….but not me, I still sound like Popeye!
As band members have been away on holiday off and on over the last few weeks, and I’ve a long running cough and wheezing, so can’t sing, we’ve actually had to turn down a few offers of gigs recently….boo!
But we’ll definitely be up at running again at full strength soon, and already planning more performances!
Well, not entirely at full strength – Phil, our guitarist has had to leave us, due to family reasons, so we’re now only a nine piece band. We’re going to give that a go for a while, see how it works out for us, musically.
Mark is doing well in his Blind World Championship Sailing (thanks for the kind donations!) and will be back either next week or the following one – hurray!
….but only for a few weeks!
Although qualified as a member of the GB Blind Sailing Team, Mark does not receive any funding for training in the U.K. or even when racing in National and International Blind Sailing events. Due to a very serious Road Traffic Accident in 1992, which left him with many significant injuries resulting in, among other things, less than 20% useful sight in just one eye. Mark is unable to work, hence raises much of the money by playing his Saxophone at private functions, also busking and some public speaking and in the past has enjoyed support from certain local Rotary, Lions and Yacht Clubs, plus personal donations from the very generous people of Yate and Chipping Sodbury.
We’ve started working on three new numbers; it’s funny, you don’t really know which you’ll like till you actually play and sing them…I was surprised! But they’re definitely stretching us. Loads of mistakes and loads of laughs (with me, not at me….I hope!)
We’re regrouping a bit – learning lots of new numbers, and going over old ones that we’ve not attempted for ages! Interesting…!
We’re also planning to have a promo video recorded – we’re still considering a good venue to use. (Any ideas?)
We’ve been booked to do our set in a 1940s event at the beginning of June, in Tetbury. It sounds like a fantastic night out!
More details as and when we have them (I don’t think this one is a private party, so you might be able to come along!)
We’re doing our first Welsh gig, a private party in Cardiff at the beginning of May…yay! We’re international! A bit more planning required for most of the band, as most live in Bristol or beyond…what’ll work best…car sharing? Even a minibus is being discussed..! But for me (Pat) it’s brilliant…I could walk!
Cymru am byth!