Archive | July, 2011

Festivals and more recording

21 Jul
TASCAM 85-16B

TASCAM 85-16B

It’s festival time and life is super hectic. Upton Blues Festival looked like it was going to be a very wet one – not as bad as the 2007 floods but wet enough. Early Saturday the heavens opened and let loose some pretty heavy downpours. Rick and I had a slot as Sons of the Delta at the festival playing on a river boat and had visions of us lashed to the deck with the wind and rain howling all around us. Fortunately the rain stopped at lunchtime and by the time we set sail it was sunny and dry. Our stage was below deck and indoors anyway and the emerging sun brought a good large and enthusiastic crowd on board for our one hour set. I enjoyed watching some of the other acts afterwards, especially Kevin Brown, but found myself agreeing with one festival goer who I overheard saying “for a blues festival there’s not much blues here”.

This week coming I’m going to be busy performing or supporting other bands at the 2011 Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival. Check out the schedule here at the Festival website. It’s mostly up to date but I should point out that there’s a Sons of the Delta Acoustic Duo gig at the Cross Keys Inn on Saturday 30th at 2pm (not listed) and the Sons of the Delta gig that same night at the Pig Inn is a full band gig, so for one night only the back room of the Pig Inn is going to be the nearest thing Gloucester has got to a Mississippi juke joint. If you live in the Gloucestershire area please come and support as much of this week-long festival as you can. It’s always fun!

A bit for the techies now, or anyone interested in old kit. In my last post I talked a bit about my thoughts on recording techniques. Well, I’m slowly putting together the equipment for an analogue recording studio and I am now the proud part-owner of the lovely piece of kit in the pic above. It’s a mid 1980s TASCAM 16 track 1″ tape machine. Needs some TLC by way of a good clean and a service but the heads are good and it came with a full service manual, something which by all accounts is as rare as rocking horse poop. The search is now on for a decent old 16-8-2 desk, some outboard units and a house with enough land or buildings to put the studio in!

See you at a gig soon!