As it turned out, Kadia’s first gig of the year was also Jim Moray’s first gig of the year. Both shared the stage at the Atkinson in Southport for a double headline event. Before we even get to the music, it has to be said that the venue is incredible. The building wouldn’t be out of place in Westminster and it has recently enjoyed quite the facelift courtesy of a mind-blowing re-fit. Our stewards and sound engineers were a credit to the organisation and we can’t thank them enough for making our day run smoothly.
Admittedly, things got of to a shaky start as we encountered a number of accidents on the journey, extending our road trip to around 7 hours. We rolled in just a little later than planned, but with plenty of time for soundchecks and a cheeky bite to eat with Fatea mastermind Neil King. It was great to catch Jim during the set up, and even during the soundcheck he sounded on top form despite a deserved break over the winter.
During Jim’s set we were treated to some personal favourites from his Upcetera release along with the iconic Sounds of Earth. For anyone who hasn’t yet got their hands on a copy, what are you waiting for!? It was fascinating to hear some of the songs re-imagined for guitar and voice, or indeed harmonium, in contrast to the full band arrangements on the album.
We were instantly put at ease by the audience who were warm and engaged from the first song, Open Sea. Across the set we tested out some of the material written over the course of the winter break and in a few cases these had never been heard complete before, even by us! The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and David’s love song that explains how Swanage came to be known as ‘Little London’ was well received. Listen out for that one at future gigs and let us know what you think.
We ended a successful night with kebabs and a classy suite in a hotel that was just a few degrees off the surface temperature of the sun.
In other news, the preparations for the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival are stepping up. We got involved with the Alive and Loud competition, sending Lee to act as a judge alongside Mandy Stansfield of the Polly Morris band, and Polly herself. The auditions were a huge success with record numbers of entrants in all three age categories. The winners were selected following a final competition heat on a Saturday night at Wimborne’s Allendale centre. We’re thrilled to share with you that the winners of the over 45 section will be joining us on Friday night at the Minster church.
Coming in March!
On the 17th March Kadia will be appearing at Big Ginger Tom Music. We’ll be sharing our performance at Harwell Village Hall with the lovely guys from Elizabeth and Jameson, familiar faces for anyone who has seen Fred’s House and Said the Maiden. If you haven’t come across these fellows before, then wait no longer and grab yourself a ticket!
Tickets available here
Facebook event here
The last act to grace this stage was Jacob and Drinkwater and they were incredibly well received. We’d love to enjoy the same great atmosphere, so please make a point of coming along if you’re in the Oxford area.