Every year we have a bit of an argument about Christmas tunes. A few years back we arranged that Prokofiev tune that Greg Lake used in I Believe in Father Christmas, which sounded great but went down like a lead balloon, so we don’t play that anymore. Hiding God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen in a set of Irish Reels seemed a bit pointless so we gave up with that… We arranged the Slade Christmas number one (a personal favourite) and gigged it a few times but everyone thought it was too silly…
So, come down to The Snick on Thursday 7 December for a pre-Christmas night out with very few Christmas tunes – it’ll be great!
We usually put some kind of gig on between Christmas and New Year, and this year is shaping up nicely – it’ll be at The Post Office Club on 30 December with a few special guests including Josh Burnell and The Garland of Flutes – a fabulous flute quartet with the most beautiful Christmas repertoire. See you there!
We’ve got underway with our autumn gigs, including four over last weekend (it would have been five, but alas, the whole Cornucopia Festival was cancelled).
Many thanks to Rob Mitchell for another set of beautiful photographs taken at York’s Little Festival of Live Music on Friday:
By the end of this week the band should all have returned from their travels, just in time for a quick rehearsal before we go to The Lake District to play at the Langdale Folk Festival on Sunday 10 Sept (we’re playing at 4pm in the bar).
Jack our mandolin player has had an amazing run of gigs with The Josh Burnell Band in France.
Rachel was on holiday in the USA and was presented with a fiddle so she could do a gig in a bar in Kansas.
Closer to home, Angie joined in for a tune with her daughter Scarlett who played her first solo open mic set in York. Scarlett played guitar for Leather’o at our International Womens Day gig earlier this year.
Caz has posted a great video diary from his busking trip to Berlin with Bloom
Right – this is becoming a list, and the page layout’s a mess, so it’s time to finish…
Finally… Bob and Linds have been joining in at various singarounds and open mics in York and now they’re packing the car for the Lakes and getting a couple of new tunes ready for The Snickleway Inn on 21 September – see you there – Yay!