The Dawn Chorus / The Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Blogging all over the World

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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


CCXXX - Cambridge Portland Arms - 24/08/12

Friday 24th August 2012
The Portland Arms, Cambridge

The Dawn Chorus
Paul Goodwin
Sam Inglis

Well, suffice to say it had been a while. To provide some background information... we decided that we'd pull the plug on the DC after 6 years and this was the first of our three farewell shows. We had played Cambridge many times over the years, visiting Nanna Mexico and Fopp numerous times, playing 'bum' on Parker's Piece numerous times and playing to, erm, numerous people.

I won't lie, many times the actual visit to Cambridge has somewhat overshadowed the gig in the evening - you'll be able to find several examples in this blog if you look back far enough - but this show was absolutely not one of them. I'm always anxious about playing quiet shows, although it bothers me less and less as time goes by, but tonight a nice little crowd came out and they gave us a truly lovely reception. I'll always be hugely proud of what we did with DC, and I think we offered something live that we never fully captured on record, so it was a huge pleasure to get the band back together again. We played a great set (I don't even need to be modest now we've packed up!) and got an encore call and everything. It was the sort of evening you wish could just go on forever - playing music with your friends, to a small, half-full room of people who give a shit. That's all I have ever wanted and it's nice to occasionally get it.

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