After much planning and pulling my hair out – I’m happy to announce that the Tea Total Tour has finally begun…
Even though the tour is underway I still seem to be stupidly busy each day sorting out various promo bits and bobs, but it’s all good. I have to say It’s been a massive learning curve for me and has really shown me the importance of being organised (which between you and me, the words ‘organised’ and ‘Katie’ very rarely appear in the same sentence).
The first gig of the tour was last Friday (May 11) at a lovely little venue called Bayards Cove Inn in Dartmouth. It was part of the Dartmouth Music Festival and the main stage is the band stand up the other end of town. I was hoping that peeps would mosey on down to where we were to take a listen, as I’d never been to Bayards Cove Inn and had no idea what it would be like.
For this gig I was joined on double bass by James Kirk (no, not the chap from the Starship Enterprise) who did a super cool job of adding bassy loveliness to my tunes.
Bayards Cove has a really warm and chilled out atmosphere and the peeps who run it were super friendly and very complimentary about the music (always a bonus). Thankfully lots of really lovely people came along and listened. It was a super fun night and a great way to kick off the tour.
After Dartmouth I spent the next few days chained to the ‘pooter’ and telephone trying to get things ready for the gigs ahead, the main one being The Boston Tea Party in Honiton where I’ll be next Friday (May 25).
For those of you that don’t know The Boston Tea Party is a chain of lovely cafes dotted around the country. They normally only open in the day and only stay open in the evening when events are happening – so it’s mega important I try and advertise this one as much as possible and hope that peeps will come along. I dropped up a load of posters on Monday and they seem really on the ball with promo (which is refreshing!).
So fingers crossed!
The next three gigs coming up should be good. Tonight (Thursday, May 17) I’ll be playing at The Acoustic Cafe which is a charity event held at The Tavistock Wharf – I’ve not played there before but it looks a lovely venue and there’ll be lots of other peeps playing which is always good.
Then Friday night (May 18) it’s the Eden Cafe in St Austell and Saturday I’ll be at one of my fav little venues in Cornwall Miss Peapod’s. Both Friday and Saturday I’ll be supporting a Canadian singer/songwriter called Joanna Chapman-Smith. I checked out her tunes yesterday and she sounds really great – so I’m looking forward to it!