OH IT’S A LONG LONG TIME

Welcome to the Autumn newsletter. I’ve skipped a month or two as there were holidays to be had and house moves to be done. I spent another week in bonny Scotland, far up on the East Coast. I saw seals and dolphins and amazingly we had beautiful sunny weather. If you’re wondering what the newsletter title is all about this time, it’s a reference to September Song written by Kurt Weill/Maxwell Anderson, a short and sweet reflection on the passing of time and changing of the seasons. I first heard Sarah Vaughan singing it. Click here to hear to have a listen on youtube. Here are the lyrics for your delectation.

 

Oh it’s a long long time from May to December,

But the days grow short when you reach September

When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

I haven’t got time for the waiting game

Oh the days dwindle down to a precious few

September, November

But these few precious days I’ll spend with you,

These precious days I’ll spend with you.

 

What’s been happenin?

So now I am one house move down; a lot of boxes unpacked, things got rid of and stuff organised. The music room is finally up and running without having to climb over a million boxes to get in there. There is a functional keyboard, sound system and desk. Hallelujah! And we also have a lovely garden view. The new place came with a very wild overgrown garden, which I have started taming by much chopping, sawing and weeding. It’s starting to emerge now from the undergrowth and is very pleasing to see and do.

I’m very happy to tell you that we have finally confirmed the musicians for the expanded Beleza band and scheduled our first rehearsal. Planning for the recording sessions is under way, so we should have something for you to listen to before too long. Things are moving along.

Some gigs done and some more coming up…

On September 14th I had the great pleasure of being the featured singer at The Indigo Jazz Jam, a weekly jam night run by saxophonist Ed Kainyek. I enjoyed singing with some fantastic musicians. In the house band that night were Rich Jones on keys, John Sandham on bass and Ben Grey on drums.

On Saturday 24th September I did a lovely gig singing with The Voice Collective at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. The event was part of the Peace Without Borders Festival organised by Musicans Without Borders, a charity that uses music to reduce the stressful effects of war and to connect people across cultural, political and religious borders for peace and positive change. Also playing at the gig was five-piece Australian/British chamber-psych-folk-rock group Samson & Delilah. We were delighted to add our voices to their beautiful song, Silently. Hopefully some time soon there should be some video footage of a couple of the songs from this gig.

 

Thursday 20th October

I’ll be singing with The Voice Collective at PICNIC CLUB: An acoustic showcase hosted by Picnic Area featuring the immaculate vocal harmonies of The Voice Collective, plus two great local songwriters, Colin Wakeford and Jo Lewis. Starts 7.30pm, we’ll be on at 10pm. Entry is free.

Venue is FUEL Bar, Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester, M20.

 

Saturday 29th October

I’ll be singing backing vocals with acoustic band Riverman. Starts 9pm.

Venue is Bar Place, Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8AH.

Have a listen to Riverman here: http://soundcloud.com/river-man

 

Sunday 13th November

I’ll be singing backing vocals with acoustic band Riverman. Timings tbc.

Venue: The Red Triangle Cafe, 160 St. James’s Street, Burnley, BB11 1NR, Tel: 01282 832319

 

Thursday 17th November

I’ll be singing backing vocals with acoustic band Riverman, supporting the Grammy nominated Neil C Young and his jazz trio. Timings and entry price tbc.

Venue: Jim’s Vegetarian Restaurant,19-21 New Market Street, Colne, Lancs, BB8 9BJ, Tel: 01282 868828. Check out the Neil C Young Trio here: www.neilcyoungtrio.com

 

Saturday 10th December

I’ll be singing backing vocals with acoustic band Riverman. Timings and entry price tbc.

Venue: The Admiral Lord Rodney, Mill Green, Colne, Lancs, BB8 0TA, Tel: 01282 866206

 

Sunday 11th December

I’ll be singing with The Voice Collective at a charity event at The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA. 12 noon – 4pm. There will be a number of choirs performing in the main shopping centre.

 

Thursday 15th December

I’ll be singing backing vocals with acoustic band Riverman, supporting James Baxter. Timings and entry price tbc.

Venue: Jim’s Vegetarian Restaurant,19-21 New Market Street, Colne, Lancs, BB8 9BJ, Tel: 01282 868828.

 

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check my gig page for updates.

Happy Autumn to you all,

Alyss x

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