THIS WEEK: Upcoming Gigs & Fluid Pianos

Fading Notes II - Flute Keys Version

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Tuesday Night is Music Night at the Cottage Hotel. I’ll be playing flute as part of The Sterrys and watching the sun setting over the water at Hope Cove. Feel free to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the music! Starts at 6:45pm.

Wednesday… brings the second of Ben Carr’s Music Sessions at The Hideaway. Anyone can come along, bring an instrument and join in (I’ll be there with my flute). The whole evening’s great fun and you’ll meet some really nice people. Starts at 8pm.

Thursday… features An audience with Auntie Pus at B-Bar, Plymouth. I’m really hoping to go to this, but haven’t quite worked out the logistics yet. Either way, I’m sure it’ll be a brilliant evening. Starts at 8:30pm.

Sunday… Gallows Ghost play The Hideaway and have asked me if I’d like to stand in for a few tunes as a guest musician. They’re lovely people and their music is great fun to play, so the answer is always yes!

Today’s discovery is… a new instrument called The Fluid Piano. The strings all have sliders that enable each note to be changed in pitch (by up to a whole tone) as the piano is being played. This also means that the piano can be tuned to the true harmonic series, making it much more compatible with traditional indian  music, which doesn’t use the standard western tuning (twelve note equal temperament) and can often involve fluctuations in pitch.

Anyway, I hope you’re all having a good week and if you happen to be at any of these gigs, feel free to say hi (I’ll be the one with the flute and the long brown hair)!

Jazz Greenhill drew me! She’s a genius armed with pencils.

Gallows Ghost

I’ve been meaning to post something about this hypnotic folk-rock duo for ages. Powerful vocals are provided by Kate Young and hark back to a time of smugglers and highwaymen, while Mako weaves the pieces together with sensitive guitar harmonies. By chance, I met them at a blues night at the pub and they were kind enough to let me play flute on a few of the songs in their set (despite the fact that we’d only just met) and asked me if I’d like to play at their next gig too.

Here’s the video for their track “Sleeping Stones”:

If you like them and want to know more, the latest news will be up on their facebook page. Kate’s done some rather nice artwork featuring a raven called Edris and it sounds like there’s plenty more to come. I know a website is in the works and will let you know when it’s ready.

I’d jump at any chance to see or play with this duo again – the atmosphere they create is completely magical. I wish them all the best for the future and hope they go far!