With the Outlandish EP officially released after a short tour on the 28th April, May has seen the reviews pour in and a huge amount of radio play for the tracks. We were all proud of what we had produced in the studio, and the feedback that has rolled in so far has added further encouragement and even precipitated a new round of bookings for the band. We have included a few snippets from the reviews at the bottom of this blog.
Across May Kadia took over Along the Tracks on Blues and Roots Radio for two further shows, following up on our initial debut standing in for Neil King. We were excited to be involved in the Burning Showcase playlist, having the chance to share four of the tracks from the collection across the two shows. The Burning Showcase is free to download here: www.fatea-showcase-sessions.co.uk. The shows will soon be available on Mixcloud, so look out for the link and get to know some great music.
Our first official gig of the month was a birthday celebration for James who provided the atmospheric lighting at our EP launch at St Andrew’s Church in Kinson. We were very pleased to be involved and show off our bowling skills on the skittle alley too. Kadia would like to wish James and his business another great year.
We joined Brunny Folk Club for its first night in new home, the Wimborne Royal British Legion Club. The space is perfect for live music and thankfully quite a bit warmer than Brunny’s previous site! It was a perfect excuse to share some new songs and also give each band member the chance to have the spotlight for a solo piece, with David sharing the tale of the Annabelle-Lee, Chris performing a magical rendition of Jim Moray’s Sounds of Earth, and Lee singing an unaccompanied song, Rose in April.
Hive Beach came through on their promise of good weather despite the forecast and the Spring Tide Food Festival offered a huge spread of vendors selling everything from quality cured meats from the Mediterranean to homegrown hog. We had a wonderful time sharing two sets of summery folk tunes with people enjoying artisan picnics on the lawn around the tent, and the band sampled the food stalls, whilst Chris cleared out a few of the stands to take home for dinner. We are really grateful for the invite and would like to encourage fellow foodies to put this one in the calendar for next year.
Lee made a mad dash from Hive Beach, back across Kadia’s home county of Dorset, to Studland to prepare for a special concert and his debut with BBC Radio Folk Award Nominees, Ninebarrow. The night at St Nicholas Church saw praise for the new collaboration and we look forward to more of these concerts in the future. Lee has recently taken a leap of faith and has set himself up as a full time musician, working for Kadia, teaching, and performing as a session musician. Although Kadia is biased, he comes highly recommended!
It was a great evening at Cambridge Folk Club, and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the team for inviting us to the club. We topped the bill in a night including Nick Barraclough and Dave Jenkins, and it’s safe to say that all were well received. Despite a small cello bow malfunction close to the end of the set, it all went without a hitch. Lee is very pleased to report that his bow made a full recovery the next day in Cambridge courtesy of bow maker and repairer Richard Wilson who kindly dropped everything to get Kadia back on the road.
At the Chippenham Folk Festival we descended on the Cause Auditorium for a”round Robin” style event with Moira Craig, Sid Calderbank & Julie Proctor, Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman, and Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner. As the singing passed around the assembled acts on stage, we were transported through a broad range of repertoire, from songs of ladies incontinence delivered with impeccable comic timing, to a rousing rendition of Row On lead by Dave and Anni. The audience sang along in beautiful harmony that could put most professional choirs to shame for sonority and musicality. Lee had a cheeky warm up in the auditorium before the audience filed in, and shared the unaccompanied number later for the packed room.
We headed into Cornwall for a visit to Bude and the festival fringe event in the suntrap garden of the Olive Tree. We were surprised to see so many familiar faces, including some audience members from a concert at our local Shelley Theatre and friends who were coincidentally visiting family in Bude. There were also some slightly more expected familiar faces in the crowd and we were pleased to have positive feedback for some new material that we are testing with a few live audiences.
And to close, a selection of the feedback so far for The Outlandish Collection:
“Kadia have ensured that traditional music remains, live, vibrant and most important, relevant.”
Neil King, Fatea Magazine
“Holds up against anything released by any of the major players in the British folk scene.”
Ange Hardy and Rob Swan, Northern Sky
“Pleases on every level. Thoughtful… textured arrangements.”
Johhny Whalley, Folk Radio UK
“Superb arrangements; fine musicianship and wonderful vocal harmonies.”
Phil the Music Quill
“A great taster of the rich and wonderful music in store from the band… and long may it continue” LCM Album of the Week
Laurel Canyon Music
“Should you want to hear the English folk tradition in rude health and performed by a band that not only understands its art but delivers exactly as promised, this is one for you. The musicianship is as tight as ever, the arrangements are all they should be and the performance wholly engaging from start to finish.”
Tim Carroll, FolkWords
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