I’m proud to unveil the logo for Professor Karmadillo, my musical science project. It was drawn my Miss Roberts, who also conceptualised Snout, the main Karmadillo mascot.
I wrote a track after hearing about a school board member who suggested that gay school kids go top themselves. I then heard about the Any Love Is Good Love CD project via Emma from Ten Tigers which aims to highlight the issue of homophobic violence. I’ve recorded a full version of this song and am now proud to announce it will feature on the CD which is released by Cherryade Records in September.
Here is the original acoustic version. It was one of those that was written and youtube’d in an hour, but has become our most popular vid. Hope you like it too.
So I finally applied for the Cambridge Band Competition this year and have made it through to the heats! The gig is on March 17th at The Portland Arms. I’m feeling so nervous about this gig that straight after writing this I ‘m going to have to use the loo. It will be the first full gig I will be doing since the knee operation so just being able to stand up for the duration of the set counts as a victory for me!
Any support would be really appreciated for this – there is an audience vote as well as the judges decision which can influence getting into the finals – so if you are free this St Patricks Day – please come along!
So I’m sitting at home recovering from the knee operation I had last week. Its still a bit swollen but I’ve started the exercise regime and we’ll see how it all goes. I think it will be three or four more weeks before I’ll be gigging again – am now arranging things for future gigs so the calendar is getting fuller!
Unfortunately the anesthetic and the pain killers left me in a dazed state and I regressed back to my teenage years where I dreamed I was Jimmy Page.
It persisted right up until the point I left.
Now I have stopped air guitaring I can finally update the blog. Many thanks to the lovely Katya for looking after me!
Hope to be gigging soon.
Including getting the mayor to singalong!
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We’re pleased to announce the album cover of the forthcoming BARD FOR LIFE album!
It was drawn by Miss Roberts of Rude Mechanicals fame.
Drop us a line if you’d like to stay informed of its release date.
On the back of being the Cambridge Busking Festival 2010 winner, it looks like some club tent appearances have materialised at the Cambridge Folk Festival! Got Club Tent performances on the Friday and the Sunday afternoon (2pm)- will update on Twitter for on the festival site updates!
Here are some images of the last time we played the Folk Festival from 2005.
So the weekend just gone was the Cambridge Busking Festival. This was organised by Cambridge City Council – in particular many thanks go to Heather Bevan-Hunt for her efforts in making it happen. There were many great musicians and entertainers to be seen across town, from Ukeylove ukuleles and Karmadillo to ZimStrings playing their classical music and Chancellors of Vice playing their soul-funk mix. I enjoyed everything I saw.
Luckily it was a sunny day out on the streets of Cambridge, and although I had some criticism of my choice of busking socks on the Friday I think it still went well!
The first place I played was following Planetzim from the UkeyLove collective. These guys came up from London and we had them crashing around our place. Meant the start to the days was a bit more archaic than usual, and was already in a party mood by the time I left the place!
I had various slots around town on Friday and Saturday. The first day was the one that saw criticism of my socks and unfortunately no photos exist of the much better and groovier socks I was wearing the next day!
After playing a couple of the slots I had a wonder round. I don’t have the names of all the artists I caught sight of unfortunately, but the mellow world music sounds of the guys with the giant xylophones was something different and special.
Unexpectedly the place I enjoyed playing at the most was the slot at the end of Friday in St Giles Church. Slightly out of the centre of town and being indoors, it was never going to be a place to get passers by being drawn to watch, but there was a small but appreciative audience. For a start the room was cool, and the ladies running the cake sale offered some deliciously refreshing orange juice. Once ready to play the acoustics were fantastic and I would like to go back sometime and make an acoustic recording in there at some point.
There are monthly cake sales for a charity happening there as well – I’d recommend popping in and trying some of those cakes out when that happens!