It has become a tradition to have a mini East UK tour in Spring as Rosie Eade and Friends…
17.03.17 Starting off with the annual outing to The Six Bells, Cambridge, with folk-rock band Hedgepig for St Patricks Night – we’ve been playing this gig so long, our previously youthful faces are featured as the Six Bells Gallery music image
Cambridge and Hedgepig marked the start of my early musical career, and it is out of this that our first Rosie Eade Band gigs were formed, nicking their mandolin player Steve Matthews, as well as regular collaborations with their bass player Jim Gair – incidentally all 3 of us are Suffolk Folk don’t you know.
18.03.17 The Rosie Eade Band tour started with our first band gig in London, at the Islington, with Steve and Simon Stanley. A lovely venue, and now the home city of our official bass player Simon.
20.03.17 Steve and I then hopped up to my home town Colchester to play at the folk club there. This takes place in an awesome venue – an old converted church made into the town’s Arts Centre. Here is a video of us playing Queen of the Tower (thanks to camera-person Lynn):
21.03.17 Next up we joined our fiddle player Lesley Conquest in Rochester at my favourite micro-pub, The Flippin Frog.
Gig photos from The Flippin Frog (thanks to Martin and Tracy Patterson), including the first outing of our cabaret number “Raggle Taggle Gypsies – OMG!!” featuring Lesley on vocals and wig-wearing!
24.03.17 This was promptly followed up by a gig in my birth town Ipswich – Cult Cafe in the re-vamped “quay” area, which was very different back in the 1980s when I was growing up.
25.03.17 And finally we finished off the tour back in Cambridge at CB2 with the Suffolk Crew Steve and Jim, + Lesley on fiddle, for their purely acoustic night. There is something very special about being able to play a gig without the need for electricity. Photo below thanks to Julie Carney, with Lesley hidden at the back somewhere.