24th January 2021
NEWS!!! WE HAVE ACTUAL NEWS!!! AND, QUITE REMARKABLY, GIVEN THE TIMES WE ARE IN, THE NEWS IS GOOD!!!
And the news is… it’s only taken a year… but the recording of our show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last year is finally available. Here is the iTunes link…
And here is a shot of the cover…
Other news, I have a new song for lockdown, the film of which is being edited right now. Will post as soon as it’s ready which should be the end of next week.
And the three of us were on zoom for several days re-writing an old song of ours with a view to a VERY interesting collaboration across the world with other alt-cabaret artists. Watch this space… the song and the personnel with whom we are collaborating are under wraps right now but here is a picture of us happily zooming.
The lovely Ms. Pulman was very pleased with the results of her Christmas song as it raised a goodly sum of money for Help Musicians UK. Christmas may be long past, but it is always the season for a beautiful rendition of a lovely song, so you can still watch and listen here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORm2Gl0ycbU and if you are moved to donate, here’s the link. https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/support-our-work/make-a-donation
Meanwhile, we are trying to get used to life without our wonderful friend and producer, David Johnson, who died shortly before Christmas of COPD. His death is a great loss to our end of show business – the quirky, the tricky, the odd and the one-offs. But it’s also a greent loss socially – he was so much fun and thought there was nothing nicer than seeing a great show and going for dinner afterwards with friends. His business partner and best friend, John Mackay, will continue to produce us but if it’s left a hole in our lives, it’s left a Grand Canyon in his.
Whatever horrors 2021 may bring, surely we are better braced for them than we were in the innocent spring days of 2020?
I have been horribly inactive on my blog, https://shityoudontneed.blog, as I’ve been somewhat undermined by melancholy. I find everything such an effort… but I did give the opening keynote speech at the London South Bank University virtual Sustainability and Climate Action Event in November. You can view it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCaCRAzfseM&list=PLwuMjzwXhzSeHdfWrMwvFD9Peuv_Iljo5&index=1
Finally, if you haven’t seen it yet and fancy a cathartic weep, check out our recording of anold song of ours, FLOWERS IN WINTER. We recorded it in October knowing that Remembrance Day was approaching, and we were all inspired by the fund-raising efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore. So it was a perfect time to re-record it and let Liza’s beautiful voice truly illuminate the lyrics. The Hatfield & Askern Colliery band added its rich warmth to Michael Roulston’s lovely piano playing and our friend Marco Alessi compiled a marvellous video to go with it. Steve Walker wrote the gorgeous brass arrangement, and then it went back to Michael Roulston for mixing. It really was a fabulous team effort and reminded us all what a lovely family Fascinating Aïda has gathered over the years, which makes the loss of David seem all the more poignant.
It’s also up on the various streaming platforms if you want to download it.
Obviously, we won’t be touring in February and March, but the May June bookings still stand – but who knows? Cross fingers… We can’t wait to get out on the road again. Working together from time to time is great for group morale, but nothing beats the sheer joy of gigging. Any changes will go up on our Facebook page so do keep an eye on that. https://www.facebook.com/fascinatingaida/
Stay safe, friends.