Thursday, 30 December 2010

New Year, New Gigs

So 2011 is nearly here, hope you're all having a reasonable Christmas.

I've put up the gigs I'll be playing over the next few months, in such far flung places as Madrid and Hounslow. I'm looking forward to a busy year with VTQ and PoC, but also to getting out there and doing more playing for myself. I've spent so much time focussing on my role in bands, I've almost forgotten what it's like to be just Liz Mitchell - Saxophonist.

So I'm pushing for the freelance as well as the band stuff now, and seeing what turns up. Any studios in Cambridge and London looking for a session player, I'm your horn! Steady now...

Best wishes to you all who read this gig commentary from it seems many corners of the world. Googlestats is marvellous thing.

Have a wonderful new year. Stay safe.
Saxylizbeth x

Monday, 13 December 2010

Have a Reasonable Christmas!

The Voodoo Trombone Quartet's Christmas Party was an amazing success! After a few fusebox related scares at the venue South London Pacific, the gig went off without a hitch. The first set was wall to wall crowd pleasers, Major Taylor, The Phantom and Chinese Burns all got the party bouncing.

The second opened with the VTQ Nativity (more pictures here) and then our traditional Christmas covers set. 'Stop the Cavalry', 'Xmas Rapping', and our possibly irreverant version of 'Feed the World'. The audience loved it and sang along with gusto. Our set opener (and encore) was 'Winter Wonderland', which will be available as a free download as soon as we've finished recording it!

The only letdown of the night was the DJ afterwards. Playing generic house in a far from generic Tiki bar seemed like a wasted opportunity. It would have been great to hear some loungecore and exotica, befitting with the decor and decadence of the cocktail bar, but not this time.

So thats nearly my last gig of the year. I'm playing with PoC at The Windmill in Brixton this Thursday (details here) and I'm looking forward to a few weeks off! I'll be updating the gig list for January shortly, so you can start the year with your skanking shoes on.

Oh, one more thing. Over there ------------> is the twitter button! Give it a click to follow me on Twitter!

Have a reasonable Christmas y'all!


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Popes of Islo-Town

Thanks to everyone who came, saw and skanked to our set at Islington Academy yesterday. Especially to the dude down the front dancing like a mad thing who found my mic when the clip pinged off half way through 'Brave'. Much appreciated Sir! The rest of the set went without a hitch I'm pleased to say and it was one of our best yet.

So now its onwards to the Voodoo Trombone Quartet Xmas bash. The festivities are just about ready, including some xmas-flavoured songs you might recognise, and a chance to see VTQ performing in something other than our red'n'blacks. Some of us will even be in drag. Want to know more? Then we'll see you there.

Please remember to get there early cos South London Pacific does have a habit of getting very full, very quickly!

Lizbeth x