Just a quick message to say that today is the first day of my first ever tour with the band (Simon Dumpleton & Oli Matthews) with support from the fabulous Jess Vincent.
Over the last year I’ve been putting this tour together along side the album, it’s difficult to get paid gigs to cover the whole band which is why I made the decision to take the plunge and do it myself. (I have no nails left and haven’t slept for days!)
Here is where we will be, if you live in the area, come along and sing with us or if you know anyone who might enjoy it, let them know too
Above is a photo from yesterday (12th September) Sheffield Obstacle Colour Run, in 2 weeks I’ll be doing a more intense 8km obstacle run, this time without the paint! I’ll be running to raise money for Dementia & Parkinsons – Just Giving Page
The other is a photo of myself with all the spooky Mens Chorale as well as Jess Vincent & Jenny M Thomas – It’s been an incredible tour supporting the hairy bearded men. Here’s a 4 star review of our London gig in the Guardian
It’s officially HERE!!!! 5th August 2015 I declare ‘Time Ashore’ Released 😀 HURRAY!!!!
Thank You to all of you beautiful people who already have the album, Thank You from the bottom of my toes for your huge support, if you haven’t already got the album, Here is a free download on band camp for your ears: https://kirstybromley.bandcamp.com/track/valley-song
If you find the noise pleasantly pleasing please head over to www.kirstybromley.com/shops and you’ll find the ENTIRE ALBUM TO BUY!!!! 😀 😀 😀 I’m just a tad super excited!!!
Today is here, drum roll please…I’d like to officially declare that as of 8.45pm this evening ‘Time Ashore’ will officially be ‘released’ HURRAY!!!!
I’ll be supporting the Spooky Mens Chorale for their evening Ham concert at Sidmouth Folk week to a sold out 1,200 capacity marquee…eeeeeek!!! (the band, Simon, Philippe & Oli will be joining me)
I’m not nervous at all…
If you already have the album, Thank You from the bottom of my toes, If you haven’t got the album, here is a free download from Bandcamp for your ears. If you find the noise pleasantly pleasing please head over to my website where you’ll find the ENTIRE ALBUM TO BUY 😀 😀 😀
I’m just a tad super excited!!!
If you’ve supported the album through Kickstarter or pre-orders, (THANK YOU!) your CDs should all have arrived by now. I hope you’ve been enjoying the album, if not, it makes a great frisbee 😉
(Picture below from my first gig supporting the Spooky Men at their gig in Oxford, according to rumour I’m the only folk singer ever to sing solo in the Sheldonian – What an honour! )
So far the tour has been going amazingly, Simon Dumpleton and I had an absolute blast on tour for 7days in July, we met some wonderful people, it was just a joy to have company on the road too. Thank you to all of those who put us up, came to the gigs and sang with us.
As well as the album coming out today, another ridiculously surreal experience was waking up VERY early last Sunday morning to pick up the Observer from the paper shop & find a lovely review. James Soars has been doing the publicity, I couldn’t be more grateful for all of his support and hard work in littering the radios with my noise.
Facebook events, you’ll see the list of gigs there too, I’m thoroughly enjoying The Spooky Men’s Chorale tour so far. Last night we had a feast for 25 spooks and partners, my early night before tonights gig was blown out of the window by an evening of delicious food, wine, singing & dancing until the early hours of this morning.
Well, I think I’m getting better at sending out e-mails but I still think this is only the second one I’ve sent this year…Ooops! Lots to say so I hope you have a cuppa & a biscuit. (Welcome to any newbies to the list)
The big news first…THE ALBUM ARRIVED, THE ALBUM ARRIVED, THE ALBUM ARRIVED!!!! – Time Ashore now exists in human form, it was fashionably late and missed the party entirely but it has made up for it by looking absolutely, stunningly beautiful!!! (Thanks to Elly Lucas & Katy Coope for the photos and artwork – an amazing team!) My nieces who the album is 1/3 dedicated to, stayed all night for the party & joined me on stage to sing all my songs with me, if you notice that my youtube videos have 1,000 views – it’s all them! 😉
If you’ve supported the album through Kickstarter, (THANK YOU!) your CD will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, I’ve ordered some tour flyers & postcards to include in your little parcel so I apologise for the delay. I hope you like it! If not, you can head over to my website & pre-order Time Ashore; due to be released officially on August 5th at Sidmouth Folk Week where I’ll be supporting The Spooky Men’s Chorale in the Ham marquee.
So now the album is here, I’ve started the ‘Time Ashore’ Tour. It kicked off at the cosy intimate venue in Coventry ‘The Big Comfy Book Shop’ a great place to spend a rainy afternoon reading books while eating cake & drinking tea. They have regular music nights, it’s a real treat. I then headed up to Scotland for a few days with my friend (Roadie) Julie to support Martyn Wyndham-Read who I last saw over in Australia at Cobargo festival. Such a great guy with amazing stories to tell. The 3rd gig of the tour was last night at Hitchin Folk Club, one of the best in the country it has to be said, they really do know how to treat their artists, what better than a gig where you can walk off stage and go straight to bed (the venue is in the same hotel they put you up in) – Perfect! They put on weekly concerts with an audience between 80-150, go check it out! The evening was supporting Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, a duo not to be missed. (I also got my first audience review this afternoon & I’m over the moon with what Tony said)
Recently I’ve been told I say I’m excited a lot but it has to be said that some amazing things have been happening recently so I apologise for my over use of ‘excited’ HOWEVER I am pleased to announce that I have James Soars working on the publicity for the album as well as Ant Miles doing some Agency work for me, I’ve always been very scared/nervous about letting any one in to my little circle when it comes to music as it’s so personal to me but these two guys have so far made great team members and I’m looking forward to doing more work with them. Ant Miles is part of Fancourt Music, he also puts on artists at Downend Folk Club where I sang on April 17th, its a folk club with a soul and you can tell that everyone is involved because they want to be there, they love music and it isn’t about profit for them, after speaking to Ant we’ve decided to join forces and so far it’s been a real pleasure.
Below are the front & back of my brand new flyers, designed by the incredibly talented and beautiful Katy Coope, with a whole list of dates that I’ve organised to celebrate this new thing that came through the post with my face on it…
In January I helped Val Civico put on a fundraiser concert for Alzheimer’s & Parkinsons, something herself & her husband suffer from, the final total split between the 2 charities was an incredible £5,000!
Val is organising gig number 2 for October, unfortunately I will be away overseas so instead, I have signed up to do an 8km Endurer Dash & will also be doing a colour run in order to help raise money towards each charity (links to just giving on the above button)
Plans to tour overseas are coming together nicely
Possible plans for a music video to be made at Sidmouth Folk Week are being discussed…
I have a CD with my face on…
I recently went to see Mary Black in concert supported by Sharon Shannon (AMAZING) & Mark Knopfler – Incredible!
I also have to say that I’m very proud of my friend Sam Hindley who presents Thank Goodness it’s Folk on Sheffield LIVE 93.2 FM along side Phil Carter & James Fagan. Not only does he do a great job with the show but last week he did the whole 2hours solo AND last week at Shepley Spring Festival he MC’d on the MainStage, opening the festival on the Friday night! – Well Done Sam!
Did I tell you about the album? 😉
I think I’ve managed to squeeze everything in, it’s all just been a big blur, I can’t believe it’s only been 1 month since I got back from Australia & India. A glass of champagne is recommended after this e-mail so that you can help me continue to celebrate
Wow! Well I’ve failed miserably at sending out a monthly newsletter this year but it’s been a pretty packed one! Where to start…
The big news first…Recording for the album has been finished, photos have been taken, artwork is on it’s way to being done & I’ve made this little video so that you can have a sneaky little taster of whats in store: (Photo below of Katy Coope & Elly Lucas brain storming for the photos & artwork)
I hope you like it, if you haven’t ordered a copy already you can head over to my website & pre-order Time Ashore; due to be printed by May however the official launch day has yet to be decided.
In other news I’m writing this e-mail from a beautiful French home stay in Pondicherry, I’ve been travelling around the South of India for a couple of weeks on my way home from Australia where I’ve been touring with Stephen Taberner. What to tell you first?
I’ll be home in 2days before going to Spain with work & then all systems go for getting the album printed. Australia was a last minute plan to do a week tour (6 gigs over 8days) from Sydney to the Blue Mountains then along the coast to Melbourne, we managed to sneak in an extra gig in Tasmania as well as excitingly being invited to MC at the Blue Mountains festival in Katoomba. Not only that but I was lucky enough to go to the Album Launch of Lucy Wise’s new EP ‘A Painting of the Universe’ if you haven’t heard of Lucy check her out at www.lucywise.com.au, Lucy will also feature on the new album as we managed to sneak in a quick recording session, the bonus track will be a LIVE recording made in Stephen Taberner’s living room with the 3 of us.
Travelling at the same time as making plans for the album has been a real battle, staying in the beautiful cities and tea plantations vs finding wifi to get things done, I managed to settle on waking up at 6.30am to do 2hours work before Sonja woke up & we started our day. I have to tell you my previous 21 year old self is cringing at the early morning start, Shall I be worried, maybe this is a sign of growing up? nah!!! hehe
I’ll finish telling you about a gorgeous experience I had here in Pondicherry, India then I’ll back track to the incredible tour I had in Aus (Hi to all the new friends on my mailing list from Australia too xx) So, on Saturday 4th I had the absolute pleasure of teaching a 2hour music lesson in a local French school. If I were to have children I’d send them there, their day consisted of:
Music lesson, dance, morning break with soup and biscuits, writing, lunch then painting! They also can speak 4 languages at the age of 4, I was in awe!
The children were very enthusiastic to listen to everything I had to teach, immediately responded to anything I asked of them & sang/danced beautifully! It was such a heart warming experience. It started with them singing me a few songs they already knew then I taught them a couple of english songs I know them finished with a Morris dance lesson for the next hour. They were brilliant! The class officially finished with the teacher playing a classical piece of music while the children danced very poetically and beautifully together. I was lost for words.
(Above photo – Me & Kate Fagan -Rebecca Bastoli joined Stephen & I at our gig in Sydney)
On to Australia! The tour with Stephen Taberner (The man behind the Spooky Mens Chorale) was breathtaking, such warm welcoming people and well attended concerts, we organised the tour just over a week before I arrived in Australia, I’d booked my tickets only a couple of weeks before I flew and yet people couldn’t do enough for us to make it such a loving, welcoming experience, an average of 50 people at each concert, some with up to 70 people which for my first time ever singing in Australia was quite over whelming. While in Tasmania we stayed with a friend who looked after wild life which basically meant I spent my evenings cuddled up to wallabies, singing and listening to Stephen play the double bass. During my stay in the Blue Mountains I had the honour of finally meeting Kate Fagan, for any of you who have my EP the 3rd track ‘Roll You Sweet Rain’ was written by Kate, she’s also the sister of James Fagan so, in her words ‘Its like seeing the sister I’ve never met before’. Not only that but during the concert Kate joined in with the most ear melting harmonies to her song. WOW!!! Another incredible experience was hearing the heart warming songs of Archie Roach, a singer I’d never heard of before but has really left a mark, especially with his song ‘Took the children away’ What a guy! (Oh I also recorded on my friend Rebecca Bastoli’s new EP, too many things to try and tell you. It’s been incredible) Magical people, stunning scenery & such talented artists, singers, friends, I was lucky to be able to spend 5 weeks in the company of such people. Thanks especially to Stephen for making it happen!
There is just to much to say so here are a few extra little bullet points:
In January I helped Val Civico put on a fundraiser concert for Alzheimer’s & Parkinsons, something herself & her husband suffer from, the final total split between the 2 charities was an incredible £5,000! (above photos from the gig by Phil Carter)
I’ve been gigging with a band called Anytown from Sheffield
I did a great gig with James Sills at a gem of a festival Bradford on Avon Roots – You must go!
I had a fun photoshoot with Elly Lucas for the album
I gave up my job full time to put all of my time in to travelling with my music & to have more time to learn new songs.
I had my 25th Birthday
4days before I came away to Aus/India I had a new baby Niece xx
I’m busy organising lots of tours, I hope to share them with you soon! UK & more…
Did I tell you about the album? 😉
More next time, I hope you’re well & enjoying the beginning of Spring (overdose of Easter Chocolate) India is a colourful place to be this time of year.