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, May 22, 2013


CCLII - Manchester Star and Garter - 18/05/13

Saturday 18th Manchester 2013
Manchester Star and Garter

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Helen Chambers
Adam Boucher and the Dead Set
Luke Godwin

We woke somewhere in North London at our friend Frank's house, somehow not too worse for wear from the night before. The big man made use some eggs and we all watched Reeves and Mortimer together, just leaving enough time for Kelv to fix his sink (oo err) before we got on the road to Manchester. Actually, we had to relocate the car in Camden first, then buy some plums, then get on the road to Manchester.

Kelv is a good bandmate for road trips, he is excellent at staying awake and talking shit. Pauly is quite good at staying awake but often nods off 3/4 of the way through the drive. Nelly is quite good but usually wants to play his made-up car quiz show 'Treacle Pump', to which I still don't understand the rules. Elliott Gregg, being the baby, usually falls asleep before we're off the drive. Unless he's driving his van, in which case I assume he stays awake.

This show was ok, we played quite well and the people there were mostly into it, but all of the acts seemed to be from out of town, including three from south of London, so there was a slightly odd 'southerners on tour' feel to the night. Still, we got our first ever human pyramid - and mathematically you must have a crowd of number n(n+1)/2 where n > 2 for that to happen, and we've played to smaller crowds than that before.

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