Sunday, 13 November 2016

Well....as usual, we have been rather slack in keeping up with this blog. Sorry about that,

A lot has happened since our last post....gosh...where to start!?

Our Dacorum festival gig with The Company of  Players was a huge success. There was dancing in the aisles and a standing ovation! Thanks so much to the guys who put on such a great event, and everyone who came to support it.

Our next Company gig was at Looe Music Festival, and was another great success, gaining celebrity fans including Jamie Roberts, Katriona Gilmore and Geoff Lakeman!!

We are now preparing for the recording of our album, which will be happening in Truro in January, and we're super excited to get back together with our friends, and to show you a little more of the stuff we worked on in Belper.

In the meantime, Said the Maiden have not slowed down! We have had fabulous gigs at Hitchin Folk Club, The Water Rats (supporting the incredible False Lights, who we urge you to check out, if you haven't), plus some really great house gigs. We've been practising a lot, and working on some new songs, which we are really exited to share with you guys. We are all delving into the world of writing, and the results are going to be really great. We've been demoing our album, and are looking to recording it in the summer next year. We have plans for merch, which will, hopefully, be available from The Great British Folk Festival in December, where we will be appearing on the main stage, as our reward for winning last year's Audience Choice award on the introducing stage. We will also be officially launching our tour, and our Christmas single!!! More news on that soon.

So we only have a few gigs left this year, and we're so excited about all of them. We will be adding next year's gigs onto our calendar shortly, so keep your eyes peeled for any chances to come and see us in your local area.

Until next time
STM

Monday, 8 August 2016

Greetings one, and greetings all. We hope you are well and enjoying the festival season! We're certainly having the right weather for it!

So...what have we been up to since the last update? Well...we are well and truly working on our new album at the moment! We've had a couple of sessions in the studio so far, and have been discussing artwork with artists and photographers, and trying to decide what to call it. It's going to be a really great album, we reckon, and we're very excited about it! We're working with Jess' brother, Steve, who worked on the first album, and also on the live tracks on Of Maids and Mariners, and we're incorporating things that we learned from working with Stu and The Company of Players, so it's going to be a really interesting process. We've also been working very closely with the fantastic team at Solid Entertainments (who help run the Great British Folk Festival, amongst others) and are involved in a string of excellent one day festivals across the country, that the team there have organised. We played the inaugural Lincoln Folk Festival last weekend, and had an absolute blast. The line up included Julie Felix, Lindisfarne and Gilmore and Roberts, and stays pretty much the same from festival to festival, so we're really looking forward to catching up with them all again at the next one. Which is in Harpenden, local to us. All the details can be found on our calendar page, but, if you want to buy tickets, we are selling some ourselves. If you pick them up from us at a gig, you get them at a special discounted price! We will have them at all our gigs between now and the festival date, so if you manage to catch us, do come and grab one off us. We're also playing at The South Yorkshire Folk Festival in September.

The Company of Players is bubbling away nicely. We're just about to send out the last of our pledge goodies, so massive thanks to everyone who supported our campaign. We absolutely smashed our target, and can use it to fund our album, which will be recorded in September. If you are still waiting for goodies from the pledge campaign, they are on their way, so please be patient. September is looking like a busy one for the Players. We have the Looe Music Festival on the 23-25 and, newly booked, the Dacorum Festival on the 10th. September (see flyer below) and in between them, we'll be in the studio!! The Players are touring next April, and dates are trickling through, so keep an eye on all our social medias to keep up with that. We also have a new website (not quite finsished, but close) Thecompanyofplayers.co.uk which will have all the details you need!

So, the coming few months promise to be incredibly busy and incredibly exciting! As always, all our gig details are on our calendar page, plus Facebook and Twitter.




Have a fabulous festival season....don't forget the sunscreen...


STM xxx

Friday, 27 May 2016

Bloomin' 'eck guys! It's been a while! So sorry about that! We have been the busiest we have ever been recently, so there's a lot to fill you in on....I'll endeavour to keep it brief!

So The Company of Players' writing week was a spectacular success! By the end of the week we had 14 songs! 4 of which got recorded for a "Live From Belper" EP. We had an incredible time together and have become the absolute best of friends. Our Pledge Music campaign smashed it's £3000 target, so HUGE thanks to everyone who pledged! It means so much to us, and allows us to start working on our ALBUM which will begin in September. We are touring for a week or so next April and dates are being confirmed around the country as we speak, so keep an eye on all social media for updates. Seven of the 10 of us went up to Stratford Upon Avon to sing as part of the Shakespeare birthday celebrations which was a real treat, and our debut performance, as a 10 piece, at Bristol Folk Festival was also a really great, really successful show. Excitement and interest around the project is amazing, and we have some pretty famous names in our fanbase including Phil Beer and Mike Harding, so watch this space!

Said the Maiden wise, we had the great honour of supporting the mighty Fairport Convention up in Darwen a couple of weeks ago. What a bunch of absolute gents they are! Really welcoming and warm and funny, and very encouraging. The guy who promoted the tour date that we played on is now working as our agent (!) so we're hoping to build on our little link to Fairport and perhaps add some more exciting dates with them in the new year.

Talking of 2017. Said the Maiden are going on TOUR! YES! Our very first headline tour! We will be travelling the length and breadth of the U.K. In November next year, promoting our NEW ALBUM which we are starting work on next month! It's going to be a real mix of trad songs and original songs, plus a cover or two, and we couldn't be more excited about it! We're working on everything a little differently to how we're used to working, so it's going to be a huge learning curve (but we're used to them by now!) We're officially 'launching' the tour in December at the Great British Folk Festival in Butlins, Skegness (Which is where we met Stephen, our agent) with some new merchandise and exclusive goodies to celebrate! The next 18 months are going to be incredibly exciting, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for updates!


Until....soon, enjoy the weather and the start of festival season

STM xxx

Friday, 25 March 2016

The Company of Players

In 1 week's time The Company of Players will descend upon the quiet, unsuspecting town of Belper, Derbyshire. They won't know what hit them, and neither will we, as we embark on an intensive week of living, writing, boozing and cooking together, in a bid to come up with some exciting new music for your ears!

We have been mega preparing for this project and cannot wait to get stuck in! Songs are already starting to take shape, deep discussions have been had about photoshoot concepts, funding, brewery visits and who should be dressed as Bottom for our artwork.

More details about The Company of Players can be found HERE and it will be aaaaaaalllllll go from next Saturday, so watch this space for daily updates between the 2nd and the 9th of April! 💀💀💀

Friday, 4 March 2016

Weeeeeee're baaaaaaaack!!

After a month off, with Jess in Iceland, Kathy in France and Hannah doing an absolutely sterling job of booking us some awesome gigs and radio appearances (Check out our ever growing calendar page) we are back, and straight to work!

Our first gig of the year is at the fabulous Hitchin Folk Club on Sunday 6 March, supporting our pal Kelly Oliver for her album launch. On Friday 11 March, we're really excited to be headlining at the first ever Turntable Music event at Chalfont St Peter, details of which can be found linked on our calendar page.

Other dates confirmed so far this year include support for False Lights at The Water Rats in London, Bristol Folk Festival, support for Cara Dillon at the Gap Festival in Goring, several headline appearances at folk clubs around the country and plenty of festivals plus more super exciting dates to be announced, so keep your eyes here and on our social media sites for more announcements soon.

We're also really excited to say that we will be embarking on our second album this year, with a release date sometime in 2017, and we will be also working on our first ever headline tour, with help from some awesome people, that we can tell you more about as things get confirmed. As well as doing folk clubs, we're looking to visit some bigger venues too, so, if there is anywhere in particular you would like to see us play in 2017, please let us know, either by email, on Twitter or on Facebook.

So...until next time, keep checking back at our social media sites for regular updates on our shenanigans!

PEACE

Jess, Hannah, Kathy