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Day 5: Vienna to Siena

April 15, 2013
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Yesterday was a travel day. Vienna to Siena via changes at Innsbruck, Padova and Florence. The zigzag journey was a change too far for the Rail Europe website. When I’d called their booking line instead the lady had had to ask around the office to figure out a route. She seemed to quite enjoy the challenge. On board, the ride through the German Alps was pretty special, like a slow motion roller coaster through a brochure advertising the beauty of life abroad. What are we doing in London?! I had plans for productive use of the downtime on trains....

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Day 4: The Cold/Man Flu

April 13, 2013
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I’ve got a cold.  Or Man Flu, if you prefer – everyone knows girls don’t make a fuss, right? Which is making everything a bit more bloody difficult. Figuring out how to give my girlfriend what she needs while I’m away. Talking to people. Working out where the venue is and how to get there, fumbling with Google maps.  The gig’s the best yet. Getting on for 100 people. A hatful of euros and 30-odd CDs sold. People listen, show their appreciation, approach us afterwards. A young girl draws a picture of Cara, complete with mole, that captures her. ...

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Day 3: Shangl Hangl

April 12, 2013
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Day three found us in the magnificently named Shangl Hangl. Arriving, we weren’t sure if we had the right place. There were a few blokes sat on a low sofa engaged in some kind of community guitar workshop. By the stairs a man made inexpert crepes, the detritus from several aborted attempts flung around him. Downstairs was more like it. A tiny Berlin cellar bar with a red strip light and a rudimentary PA. Another warm welcome, the offer of free drinks. Us and two Berlin-based Londoners, Robbie and Elsa. My heart sank a little – it was a...

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Day Two: Passports and Quiches

April 11, 2013
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Day two was a trip from Vienna to Berlin on a long, slow, easy train after a frantic start brought on by a forgotten passport. Richard Kapp to the rescue again, smiling and joking even as we imposed on his morning off. On the train I felt like a permanent fixture among a rotating cast of Europeans: Viennese already familiar from half a day in situ, the Czechs slim and carefully dressed in cheap clothes, solid Germans with laptops and glasses. I slept for four or five hours, catching up on sleep from late nights and early mornings getting...

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Day 1: Richard Kapp

April 10, 2013
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Richard came out while we were still unloading our bags and instruments from the taxi and offered his hand. There was a little flash of white in his beard that I’d not noticed in the photographs. A warm smile and a cigarette-husky voice. He grabbed Cara’s guitar and led us into his flat for a quick tour. Here is my beautiful toilet. There’s food and sandwiches in the fridge – help yourselves; we can cook later, after we’ve played, if you’re still hungry. Here’s the bedroom, where you’ll sleep. And here’s the room where the music happens. A small...

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Rock and Roll, Live at The Roundhouse

November 27, 2012
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Album Launch Rehearsals

November 19, 2012
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King’s Cross St Pancras Live at The Roundhouse

November 12, 2012
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Fat & Happy, Live at The Roundhouse

November 5, 2012
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That Was Then, This is Now Live at The Roundhouse

October 29, 2012
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No shows booked at the moment.


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