my Wife so Saturday night should be brilliant.
Nothing much left to say then except that the covers are coming along nicely for the Halloween gig next wednesday and me and Nev (I think) have finally decided on our costume theme... apologies in advance....
See you soon!
Well the fall is upon us and that can mean only one thing....
Time for a photoshoot! Don't worry I didn't wear my ill-fitting cowboy hat in the pictures - I'm pretty sure I can hear you all saying "oh!" in protest!
Yes I've had another busy weekend so I'm on the couch in my jammies giving you an update. I started Saturday with a half hour mandolin set outside Nature's Nutrition in Bideford. I'd been invited to play there in order to promote local music and namely 'Geography' so I felt very special indeed when I arrived and found a couch outside waiting for me. Amazingly the sun shone the whole way through - which left me roasting under my stylish black polo neck - and brought out the smile in me when I sang, "sing me another song Angie, bring in a little sunshine for me..." An Excellent start to the weekend and I really appreciated the amount of applause I got from passers by. One guy gave me a fiver, so thank you who ever you are 'cause that helped me get my weekly food shop! After that I had a smashing jam with Nevular for the Tapeley Halloween gig (October 29th). The whole set is pretty much Halloween-themed so we're working on lots of unusual songs and covers which is proving a nice challenge for me. I soooo want to share what they are but I'm going to try and be good and leave it as a surprise, you can tell I'm really looking forward to it.
Onto the dates then, sadly the Voice FM have had to postpone my performance on streetlive as the DJ has other commitments to address at the moment but he is keen to have me back and is keeping me posted on when it will be. I wish him all the best and hope to see him soon. I have another date to add to calendar for next year, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have kindly allowed me to support them when they play at The Plough, Torrington on May 1st 2015 as well as when they play The Folk House, Bristol March 27th. I really should make it clear to them that I'm not trying to stalk them it just happened this way!
So lots to look forward to and of course today's photos to come :) Keep in touch!