Half of the music hunt explore.

Once done roaming Wrexham, was over at the Chester and saw old style shops, historical buildings and where the music was at. Firstly tried out Alexander’s (hosted by Minor Key Comedy), where a couple of people said they enjoyed ‘Darkness’, a real oldie, soon to be out. Awesome! Next night, after a nearby hostel walk, I tried out The Saddle (with Berni), which did debate staying at ironically. It has an ace old school rock feel to it, with different sectioned of areas to sit and a pool table room. Ended up playing a game with a couple lads I met, during which they kept suggesting I do a cover, so tried out Paolo Nutini, going down really well. He is a true influence, so will have to re-learn Iron Man!

Two days flying by, checked out and on the road again. I stopped off for scenery hunt at Birkenhead, which confirmed my reason for loving nature and fresh air. Is wonderful to know said places are being kept beautiful and being used!

Once gone 3pm am over at the YHA Liverpool Albert Dock Hostel all parked up, room sorted and stuff out the car. All refreshed, I then cooked and while eating debated which open mic to try out. Went for Lost in Lark Lane a small drive away, but thought be interesting, so over and get a brew. After presenter played I go up and play to two people before other musicians finally turned up (8.30ish). I wasn’t really feeling it, so dashed to one originally thought of, Jimmy’s! Time taken getting back, parking at hostel and walking over I was late on the list, but had chance to see and chat with other musicians. Finally, gone 11pm, setting up my strap unattatches when I adjust the microphone, dropping the guitar and breaking the input. I was lucky they had a second microphone to get more sound and managed to wing it, but definitely realised best to take time no matter in the future. The next day tried to get it fixed, but it takes up to 3 weeks for part to arrive let alone then be fitted. Bummer! Never mind, I will get it sorted when back home. After some lunch, roamed the Albert Dock way where saw some amazing historical buildings and statues. There were mentions of The Beatles left right and centre, which is fair as they were great for their time, but I really wanted to find out about the local original musicians. So research and hunt the city I shall.

Come night time with no open mics on, I roamed passing a busker beat boxer and what felt like hundreds of pubs, with all sorts of covers being played live and loud, one with two people another with thirty. One with girl playing something more original was great and Ma Egertons again true history. More gander came across Erics next to the all famous Cavern Club. Debated nipping in, but couldn’t quite work out if they had up and coming original artists or cover entertainment on, so passed.

Saturday did more roaming and found HMV had a live showcase on when passing, which was okay and Liverpool Arts Bar jumped out a few times so one to keep an eye on. Once chilled there was an open mic at Peacock cafe, but again a bit far out, I debated drive, walk or bus. Going with the later, headed over to stop found, realising last minute it had been cancelled, so decided to do more walking instead. Ironically Cancer Research Shine Night walkers were passing on their mission, so joined them for 15mins. Great to see, then venturing off on different route, I heading out of the city, seeing more beautiful brick buildings, but realise 45mins still to go by which time over probably be too late for a slot, so decided to turn back.

All packed and on the map I find a stop off at Sefton Park with lakes and a brew, before night stay at Warrington, which was a much needed breather from all the hustle and bustle of the city and hostel sharing. After a nap, nipped to the near Waterside Pub for a Sunday roast, before open mic at Hop Co (ran by Amy Rose), a nice venue, with welcoming, chilled atmosphere and ironically someone who had also played on The Lighted Stage open mic during lockdown.

Manchester next on the list, I stopped off at Buile Hill on route. It wasn’t quite as lake orientated, but still a lovely bit of nature, with work being done on the mansion! It be amazing to go back and see when finished.

Finally over at another YHA getting room and stuff all sorted really easy once again. Brief rest and refuel, before heading over to Flour & Flagon (with Michael Webster) arriving just before the rain. This was 7.40pm though, so not able to get on list until around 10.30pm, meaning sign up at 7pm actually followed. Did see some great musicians though, including featured Daniel Darley and Greg Larkin with his amazing guitar patterns, then when played receiving nice feedback. Tuesday I was a bit torn again, but finally decided on The Whiskey Jar, which blew me away! A truly amazing venue with incredible talent, feeling more like a gig in some ways, so no surprise fully booked. Presenter encouraging the audience to listen and give the artists playing the attention deserved, which is fair really when think how much is put in to the material, let alone the motivation to then share on stage. Either way is definitely one to try and book a slot at when ‘Reflection’ EP is out.

This makes it the half way point, even with small hick ups and loads of steps I am so glad to have the chance to do this, seeing some wonderful history and great variety of musicians. While gaining confidence, venue ideas and more.

Thanks Louise
LaTF

Much awaited update…

“Has been an amazing summer, with numerous gigs including Sloppy Joes, HaverHub, Landed Fest up North, Gelli Aur Country Park supporting The Meadows and The Asylum in Birmingham supporting Conor Michael! Overall making the urge to get further afield stronger than ever, with recordings closer to sharing and ideally a band to actually perform with. One day. 🤞

Blimey wrote that last year…. Yep summer 2021, how is it now November 2022? Time has just flown by, but greatly so, as have been busier in the closer to norm days. Managed to get booked for many more gigs including Little Cwtch Camping, Camper Site, YHA Broadhaven supporting Goodnight Vincent, Yeoman, Camper Jam, St Cannas, Narberth Food Fest and more! Plus continued with Rock Project till Summer and have collaborated with Christopher Laughton testing some duo choices at a few open mic nights. All of which has been a real eye opener, making me crave all the more creativity and travels!

So am all the more excited to see what the next year will bring, especially with recordings having progressed too. I made the time to practice drums and got them laid down to demo guitar and click track, which I could then add official acoustic guitar to much easier! Has taken longer than originally thought as had to get to Cardiff around work, practicing, gigs and sleep, but getting much closer now 2 years on. 😂 Up next is bass additions, with the hope to then get electric guitar and saxophone layers down. Followed by me adding the official vocals, before it all gets mixed and mastered, being ready to share! Saying which, I must get on the marketing prep, merch and book some tour venues ahead.

Reminiscing about how I debated moving to Bristol again in 2019, come October I had to have a sneak, peak, week hunting around (17th – 21st). Staying at The Full Moon Hostel I was close to the city, so could roam around probably doing 30,000+ steps. Saw the various areas, blues jazz music styles, aweseome venues (including Stag and Hounds, The Old Duke, The Cloak and Dagger YooKoo at South Bank Club) and more, with welcoming people, so will defo go back again.

November now round I am actually exploring 9 locations (well 10 if we count seeing a friend in Worchester ahaa), so know where like and am more at ease when do tour touring next year. Feels great getting back on the blog while doing so, starting at first place Wrexham. No open mics unfortunately, but spotted numerous venues including The Rolling Chair, Magic Dragon Brewery, The Parish and Old No7, so will keep an eye on them. Had to get my scalf and hat on as not quite warmist time for outdoors, but yeah that, layers and tea, all good in the hood. 😂 Now still enjoying the Chester with Liverpool up next!

Thanks for feathery support. Louise
#LaTF

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Reflection and motivation

With this year beginning with another stint of what felt like hibernation, I (like many) found it hard to get motivated with future plan plans. So instead I got lost in some chilled creativity, by putting people’s ideas on paper, making bracelets, going for random ganders and jamming new future material. It has been relaxing, assisting with reflection, but have been edging to get on the recording and playing live again!

Come March an opportunity arose to join a chat with all volunteers hoping to assist RadioAber, making me want to get some podcasts and live chat sessions together, but no real luck as little motivation and information to talk about in the current times. Thankfully though, I got to join a couple online open mic nights with The Lighted Stage Music Events where felt the creative buzz again! Where since have steadily uploaded some original songs, recorded live to YouTube, with the aim to do sneak peaks of future tracks.

I then decided to undertake a webinar event with Princes Trust to learn about ways of utilising online to gain traction, within the music industry, which was a real eye opener. Following which, had the chance to do a podcast with Sam Quill to test recording of conversations, but still no real traction, so will be on hold for the time being. Things opening up again though and the ROBOTMONKEYS up for jamming, I finally bought a new drumkit! Since which, we managed to get up North for some recording and are now sharing them steadily. Alongside this I was back at work in Debenhams with the countdown to closure on the 2nd May. Strange times!

Now mid way through 2021, reality has kicked in. I crave to earn a living from music some how or another, over it being on the side lines. So impatiently awaiting for gigs and festivals to go ahead, I have got another live film ‘Come Back’ on YouTube and undertook the opportunity to work with Rock Project Aberystwyth, helping youngsters with vocal warm ups and singing live. Am now feeling real hope that live music events of some sort will be back one way or another, but in the meantime am buzzing as have started recording at Sweet Spot Studio Cardiff. YES there is new material on the way with extra layers, I just can’t wait!
To keep in the know, pop your email below and I will say hello. #rhymes #aha
Thanks for all the feathery support.

Emily Louise at LaTF

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Since the crowdfund.

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Blimey time has flown since doing the crowdfund in March, even with all the restrictions. What an odd year ey? I’m still very THANKFUL to all that helped out with sharing, liking and/or investing to get the £150 raised! I know I didn’t get to my bold target of £800, but this doesn’t mean the LP will be any different. I have since been saving, practicing and getting all the more excited to record the 5 songs finally, with planned atmospheric vibes, using various instruments, effects and mutiple vocal layers! 

Looking back to the start of the year (images above) and remembering the buzz, I’m so glad I got to go to the couple open mic nights and gigs before lockdown and like many I’m obviously missing it! Luckily I’ve managed to get a bit of a creative fix, by putting some films together over at Window View playlist. If fancy a watch, teddies in Mistress will appreciate it loads and Faded Away got shared on rotorvideos monthly playlist so it must be good right? 🙂 

Since which, I have found joy helping out with the poly tunnel of fresh salad, veggies and more, done phone quizzes and continued the doodling. Then I finally had the chance to play again, testing my memory and voice. Got to fill a slot alongside Isobel at quiet yet lovely Bwlch Bychan Festival and then met a few mates and jammed out some songs in Carmarthen Park Lodge thanks to Andy. Alongside this, I’ve uploaded a couple clips of me practicing on Louise and The Feathers, which led to finally doing a live stream getting some adrenaline and great feedback. But yeah still not quite live LIVE.

So more recently, I have been reading about the ways to get immediate response when songs are shared. It included the benefits of social media, ways of getting photography, press releases, blogs and radio slots alongside booking gigs and the real importance of a mailing list. Am so excited to get this all underway and once have the songs studio recorded, mixed and mastered, it will be all the more real. I aim to have ‘Reflection’ across the various platforms asap and hopefully some gigs booked, so can see each other face to face and enjoy music proper LIVE again, even if still have to maintain distance. In the mean time I will do social media updates and try get on mailchip emails. If want to be first to know please join below.

Thanks! Stay safe. Emily Louise Farr.
#LaTF

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Window View EP

Hellohaaaa,

  Am so pleased to say Window View EP is now fully up on numerous platforms. It symbolises the idea of looking out and imagining a dream, but can’t quite reach it. For me this is the creation and sharing of my songs, which I’m finally ready to do. The tree then adds an idea of deep roots, steady growth and branches (aka paths leading to various connections, locations and opportunities). Currently with the leaves fallen, which links to the idea of second chances as they have added to the soil more knowledge and strength for future vision.
If would like an actual CD (£4.50) with wonderful Stickerapp decoration and signature, please just drop me an email at louiseandthefeathers@gmail.com or message on facebook page.

Window View EP

No messing around though, as have so many songs and am uber keen to get another EP out. This time called ‘Reflection’ with FIGHT IT, MILL POND (written by George Sandifer-Smith), FIGURE IT OUT (written by Wendy),  SUPER WOMAN and DARKNESS recorded at a studio with full band vibe. Am now crowdfunding too, so you can be a part of making it all the more awesome with gift, gigs and giggles to share!
Can find out more and help out here; www.crowdfunder.co.uk/louise-and-the…-ep-reflection

Cheers

Emily Louise Farr

LaTF

Heyaaaaa.

So I have finally made time to give sharing my songs a go! Revisiting early written originals (in 2017), I decided to start a fresh using my middle name “Louise” representing the roots of my music passion, alongside “and the feathers” linking to spiritual perspectives, a love of nature and the hope to fly sharing feathers of inspiration. Having better feedback than ever imagined, at various open mics, numerous gigs and the tad bit of busking I’m extremely excited to do more! Rich Tea Biscuit will be the latest single to be added to “Through the Window” EP, so keep an eye out on these to be updated:
 Facebook / Twitter / Spotify / Soundcloud / Youtube / Bandcamp

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“Using my middle name Louise, representing the root of passion for music and words.
Now with the aim, to create songs that will hopefully share like tweeting birds. Opening the cage, showcasing the rage, for all to engage, aiming to inspire and create a fan base of feathered herds.”

THANKS MUCHLY!

#LaTF  Emily Louise Farr
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