JANUARY: We welcomed in 2017 in Madeira, Portugal - home to one of Europe's best firework displays. A great start to the year!
The following week saw us in New York City. Always fun!
As well as performing, we utilised our time well and got some great promo photos done by Lena Shkoda in Brooklyn...
... and of course did some vintage guitar shopping.
As soon as we landed from NY we went straight into the studio to record our first video of the year, a cover of Bo Diddley's 'Who Do You Love?'
FEBRUARY: A gig out in the Caribbean gave us the opportunity to record a tribute to Buddy Holly. On Feb 3rd, the date of Buddy's death, we took the guitars out on to a scorching hot beach in Barbados and recorded a cover of 'Blue Days, Black Nights'. With some high speed editing, we managed to get the video online the same day.
Back in the UK and straight back to the studio, this time to record and album and an EP.
MARCH: More travel. We were flown out to Miami to perform at a showcase. That was all jolly good fun but the real highlight was taking an airboat out over the Everglades.
On March 18th, the world said goodbye to Rock 'n' Roll's indisputable pioneer, Chuck Berry. So many of his songs make up our setlist. It was a real honour to be able to pay tribute to him at our shows that week.
The last few days of March saw us playing in Sri Lanka. (There's a whole blog about it somewhere!) We asked to be flown out a day early (it's not every day you get to go to Sri Lanka). We drove from the airport down to a little town called Udawalawe.
The next morning we woke up early and headed to the Udawalawe National Park in the hope of seeing some elephants. We were not disappointed.
We saw quite literally hundreds. An amazing experience.
APRIL: As part of the same trip, we found ourselves in Dubai. Plans for our 2018 UK Tour had already begun. Here's Dan organising a venue booking whilst 750m above the ground in the Burj Khalifa.
Later that month we found ourselves in Bermuda. The Royal Naval Dockyard Mini Golf was definitely a high point of the year. The comination of Bermuda, beers and whacking balls made for great times.
MAY: A trip to Greece. Here we are at the Temple of Zeus at the ancient site of Olympia - on one of the hottest days of the year!
The summer months usually mean lots of private bookings - weddings, parties, corporates events. We're always very happy when any of the guests want to help us set the gear up. Bridesmaids make excellent roadies.
JUNE: Uh oh, June. June was all about one thing. The preview of our theatre show Rock and Roll Revolution. The show took place at the Hammond Theatre in London. It was probably the most nerve-wracking thing we did all year. Here's a clip of 'See You Later, Aligator' from the soundcheck. Nervous faces all round.
The show went really well and we had great feedback from the audience. We were only nervous because the writing process had looked like this.
36 theatres across the UK have now booked Rock and Roll Revolution into their programming for 2018 so hopefully we'll be in a town near you very soon! Check HERE for more info and dates.
JULY: Some gigs in Gibraltar where they have monkeys...
... and Albania where they have this...
AUGUST: Inpired by the monkeys of Gibraltar and the general party atmosphere of Albania, we went into the studio to record a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Too Much Monkey Business'. The video was made up of highlights from Jan-Aug. It's a lot of fun to watch it back.
SEPTEMBER: As HUGE fans of Buddy Holly, we took a pilgrimage to Lubbock, Texas. We were incredibly lucky to be able to visit the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico and record a cover of one of our favourite Buddy songs 'Learning The Game'.
The next day, we were honoured to be asked to perform at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock as part of Buddy's birthday celebrations. A whole blog of our time in Texas can be found below this one. We had an incredible time. The highlight was, undoubtedly, being joined by Maria Elena Holly on backing vocals for 'Not Fade Away'. Surreal.
And of course chatting to Duane Eddy!
OCTOBER: Most of October was spent preparing for next year's tour. A LOT of admin happened in October.
NOVEMBER: Back into the studio again to record a couple more tracks for Christmas. We spent the day in a studio on an island somewhere in the middle of the Thames.
More admin took place in November. Plus we bought a piano and a projector. Oh and we played a lovely little Sunday afternoon show at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury - on a stage that was set up for a production of The Borrowers (we don't always have a Colman's Mustard backdrop).
DECEMBER: Lots of Christmas parties. Plus we put out our cover of Chuck Berry's 'Run Rudolph Run'.
2018 is all about Rock and Roll Revolution. We're incredibly proud of the show and hope you'll come and see us when we're near you! Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks as always for your support.