May 2014 Blog
Written by David Hoyland & Lee Cuff
Another jam packed month for Kadia with a plethora of gigs, new original material, and even our first radio appearance, read on to find out more.
We began the month with a cheeky little gig at the Buffalo Bar, and then journeyed to a sun drenched Salisbury to support our good friends Embargo. We even had a few dedicated fans appear as if by magic!
In celebration of the International Star Wars Day on the 4th, there is documented evidence of costumed mayhem as the Dark Side descended upon the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe. We even had the chance to take the stage before Mary Shelley’s bedroom window! Chris rocked through our set as a Storm Trooper while Lee and the Black Cello appeared as that well known Star Wars character, generic Sith Lord no.3. David gave a fantastic portrayal of Lord Vader enjoying his summer holiday, complete with sunglasses and lightweight cape for the pleasant weather. There will definitely be more to come from Kadia in this amazing historic venue, although perhaps in more suitable attire next time!
As I’m sure you’re aware, the coveted Wimborne Folk Festival is fast approaching and we were lucky enough to play at the Feast of Local Folk fundraiser. From hammered dulcimers and hurdy-gurdys to cellos and penny whistles, we enjoyed music of Irish flavours to a smattering of Americana. In case you missed it, you can always come and see us play at the real thing on June 14th/15th.
Travelling out into the sticks, Kadia also played a Julia’s House charity fundraiser in Wimborne St. Giles arranged by folk artist Bob Whitley, creator of the excellent self made album “Without a Beacon or a God” and also father to Jon Whitley from Ninebarrow. The evening was performed acoustically in the beautiful town hall and was perfect for an evening of contemporary and traditional folk music and every aspect was delivered to the audience without the barrier sometimes presented by amplification.
Following the folk trend, we also supported the fantastic Fearne trio at Bournemouth Folk Club, with more captivating support from Ben Maggs, who we recommend highly and hope to meet up with again in the future.
Another addition to our unrelenting gig schedule was an awesome night at Chaplin’s Cellar Bar with Embargo. We’ll be back again soon so keep your eyes on our upcoming shows list for details.
Harmony Festival at Larmer Tree brought us some of the best weather and another run-in with Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers, this time in the form of the Dorset Troopers. Thanks to Dan for sorting this festival out, it’s the first time the event has taken place and despite the usual pressures of first time festivals, regarding ticket sales and keeping the traders happy, the event went off without any major problems. We had a mid afternoon slot and performed against the stunning backdrop of one of the garden’s many surviving Victorian monuments. The weather held up nicely on the day with bright spells, encouraging the crowds to be more willing to sit around listen, although the temperature was actually pretty chilly at times. Looking back I believe it may well have been our very first open air performance on stage, so another first time for Kadia. We were lucky enough to play to one of the best crowds of the day as well as sampling some of the crafts (… notably cake and cider, a combination of champions).
We’ve also begun to arrange some tunes from more traditional sources. Each has been given the Kadia twist, and re-harmonising the original melodies as we try also to maintain the modal flavour of these old tunes. With such a rich collection of surviving songs from English history we should be busy for some time as we explore new ways to highlight the relevance of these pieces to the contemporary folk repertoire.
Moving along, we’d like to say a big thanks to Tim and Chinners at Hope FM for inviting us on to their show for a great chat and the opportunity to play some live music! As our first radio appearance as Kadia,
we took the chance to debut our brand new original song on air, “The Beast of Bodmin Moor”.
Our Beacon Fires EP has been ever popular, so much so that we’ve had to order a re-print. Freshly stocked and available at gigs and online, there’s no excuse to miss out on getting a copy for yourself.
That just about sums up this month, but I’ve got a sneeky feeling that the next few will hold even more in store…