From Darlington in County Durham to Quincy in Plumas County, California we have been blessed with the warmest hospitality from hosting venues and audiences. We've had an absolute blast playing to packed out pubs, churches, festivals and theatres. One of the best bits about touring is chatting with you after the gig and hearing your stories. We've also enjoyed meeting new listeners on our travels to the USA this year. You have encouraged us with your applause, foot-stomping and dancing and we have loved hearing your thoughts about our new songs on the Ancient Roads album.
At the beginning of this year we returned to Homefire Studios in Harrogate to record 11 tracks for our debut album. We are thankful to all the session musicians and singers who joined us on this amazing venture as well as the production team at Homefire. The dedication, energy and talent of those involved in the making of this album has made it a debut album that we are very proud of.
Through the Pledge Music campaign, launched in April, you helped us fund the production and launch of Ancient Roads in July. It has been streamed to in 495 cities and we've played live to audiences in Sheffield, Harrogate, Darlington, Keighley, Thirsk, Summerbridge as well as across the pond in sunny California at Joshua Fest and San Francisco.
New Music Video
In October we launched the music video for All I Want to Be - thanks for watching! It's now had almost 10,000 views on Facebook and Youtube.
Working with communities
We had a great time leading music and movement play sessions in HM Prison Wealstun with inmates and their children on visit days. Our work in the community has continued to reach out to people who might not usually have access to music and arts. We were privileged to be involved with Converge York, who lead educational courses in the arts for mental health service users. Our song In This Now was used to create a circle dance for an event to support adult and children's mental health at York St John University.
True North was one of the highlights of our year - a true celebration of music, dance and art at the magnificent Victorian theatre The Royal Hall, Harrogate.
A big welcome to Gareth McKenzie our new bass player who has already made a huge contribution to our sound at True North and Sofar Sounds as well as in arrangements for new songs coming in 2019.
We'd like to give a special acknowledgement to the work of these people who have contributed to the success of Ancient Roads album through their reviews and airplay.
Tony Cummings - Cross Rhythms Radio
Jericho Keys - BBC Introducing
Dean Heeley & Simon Tuck - UCB2
Loretta Andrews - Premier Christian Radio
Lizzie Jenkins - BCB Radio
Mike and Barnabas - Branch FM
Andy Fretwell - guest lead guitarist on California tour
Ben Harvey - design and artwork for Ancient Roads
Nick Teal - photography
Graham Chalmers - journalist
Ken Meakin - Country Music Social Media