Live recordings @ First & Last Inn

We had a great gig at the First & Last Inn  last Sunday – thanks to everyone who came down and made it such a fantastic night! Although we missed Stevie on keys, it was really good to be out playing and showcasing a load of new tunes.  It was also the first public performance of Rosie on saxophone – something you’ll definitely be hearing a lot more of in future. The audience was really attentive and the whole place was up and dancing by the end of our second set! 🙂  We captured some nice videos (see below) and audio (available on our Listen page) from the gig for you to check out.

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Surprise gig at The Bicton Inn

Rosie, Niall and Matt made a surprise appearance as 3 / 5ths of TheSixtySix last Saturday at The Bicton Inn in Exmouth. The trio joined the multi-talented (and good friend of the band) Pete Falloon who is currently gigging throughout the South West in support of his excellent debut album Reed In The River. It was a great night of music with a wonderfully attentive and enthusiastic audience – we’re looking forward to arranging another gig for TheSixtySix there soon. Here’s the semi-acoustic version they played of “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones, which remains a firm band favourite!

 

Pete Falloon album launch

In November our good friend Pete Falloon released his debut album Reed In The River. It’s a fantastic collection of heartfelt songs that has earned plaudits from all quarters, including BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, with several plays on the Chris Hawkins show! Matt from TheSixtySix is a long-time collaborator of Pete’s and the pair have been busy with a whole raft of gigs, recording sessions and live radio broadcasts in support of the album release and local charitable causes.

Particular highlights were: the live session for BBC Introducing recorded at their Plymouth studios; playing on the main stage at Exeter Phoenix; and the recent studio recording for the Greenlight Unplugged CD in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

A broken Dougie.. :(

Things were a bit quiet for the TheSixtySix in the latter part of 2016 – here’s one of the reasons why!

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In mid-September Dougie was knocked off his bike cycling past a parked car – who “doored” him as he passed! Amazingly, his bike was almost unharmed, but unfortunately Dougie ended up with a severe fracture to his collar bone. It was a serious injury and generated the pretty spectacular X-ray photographs you can see above. After a few painful and frustrating months (with little or no guitar playing) we are pleased to say that Dougie is now almost as-good-as-new. Be careful out there kids!!

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Rotating Cameras

TheSixtySix were in the rehearsal studio on 3rd August recording some videos. We made use of a cheap turntable (as sometimes used in shop window displays) to mount a camera and capture close-up action of each band member throughout the performances. 2016-08-08-PHOTO-00000008

This was all a bit of an experiment, and we had a few technical hiccups – like the camera “going to sleep” on us! – but we’re pretty pleased with the results overall. We managed to capture some nice takes of two of the newer songs in the set: “Trouble” by Taylor Swift and “Foolish Woman Blues” by Janis Joplin (see videos below).

Video capture from Canon G1X. Audio capture with Zoom R16. Microphones: drums – sE Electronics 2200a II;  vocals – Shure SM58; Guitar – SM57; Bass – SM57; Keys – direct input. We used iMovie and GarageBand for the video and audio editing.