Not quite band news, but close:
Matt, Neil, and Roger will be playing as members of [The Trouveres](http://thetrouveres.com/) at the New York Renaissance Faire on September 22/23 (Saturday and Sunday) in Tuxedo Park, NY. From their site:
A Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village. They are filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give patrons the illusion that they have stepped back in time. The New York Renaissance Faire features over 125 performance on 20 stages and over 100 craftspeople set on 65 acres of beautiful Sterling Forest.
The New York Renaissance Faire has over 75 costumed actors, over 20 independent specialty acts and over 100 craftspeople. The buildings of our village are permanently built and the grounds are only used for the Faire.
For more about the NYRF, check out their FAQ.
This faire is much larger than the NJ Faire we played at a few weeks ago. The NYRF is not only kid-friendly but, according to their site, kid-accessible (i.e., more ramps for strollers). They also do costume rentals (although costumes are by no means required).
The two bands–Baroque & Hungry and The Trouveres–have some commonalities, although The Trouveres has more of a lush, folksy feel to it. B&H fans, we’d love to see you in the audience!
This Friday, 23 March, we’re playing a short set in New Brunswick.
Date/Time: 8pm, Friday 23 March 2012
Location: First Reformed Church, 9 Bayard Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
This benefit has an $8 cover. From their Facebook page:
…part of the reason this show is special is because our friend and longtime Artistic Director, Gil, is in the hospital with heart failure. And this event is a 100% benefit for Gil – ALL proceeds go to his recovery.
We’re ready for tomorrow’s show at the Way Station in Brooklyn. Remember, even though we start at nine p.m., but we’re part of a triple bill, and the whole show goes from 8 to midnight. (Our set is from 9 to 11 p.m.) (This was originally billed as “Robert Burns Night featuring Baroque & Hungry”, but that’s no longer on the venue’s website, they just have the names of the acts.)
Again, that’s located at 683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. (When you’re looking for the bar, their sign isn’t very well lit, but it’s visible.)
The attic studio is great for rehearsal; we have far more room there than in Neil’s living room, there are fewer distractions, and we can hear ourselves far better than we could when we practiced in Matt’s backyard.
We’ve added several new songs to the setlist, some new (new-to-us) Scottish music. A few of these are stretching our abilities a little, so please let us know what you think of the new material/. You can RSVP on the Facebook invite if you like. This is gonna be a great show!
We had a great set on Monday night, and mandolin sensation Painless Parker joined us on stage for most of the 3-hour show of Irish, Scottish, and popular tunes. Dueling mandolins–that’s a pretty awesome thing.
We got through almost three hours of material that night. Lessons learned:
- While we’re happy with how the trio is gelling, the band has discussed some future directions for rehearsal. We think we’ll consolidate our set a little and tighten up in general.
- Neil also discovered that he really, really likes having two guitars on stage. We were afraid that the additional guitar would be clunky and in the way, but since Millicent is small, having the additional guitar really isn’t a big deal, space-wise. And trading off to a guitar that has lighter strings and a smaller fretboard is a nice relief from Kate’s monster-heavy strings.
- Always bring along extra mic stands and microphones. Roger again had no mic for vocals, since the house only had three. It also would have been nice to have a mic for Painless; he and Neil had to share a mic.
- Playing Mondays sucks. The crowd was awesome—thanks, guys!—but tiny. More people means more tips, which means more Baroque, less Hungry.
Don’t forget that there’s still time to win a free home concert from us. Just buy our CD on Bandcamp and we’ll automagically enter you in the drawing.
You’ll find more pictures on the band’s Facebook page. We’ll see you back at the Way Station in January, for another jam session!
Apropos of nothing, here’s Matt’s rendition of “Silent Night” on the wire-string harp:
We’re very happy with our first performance as a trio—with percussionist Roger Noguerol. The band sounds like, well, a band now. In my opinion, anyway) the highlights of the set included “Black is the Color”, “Downtown Train”, “Roll Me Down to Maui”, and we stretched “Hills of Connemara/I’ll Tell Me Ma”—always a crowd-pleaser—out a lot longer than usual when half the audience was dancing to it. (When I yelled, “again!” at the end of the chorus, I think Matt took that to mean we should sing the entire song again.)
Here we are on stage:
Photo by Babette Daniels of Event-ography, you should go buy her stuff.
As you can see, Anachronism 4 was a full-blown concert, with a stage and a sound guy and lighting and everything. Most importantly, the audience loved us and we had a great time. The event organizers have managed to attract a great crowd, and we hope to return to future Anachronisms.
So what’s next?
For our next two performances, we’ll be returning to the Way Station in Brooklyn. It’ll be a bit of a challenge to fit three performers on their smaller stage, but we’ll manage.
On Monday, December 19th, we’ll be leading an open jam session. If you can play an instrument, bring it along jam with us. Most of our stuff is pretty straightforward, so it’s easy to follow along. Two people have already said they’re interested in coming along (one cellist and one mandolin… mandolier? manodlinist?), so this could be quite the party! We don’t have a confirmed starting time just yet, but this’ll
probably kick off around at 8 or 9pm.
Edit: Here’s the Facebook event page.
After that, the band will be taking a break, returning to the stage on January 25th, again at the Way Station. More information on that as soon as we have it!
Here are the public rehearsal files for the week, including an oddity: Track 11 is a percussion loop we recorded in Nighthawk. We’ll try to use that as a background track live at the next public rehearsal if I can get my looping pedal to work. (We’re still looking for a real, live musician to play percussion, though.)
Get ‘em now; I’m going to have to start deleting the older rehearsal files at some point. (I’ll doubtless start reaching the storage limits of my free box.net hosting account if I keep uploading these every week.)
MP3s for download: Rehearsal 08 June 2011
Here’s about half of the audio from our last rehearsal in Highthawk, warts and all. (I put a little reverb on some of the tracks, but these are otherwise un-altered.) I have’t edited this at all, including the false starts and mistakes.
I particularly like Laride, despite the loose rhythm. (It’s me tapping on the body of my guitar. Next time I’ll bring my bongos.)