Thursday, 26 February 2009

Update from the plague

I'm writing this to you from day 4 of 'The Plague', where I've been ignoring all advice from vocal coaches and steaming with tea tree oil to try and disinfect my body from the inside... So... between coughing up my pleura I thought it was about time I updated you all on what's been going on as a lot of people asked me at the EP launch when is the album coming out and what the hell have I been doing keeping you waiting for so long...

I start recording again with the very talented mr. bernard butler and the wonderful mr. liam howe in a few weeks time after a month or so of being locked in a room with an orchestral score. They are both very busy and super in demand people so we're putting it all together bit by bit rather than having the luxury of intensive recording blocks at the moment. This past month and a half I have been completely immersed in preparing for the show at the Royal Festival Hall (which is tomorrow night, 27th Feb). Who could know just how long it would take to score two songs for an entire orchestra....? The show is almost sold out now (2000 people - eeek!) and there's going to be some hugely talented musicians sharing the
stage who I've had the pleasure of working and collaborating with during my time as an Artist In Residence at the Southbank.

So back to the album... At this rate I may have enough tracks to fill three albums but I want it to be as perfect as possible rather than something I'm rushing out. Only having left University just over a year and a half ago this is the first time in my life I've been able to immerse myself so completely in writing and got to work with some of the people that I've admired for a long time. I've also been playing with some other musicians - you can hear me singing on the forthcoming single 'Sit Down By The Fire' by The Veils (which you can hear at their myspace) and I also got to go down to the last ever day that Olympic studios was open, and sang for The Holy Samanas in the huge orchestral room. Amazingly scary.

A huge thank you to everyone who has bought he EP so far and an especially big shout out to Steve Lamacq who has been giving it huge support on Radio 2. The EPs been really well received with some lovely pieces in the Daily Mirror, Dazed and Confused, Music Week, London Paper, Q... too. The cogs and wheels are already turning on the next mini release so you won't have to wait until the album is done to hear more. I'm going to be doing a video and everything and will be asking for your participation in this very shortly....

Right, I'm off to go and make another echinaecea cocktail.

Will let you know soon of my success in my mission to bring stage diving to the RFH...

xo catherine xo

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Valentine's Massacre

Thank you to everyone who made it down to the EP launch.

Sorry if you got turned away at the door - we didn't expect it to be so full!

If you didn't manage to make it down, you missed:

* Frederick Blood-Royale's tribute to Lady Di.. via Elton John... genius.
* Jeremy Warmsley forgetting the words to 'Time After Time' and being helped out by some very kind members of the audience
*The theme to The Never Ending Story. No song better.
*My mic cutting out for the last two lines of mine and Jeremy's duet of 'Yeah Oh Yeah' so the wife didn't actually get stabbed in the end..
*People stealing the paper hearts and balloons from the walls as they left...

Thank you all for singing loud and proud to 'Turn Back Time', 'China In Your Hand' and  'Since You've Been Gone'.

xx

My Valentine's Mixtape



Jeremy and I pretending to murder each other Magnetic Fields style...



Fred showing Lady Di & Elton some love...



Thank you to everyone who came to play and DJ
much Valentine's love x