Just over a week ago, I jumped on a jet plane in Melbourne, and 20 hours or so later, arrived in Holland. It’s great to be back, getting on a bike, riding round the canals and generally seeing the beauty that is Amsterdam.
After all the work of recording the new album, mixing, mastering, getting artwork made, getting it to print, the new album is ready, and able to be brought to all our fans in Europe, perfect timing for the album launch tour through Holland, Ireland, and the UK this summer.
And so I arrived in Holland, and the first thing was to drop off all my luggage – violin, pedals, merch, clothes, and all things for the tour, and to head to Brouwerij Klein Duimpje, a local brewer in Hillegom, a little bit south west of Amsterdam. I wanted to not only bring the new album on cd format, but also bring a special release item that was distinctly Dutch…..and so we linked up with a Dutch brewer. And in linking up, we made a special release bottle of beer with album download code for our dutch fans – buy a beer, buy an album……And so this is now made up, and with physical albums also in tow, things are looking good. We may make these available to order for anyone not in Holland, we’ll see what’s possible!!
After picking up the beer, I got over the jet lag, and got myself ready to start the tour….just a few days later, headed to Dwingeloo, for our first tour date, at the wonderful Taribush Kuna festival. One of my favourite festivals around, it’s set in the beautiful dutch forest, with some beautiful people running the whole thing. It was great to see the festival growing in a nice chilled way – with additional stages, cool additions of brewers and hairdressers, WWF, and of course the beautiful sculpture dotted around the festival.
We played 2 shows, opening the Café de Guanaco stage, did 2 sound recording workshops, and teamed up with the boys from Bovenste Knoopje Open, the perfect mix of theatre, cabaret, music, poetry, and of course humor. They jumped up and played some tunes with Tailor Birds, and vice versa, with the festival then asking us to do a special combo show late Saturday afternoon. Lots of fun, the boys are great, love ’em. This may continue in some form, perhaps get them up for another show or 2, you’ll have to wait and see….who knows what’s possible…..anything is possible, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Following Taribush Fri and Sat, I headed to the De Bazaar market for a Sunday early afternoon show……the market is massive, I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s amazing. So many people, so many treats surrounding you, we had a beautiful stage set up, and was a great way to end the weekend. Then, back to Amsterdam, to get ready for a bit of a last minute booked in house concert type show on Friday night, and then onto the wonderful fantasy festival, FantasiaFest on Sat/Sun. Set in Roden, near to Groningen, north of Amsterdam, in a beautiful forest, it should be a fun one, a perfect continuation on from Taribush Kuna vibes.
And so…..not sure when I’ll be able to post next, so here’s a bit of cuteness for you……
And in case you don’t know where we’re headed next, following Fantasia Fest, are some more festivals, Castlefest, plus the amazing Landjuweel which we’ve just heard our set times for, plus the wonderful Sonsbeekmarkt in Arnhem. So keep your eyes peeled…..and check our tour dates http://www.tailorbirdsmusic.com/tour-dates/
And keep checking our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/tailorbirdsmusic/ for our Where’s Wally weekly Tailor Birds events – Know where we are…..post where we are. These are starting up tomorrow, Fri 29th July ’16 – with a different Tailor Birds track off the new album up for grabs each week. Want to know more……check out our facebook page. And til next time, we’ll see you soon, cos the album launch tour of 2nd album, Wide Awake I See The Storm, is full steam ahead.