Last night was my first gig of 2019. Ethryll had been asked to play Burns Night just before Christmas.
It started as a bit of a disaster. Jake’s car was playing up so we had to pick him up from Warmsworth whilst his dad dealt with the AA. We finally made it to the RS Bar just after seven and met up with our support, the amazing Chris Butler.
We met Chris previously at One Mole For The Road last year and hit it off straight away.
Once we had set up and sound checked (all within about 20 minutes) we had a chill out and enjoyed the atmosphere.
Chris took to the stage at about 8 and played about 45 minutes. His stuff is politically motivated with a strong socialist agenda. I rather like his commentary on life; particularly the people he would love to put on his bus to oblivion including Katie Hopkins.
We then took to the stage ourselves. This was the longest we’ve ever played as Ethryll! Over an hour in total. The audience loved us. They danced loads, and our final track – 500 miles – got virtually the entire pub singing. It was a superb night!
I’m hardly the perfect advocate, but you know when you see those photos online of before and after? Well these are mine.
It’s just over 12 months since I began my lifestyle change from an unhealthy fat potato with plantar fascitis & knee pain to become what you see on the right.
It was the photo shoot for the covers band on the left which horrified me. I looked disgusting! I was enormous and in an ill fitting suit which at the time I actually thought looked quite good.
Now I can shop at normal shops, delve into the middle of the rack, and when I see something really unusual like the PVC suit from ASOS I can actually buy it off the peg.
It’s not a diet that did this; it’s a lifestyle change. Less food, more exercise. For me it’s about the high fat foods. I now have them as occasional treats and only then as a small portion.
This photo was the shoot taken with my folk band a few weeks ago. The transformation is unbelievable!
So we played Blidfest yesterday. What a truly wonderful festival!
“The pub with a view” couldn’t be more apt to describe the Bird in Hand. The view from the audience could not have been nicer!
The festival ran a little late and our stage time was about an hour and a half later than projected, but it was all cool. The place was really nice to hang around and the weather was perfect.
Time for stage. Unfortunately at present there aren’t any onstage photos.
As my weight loss continues I’m finding myself looking at more figure hugging clothing, in particular slimmer fit.
At one time I would have seen slim fit light coloured clothes and shuddered.
Now I own some! Matched with a purple shirt and my Burgundy pattern waistcoat they look rather stunning! Perfect for Ethryll stage wear, but also good for general summer wear.
The clincher though? Cotton Traders, £18!
At one time I went down the route of 501’s only at £80+ a pair because I thought the brand made me look good. It’s not that way round though, it’s all about you making the clothes look good no matter what the brand.
Yesterday was a day of celebration of the life of Adrian Price (Mole); drummer with Kingfisher Blue ; who sadly left us suddenly in January.
Ethryll had been invited to play as we are a fellow band in the same scene as Kingfisher Blue and have performed many gigs with the guys.
The gig was held in a small marquee at The Brothers Arms in Heeley, Sheffield. A pub with a beer garden featuring magnificent views over the valley. Such a poignant location as it was also Mole’s local.
It was a stunning gig and was also the first full 5 piece Ethryll gig with all the band together including new guitarist Jake.
It was also a perfect day to play our song Burning Blue which is about a perfect Summer day. As the festival continued we were treated to a magnificent sunset.
Quite a few pictures were taken – the gallery is below.
I suspect more photos will come in over the next few days so keep checking back!
Last night we did the Local Authority gig supporting Strangefish.
Mostly Autumn – The Spirit of Autumn Past
Still their finest album, even after all these years.
Ethryll supported Kingfisher Blue at Mabon Fest.
Yet another great gig although the attendance was a little thin on the font ground.
Yes. I’m wearing PVC jeans… I caused a bit of a stir!
A superb gig supporting one of my favourite prog bands.
Our first gig here. Sunday afternoon so the attendance wasn’t amazing, but Rich Sayles grabbed us some amazing photos.