We’re on the final leg now of our grand south Eastern tour, and we’re all feeling that this is a lifestyle we could definitely get used to. Yesterday was a particularly enjoyable and productive Thursday.
We ventured out into the valleys to a cosy little spread in Hastingleigh, where a friendly chap called Raph Klatzko was found doing a little mechanical maintainance under the bonnet of his car. After a warm greeting and an oily handshake, we were welcomed in for hot beverages and a selection of deli goodies we’d smuggled out of Morrisons earlier that morning.
I’d never met Raph before but heard a lot about him. He grew up in Kent, but has spent the last few years setting up a media productions company in South Africa. He’s a film maker, photographer, web designer, promoter, sound engineer, music lover and is currently back in Hastingleigh in the process of converting part of his family’s house into a studio for his latest project, Light Tone Studios. In the meantime he’s been filming bands in the kitchen, which is a really nice space to play in. Raph is a good guy to know. He’s an extremely warm and friendly soul with an excellent selection of quality teas, and his unstoppable entrepeneurial spirit makes Theo Pathitis look slightly lethargic. We’re looking forward to working with him again in the summer. The fruits of yesterday’s filming session should hopefully appear online before long.
After getting out of the maze of country lanes we made it back into Canterbury to get ready for our support slot at Free Range, a new evening of experimental music in the Veg Box Cafe, just above Canterbury Wholefoods. Aidan’s old piano teacher and good friend Sam Bailey started putting these on last year and they’re proving popular. The place was packed by the time we started. We played a short 30 minute set which, despite a few technical hitches, went down a treat. A good mix of ages from toddlers to pensioners, local residents, students, family and friends new and old.
After relaxing to the ambient soundscapes and Abelton-triggered beats of iPad performance artist, Mechanical Elephant, we dispersed into the cold Canterbury air. The more virtuous bandmembers made their way to the Canterbury Tales to instigate the Thursday folk sessions which Ben and Rosie’s brother Fred Holden started up in their halcyon student days at UKC. Others went to the Bell and Crown, got pissed and played Boggle.
Tonight we’re migrating to Maidstone for the grand finale at Stepping Stone Studios. This is a new community arts venue offering affordable studio and performance spaces for new Kent-based artists and musicians. There are rumours of a drawing competition and jam prizes…what more could you ask for