So here’s a few reflections of the roller coaster of 2013.
We released our first album ‘breathing people’ in January and began to receive first air play on BBC introducing in Cornwall. By the end of the year 9 of the tracks had received plays on BBC introducing.
In February we were told we’d get some play on national radio, BBC Radio 2, and in March our song Nathaniel, written for our friends, had been played to a heck of a lot of people around UK on Clare Balding’s programme Good Morning Sunday.
In April we travelled to London and played a live set on BBC Radio 2 which included Nathaniel and Mumbles. We took some Cornish scones for presenter Clare Balding and team and had to pinch ourselves warming up on Elton John’s grand piano in the green room surrounded by David Bowie records on the wall.
During May and June we did a live recording for BBC Radio Cornwall as part of BBC Introducing and were selected to play on the Introducing stage at the Royal Cornwall Show along side some really cool artists.
Throughout this time we had a great time playing gigs and festivals around Cornwall allowing us to still be close to family.
In July, having been moved by local mum Naomi and her battle against cancer and having been contacted to work with Macmillan, the song Tulips and Coffee was written. This was recorded and a video released in the first week of August.
By the middle of August the song and video had gone around the country hitting over 1 million twitter accounts and #tulipsandcoffee was officially trending in the UK for 2 days. We also made The Guardian national newspaper’s website.
September’s lasting memory is playing a fantastic festival in the afternoon on the Lizard in Cornwall, Henry’s little big gig (we’ve been invited back…yippee) and then travelling the length of Cornwall to play at the legendary Blue Peter in Polperro.
In October we were fully blessed to play at the Cherished Forever charity ball in Worcester helping raise funds to help parents cope with loss of children before full term… Run by Beth and Paul…parents of Nathaniel and the inspiration behind the song.
By the time we got to November we were a little tired :-) as we’re all working and family chaps. We got the energy juices flowing agin and headed to BBC Radio London and played a live set again at Broadcasting House. This time playing Penlee and Mumbles. We also loved playing at one of Truro’s premier venues.. The Olde Ale house.
Finally in December we were asked by Radio Cornwall to feature on their BBC Introducing Christmas EP and wrote, recorded and made a really fun video of our Christmas song Love Wins with a little help from the Steel Angels… The song received over 1,000 views on youtube in 36 hours and has made the Christmas Day playlist on BBC Radio 2.
And that’s it….one parting comment…Love wins reflects the real Christmas story and was an opportunity to wear our faith on our sleeves. For us music comes out because we are loved and can love….there is no more agenda than that….this is the heart of our Christian faith.
We are so, so, sooooop grateful to all our family, friends and supporters for the hugs, hand shakes and thumbs up….. You know….love really does win :-).
Now time to sleep and love our families a bit more……see you in 2014.Share