“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

I’m certain that all of you erudite readers will recognise immediately the provenance of this blog’s title. If not, get off the web and read a book! And it’s true. May saw one of the biggest Belshazzar’s Feast tours to date; 18 dates on the English leg of our 20th Anniversary World Tour of England. Sell-outs and full houses abounded, as did runs on our new live CD, and warm and generous hospitality (and the ubiquitous veggie chillis).

Between tour dates I squeezed in a couple of recording sessions, which could not have been more contrasting. First, a day for Tom and Barbara Brown at Wild Goose Studio here in Hampshire. An assembled team of folk instrumentalists and singers laid down accompaniments for an album of Devon songs researched and revived by Tom and Barbara. The second comprised strings, oboe and cor anglais for rock stars Enter Shikari, back at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire which hosted Bellowhead earlier in the year. My cool rating with my children has gone through the roof.

June sees the release of Bellowhead’s new album on Island Records, which apparently again makes me a cool dad, although I’m sure it won’t last. Preparations are underway for a launch gig, TV radio appearances, and a summer tour. At some point we’ll have to memorise all of the new material…

Midsummer’s Day, 21st June, is the appointed date for Faustus’ Midsummer Madness, an afternoon and evening of singing and dancing at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. It’s a thank you to our fans that entered our photo competition, but although they get free tickets it is also open to the public, and will feature a number of surprise guests, and afternoon tea served by the band. Time to iron my pinnie.

This week the second leg of Back To The Quarry, the celebration of William Kimber’s music and dance, goes back to the schools of Kimber’s Headington. With John Spiers and Cat Kelly I’ll be teaching the kids something about their cultural heritage, and getting them involved in research and performance.

Finally, last-minute tweaks continue to be made to SuperAct’s The Last Post book, and the CD to accompany the Made in the Great War show in September.

That’s the end of today’s missal. It’s amazing what you can get done whilst waiting for your car in a garage in Basingstoke. Although, after Belshazzar’s May Tour it’s not just my car that needs a good service …

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