April 2017 The Outlandish Tour
With dates booked across the month, April was always going to be busy.
We kicked off with the launch party for our new EP, the Outlandish Collection, on the 1st April. Set in the magical surroundings of St Andrew’s Church in Kinson, we shared the stage with Emily Mae Winters. A handpicked team of sound and lighting engineers brought the event to life whilst volunteers worked hard in the background to make the night a resounding success. We can’t do it justice more than the words of Fatea Magazine’s Tony Birch and you can read his review of the night here. Of course massive thanks go to everyone who made the event the incredible night that it was, from the audience to the church team. You can view a clip of the night here.
Our next date in Bradninch saw a full folk club and even a few ‘firsts’ for Kadia. In the incredible acoustic we decided to open up our set to include some solo pieces. Chris took centre stage early on with a cover of Jim Moray’s ‘Sounds of Earth’ whilst David offered his first ever solo rendition of the story of the Annabelle Lee, accompanied by the mandolin. The effect was particularly haunting in the natural reverb of the folk club. Letting Godfrey the Cello have a well deserved rest, Lee opted for an unaccompanied number, Rose in April, setting a bleak scene to contrast with the following triumphant tale of Lady Isabel.
In a month filled with gigs we have somehow managed to keep up with all the wonderful radio presenters that have aired the Outlandish Collection. In its first few days it was even album of the week on Liz Franklin’s show. It would be quite an undertaking to list all the shows that have featured the record so far, but we are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the work reaching a wider audience.
You might have noticed Godfrey the Cello has making a few small appearances across the folk world recently, most notably with Ange Hardy to record parts for her new album coming in October. We’ll be sure to keep you updated about the release, but keep an eye out in the meantime for Godfrey in a few other places on the folk circuit!
Following on from the release, we headed to London to support local folkies, Ninebarrow. The duo were nominated for the Horizon Award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The quality of live acts at the Royal Albert Hall was breathtaking, with the opening numbers delivered by the Afro-Celt Sound System. Their polish and energy was mirrored by Jim Moray who closed the show with a powerful version of Sweet William and Lady Margaret from his recent release, Upcetera.
Next stop: The Oxford Folk Weekend! There was so much on offer here it was hard to know where to start. We had the immense pleasure of sharing a concert with Jack Rutter of the Molly Evans Trio. A fine singer, instrumentalist and storyteller, he captivated the audience with ease throughout his set in the peaceful surroundings of the manicured gardens at the Quaker’s Meeting House. James the soundman did a fine job and we were well looked after by stewards Maddie and Lizzie along with MC Gareth. Even with the Mensa level parking instructions, the day was a success and we spent a lovely afternoon trawling sessions and enjoying the other concerts with our hosts Duncan and Vanessa.
We returned to the festival for a second day of great music, starting with a songwriting workshop from Ange Hardy. We went away with a host of great ideas to help break writer’s block and develop a number of existing songs. Later we were able to catch her live set and enjoy a few of the new songs that will part of the October release.
Upon saying our goodbyes to the stewards at the folk weekend, we were back on the road to head to Horsham Folk Club to entertain those who hadn’t gone to dance the morris for St George’s day. We had the pleasure of some floor spots by a group of singers with a broad knowledge of traditional songs, a few of which were handpicked for the season. We loved the diverse selection of tunes and were really taken by the collaboration of violin, flute and classical guitar that rounded off the floor spots with a distinctly Russian flavour. Thank you to MC Caroline and Peter for organising a great night, and we hope that the Morris dancers returned home safely from a successful day of jigs and reels! The following morning brought us to the beach having weathered the night in an old dairy on the coast courtesy of last minute hosts Lorraine and Gary.
Bracknell Folk Club presented us with perhaps the largest mix of guitarists and singers we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting at a folk club. The songs were eclectic and sampled inspiration from England and the Americas. The assembled musicians had no excuse following a fine display in the floor spots, and we coaxed them into a few sing-a-long choruses. MC Steve has a uniquely relaxed approach that put us at ease in an instant and we would recommend dropping by this folk club to sample the range of music and great atmosphere. Steve later wrote about the band: “Three excellent musicians able to sing close harmonies with class! Even with traditional songs, they were able to give them a more modern treatment and the Raggle-Taggle Gypsies was really foot-to-the-floor stuff!”.
With that we travelled onward towards Brighton ahead of Folk is not a Rude Word with host Chris Giles. It’s always a great night with Chris in charge of the mic, and we were pleased to have been invited back to share some of the newly released songs live on air. The show gets some strong interaction from listeners and we loved hearing feedback and comments from our ‘American Panel’! Chris’s hosting duties extended to whipping up a very welcome breakfast the next morning and we have to say a huge thank you to him and his family for finding room for us to spend the night ahead of our next gig in Essex.
Re-fuelled with a cheeky Nandos, the band headed to Loughton Folk Club. With artists like Chris Cleverley on the bill in the near future we knew we were in good company. Steve was a fantastic MC and has an amazing gift for writing and performing. It was a pleasure to spend some time with him and organiser Carol after the gig. We also loved finding out about some lesser known lyrics for the Old Dunn Cow from singer John. He enlightened us regarding some verses that tell of what happened after the fire! We’ll have to add some of these in at a future gig to help conclude the story.
The final gig took the band back to Didcot to share the evening with long time friends, the White Horse Whisperers. The two bands bring a similar flavour of folk to proceedings, and the trios even pulled together for a frenetic reading of the Swallowtail Jig, a piece that really tested the dexterity of all concerned at an earlier gig in the popular folk at Fernham series. It was special to end the Outlandish tour in the company of so many familiar faces. Thank you to those who took away a copy of the EP from that gig on the day of its official launch.
You can now order a copy of the new EP here: http://kadiaband.co.uk/the-outlandish-collection-ep/
Come back soon for an updated list of gigs across the rest of the year!
Lee, Chris and David