So Autumn is officially upon us, and with that comes the usual fallout from festival season. Obviously there are the standard trivialities: Checking all pedals/patch cables still work; Cleaning mud-caked Hunters (other, less overpriced wellington boots are available), but they go hand in hand with the customary considerations of Autumn work, promoting gigs and generally getting used to playing in venues with running water again. A good portion of my gear has been resigned to the ‘send to Tim’ (bass player and resident electrician extraordinaire) pile, through general festival wear and tear but I know I speak on behalf of the band when I say it was a top summer this year.
The last week of July saw us convene at Ben and his lovely lady Naomi’s place down in Devon. Amazing views, good food and a lot of tunes, it was the perfect way to get our heads in gear for the upcoming festivals and also write and arrange some material for the next record! I suppose we were doing our own ‘Liege & Lief’ or ‘Big Pink’, and it proved to be very fruitful. An amazing week and I’m sure we’ll be going back over the next few months to get together some more material and eat more of Tim’s chili jam (and drink none of his and Tom’s home brew #Horror).
The week ended with an sweet set at Sidmouth Folk Week, where we bedded in a new song myself and Gav wrote. There were many people jumping up and down. It was good. Last week we played the Wallingford BunkFest, a free music, dance and beer festival in Oxfordshire. Props to the promoters and organisers for making it such a great event. Quality of acts and infrastructure (and beer) were astonishing considering it’s free to the public. Wallingford, you have a wee gem, long may the festival continue! The next day we headed down to Lyme Regis for the Lyme Regis Folk Fest. Another great bill with Jackie Oates’ band and Ducie. Pete and Tom valiantly stepped in to take charge of sound when unforeseen issues arose, so shout out to them technical maestros… Also, big shout out to Kat for driving me on those gigs, aided by a playlist including: Alannah Myles, Jackson Browne, Sarah Jarosz and (as per) Shawn Colvin. ‘murica.
So Looking ahead we have a run of 4 dates available to see here http://www.thealbionband.com/dates/ so make sure you come out to see us, we’re playing some of our favourite venues. As for our respective other spinning plates: Gav and his band are touring his critically acclaimed new album, as are Gilmore Roberts; Tim will be playing with Blackbeard’s Tea Party so make sure you check out their dates as well. I’m writing this from the studio, finishing pre production on my second solo album and I’ll also be out on tour with my trio in November. After that, no doubt we’ll be doing another Big Pink/L&L down in Devon ahead of Albium 2…
Hope you all had as good a summer as we did, see you on the road.