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July 20, 2017

Like all small bands, our biggest problem, when we do live gigs, is getting some kind of respectable sound balance. We never seem to have enough time to do a decent sound check, and so we often feel that the overall live sound balance is not as good as we want. One possible solution to this appears to be to get a small digital mixer which will save 'scenes'. In other words, - when he have got a decent balance, maybe with some simple effects, like a bit of reverb or eq, then the mixer can take a 'snapshot' of this mix, to be recalled later on - at the next gig or whatever! There are various mixers out there which can do scene recall and we'd like one which is fairly simple to use, not too heavy for carting around, and which has decent scene recall (including fader levels). 

If you know of such a mixer could you let us know (below) - (particularly if it's one you have experience of yourself).

July 13, 2017

STOP PRESS: STOP PRESS: STOP PRESS: 

We're all going over to Anglesey this Saturday (15th) at 11a.m. to play a part in the Folk on the Farm Festival at Tyddyn Môn.  We will be launching our new CD 'Made by Hand'.

(N.b., - We were to play originally in the restaurant but we have now been given a slot in the Session Tent).

Hopefully see you there!

Click HERE for directions to the Festival.

July 8, 2017

Toms sound advice

The sound guy (or girl) is the most important component of your show that most bands don’t really think about.

He or she can break your set (few sound guys can actually make your set ). But the band can help by keeping all vocal mics at about the same level for blended harmonies. 

For any one who plays in a band or makes a recording, - when you want something to be louder in the mix, consider that maybe everything else should be quieter?

July 4, 2017

I've been visiting folk clubs outside the North Wales area of late, doing floor spots in an attempt to get a gig for myself - I'll keep you posted if I get positive news. But, travelling back to the Conwy valley from, say, Uttoxeter or Garstang in the early hours, I find there's nothing quite like a bit of Canned Heat to keep me awake and interested. I mean, have you really listened recently to their big hit On The Road Again? Blind Owl's harmonica work is just stunning all the way through, it's even fantastic on the long fade-out ending, a few little subtle nuances here and there. And that voice! The Very Best Of Canned Heat has a snapshot of their best work, including my favourite, World In A Jug, and of course Let's Work Together. Fito's drumming - that's the way drums should sound! And then I usually follow Canned Heat with a little Elder Roma Wilson, Tracy Nelson with Mother Earth, Steve Miller Band - and Outside Woman Blues by Blind Joe Reynolds...

July 2, 2017

I saw our website on an iPhone yesterday and discovered that the visual elements and text were all over the place.   (I thought to myself - 'Aye-Aye'.)

So I've spent a little time today rearranging all the pages and features on the site to suit an iPhone. If you have one, please check out the site and if anything looks iffy I'd be obliged if you let us know HERE.   

Many Thanks, in anticipation.

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