It's pretty bonkers being here at the Opera House, our dressing room even looks out onto the Harbour Bridge and there's a huge cruise liner docked next to it. Makes my boat seem like a toy. The cliche thing to say at this point is that now I'm here at this point on the tour, it feels like it's flown by but It's actually been a fair stretch being out here, along with rehearsals in London before hand, and I can't imagine what it would have taken to put this tour together, a lot of planning.
We begin our run of three nights here tonight which when I think abut it, it's a little scary but amazing to have this experience and I guess have some idea of what to expect for the next two nights.
A few days have passed I know since my last post, so I'll do my best to recap.. Last night's gig was at a fantastic venue called the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, right next to the beach and a rather old theme park which we made the most of once our sound check was done. The roller coaster was over 100 years old apparently! and it was the bumpiest ride of my life! I think I've done my back in..
I was grateful to get a good nights sleep last night, but there are sides to touring, that I often don't think about or prepare for beforehand, one of them is sleeping in different hotes, different beds, new and unfamiliar rooms, and touring on the opposite side of the world makes that process of newness everynight that little bit more difficult.
The day of the first gig, very nice to be working and to get to the venue, see everything set up and play some music with my mates. Nice.
We're in Australia! We landed in Brisbane at around 6am this morning and the sun is out in a wide open blue sky. Pretty amazing. On the sun front I've already promised to bring back some warmth and sunshine to sort out the British "spring" so I'll do my best and hope I don't get stopped at customs..
The waiting around has started! We've just done 4 days of rehearsals in London with the band and we're due to fly out tonight. Flight 1 to Dubai is 6.30 hours and flight 2 to Brisbane is 13 hours.. Sleep time.
Hello, well as I'm soon to be back on tour with Birdy, I thought I'd make the most of it by doing something that i'm generally not very good at.. keeping a diary. Sort of.
An extraordinary musician who has, over the past few years become known for his 'alternative and unique' approach to playing the cello. A long time member of the BBC Folk Award winning band 'The Imagined Village' a previous member of both Chris Woods and Eliza Carthy's band plus one half of 'Duotone' who's recent record received critical acclaim with 5 star reviews from Songlines and Maverick Magazine.
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