We are very excited about our new video that we have just shot at the historic Half Moon Putney in London (Marc Bolan’s local, Kate Bush’s first gig, and regular gig for The Small Faces and Steve Marriott). Its the first track from our new album, and can be bought from iTunes amongst many other places. This is a ‘make-up’ song after one of those couples rows we all have.
Well folks back again with a tune that is full on feeding our souls as there is nothing like a bit of Ottilie Patterson. Who has heard of this Irish County Down Blues Mama? She was considered the Irish version of Bessie Smith, of course she was totally underrated whilst being adored and revered by the greats in the blues world, one being Blind Boy Fuller.
So yes here is a link to a tune that gently pricks up the ears, whether you are a blues lover or not her voice cannot be denied.
So about our recent adventures, we found ourselves on the Gold Coast in a water tank converted to a studio preparing for the new album No. 4 which was the fantastic live studio set up that is the unique creation and sound of Govinda Doyle ( No .1 Hit Big Jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone) After we were all totally intent on heading in the same direction regarding the metamorphous process of the recording we set to work straight away.
By the end of 9 days and nights literally living and breathing the album inside the water tank we finally stepped out into the light of the day with one finished album named “After The Rain” We have recently released on iTunes and Bandcamp a favourite track called “Doing It Again”. You can find the story behind the tune here.
As soon as we had the recording in our hands we took off to Canada for a short month tour ending up in Calgary at the Stampede City sessions. Here you will find the TV recording of the show with some new tracks off the album.
So from 37 degrees to – 37 it was a dramatic change in life style where we found ourselves no kidding skinny dipping in a hot tub in minus 30 snow and to make the final finish the morning after the gig I locked us out with no neighbours or help at hand so Fitzy being the hero had to climb with his jewels in hand through a window for us to make it back inside safely before we died of hypothermia.
Yes there is footage, of course I had my camera in hand and not a stitch on. So we do leave you with the family friendly version. Kind of reminds me of a classic Faulty Towers moment.
Back to Australia for a festival and a quick charge of the batteries and then on towards UK for a two week tour and then over to Europe till the 17th of May.
We would like to thank you all for showing your support once again everywhere we have set foot on a stage whether it be UK, Europe, Canada or Australia you have truly overwhelmed us with sharing the news with friends and helping us double our crowds making us only want to come back soon. We are heading back to UK Sark, France, Canada and America over the next months of July, August and first two weeks of September then back to Australia for the Launch of the new album in October. A few great things in hand so please keep in touch and up to date with the website as will be constantly updating for you wonderful folks.
Take care for now and see you soon
Cheers Keep’er Sweet
Fitzy & Cara
2016 – European Tour
3rd May Café ´t Vereinshoes Vaals Netherlands
4th May Mühlengastof Petershagen Germany
5th May Die Röhre Moers Germany
6th May De Singer Rijkevoorsel Belgium
7th May N9 Villa Eeklo Belgium | Facebook Event
11th May De Knoet Aarschot Belgium
12th May Bürgerbahnhof Wuppertal Germany
14th May Kwadendamme Bluesfestival Holland
15th May Grolsch Blues Festival Schöppinge Germany
1-3rd July Sark Folk Festival
4th July St James’s Assembly Hall, St Peter Port Guernsey
13th July – Périgueux, France
14th July – Biscarrosse, France
15th July – Douchapt, France
16th July – Sorges, France
17th July – St Laurent, France
18th July – Mussidan, France
19th July – Razac, France
20th July – TBA
21st July – Duras, France
22nd July – Agonac, France
23rd July – Boulazac, France
24th July – Réalmont, France
27th July – Bordeaux, France
We are delighted to announce our new single ‘Doing It Again’ to coincide with our current UK and European Tour. You can listen, stream and buy it on Bandcamp here.
“Rhythmic and groove-laden, and possessed of some fantastically intricate guitar work, ‘Doing It Again’ is Hat and Cara in vintage form – always with an eye on the past, but very much moving forward.” Samuel J. Fell (Rhythms / Rolling Stone)
“On ‘Doing It Again’ the duo’s scuttling mandolin runs, forthright vocals and thumping percussion create a palette of sound imbued with Delta-soaked pastiches.” Al Hensley Rhythms Magazine/ Sunshine Coast Blues Show
We’re delighted to announce a string of dates in Australia in March, as we cold-foot it from Canada!
2016 – Australian Tour
16th March No. 5 Church Street Bellingen, NSW
17th March Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah ACT 2604
18th March Spotted Mallard, Brunswick, Victoria
19th March Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral NSW
20th March Wauchope, Mid North Coast, Aus
1st April Speigletent Hobart Tasmania
Here is our Canadian Home Routes house concerts Tour!
Jan 31st Winnipeg
Feb 2nd Polonia
Feb 3rd Binscarth
Feb 4th Grandview
Feb 5th Regina
Feb 6th Buena Vista
Feb 7th Montmartre
Feb 8th Fort Qu’Appelle
Feb 9th Brandon
Feb 10th Boissevain
Feb 11th Baldur
Feb 12th Letellier
These house concerts are open to the public. “Home Routes” is a small group of hard working music lovers and they are happy to give you the details for any particular show you’d like to buy a ticket to. They can be reached, toll free, at 1-866-925-6889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently booking a European tour, and dates will be announced as soon as tickets go on sale. Here we go!
13th April Musician Leicester
14th April The Lights Andover
15th April The Greystones Sheffield
16th April The Stables Milton Keynes
17th April The Pavilion Worthing
19th April Half Moon Putney London
20th April Talking Heads Southampton
27th April Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Sussex
28th April John Peel Centre Stowmarket
29th April Norden Farm Maidenhead
30th April Peak Concerts Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale Derbyshire
Some winter – or rather our summer – tour dates!
17th October Valley Blues Stomp Festival, Nerang QLD [Hatfitz solo]
7th November Bendigo Blues Festival, Rosalind Park, Bendigo Victoria
19th November Australian Music Week showcase Sydney NSW
20th-22nd November Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
28th November Sonny’s House of Blues BASEQ, Brisbane