As I noted last time, the first ever Mitcheldean Folk Festival will be held on 18th-20th July this year. Not only did I get a solo slot in the evening, but — much more exciting to me — we have a band playing in the afternoon:
We’ve taken the name Crooked End for two reasons. First, it’s the name of the road we live in; and second, I had to come up with a name very quickly in a pub on Folk Club night.
“We” are a four-piece: I play guitar and sing, my wife Fiona plays flute and keyboards and sings harmonies, my son Daniel drums and sings harmonies, and our next-door neighbour Mario plays bass.
We’ll do some folky songs — Marrakesh Express, Something, Drowsy Maggie — but the real reason I’m so excited about this is because we’ve worked up a version of Steven Wilson’s prog-jazz-rock epic Luminol, which you can see here being performed live by his awesome band:
It is of course an act of purest hubris to event attempt this song (not to mention pretty inappropriate for a Folk Festival). But we love it so much we have to give it a try. Rehearsals are going well!