It's been a good season from the private parties to the various public events. One last chance to see Brightwater Blues outside this year on Saturday at the Kennebunk Harvest Fest. We will be playing 1-3 PM on the Plaza in Downtown Kennebunk. It's also your last chance to sign up in person on our email list so you can get a free download of our single "Deep Blues". Set list is ready, PA is tweaked and the order has been placed with the weather man. See you in Kennebunk tomorrow!
Brightwater Blues will be appearing at Bebe's Burritos mid-month and downtown Kennebunk for an outdoor show at the end of August. More details to follow. Also, don't miss The KetchFish Band and Billy Billy at the Bacon Street Festival on Aug 4th!
Good rehearsal on Tuesday and we've got a lot of new material in store for our next show. Our sound is becoming more diverse with the addition of Tim Spaulding to the line-up. It's an exciting challenge to me to learn to better complement his bluegrass/folk style and I suspect to him as he embraces my dirt floor barroom approach. Mostly bringing on new covers but we're also excited about getting more original songs into the repertoire as our band identity diverges from The KetchFish Band. Bebe's will be an exciting show.
Speaking of The KetchFish Band, we're also adding repertoire including some really cool stuff that Billy and Elissa are bringing to the table after our brief hiatus. I was inspired by last week's KFB rehearsal and have and have an arrangement for a triple vocal and horn-line inspired harmonized guitar part piece to add - hopefully before our annual Bacon Street appearance. Working on it now.
Kennebunk resident, guitar whiz and singer Tim Spaulding joined us at rehearsal last night, bringing a bluegrass sensibility to our sound. He will be performing with us in Portland Friday evening and I'm optimistic we'll be formalizing his relationship with the band. He's got some great originals and arrangements in his repertoire and passed the "stump the potential new guy" competition with flying colors.
This just in - we're booked for Bebe's Burrito's in Biddeford on August 17th.
Make Music Portland is this Friday 11 AM to 8 PM. We will be playing at Bell Buoy Park, next to the Ferry Terminal on 72 Commercial Street from 7 PM to 8 PM. I'll be wandering around town in the afternoon with a guitar, maybe play a few tunes on the street if it feels right.
The private party went very well today. Though we're usually an acoustic band, we went electric today but kept it low key. A fun time was had by all.
Booked for a completely acoustic show on Friday June 21st at the Make Music Portland Festival. We play 7-8 PM, festival is 11 AM - 8:30 PM. Our location will be Bell Buoy Park, next to the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal, 72 Commercial Street. There will be music on the streets of Portland all day. http://makemusicportland.org/About for more information
Had a good rehearsal tonight. Pretty much have the arrangements all changed over to the 3 piece format now. Leo's wife Lee is going to sit in doing some backing vocals and Emceeing the event. Picked up a new song, One is the Loneliest Number by Harry Nillson. Very cool song and until last week, I'd never heard the Nillson versions of it. We're doing it in the key of A and I've done a bit of work to make the arrangement suitable. In A, I kill the vocal if I do say so myself. I'm psyched to add it to both the Brightwater Blues repertoire and my solo repertoire, love the song. - Tom "Ketchfish" Inglis
I just finished uploading a song Brightwater Blues recorded before Steve Chumsae went on to follow a different muse. I actually wrote this to perform with my electric band, The KetchFish Band, so it's kind of fitting that it drives right along in this version by my acoustic band. I've just put it up for streaming. A purchase link may become available soon.