Long Time No See
Ahoy there all you Punch House Bandinistas! I know, you haven’t heard from us for a while but it’s been for good and cogent reasons many of which we will share with you now. In the almost deranged ramble that follows you’ll find out about some of the stuff we’ve been doing, the gigs and plans we have for the rest of this year and what it is was that kept us relatively quiet for the last couple of months.
Wass Bin Gooen Orn Then?
Since last we communicated the Punch House Band has scattered it’s dark, folky liveshow pixie dust over quite a few events including a party night for Thurne Regatta, a gig in Chapelfield Gardens for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Jurnets, The Fisher Theatre in Bungay, A LARP event near Dereham and a disused factory in Norwich. Particularly memorable was our appearance at the excellent Reindeer Public House where we wound up our winter tour in front of a packed house. We also found ourselves in role of House Band for another Crude Apache production, namely their 25th Anniversary Event at the Shoe Factory in May which was a blast.
We’ve also been working on some new songs, mostly originals leavened with one or two covers of folk standards, and these are gradually finding their way into the set. two that have already become firm favourites are “Whiskey Johnny” (sometimes known as “Whiskey Is The Life Of Man”) which is a fine and lively sea shanty, and “Cold East Anglian Skies”, a dark folk-horror song by Leighton.
What Is There To Look Forward To?
Head Out Not Home
The months ahead are already looking busy. We are delighted to be a part of Norwich City Council’s Head Out Not Home this year. This takes the form of and outdoor gig on Norwich’s Riverside area which will take place in the late afternoon and early evening of
Thursday 11th July. The long range weather forecast is very promising and this will be fine way to spend a summer evening with sets at five o’clock, ten past six and twenty past seven. In fact, if you wanted to make a bit of a Punch House Band themed weekend of it you might want to come and see Leighton and Tim in Stuff Of Dreams Theatre Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Plantation Gardens in Norwich on Friday 12th or at Nicholas Everitt Park in Lowestoft on Saturday 20th. You could round your weekend off by seeing them in the same company’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Gothic House in Pulham Market on the Sunday afternoon.
We also have gigs coming up at The Locks Inn, Geldeston on August 3rd and The Golden Star in Norwich on August 31st plus loads of other shows between now and the end of the year details of which you can find on our gigs page. We will also be playing in the New Year at The Golden Star if you’re the kind of person who is already planning your festive season; watch this space for more details.
Our CD, Songs From The Big Sky, is selling well at gigs and we’re planning to record a full album later in the year, our biggest problem being the huge option anxiety which kicks in when we start considering which of our many excellent songs we should record. If you have any favourites drop us a line either here or on our twitter or Facebook pages and let us know. Until then, if youb want to hear some of Tim’s demo recordings for the Punch House Band and other projects check out his album Raw Material on his bandcamp page.
The Punch House Band and Crude Apache
Our association with Norwich’s Crude Apache Theatre Company goes back to before the band was formed. The original idea for the band grew out of a CA show, we were heavily involved in their 25th anniversary show back in May and we provided the musical accompaniment for last year’s “At the Turning of the Tide”. The exiting news is that this last play is being revised and extended for an indoor theatrical production at Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre early next year. Again, watch this space for more details.
Pictures of The Punch House Band at Crude AThe Good Old End Of Days Music Hall by Sean Owen http://www.reflectivearts.co.uk
So Why Have We Been a Bit Quiet Recently?
So why has it all been a bit quiet over the last few months? One of the main reasons is that theatrical things have monopolised both Leighton and Tim’s lives, specifically work with The Stuff Of Dreams Theatre Company. April and May were largely taken up for Tim with touring the show he co-wrote with Cordelia Spence, the company’s artistic director, called “An Honest Gentleman. We’ve mentioned it in previous blogs so we won’t go on about it here except to say that if, by some dreadful oversight you missed it there are plans to tour it in Autumn 2020. Following on almost directly from this Tim and Leighton started work on SoD’s summer tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” which has been going very well indeed.