Collaboration

(noun: collaboration; plural noun: collaborations
the action of working with someone to produce something).

I think it was 15-16 years ago and I was surfing a lot and playing music with a band when I met this local renegade teenage kid.

He was into surfing and most definitely into music. He told me how school wasn’t working out for him for lots of reasons and he couldn’t wait to leave.

I remember how bright he was, really articulate, but even more so I remember his passion and talent for rockin’ out on his guitar and I read between the lines there was a deep, wise and compassionate soul in there.

I offered to give him a lift to the beach for a few surfs, hang out a bit and fair play he pulled into some good ones.

He turned up to a few music things I was doing and I noticed his cheeky teenage eye on my SG Guitar at the time (for those that don’t know the type made famous by another renegade school boy, Angus, from a quiet little boy-band from 70’s, AC/DC).

and there it is….
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…flip to 2016, and this super-talented, successful, gravel voiced, musical head turner and compassionate souled troubadour, Josh Curnow, agreed to a request from The Claze to come and help us put an new album together because, lets face it, its all about actionable-relationships, doing something together to make something new, and good, and have the best fun….and we had proper fun making it.

Its also about looking out for each other and building bridges and because for me, the swings will always turn into roundabouts….

We’ll let you know when the album comes out as we tend to do these things independently using all our gig money, we’ve come up short at the point of getting our albums processed, duplicated and all the artwork done so we’ve got to play some gigs to earn some funds before its out.

Huge thanks to Josh for spending time with us and giving us 2 great songs and singing lead on another couple and playing loads of instruments and singing on others and humbly being on ‘the making cups of tea roster with the rest of the band’.

Big thanks to legend producer Gareth Young and top sound engineer Cardiff City man Ross Rothero Bourge for all the input.

Check out FB and other things for gigs this year, we’ve a few things going on from pubs, to festivals, to charity work to regattas even.

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Wetsuits (goodbye winter – hello summer)

New things, new things – spring is fullsurfboardy moving into summer here in Cornwall with the sunflowers are pushing up, the beaches are getting a little busier and the surfing wetsuits are no more of the winter variety but smaller thinner summer types (sounds a weird thing but here in Cornwall changing from winter wetsuit to summer wetsuit is a milestone moment in the calendar).

It’s been a year since we lost our friend Naomi, but we’re so glad her song Tulips and Coffee continues to be a real story of community in the face of adversity and we still continue to get emails about the blessing of joy and strength the song gives people.

So here’s the updates of what we’ve done and are doing..

We’re recording our new album in November (no name yet), the material is written and some of it has been aired recently at Chill at the Mill festival and Catalyst event to good reviews

We are doing a few gigs in south west this year with a view to get out and about in the coffee shops and small venues of the wherever we are taken in 2016.

We had the best time playing live for BBC radio 2 again in August 2014 working with Clare Balding.

It was great to have Abide played with DJ Hardeep Singh Kholi on BBC radio 2 also..who tweeted and said ‘it’s a lovely track’ :-).

As a social enterprise band (we are part of Exhale foundation) we continue to work with Macmillan Cancer Support and wrote for them ‘The Cove’ to support fund raising for the new cancer support centre in Truro, which has been played on BBC Introducing and BBC Cornwall’s David White Show.

Lots of fun has been had working with Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall and the Cornwall Food Foundation’s ‘FoodWorks’ project for whom we wrote and recorded ‘If I can cook I can do anything’.. can’t believe they made us dress up as fruit and vegetables for the video! So much fun.

It was also great that ‘Love Wins’ was played again on BBC Radio 2 and also to find out recently that Spotify chose it for their Christmas playlist. We also loved that one primary school in Birmingham chose it for their big Christmas choir performance.

It was good to support Food banks again by playing their Spring Ball in Wadebridge Cornwall.

And last but not least  we soooo had a blast at Haywood cider farm in St. Mabyn doing a little film for our song Abide.

The next update will be about some of the new musicians and supporters who help us do the stuff we do.

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