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We've played at Annie Windley's fab event once before and it was a lot of fun. As a totally acoustic pared down event, it really gives you the chance to have fun with the bare bones of a song.
Mike, Talitha and Sara-Mae will be playing a few fun new ones, as well as a cover of incredible Flanagan Collective's song from their musical play 'Beulah'. (Have a listen to their music it is absolutely amazing: http://theflanagancollective.weebly.com/the-beulah-band.html)
So come along on Sunday 10 November for a chilled afternoon of music with us as well as bands like Romani Beau & Ronnie Golden. Time: 2:45 Place: Kiss the sky, Park Road, Crouch End, London N8 x the starlings
Well, its taken us long enough, but there is finally some grainy footage proving that we were in fact, live @ Tewksbury, Lakefest on a sunny weekend back in...when was it again?
The sound quality isn't the best but hey, we thought we'd wack them up there anyway for those of you who may be interested.
So here goes: (Drumroll...) Scarlet Starlings' very own youtube channel can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/scarletstarlings
Enjoy! x the starlings
Scarlet Starlings had a blast @ Lakefest over the weekend. A big shootout to the Floating Globe Stage. Charlotte and the rest of the crew were brilliant. There was an incredible line up (our faves being The Goat Roper Rodeo Band http://www.reverbnation.com/thegoatroperrodeoband and The Levellers, natch).
Another big thank you to Cafe Salaam the tent which kept the free tea flowing and the yummy pizza stoked up :)
We had a great time, though Talitha became a little bit too close to the fake octopus!
Videos and photos to follow shortly...
x the starlings
Hi everyone! In honour of our upcoming festival performance and our imminent album launch (:) here is a little present for you.
The song is called Montauk. It's been recorded by Jason King at Shed Studios and mixed by the marvellous John Lawrence up in Wales.
Check out our featuring interview for Lakefest to hear our thought on who we would swap lives with, amongst many other things: http://lakefest.co.uk/blog/building-up-to-lakefest-201with-scarlet-starlings/
Fancy winning FREE tickets to the Lake Fest?
Hello lovely people,
Fancy coming to see us playing on Sunday 11 August at the amazing Lake Fest, but you just spent your last sou on a really awesome [insert awesomely awesome thing here]?
Well stop your weeping! You too can don your wellies, grab a pint of organic, locally sourced cider and listen as the sound of angels whaling (yes, whaling)...
We have six tickets to give away, and all you have to do is: 1. Go to this link: http://lakefest.co.uk/come-see-competition/?artist=Scarlet%20Starlings 2. Fill in the form (its really short, you can do it at work or on the train or during an ad break).
Wait for Lady Luck to smile on you.
Go on, you know you wanna!
x the starlings
Fanned anyone lately? No, we don't mean waving a giant Palm leaf at their hot, perspiring faces.
Recently we, despite being an alt country/folky/rocky set of characters, have been attracting a slew of metal bands. This is lovely if they genuinely like our music and have seen it as a sort of 'slumming' or a break from the head banging thrash chords beloved of Slash et al. (I know, I'm out of date with my references er...Dream Theatre?) Don't get us wrong, we are an eclectic mix of musicians with tastes to match and we all enjoy good music, played well, no matter what the genre. However. It has occurred to us, after having sent some friendly little messages to each and every one of our fans (after all its quite a mission on Reverbnation, you have to jump through a lot of hoops in order to make your feelings of love known), that some people may be simply looking at the number one groups in their genre and fanning everyone who is one of their fans.
Exhibit A: a metal band fans us. We fan them back. Two more metal bands fan us. We fan them back... you get the idea.
We've now decided to take it easy on fanning bands which don't look like they're a similar genre to us, to avoid this random groupie catchment sitch. We'd rather you like us because you like us and not as part of a ruthless quid pro quo. Capiche?
PS: If you are in a metal band, and you REALLY like us, send us a message. If we glean from that that you actually gave our music a listen, we will be delighted to have you.
Lots of love to all our true fans (all three of them), x the starlings
Yes, its also a birthday drinks celebration for Sara-Mae, so any of you out there who are wondering what on earth to give the woman who has everything...well come on down to the gig tonight and buy her a drink.
The Half Moon has a great reputation for live music, and some wonderful bands have played there in the past - so it should be a fantastic night.
x The Starlings
Playing purely acoustic, it seems, has its drawbacks. Joe and Simon had to improvise new baselines, we all had to develop our belting skills and did I mention that Joe and Si had to improvise baselines??
The enigmatic Annie Windley presides over the regular event, which now has its permanent home at Kiss the Sky.
To see the Starlings crunched in a bunch on our end of the stage, was also, we are told, sort of amusing. With the six of us trying to flock together (so to speak) without overwhelming the others, Paper Shades (a mere twosome) and Decklan Guckian (a meagre one-fer) had to play their hearts out to compete.
Jon Rixon and Sarah Dollar's mellifluous tunes were fantastic, with lilting harmonies and rhythmic use of the cajon. Sarah also used the much classier box shaker, as opposed to 'the egg' as we call it. Because its red, and its an egg, natch. (What else would a Scarlet Starling use, I ask you?)
The Paper Shades are playing at the station sessions @ Kings Cross on April 15, so for a vastly improved commute, stop by. (Paper Shades - www.thepapershades.bandcamp.com)
Declan Guckian impressed with his brilliant guitar work and strong vocals, reminiscent of his countryman Damian Rice (whatever happened to him?)
So for all you Crouch Enders, if you fancy a bit of music and poetry over a long, lazy Sunday afternoon, get yourself down to Softly Softly. You can't do better than that...
There comes a time when you have to embrace the essence of what your band represents. Then you try to impart this to a designer. You might use words like 'delicate genius' or 'visionary'.
This is nearly always a mistake. A designer can't work with abstract concepts. They want to know what colours you like, and whether you have some high res images they can use.
In the end we decided to embrace a sort of Amish-back-woodsey-dark-fairy tale sort of a look. Of course, to the designer it was 'a red bird on a black background then?' Er, yes?.
Nope. There are two options. So check them out and let us know which you like more.
x Scarlet Starlings
Talitha: 'Poster 1 is a bit emo-goth isn't it?' Sara-Mae: 'Poster 1 looks like a wood cut. Which I like.' Simon: 'I'm on holiday in the Lake District. I don't care. Whoa. There's a dead dog...' Joe: 'Poster 2 is cool but the words could stand out more. Hey I feel like ice-cream for some reason.' Mike: 'I like Poster 3. What do you mean there's no Poster 3? Then what was I looking at?'