November This month was a bit of a washout. Craig was away for the first
part and when he returned, the boys got together for one practice after which Jonathan became ill and we had to cancel 3 gigs.
For those who spend their time getting gigs, you will know that cancelling gigs is not done lightly.
October Craig is away travelling
and hopefully taking some instruments with him to join locals in making music. Meanwhile Jonathan will be trying
to work on new songs, get some more gigs for the next few months. There is also some work on videos to be done.
had our busiest and most successful gigs during the month. A little trip/tour to Yorkshire. While in York, we did a bit of
busking that went down well. Not much chance to hone the new songs together, but they will be on our next CD that we will
start on in the new year. Four gigs in four days with some busking in between made Jonathan's thumb ache again but nothing
to worry about.
August Working on ideas for new songs, some will need a band or don't suit our
sound, but we still have a few new ones that will work well. We took our first trip to Wales. That is as far west
we have been.
July Jonathan's thumb
continues to improve and it's almost back to full working order. We are still working on new songs and looking for
opportunities to play.
June Thumb still sore but better
and less restrictive. We played at the Lichfield Jazz & Blues Festival and Northampton's Twinfest and our first
trip to Burton on Trent. The new songs are taking shape. Still looking for opportunities to play on our trip to Yorkshire
and the North East in September.
May A couple of gigs. Jonathan's
thumb still sore. We are still working on new songs.
April Jonathan is believed to
have broken a thumb and Craig has been ill, so not much happening. We have been working on some new lyrics and song ideas
but not much practice or chances to meet up this month.
March Another Folk Club gig
that went well and couple of gigs in the South West that saw us explore that bit of the world for the first time. Even a little bit
of busking in Shepton Mallet market. We are trying to arrange a tour of the Yorkshire & the North East between 10th
& 17th September. We are having a go at writing songs together.
February We have debuted
live some new songs, namely Tempted (with Craig on spoons), Death letter & In my chair (Craig on Cajon), Viola Lee
(Craig on harp). Plus Craig playing a multi instrument piece with mostly harmonica. It's not got a name yet. We have
received some video footage of us playing in Sheffield during November and have edited them down to produce 2 compilation
January Craig has been working on some new instruments to see if we can use them. We have started to post bits on Instagram #thekingbiscuitboys
a little more.
December. We are working
on some new songs including a couple of originals: Tempted (guitar, harmonica & Spoons) and
Early Shift Blues Boy. 3 covers: Viola Lee Blues and Death Letter (Suitcase drum kit and guitar) & Tequilla
(Melodica and guitar). We have produced our first Electronic Press Kit - see Contact page of website.
November. This saw us return to The Honey Bee Blues
Club in Sheffield. Craig tried out his suitcase drum kit on a few songs. We then head off on a short tour of the
north. We are playing at 3 youth hostels Berwick -on Tweed, Boggle Hole, Nr Whitby and York. We have also squeezed
in a gig at The Quakerhouse in Darlington.
October We now have an Istagram
account #thekingbiscuitboys Our suitcase drum kit practice is coming on. We are happy with four songs, so we should
be debuting some of them soon.
September Craig has
finished his drum kit in a suitcase and our first session with it went really well. It has given us the opportunity to try
some songs that have not quite worked before and some new ones to try. In the right venue, it will produce a very effective
end to the evening. We are planning a tour of the north in November and have secured some dates.
August - A bit quieter. Starting
to think about some new songs that we can add to the set or next album. Craig is planning a new instrument. We
took first booking for 2017. Our CD got to No 17 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association chart for August.
July - The album is complete as
is the artwork. The CD Got my eyes on you became available to purchase. July also brings our busiest month of gigs so far.
June - We hope to get the remaining tracks recorded today (9th July). Then
it will be completing the artwork, Tidying up the tracks and working on the distribution and making the songs available to
May Craig is busy getting ready
to move house, so we are standing still a bit. There are just two or three more tracks to record to complete the
well as plenty of practice, Jonathan is taking the time to help Blues UK tidy up the Clubs & Venues part of
their website. He is also working on a couple of new ideas for songs.
April We have started distributing
the first few songs from our forthcoming CD - 'Got my eyes on you' which will be released during the summer, but more
importantly Craig has cut off his dreadlocks! Pictures will follow.
March We continue to record new songs for our forthcoming album. We have seven tracks we are happy with. We just
need to get a good recording of a new track that includes Craig's washboard. It's an 'original' rag called
She Scares Me. We have been working on the artwork as well.
February We are continuing
to work on new songs and recordings and trying to fill our diary with gigs.
January - We are still trying
various recording equipment and software ahead of recording our next CD. I have started work on the artwork and some videos
have been posted to YouTube and our website. The videos will be used to try and get some gigs in 2016. We have started to
contact venues for gigs in 2016 and beyond.
December - We have been working on getting
ready for recording by trying various recording methods and equipment. A couple of new songs on the way as well.
November - We are working hard
to try and get some more gigs and hope to have a couple of new videos for you soon.
Craig is available for gigs again and midweek one too.
We entered a couple of songs into the Potbelly Song Contest
and made it to the finals which are part of the Potbelly Folk, Blues and Roots Festival in Kettering.
August/Sept - Craig has requested
a break from gigs during Aug/Sept apart from those already booked.
Summer 2015 - Craig's day job is
preventing us from getting away to many midweek gigs at the moment, so in the meantime, Jonathan may well be out and
about on his own for some solo acoustic spots.
We should have
some more YouTube clips in the coming months.
In April 2015, I (Jonathan)
was invited to join Lew Bear on one of his songs. He sent me an audio file and I came up with a simple accompaniment.
We met for the first time on the day of the recording and spent a very enjoyable setting up and recording the song.
Lew lost pretty much everything a few years back due to fibromyalgia (and a crappy
government, but we won't go into that) but somehow that time inspired the best in him and made him a happier
person - so he wrote a song, as you do!
Little Things - AKA The Nettle Butt
Blues - performed by Lew Bear and Jonathan Townsend of King Biscuit Boys on slide guitar, at a spot along the river Nene,
just off the A5 by Weedon.