I have two bits of big news for you. The first is that I have officially finished my MA, with distinction no less! It feels like bragging every time I tell anyone, but it's also deeply satisfying: the last 3 years of my life have been justified (academically speaking). The past year was mainly spent writing songs for the musical, then organising the showcase for the musical, then polishing scores and writing about the musical to submit as my final MA project - basically lots of work to do with the musical. So now it's time to step away from the project for a bit while my collaborator Vicky starts an MA of her own in Creative Writing. (I think I'm a bit more excited about this than she is at the moment, but then she's being subjected to the futurists, so I can't really blame her.)
My second bit of news is that I HAVE A NEW BAND! I haven't gigged much in the past year (see above for obvious reasons), but when I played, I often asked Simon Bolley (who used to drum for What the Cat Dragged In) to join me. Then in May we came to the realisation that we'd accidentally formed a band and wanted to make it official, but we didn't have a name...Turns out it's really hard to come up with a band name we both like AND that represents who we are and the music we make. It took us another 2 months to find the right one, at which point we went into a dark room with Marc of YellowMustang Photography and took some quick promo shots.
So here we are, looking very serious and band-y:
There's not much about us online yet, but we're working on recordings and more photos and gigs and a website and a proper logo and and and...we're very excited to be working together officially again. Until we have our proper website up and running, stalk us on facebook and twitter for all the news and come to the 3 gigs we DO have booked for the rest of the year (next one's on Friday 30 October at The Bay Horse), but for now let me leave you with a demo we recorded for a promo for the first official gig we played as 'Flora Greysteel' (with BirdEatsBaby in Brighton):
E (of Flora Greysteel)
(photo below also by YellowMustangPhotography)