Last weekend saw the wedding of ex-Karmadillo member Kate Newell to Simon in Wales. It was a pretty amazing wedding (though not as good as the previous one I’d been to 😉 ) and I was honoured to do a reading at the ceremony on their special day.
I was also inspired to put together a little photo montage as a tribute to Kate set to the song I wrote after hearing her play the oboe, and she came and wrote and recorded a brilliant solo over to the top of the song ‘Still’. Hope you enjoy.
The song (remastered version of an earlier one) will be part of our Bard For Life album coming out August 2010. If you want to know when that’ll be released why not join our mailing list?
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To get psychiatric help
But you can get on to the online stores
And buy Noone Else!
All the footage was shot on 24th July 2010 so it could be eligible for the Life In A Day project run on youtube.
Luckily we were on our way to the wedding of ex-Karmadillo member Kate Newells wedding in Wales which happened on that day, so we could take advantage of some great scenery for the video. The first half of the video was a really nice hotel in Chester we were staying in and then the lovely Welsh countryside near Bets-y-Coed where the wedding was taking place to provide a gorgeous backdrop to the finale.
As part of a T-mobile ad campaign last year there was a move to get loads of people recording a song to make a supergroup of sorts. There were video recording sessions in various places across the country including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Bristol. I turned up to a session filming in a covered market area in an area of London whose name I now forget, wearing my coolest jacket accompanied by my dorkiest hat. Usually I am a slave to my own brand of fashion but the day was very cold and tuning the charango up to its standard pitch resulted in two broken strings by the end of the afternoon 🙁 However as I was placed next to the drums the delicate tonal quality of the charango was not going to be picked up by the microphones! One the right side of me was the ukulele section of the band, though the cameras failed to get our synchronised Status Quo imitation moves onto digitalulloid.
Musically though, the charango was resurrected! A week after going down for the filming in London, I was invited down to specially record a charango track for the song, which is the opening instrument on the track before getting mixed in with the 1000+ other contributors to the recording. It was quite cool being in one of the best studio’s I’ve ever visited, though it was a bit disconcerting having to put a happy-cheery-pop hat on after being told the room you are in is where Radiohead recorded the awesomeness that is The Bends!!!
This is the attempt at the world record for the number of ukulele’s being played at the
same time. The record was smashed completely! A huge amount of thanks to
Quincy, Jez and all the others who made it happen!