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I finally, finally made it.

Hummingbird is being released on the 9th November 2019. All of the files have gone to the CD manufacture plant, everything is uploaded to Emubands for distribution, and I can finally breathe again.

Hummingbird large

It was a bit of an exciting ride. I had been gently ambling along, doing a bit of writing here and mixing there and not really rushing things. I figured I had until this week to send the CD Master files. Alas for me, the company I chose to use this time (entirely because they had really good reviews and because they are one of the few places in the UK willing to do low number runs of glass mastered CDs) got in touch with me to say they would be closed for a crucial period. So I ended up finishing the writing, recording, mixing and mastering, all within a frantic 72 hour period.

There was not enough gin in the world for this. Still, I persisted.

Everything went off by the 11th October. Last week was spent mastering instrumentals (in the event that I manage to place anything in film or TV, they always like a good instrumental) and dealing with the distributor, and this week I am doing promo and remembering how to breathe again.

Meanwhile, I had a very fun gig at Busk in York towards the end of September which gave me an opportunity to dust off a new cover (Waterboy, originally by Rhiannon Giddons) and generally sing to a very enthusiastic audience. It was a really enjoyable evening, very atmospheric, and I hope the first of many more to come.

So what now? Well, pre-orders are open for both digital and physical CDs of Hummingbird. I highly recommend it, but then I am biased!

The Launch Party is on the 9th November, at Micklegate SOCIAL, 148 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX – FREE ENTRY! Doors at 7:30, music starts at 8 and I will be very ably supported by Sarah Hardman and The Nocturnal Flowers. Due to the venue’s own licensing laws, it’s over 18’s only, so please bring ID, but don’t let that put you off!

Hummingbird launch poster

See you there!

 

 

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So here we are again, a fair bit quicker than your last wait for a blog post! Life continues, as it does, in a plodding fashion, interspersed with occasional mad dashes and periodic moments of standing still wondering WTF just happened/is going on/is about to happen.

We have a new addition to the family too, in the form of a Dutch Shepherd/Border Collie cross called Pepper. She’s a proper wee puddin’, except when she’s barking at/eating/chewing/chasing things that she shouldn’t, which thankfully is less often that it could be, given her age (6 months).

Oh, you want a picture?

Ok then:

Pepper

She likes: Goat’s ears, farting, running through long grass, rain, baths, the cats (who are indifferent/scornful so far), belly rubs, singing along when I rehearse and chewing things.

She dislikes: automatic doors, unexpected joggers, being told she can’t look in the cat’s litter trays for delicacies and heavy machinery.

What else to tell you… well, I finally completed the title track for the album, Hummingbird. This is a huge step as it’s one of those songs I’d been fighting with for ages. I have a theory that songs are either easy birth (15-60 minutes from start to finish, back in the fields straight after) or first time, new mum labour (hours and hours, maybe even days, excruciatingly painful, only aided by drugs and massage). Hummingbird was the latter for sure. I mean, sure, the drug was chocolate, and it was more like weeks, which would constitute a medical emergency in an actual childbirth situation, but the analogy (sort of) still holds…

Anyway. I finished it the day before Filey Folk Festival, and it gets it’s first outing here, at about 38 minutes in: https://www.facebook.com/caseewilson/videos/461181547958494/

Speaking of Filey, I had a blast, as I always do, and it was absolutely lovely to be booked for next year before the day had even finished! I know I’m not gigging much at the moment, and a lot of that is because I haven’t been actively seeking gigs – there’s been a lot on both externally and internally for me, but it’s so nice to know people want to book me đŸ™‚

The upshot of all this is, I only have a few more songs to finish before I’ll have the whole album. It’s definitely, finally, starting to come together – I just have to keep working on it, a piece at a time. And not get distracted by the New Hound.

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Phew. What a year it’s been. This is my last post of 2013, it’s been a wild ride and I’ve loved having you all along. Join me next year for a continuation of our adventures! In the meantime, here is the year in review.

January

A quiet month. Back to Access to Music after the Christmas break to continue my second year of studies, January was also the month we started fundraising and training for Trailtrekker in earnest, and I started preparation for my grade 8 vocal exam. I had a couple of gigs, including the very enjoyable birthday gig for Vinnie Whitehead at the Rose and Crown. Mostly, it was a month of recovery, coursework, Trailtrekker, and there may have been some Taiko drumming in there too!

February

More gigs, more coursework, more training in the snow and ice, and February was also the month in which I wrote and recorded Voodoo Violet. It was a busy month, given that I didn’t really do February Album Writing Month this year, the coursework load was heavy enough! We also started househunting.

Songwriting survival kit...

Songwriting survival kit…

March

No gigs this month, just more coursework, more training (in slightly less snow and ice), and at the end of the month, we moved house, from the tiny terrace we’d been in before to somewhere more spacious with a dedicated studio space. I took a bit of a break from writing for a bit while we sorted out the new digs đŸ™‚

Ready to move...

Ready to move…

April

April saw me return to gigging, continue the coursework slog (are you spotting a theme yet?), and continue training, this time with my first ever 10k run at Harewood House. I also spent a good chunk of the month finishing off the unpacking, and continue with Taiko.

Training walk

Training walk

May

During May, coursework came to a head, as did my self study programme for my grade 8 vocal exam. Our Trailtrekker team were going full throttle to fundraise, culminating in “Sole Music”, the fundraising gig at the Black Swan in the middle of the month. We also attempted the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge but were spectacularly rained off after Pen-y-Ghent. I had ALL the deadlines for college. I was also played on BBC Introducing for the first time (Around and Around). It was an incredibly busy month.

Pen-y-Ghent in the p**sing rain!

Pen-y-Ghent in the p**sing rain!

June

June opened with Trailtrekker. Our team, The Unbreakables, walked for a very long time around the Yorkshire Dales for Oxfam. My personal achievement was to walk 65km in 21 hours, garnering a silver medal. In the rest of the team, one person did the same as me, one walked a bit further, and one made it the entire 100km to take gold. It was an incredible experience, and we raised over £2000 for Oxfam. The rest of the month seems rather tame after that! Nevertheless, June was also the month in which I won the ATM North Songwriting Competition with Voodoo Violet, took my grade 8 vocal exam,  played at the new Apollo Festival in York and Voodoo Violet got airplay on BBC Introducing.

TrailTrekker medal

TrailTrekker medal

July

In July, I received an award at the British Music Student Awards at the O2 in Birmingham, and I finished at Access to Music with distinctions across the board. I also became an aunty to my beautiful baby nephew. Last but not least, July was the month I released my second album, Riptides, so there was a launch party and promotion and all of the admin associated with an album release to get done. Another busy month!

Receiving my music award from Edith Bowman

Receiving my music award from Edith Bowman

August

August was the month of results. It became official that I’d had distinctions for all my coursework, and also that I had achieved a distinction in my grade 8 vocal exam. I played gigs at the marvellous Ainsty Festival, and also at the Malt Cross in Nottingham at the fundraiser for Skybadger. Other than that, it was a month of jobhunting and having a breather!

Yup, I think I may have passed…

Yup, I think I may have passed…

September

More jobhunting this month, a few gigs, and back to songwriting after a bit of a hiatus. I found my current job, in the middle of the month, as crew/tech at a venue in York. I also went back to training at aikido after a 9 month break.

October

Crewing started in earnest, with my first gig being Ellie Goulding (nothing like starting small </sarcasm>) I started giving singing lessons, and got back into the routine with aikido training.

November

More crewing, writing and aikido. Started transcribing as well for extra cash. Played at the Basement, City Screen for the first time and met some crazy poets. Polished Jools Holland’s piano.

December

Achieved 1st kyu in Aikido.

It really has been a fabulous year. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I’ll see you again in 2014!

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