So I actually had sat down with the bass to practice just now. I usually try to stand up to practice but I have a cold so I’m home early (as opposed to at Jalapeño and Tomorrow’s session) and in my pajamas and I feel like sitting down. But then Dangerous Beans started making horrendous yowling noises outside the door of the music room so I got up and opened it to check on her and she came sliding in and I sat down again with the bass. She proceeded to jump into my lap, got the cable all woven through her legs, and started rubbing her head aggressively against the neck of the bass. I now find myself plus one cat, (a purring, content cat,) and the bass is leaning harrassedly nearby. In short, I thought I’d make good use of cat-time and do a blog post.
Backing up a bit, we had a visit a couple weeks ago now from my cousin Jerez. (For those of you I know are wondering, Jerez is a city in southwestern Spain famous for making sherry. It seems like a good name. Why? I don’t know. Maybe Jerez has been there. She has been many, many places now. Or maybe she likes sherry. Or maybe she shares characteristic with sherry. The mystery continues . . . )
Anyway, she and the kids got on like a house on fire and she very kindly came to STP’s gig at the Safarie Lounge. Me oh my, it was a good night, better for some than others and ain’t that just the way of it? Jerez was also very patient about me dragging her to various foreign films with varying amounts of plot and substance behind them throughout her stay.
Storm the Palace was on tour last week as many of you are aware. It was only a week but it was the first time I’d ever been on tour and it was very fun and highly educational. I also saw more of Scotland in one week than I had to date. We met loads of great people, and a few who are Dead White Males at heart, but mostly it was great people and we saw many great places. Here are lots of pictures:
Some of you will have already seen this one but I wanted to post it again due to Rapid’s face. This was in Appin, on the beach by Castle Stalker.
This was the view from the kitchen of the St Mary’s Space where we stayed and performed when we were up in Appin. Though actually, St. Mary’s Space is in Fasnacloich which is so fun to say. A lovely couple run it while raising their daughter and having day jobs. It’s an amazing former church turned art space/studio/venue. The interior decor, all done by Chablis, the lady of the couple, is to die for. The wallpaper made of old books and magazines. Everywhere you look you see something new. Also, the gig was great and the folks there were fantastic. There were some true Buffy fans in the crowd. Please do feel free to visit St. Mary’s Space’s facebook page here.
Castle Stalker. We didn’t quite make it inside. (Slept a bit too late for the one-time-a-day tour).
On the way from Appin to Skye we witnessed what could have been a very bad accident indeed on one of the twisty roads through the highlands. However, everyone survived uninjured. They somehow managed to just barely miss a huge gully and all the really big trees. We even caught up with one of them later in Portree.
Fairy Pools on Skye/the mountains behind them + Jalapeño
Intrepid explorers at the Fairy Pools.
Meta Fairy Pool photo
On Skye, Strigine and Rapid stayed in a B&B while Jalapeño and I stayed with an old mate of Jalapeño’s. We got to hang out with real locals and get a feel for the politics underlying the Portree community.
The midgies were terrible. I mean terrible. But, though I saw them on me here and there I only sustained a few non-itchy bites, to the disgust of my bandmates.
Here’s the dressing room for the venue in Portree. The gig itself was one of the quieter ones but we had fun anyway. Here, Strigine is going for what we’ve called ‘full Megan Draper’ with her attire and makeup. It’s a strong look.
Why is this photo here? I believe it was something to do with how the strawberries matched Strigine’s shoes. It’s not because I have a weird crush on Strigine and her ankles.
Then we were off to Wick for the Lyth Arts Centre! Or, to be precise, about 10 miles north of Wick. It was really cool and strangely flat there and it didn’t really get dark. I realize I failed to take photos of the actual centre or stage or accommodation but try to imagine them, they were all really pretty and comfy AND they had a Cluedo set from the 30s. (Rapid won.) The folks who run Lyth Arts Centre are full of energy and, like St. Mary’s Space, they’re doing great things for the community. (Vermont people, both places are very akin to Catamount Arts). You can visit their facebook page here.
We were also supported on this night by a young local band called Forgetting the Future who were fab and should definitely keep doing what they’re doing. They’re also really organised.
Here is Cluedo.
Here is Strigine looking sooooo elegant in her pajamas. (So as I mentioned I’m in my pajamas right now and I do not look that elegant. The bass bullying cat curled up on my lap doesn’t help but she’s warm and soft so that’s fine.)
Before abandoning the far north we went as far north as you can go. Here’s a lighthouse from that point.
There be puffins in them there cliffs. We did see them, flying around and talking about how orange their beaks were.
We had a gig in Inverness the next night but I didn’t take any photos there and it was the other quiet one. However, we did meet two excellent friends of Strigine’s who play D&D and understand Firefly etc.
Then our last gig was in Nethybridge in the below excellent place. We performed in an actual tipi. On the left is the cottage we stayed in. On the right, the tipi. Previous to that we met up with Strigine’s sister, Applecross, for a walk around a nice loch. Before the end of the tour she gave me some tiny trees (rowans and birches) to bring back. They’re in the back garden now, in pots, doing tiny tree things.
The inside of the tipi.
Pretty flippin’ sweet, right? And the fire kept the midgies away. We had a very fun night and the show went really well. We may have had sore heads in the morning. Worth it.
Now we’ve been home for a while and I’ve been very busy. At work we’ve had a problem with some pegasaii eating weird berries en route back to the warehouse. As a result they’re leaving their parcels for days sitting in hedges and stone circles while they wander around hallucinating vividly before remembering what they were supposed to be doing and that they really need a drink. This has lead to some very upset dragons, as you might imagine.
We took the kids to see Solo the other night. I really enjoyed it for a heist film and everyone in it was just so good looking. Except the big evil slimy aliens of course.
Jalapeño and I also saw Deadpool 2 last night, heh. That was fun.
There has been other stuff of course. I could get into what I’m reading and all but it’s very complicated and now it’s slightly past 23:00 so it’s time to use these pajamas for their true purpose. The cat will be mad. Thanks for reading, space cowboys, and please forgive typos I’ve missed.