… although it would have been nice to have had them.
Folk At The Boat was interrupted by what we can only describe as a monsoon and, as the stage had been set up outside, there followed a short debate on What To Do Next. The suggestion that Triangle should perform on the stage at one end of the courtyard while their audience huddled in the pub at the other end was greeted with – shall we say – some negativity on the part of the band. The compromise position was that we would perform in the pub (cue a certain amount of furniture removal) but unplugged.
So we did! A full hour’s set with not an electrical device in sight. And (we are told) we were audible throughout the bar. Very, very hard work, and our voices are feeling distinctly fragile now, but huge thanks to the pub, the organisers and the audience!
Well, the first (and, in some cases, second) mixes of the album are complete and we’re listening carefully to everything to see what needs doing. However, while you’re waiting, there are opportunities to hear us in person. The first is at Folk at the Boat, at the Steamboat, Ipswich, on Saturday 11th June. Les Barker and Waxies Dargle are the headliners – full details here – and we’re on at 7 pm. Tickets are Â£10.00 and we can promise you a fantastic day of music.
â€œIf you’ve done 6 impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe?â€
In a feat of concentration which led to the kitchen at Punch Studios being renamed Milliways (it’s a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference) we managed to lay down six tracks for the new album between 10 am and lunchtime – we’d already had breakfast. It will get harder from here on in, but we are really pleased with the progress we’ve made. We’re back at the studio tomorrow, then we get a month to put in some intensive rehearsal on the most recent songs and arrangements before they get recorded.
It’s tomorrow! All this weekend we will be in the studio, cracking on with the album! We’re excited, scared and everything in between. Wish us luck!
Well, that was Christmas … hope you all had a fine one!
Our diaries are rapidly filling with rehearsal, more rehearsal and (for variety) yet more rehearsal. We’ve even got a tentative date for recording, on the grounds that a deadline will keep our noses more firmly to the grindstone. Real Life, of course, keeps trying to intrude, but we are hanging in there and sternly rejecting its blandishments.
If you are interested, we will be recording at Punch Studios in the heart of lovely Ipswich – look ’em up!
… I think we can guarantee the presence of traditional festive penguins!
Well, we’ve had a brief taster session in the studio with our new sound engineer and we’ve all decided that we like each other and the studio enough to go ahead with the album. We’ve ironed out (or made plans to iron out) a few of the practical problems which made themselves known … like the fact that Sue spits out consonants as if she was trying to get rid of them, and the fact that, whatever we do, a single music stand will never do for all three of us if we are actually looking at the music on it. And slippers and beer are studio essentials!
Lots of rehearsal now!
Saturday in leafy Warwickshire, and participating in a terrific little festival with Gerry Colvin, Marion Fleetwood, Red Shoes, Celandine, Fred’s House, Daniel Nestlerode … And … And … Oh, my brain’s gone numb! We were thrilled not only to perform in our own right but also to be three-fifths of the Red Shoes backing singers. As we say, “Instant backing vocals, just add beer!” Can we do it again next year, pretty, pretty please?
Piracy seems to have taken over our lives recently – not that we are complaining – but it does mean that Triangle gigs are, at the moment, rather few and far between. However, you lucky folk, you have the chance to see us live and in person at …
along with a lot of very fine bands. Go on, as they say, you’d be a knit to miss it!
And the annual festive session at the Dove Street Inn will be with us again on Sunday 14th December – 2 p.m until we all run out of puff!