Well this year has certainly seen it’s fair share of rain, several records have been broken for the appalling summer we’ve just had, not that you would particularly notice that it’s over, seeing as it’s no wetter now than it was in June! This has had such an effect on what people have been doing, not least the festivals, many of them were rained off this year and those which did go ahead were a total mud bath. I’ve been to Glastonbury Festival before when the heavens opened a week or so before it started and then continued throughout the festival, it was a wash out, certain areas of Worthy Farm were completely flooded, tents and all. You couldn’t even sit down to watch a band, so the whole event was pretty exhausting too.
That got me to thinking about how Brothers Cider are getting on this year. The apple crop has been dismal from the UK. This is because the honey bees were unable to fly while the blossom was out, either because of rain, high winds, cold or all three, so as a result the trees were poorly pollinated and had low yields. There are a few beehives close to me and the only apple trees which I’ve seen with decent crops are very close to the hives. I assume this is because in the short breaks in the rain the bees were able to fly out and do their job, but couldn’t reach the trees further away.
All that being said, I suppose there are a few industries which did quite well out of it, umbrella and welly boot manufacturers for example.
So here’s to hoping for a better summer next year, with a bit of luck, the music festivals will all go ahead, so we can get back to the days of sitting out on the grass listening to some live music again.
Party Band Pop of Ages Extend their Reach
The locally well known party band, Pop of Ages have a new act, the Annie Lennox Tribute, they do two different shows, either the diva show, which is dedicated to the solo songs, or the Eurythmics show, as you may expect, this one has all Eurythmics songs instead.
Pop of ages have been around for several years playing at private parties, balls and weddings with a broad repertoire ranging from modern acts such as the Kings of Leon, Lady Ga Ga and Amy Winehouse, through the 70’s and 80’s with songs from the likes of Phil Collins, Queen and Dolly Parton, right back to old classics from the 60’s including the Mamas and Pappas, the Kinks and of course no set would be complete without the occasional Beatles song thrown in. They are about the only professional party band I know of, actually gigging pretty much every weekend and traveling up and down the country to do so. Most bands seem to have a full time job and just fit playing live in around that where they can. This gives them a bit of an advantage in that they are able to pack up the PA, lights and instruments and set off to play further afield, because they can leave earlier.
The new tribute act will certainly require some traveling to play, being a tribute they will probably have requests from much further afield than the local counties. After all it could be a dedicated Eurythmics fan’s birthday up in the north, so they will have to make their way all the way up there, but not only set everything up but also take various costumes and probably have a few quick changes during the set. They have a new site dedicated purely to the new show, it’s called the Annie Lennox tribute and it provides a lot more information about the members and the songs they play.
Just a quick note today, but I just discovered that this url was previously owned by the Cory Band. They are from South Wales and have been around since 1884.
Bearing this in mind, I felt it only fair to link through to their online shop, seeing as this site is all about online shopping now and they have one of their own, so you can find it here they sell recordings and general merchandise which includes pens, badges, mouse mats and t shirts. Although their music can be bought on line from many outlets such as play.com and amazon too.
They played at the queens jubilee concert and have played all around the world including a gig at the Albert Hall. They are the winners of numerous competitions too including the British Open Championships, European Champions, and even won the World Music Contest twice, so whilst I must admit that brass band music isn’t really my thing, I felt it appropriate to give them a mention.