Posted on: November 22nd, 2012
Ey Up folks,
How’s it going? Hope you are well :)
Well I haven’t done a blog in a while, but lots of exciting stuff has been cracking off, so I thought I better get myself into gear and let you know what has been happening. Quick warning, if you follow me on facey b or twitter you may know about some of this stuff already; but I am hoping that there will be enough extra info to keep you interested in reading my ramblings.
1: First up, touring abroad! The Netherlands
I’ll be straight up with you guys, although I was excited; my main emotion embarking on this adventure was utterly bricking it! My first tour overseas! A whole new culture and a whole new tradition (oxymoron) to contend with, would they like my music? Would they get my daft banter? As it turns out I needn’t have worried, everyone I met out there was just lovely! Each gig was so different but really special and totally memorable.
Holland is such a beautiful country, i have completely fallen in love with the place and the culture.
…any nation that producers such an array of chuffing awesome cheeses has got to be brilliant! Wouldn’t you agree?
This was a really special moment, the highlight of the trip in fact, getting to jam with Linde Nijland and Bert Ridderbos:
For more pics from the mainland europe adventure, head here —> http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151175256933090.463523.558508089&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.10151175256933090.463523.558508089&type=1
2: My debut single “For the Dead Men” has become part of the soundtrack to a new documentary film!
So, I hear you ask, how on earth has Lucy managed to bag that gig? Well, it’s all Billy Bragg’s fault! :)
Award winning documentary film maker Kim Hopkins (that is her full title hehe), made the critically acclaimed ‘Man In The Sand’ a documentary featuring Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg, Wilco Johnson, and Natalie Merchant. Tis a great film if you haven’t seen it!
Anyways, she saw on Twitter Billy Bragg’s comments about ‘For The Dead Men’…he said it was ‘Inspirational’, I still can’t get over that! :D Trusting Mr Bragg’s judgement Kim immediately downloaded my album…Serendipity is a crazy and marvellous thing wouldn’t you agree!
Initially Kim asked if she could use the ‘For The Dead Men’ and ‘Fairy Boy’ in her latest documentary. We met over a brew and the largest meringue you’ve ever seen, and really hit it off, many emails followed and to cut an even longer story slightly shorter, I ended up recording the sound track for the film, which comprises of original songs and some cheeky covers.
“Folie á Deux – madness made of two”, premiered in Amsterdam at the Independent Documentary Film Festival last weekend…and…well…that was a bit mental too! I played on a stage that Billie Holiday had graced! ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!! (can you tell I am still slightly excited about this hehe)
a quick vid with one of the songs from the soundtrack, some more info on the film, and pics from the premiere :)
3: I’ve also been writing for theatre. I loved drama at school and would defo have done theatre at uni if my gap year hadn’t become a fledgling career in folk music hehe, so this has been a wonderful chance to live some small nostalgic dream. Oddsocks are just ace, I’ve been to see lots of their productions, and in fact this is how I got involved. They were making a little promo video, interviewing audience members as they filed out of Oddsock’s Julius Caesar…I got into a conversation with one of the production crew, she asked me what I did for a living, I said musician and then Rob outed me as ‘BBC Folk Award winning’ (which I was mortally embarrassed about cos I never want to look like a diva!) and she went ‘oooo great, we’ve been thinking about getting a folk musician involved in our next project, it’s Robin Hood, would you be interested?’, I answered with ‘Hell Yeah!’ and the rest was history. Andrew Lloyd Webber eat your heart out! :p
They are on tour now, try and catch them if you can, they are truly fabulous! And I thought that before I started working with them so you know it is a true and totally unbiased opinion :D
tour dates —> http://www.oddsocks.co.uk/theatre/tours/currenttour
is also set to be pretty exciting…I’m gonna bullet point this section as I fear I may have prattled on! :p
• Over New Year I’m back in studio recording my second album for Navigator Records which will be produced by Stu Hanna. The as yet untitled new CD will be released Summer 2013. So watch this space homies : )
• I have been lucky enough to be selected as one of six acts to represent English Folk at the forthcoming Celtic Connections Festival. Which is mental!
• I will also be travelling up to the Lake District to Fellside Records to record the companion album to this year’s “New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs”. The other artists, appearing on this album are James Findlay, Brian Peters and, my Derbyshire compadre, Bella Hardy.
• A couple of weeks later I’m jetting off to Canada as a guest of the EFDSS to perform at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Toronto. My first time gigging across the pond…soooo excited!
So, I think that’s everything, consider yourselves fully filled in! Have a marvellous day and I shall hope to catch you at one of my gigs leading up to Christmas :)
Take care peeps