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.

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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.

Charity gig success!

TheSixtySix played a rockin’ set at the Tris Tri Challenge charity gig, following great performances from the Rosie Eade Band and Palmer&Falloon. Thanks to everyone who came down to show their support for Tristan (and his friends!), who completed the triathlon challenge earlier in the day. The sunshine was out and the venue was packed – a great time had by all, and over £2,500 raised in total for Honeylands Children’s Charity!! Thanks to Clive and all at the Turf Locks for hosting us.

Photo credits: Craig Maclachlan, Pete Falloon and Stephen Matthews.

Charity gig on 31st July

TheSixtySix will join the Rosie Eade Band and Palmer&Falloon in playing a charity gig in support of Honeylands Children’s Charity on Sunday 31st July. The event will take place on the beautiful grounds of The Turf pub on the Exe Estuary (pictured below) and mark the finish line of the Tris Tri Challenge charity triathlon! This FREE music event will take place between 12-4pm with pub food and drinks available as usual.

Honeylands are a great local charity transforming the lives of young disabled people and their families – so please come along to show your support for their fantastic work. You can find out more and make a donation at the Tris Tri Challenge website.

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