Happy new year! As long as its still January its ok to say that right?
Just a quick post to say that although this website has been quiet recently its not cos we’ve been slacking, oh no. Hopefully the picture below will give some clues as to what we’ve been up to… Keep an eye on this site and our twitter and facebook feeds and you won’t miss a thing – we’ll see you soon
In April we had a great time at Jazzahead in Bremen, Germany performing a showcase set at the European Jazz Meeting – our full 30 minute set is now uploaded to our YouTube channel for your enjoyment! Featuring a brand new tune called ‘hendo’ that you won’t have heard before unless you’ve recently been to see us live…
Thanks once again to the PRS for Music Foundation who supported the trip through their British Music Abroad scheme, and to all at Jazzahead for having us!
Check out an earlier post for more of our German frolics…
ps while I’m posting videos of fun and games in Europe from earlier in the year, I heartily recommend this video that has just been released about the awesome 12 Points! festival that we played at in Dublin in February, featuring sound clips and interviews from some incredible musicians from all across Europe – including perhaps my finest summary to date of the band…
We’ve just had a lot of fun during our little UK mini tour, thanks to all of the festivals and promoters for having us and thanks a lot to all who came out to see us! Was especially cool to chat to a lot of people after the gigs, always really nice
Here’s some photos from the four gigs, including several from our morning off in Scarborough where we reinvested substantial amounts into the local economy via the arcade machines in exchange for one novelty bracelet between us – although chips and ice cream on the beach in the late September sunshine more than made up for our arcade losses.
These were our last gigs of 2013, its been a fun year – roll on 2014, some fun things in store… Will reveal all soon!
Really looking forward to playing a series of UK dates again at the end of this month, we’ll be off on a mini-tour of some really cool festivals and venues across the full width of the North of England followed by a return to one of our favourite places to play, Ronnie Scott’s in London. There may even be the first airings of some brand new stuff I’ve been working on over the summer which is always an exciting time!
Dates are as follows – click on the venue name for more details and ticket info. See you there…
Already seems a long time ago (apologies for the delayed post…) but last month we all had an awesome time in Norway, meeting up with our friends from Ensemble Denada again for a repeat performance of our collaborative show during the Oslo Jazz Festival. Check out some photos from the week below, and there’s plenty more over in our gallery, including us enjoying really expensive Norwegian liquor, exploring Oslo on bikes, and even the occasional photo with our instruments out…
Thanks to everyone who came along to the gig; to Anders, Helge and all of Ensemble Denada for being perfect hosts; and to everyone at Jazzscene Oslo and Oslo Jazz Festival for having us. Hope to come back soon!
At the end of April we spent an amazing few days at the jazzahead! jazz trade show in Bremen, Germany where we were one of almost 100 bands and artists invited to perform a showcase in front of over 2000 delegates from all over the world. You can watch our showcase set here courtesy of ARTE Live Web, along with some of the other artists who performed as part of the European Jazz Meeting series of gigs – they’re all definitely worth checking out! Thanks to all at jazzahead! for having us, and also massive thanks to the PRS for Music Foundation for supporting our trip to Bremen through their British Music Abroad funding programme.
There’s some photos from the trip over on our photo gallery, with some choice ones also below – I particularly like the one of Django Bates looking a bit scared following a conversation with Sam Healey… There’s also a cool video made by Ben Watte with even more behind the scenes footage, often fuelled by copious amounts of always excellent German beer.
While we were in Bremen we were also really pleased to be asked to be part of the GREAT Britain MINI Tour, an initiative organised by the British Embassy in Berlin to promote British trade in Germany. For those wondering, we managed to fit 12 and a half of us inside the mini, without causing too much damage to the car… We also played a bit whilst inside/on top of/around the mini, check it out below! Featuring additional car horn courtesy of Simon Lodge’s foot
mini photos and video copyright Bodo Brüsehaber, British Embassy
Last week we had a really nice evening at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards hosted by the one and only Moira Stuart in London, where we were chuffed to be nominated for Ensemble of the Year – we didn’t win this time but (and I know this is a cliche but its true) just to be nominated in a category of three alongside bands of the calibre of The Impossible Gentlemen and Troyka was a huge honour. Congratulations to The Impossible Gentlemen on their award – check out Mike’s typically Northern acceptance speech here!
The nominees for the awards were selected by a panel from nominations made initially by an open public vote – in other words, we were only there in the first place because one or more of YOU put us forward for the award so thank you!
We’re also really pleased to have been nominated for another award, this time in the Big Band category of the British Jazz Awards which will be announced in July. This time the winners themselves are determined by a public vote – you know what to do… Ta!