written by Chris Bailey
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Despite my growing disbelief, June has now already finished and we are into the second half of 2014 with yet another month disappearing alarmingly quickly. Looking back over the last 30 days however, once again we have been very productive and busy at Kadia HQ.
We began the month by starting some home recordings of our brand new song Beast of Bodmin Moor as we want to have a version of it to share across the social media and put on our website. You may well have heard us play it out and about, if not, the recording is almost done and after a little bit of work, we hope to have that ready for you to listen to soon.
In between recording and playing out, we have also been busy creating some new music, in the form of original arrangements to traditional folk songs and we are proud to have completed one called Mary in the Silvery Tide. A happy feel good song about love and, well actually, that’s not exactly true, because it is in fact a slightly chilling song of a crazy jealous and possessive murderer, as is common in folk songs, but this one also has a potentially controversial sounding lyric. You’ll have to listen out for yourself and see it you can spot what we mean about the controversial lyric, David and Chris tend to look at each other in disbelief once Lee sings it. This arrangement experiments with unusual chord combinations, an a cappella chorus and also an interesting change to the time signature throughout, but despite our contemporary twist the song retains its authenticity through the original lyrics and melody. We will be playing this one a bit more frequently now.
Being the first official month of Summer, June can be a great month to really kick off the festival circuit, especially when blessed with a bit of sunshine and warmth, this month in particular did not disappoint. The first festival we attended was the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival, our first one as a band. We needed to prepare for our slot so we took our instruments with us into the town. Some might say we broke the rules and busked, by we say we simply warmed up, on a really busy street, with lots of passing traffic, accidentally leaving our cases open, which, by pure coincidence, seemed to collect coins from passers by, all in the name of promoting the festival and bringing people along to the slot we had in the Allendale Centre that day. Overall the weekend was excellent, we met the guys from Folk 21 and some of the performers who played, caught up with Ninebarrow and Chris met and spoke to Chris Leslie from legendary folk-rockers Fairport Convention. Once again we thank Karen Laird for inviting us down to play.
So as the World Cup reaches its twilight stage and we reflect back on the horrendous England performances, we are reminded of an evening of music at O’Neills in Bournemouth. We were invited to play with Willowen and Penny Churchill from the Isle of Wight. So football is on, everyone is happy (well, mostly), England lose, everyone is sad (well, mostly) and our jobs as musicians were to basically cheer everyone up from the football misery. Great night of music, well done to Penny for getting on first and surviving the baptism of fire. We have to give credit to Willowen as they have inspired us to have a box/hamper/basket/carrying device to transport our CDs and cards and T-Shirts between gigs. You will now see that at our performances.
Folk on the Quay was a fantastic way to finish off the month. This free outdoor festival on the Quay front, organised by the Burke family brought together a range of different people, bands and acts to share their crafts with the visiting audience, under a threatening weather forecast, which fortunately turned out to be very pleasant for the majority of the two day event. We played on both days, sold nearly 50 CDs, sold a T-Shirt, signed autographs, earned money busking outside the museum, got booked for some paid gigs after great feedback, met some very nice people and useful contacts, gained 28 new likers on facebook, bumped into bands and friends and basically enjoyed every minute of the weekend. I personally had to disappear on Saturday, straight after our performance at the Fish Shambles, to drive to Blandford and complete my looming Grade 8 guitar exam (RGT), but I know my priorities, I came straight back afterwards to continue to festival in style, confident that I had done OK in the exam.
That just about brings us up to date, keep checking back for more updates.