Friday, 25 June 2010

Morning Glory

I would just like to thank everyone who came to our gig last night. Huck and the Handsome Fee had their best show yet and deserve a cold shower after all the sweat dripping from The Cellar's walls. Bright Spark Destroyer were thunderous and Above Us the Waves warmed up the stage beautifully. Huck and the Handsome Fee are looking forward to playing Cornbury Festival on Sunday 4th July at 3.30pm. We are then bombing back to Oxford to play The Rabbit Foot Street Party with The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band. This will be at The Bear pub from about 7pm.

I'm off to Munich to swagger about in a dirndl for a few days. In the meantime get your peepers around this bit of genius.

Yours ever,

Short but Sweet

The boys at have reviewed charlbury festival.
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Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Secret Gig at the Chester Arms, Oxford 7th June 2010

Here is some footage taken from last night's secret show at George's Jamboree Open Mic in the Chester Arms, Oxford.

Huck and the Handsome Fee from Henry Stead on Vimeo.

Vimeo: Huck and the Handsome Fee

Friday, 4 June 2010

Negative Huckability

One of the things I love about singing with Huck is that I never know quite what he's going to do next.
For example, he might decide just to scream down the mic, instead of going for that nice harmony we worked on the week before. He could curl his lip at any moment, and with a wink of an eye, beckon me over to slur together into one mic. Or he might even just stop singing altogether and let me take the reigns.

But this 'improv' style can also irk me a little. It is nice to know where you're going, what notes you are aiming for, and it feels good when you meet in the middle and create the sound you wanted. But it's safe. Not boring, as such.. but who wants to see the same thing over and over again? Isn't that what CDs and films are for? I think one of the points of live performance is to give the audience and yourselves something new, something different to the recording, something more. Not so different that when people listen to the CD they think it is something else, but the realms of performance need to keep on being pushed. Otherwise we lose something - something we might not find again. So when I see that little glimmer in Huck's eye, I know that whatever happens next, I just have to suck it up and not be afraid of not knowing.

Come see it all happen tomorrow night at the Wheatsheaf. We're supporting the Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band.