We are back in the studio at Stonegate recording songs for our next album - untitled – as yet – here is Mark laying down some congas!
A view from the balcony, all set up for our Twixmas Gig the other night at Newfield Hall, Airton. A great night in the fantastic setting of the main hall. Check out the tiled floor, easy chairs and Jen relaxing bottom left! The tallest Christmas Tree I have seen indoors and great acoustics too.
We have been busy in the run up to Christmas. The other night we played at a Christmas Party at The Ghyll in Skipton, a resource centre that provided respite care for disabled children. It was great fun with a whole lot of shaking and tambourining going on. The Moonbeams’ own Christmas party consisted of having a good time playing a few songs in the cellar and then going off to the Maypole for a few pints.
Summer’s well over now and we beams are thinking about our next recording sessions. We have been working hard getting another batch of songs ready for our next album. It may well include songs about village hall dances, walking boots and walling (yes walling!) we will keep you up to date with how things progress.
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We have had a busy summer with gigs at Grassington Festival, Linlithgow Folk Festival amongst many others, heading into the autumn we are looking forward to playing Ingleton Folk Festival in a couple of weeks and then we are heading into the recording studio to record some of our new songs for our second album. The aim is to have it ready for release next spring – exciting stuff!
Ken Hill and his lovely bass Dolly have decided to leave the band. Dolly just found the travelling too much for her and has decided to concentrate on performing rond the Cambridge area. We are gutted that she and Ken have left as they were in it from the start.
However every cloud has a silver lining and Luke Yates has joined us on double bass. He has yet to christen his bass so any ideas? Luke comes from Settle in the Dales and lives up at Malham Tarn Field Centre not far from us in Long Preston so there will be less travelling involved for him.
Also very excitingly we have been joined by Mark Fletcher on drums, percussion and tin whistle (not all at once). Mark comes from just down the road in Bentham and has played with some of us on and off in many guises ovcer the years and it is great to welcome him into The Moonbeams, he adds a bit of colour and drive to our songs.
As we sing about and go on about the Dales quite a lot we have decided to put our money where our mouths are and support two charities whose aims are to protect and enhance this special area and its communities.