January - And then there were five...the 'Rounders are happy to update that we are currently enjoying rehearsing with a new member and upright bass player. It's proving to be a lot of fun having the additional rhythm he brings to the band. Check out our website over the next few weeks for further details and a full introduction. We're all looking forward to being a five-piece old-time string band when we perform at our future gigs.
February - We'd like to thank the kind folks at Nailsea Library who came to our our aid and allowed us to use our ingenuity and run a power cable from their reading room to assist our performance at this month's Farmer's Market! It meant our new band member and bassist Gord could join us for his first outing at our regular Saturday morning of unabashed old-time fun.
March - So. Friday band rehearsal usually goes something like this: beers and ciders cracked open. Let Poppy the ginger house cat in to inspect and approve the gear. Let her out. Then in again. Then out. Then finally in again. Then it's customary for the first banjo-based pun of the night from Derek. Like any master of technique he needs to warm up. Only then do we tune up and launch into our tunes pausing occasionally for Derek to check his puns are still in tune - they always are. Perfect pitch!
April - It was fabulous to wake to blue skies and spring sunshine for our Sunday gig at the Frome Independent. Thankfully the sunshine held and we had a blast sharing some fine fiddle tunes with the early-bird market-goers. Big thanks to the sound team and their care to get the sound just how we like it. And thanks too go to those who took time out from the attractions on offer on the market stalls to sit, stand, listen...and dance!
May - In a break between tunes while playing our regular spot at the Farmer's Market this morning our bass player Gord let us in on the secret that he has a new 'toy'. This 'toy' turns out to be a new upright bass that he has purchased and is off to collect from deepest Kent tomorrow morning. We wish him safe travels on that long return drive and remind him that his fellow 'Rounders have requested photos as soon as he gets back.