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Last updated: 07/03/2012.
Last updated: 07/03/2012.
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This year will see several new developments for the band which celebrates its sixth year of being together.
Charles M King says “We have been incredibly lucky, during the time we have been performing together not only have we grown musically but so have we as friends. The bond between us all is as important to us as is the music. I think this is reflected in how we perform and how we are perceived by our audiences”.
This year the band is looking forward to working not only in East Anglia but also through support from nation wide promoters, further afield. There is even a possibility of a Scandinavian Tour and we are currently talking to an American promoter about the chance of a mid-west American tour. So watch this space.
A new development for the band has been in forming a working relationship with Norwich based promotions outfit Acoustic Promotions. This will see Hayley & the band and its new promotions company “Bluegrass Productions” promoting and staging concerts throughout the region. Currently the diary sees the band co-promoting, The Coal Porters, on Saturday 10th March, BBC4 Television “Transatlantic Sessions” host Aly Bain with Phil Cunningham, on Thursday 22nd March and then Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson, two of the finest jazz & contemporary guitarist there are, on Saturday 21st April. All of these concerts are staged at Norwich’s Assembly House and tickets are from the Box Office on 01603 598688.
Starting in the Autumn the band together with Acoustic Promotions are planning a series of county wide concerts featuring both the band and other well known musicians in support. So, again, watch this space.
So 2012 looks to be an exciting year, none of which would be possible without the support of our audiences so a big thank you to all of you that have come along to our sessions and shows. Much appreciated.
The new cd is now on itunes to listen to and download,... its foot tappingly upbeat.
The band are back in the recording studio in with Owen Morgan to record another twelve tracks for their new cd " Now That's what I call Britgrass", coming out late in the year. Some great new numbers and afew originals from Hayley's songbook.
The band played at the Cathedral Hostry late in the year to a brilliant reception. The evening was videoed and can now be watched on our YouTube video page.
A busy summer season of playing festivals, weddings and parties, and playing mainstage at Cromer's Folk on the Pier,
The Bluegrass Forum enjoyed another busy year playing festivals, weddings, parties,
beer festivals and other public venues involving alcoholic refreshment. The band have been putting together a vast new variety of new feisty numbers ranging from the emotional to the usual foot stomping style.
Rehearsals are always good fun with much red wine and Slewfoot beer consumed with various pastry items thrown in.
The band went out to Leeder's Farm Studio and recorded six new tracks in the autumn with Owen Morgan. These tracks have featured on BBC Radio Norfolk and are played regularly. Most of these tracks can be listened to now on YouTube.
The band were asked to host a Nashville Night at the Assembly House which was a sell out and very successful. The chef produced Nashville style food of pulled pork (don't ask…) and deep fried chicken, pumpkin pie and other gems. We have been asked to do another which will be advertised on our gig listings for 2011.
The band got together in its present line up and promptly went into the recording studio to record 'From Norfolk to Nashville' just prior to a successful trip to Nashville in November. Charles M King was invited to attend the Resophonic Summit in Nashville where he was the only Englishman there. We got to play in some amazing places in Nashville and made some good contacts. Some numbers from the Nashville cd are still featured in the country charts out there and are played on radio stations worldwide.