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My name is Kyle. I am a happily failing indie/punk/folk/country/rock musician from Hampshire, UK. I have been singing and songwriting in The Dawn Chorus since 2005, and The Retrospective Soundtrack Players since 2010. I love these two bands like my brother/wife rolled into one. This blog details the shows I have played with both bands, in chronological order.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


CCXXVII - Incest Fest @ The Wine Vaults, Southsea - 19/07/12

Thursday 19th July 2012
Incest Fest @ The Wine Vaults, Southsea

Southsea supergroup Covers Bingo!
The Dawn Chorus
The B of the Bang
Zegema Beach
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Roxanne Johns
Analogue Manilow
Rich Keam

All your favourite incestuous Southsea musicians under one roof! This was an acoustic extravaganza that we'd been hoping to do for a long time, and it just about came off. This was the first DC set for 18 months, though sadly Nelly and Simps had to pull out due to injury.

The high point (arguably) of the night was Covers Bingo, in which an assortment of the above musicians played random pre-selected covers:

Kyle and Wit - 'Yes' by McAlmont & Butler (thankfully Keef came up to help me sing it. It was one of those horrendous nightmare moments trying to hit those high notes, a bit like the dream when you go to school naked or can't remember anything for an exam.)
Kyle, Paul and Elliott, later joined by Ochs and Wit - 'Ring of Fire' by Johnny Cash (this was easy, DC have been doing it for years)
The B of the Bang - 'Cum on feel the Noize' by Slade, 'Tipsy' by J-Kwon (amazing)
Kyle, Wit, Paul, Elliott - 'You can call me Al' by Paul Simon (complete with horrendous failed attempt at coordinated dancing by myself and Wit)

The B of the Bang - 'Gay Bar' by Electric Six (to which I performed a press-up solo)

And then, to bed.


CCXXVI - Farnham Lazy Bishop Festival - 17/06/12

Sunday 17th June 2012
Lazy Bishops Festival, Main Stage, Farnham

Alexandra Legouix and the Sunflowers
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Paper Aeroplanes
Danni Nicholls Band
Sunday's Child

A tiny, tiny but very friendly little festival. Emphasis on the 'little'. The whole day had been VERY laid-back and acoustic which made us think that maybe we shouldn't play a full-blooded 'Catcher' rock set, but then we thought the rock stuff would shake things up a bit and make a nice change, and I'm glad we did. Plus, there were only about 50 people in the whole festival when we played anyhow. I would like to go back there though, it had a nice feel about it, and what else is there to do on a Sunday night?


CCXXV - Victorious Vintage Festival, Portsmouth - 02/06/12

Saturday 2nd June 2012
Victorious Vintage Festival, Acoustic Stage, Portsmouth

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Matt Jarvis
Matt McGowan
Remedy Sounds
Ash and Serena
Sound of the Sirens
Abigail Scott
Pete Christie
Beth Oliver Band
The Day of the Rabblement
Katie and Alan
England Road
Smiley Campbell and Liam Robins
Ben Brookes
Hot Betty
White Wolf Wandering
Andy Matheson
Race Car Hearts

That's a lot of bands.

Well, this was typical. When I woke on this day in Brighton (my wife and I had watched Cursive the previous night and stayed over) it was a glorious day. Pauly sent me some photos from the festival and it was  packed out to the rafters, hundreds of people in the sun. We were on the 2nd stage but it was still heaving. That was until around 6pm when the heavens opened, for around four hours, up to and including our set time. We were on at the same time as the big headliner Dodgy, and it was pissing with rain. I'm chuffed to say that probably 30 hardy souls braved the rain to see us play, which was awesome and avoided a car-crash scenario. Brilliantly, as I played my last song solo (The Kinks' 'Victoria'), the stage literally burst open and began leaking in about 8 places. Madness.


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