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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


CCLXXXIV - Brighton The Brunswick - 18/12/14

Thursday 18th December 2014
The Brunswick, Brighton

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Tom Williams
Salter Cain


CCLXXXIII - Swindon Victoria - 14/12/14

Sunday 14th December 2014
Swindon Victoria

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Oxygen Thief
Charlie Bath


CCLXXXII - Manchester Star & Garter - 12/12/14

Friday 12th December 2014
Manchester Star & Garter

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Helen Chambers
The Lion and the Wolf
To Anywhere


CCLXXXI - Portsmouth Square Tower - 07/12/14

Sunday 7th December 2014
Portsmouth Square Tower

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
The Day of the Rabblement
El Morgan


CCLXXX - London Camden Monarch - 21/11/14

Friday 21st November 2014
London Camden Monarch

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Elliott Kozlik


CCLXXIX - Southampton Joiners - 14/11/14

Friday 14th November 2014
Southampton Joiners

Solemn Sun
Youth Man
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players

We did this as a warm-up before out Xmas headline sets. Whoever runs our website seems to think we were going to be supporting a solo act called Solemon Sun, it's probably still listed that way. Sounds like the world music act you flick channels during on Jools Holland.

We were very sketchy playing a full Xmas based set, but we got through.  This was the first gig for a while when we didn't get paid - we didn't sell 20 tickets! We weren't given any tickets to sell, nor would we have taken them if asked to. The fact that we were paid £100 earlier in the year to play there was long forgotten, and I certainly wasn't going to remind them. It was a rather bleak reminder of the kind of local support slots  we used to do about 7 years ago though. £1 per ticket for every punter you get through the door, as long as it's over 20. Grim grim grim. Just give the support act £20 minimum and don't ask them back if they're twats - a better system surely? So glad those days are behind us now that we all have yachts and travel round on a gold plated tour bus.


CCLXXVIII - Southsea Victorious Festival - Pie & Vinyl Stage - 24/08/14

Sunday 24th August 2014
Victorious Festival, Southsea - Pie & Vinyl Stage

The Boy I Used to Be
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players

Victorious is an actually not-too-awful festival on southsea common. As with all festivals/musical happenings in Portsmouth the line-up is eclectic to say the least (razorlight! Seasick Steve! Ex-reality pop contestant! Charlotte church!!! Menswe@r!!!!!!!) and most people there are hammered. This was lovely fun - we did a quick plug-in-and-play acoustic set to a perfect little crowd. None of the hassle of setting the full band up, in fact in the setting it was much more appropriate to play the way we did. Met lots of nice people, got the boy home by bedtime. One downside - P&V ran out of pies before our set. Otherwise, lovely all round.


CCLXXVII - Southsea Show - Pie & Vinyl / 101 Rejkyavik Tent - 03/08/14

Sunday 3rd August 2014
Southsea Show, P&V tent

The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
The B of the Bang
The Boy I Used to Be
Andy Foster

A quite unenjoyable set as I lost my voice for the first time in ages. No idea what we did differently but it was very annoying. Lovely free pie from P&V though, can't knock a free pie.


CCLXXVI - 2000 Trees Festival (Cave Stage) - Cheltenham - 10/07/14

Thursday 10th July 2014
2000 Trees Festival, warm-up day

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Johnny Foreigner
Ben Marwood
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players
Oxygen Thief

Another happy 2000 trees post! This summer we didn't seek todo any gigs as my wife was expecting our firstborn, but we couldn't turn down trees when we'd been requested by fans of their Facebook page to come back and play.  It was a scorcher of a day and the benefit of playing the Thursday is that there are no other stages running so you have a captive audience! Not that we've ever played to a crowd at trees that could in any way be described as inadequate.

There was a huge love-in with OT, us and Ben during our last song (pictures below), and I also remember the St. John's ambulance staff being incredibly helpful when my wife needed to breast feed. Baby Win was only a couple of weeks old at the time so we left straight after Ben's set, but the boy can say he went to his first festival aged two weeks (admittedly he slept through our set - I'm sure he's not the first.)


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