A nasty old year 2020 is turning out to be. But for the band, there’s been a few ups to go with the downs. Like being on the radio.
We enjoy playing music in the old-fashioned way, all in the same room at the same time. We don’t get together often but we’ve had a lot of fun. Of course we’ve spent a lot more time in the studio than in front of an audience, but that’s hardly unusual. This January we played our first gig for a while: not (yet) the hour+ show we had been planning, but a slot at Oxford’s Klub Kakofanney. We were invited back… then COVID-19 put paid to all that.
For the last 10 months we’ve not been able to meet, so we’ve been at home (in four different counties) tweaking the tracks laid down at Cumnor’s Glasshouse Studios. A CD will be coming… soon. Very old-fashioned of us, but we don’t care.
We’ve also been working on new stuff. For the first time we’ve completed a song that we’ve never once played as an ensemble. Andrew uploaded that song, “Move the Air”, to BBC Oxford’s website, and Dave Gilyeat quickly emailed to say that he wanted to play it on his show, Introducing in Oxfordshire. Our hope was that it would go out to coincide with Battle of Britain Day (15 September) but there was a backlog of tracks so it wasn’t broadcast until last weekend, by which time we’d almost forgotten we’d sent it.
So it was a nice surprise to hear it, with a short introduction from Bern. It was the final song of the evening, so we’ve cut out the preceding 55 minutes! Lovely vocals from Jo.
Here’s the playlist. At the time of writing the programme is available as a BBC podcast.