Once again the decision to uproot, travel thousands of miles (for some) and drive ourselves into the ground with organisational chaos was justified by a life affirming set of dates. The sheer kindness we discover on the road floors us every time.
We were almost thwarted from the get go by an M1 pile up that threatened to scupper our London show. We snuck off a handily placed slip road, detoured the Leicestershire countryside before
arriving in London just 15 minutes late.
The 'Be Prepared' promoters were just that and had everything in place for what was a wonderful gig. Where did the 100 plus people come from? We have no idea but it was a pleasure to play in front of such a large crowd and one made up of so many familiar faces.
The madcap drive home the same night allowed us have a lovely sunny saturday lunchtime in York before heading back onto the Great North Road for a stunning gig in Newcastle. The inaugral On The Bridges show was one of the most enjoyable of our short career, the Modern Tower venue has to be seen to be believed. A freezing cold day in Edinburgh was rounded off by a lovely intimate gig in the darkened recesses of The Banshee Labyrinth.
There are too many people to thank but here goes. First up our marvellous string players for each show, Katie English (London), Sarah Kemp (Newcastle) and Florence Fawcett (Edinburgh) seamlessly performed with us despite zero rehearsing and last minute changes of plans. Our warm up man a.k.a the wildman of finger-picked acoustic./electro folk Chris Tenz baffled and stunned audiences in equal measure , there were spot on supports from Grapefruits, Michael Marwood and Talvihorros. We are so grateful to the hard work of the promoters James and James (Be Prepared), Ally (Pendulum Man) and the most organised man in rock Paul Elam (Sleepsound/On the Bridges).
We are just putting the finishing touches to our next album 'There Is No Perfect Place', once that is done and out we will tentatively head out again, for the moment we can drift away to our normal lives with the loveliest of memories.