With University deadlines, Christmas and other things, I've been struggling to find time to post on here. However, the last couple of months have been pretty special for music for me, with the return of Sam Beeton, a beautiful debut from up and coming artist Rae Morris, and some brilliant gigs in the last week or so. I've been waiting for a reason to write a post, and seeing one of my favourite bands for the first time in almost 2 years seems like a pretty suitable excuse...
So, a week ago King Charles and co played a show at the O2 Academy Oxford, where I'm currently living for university. With a fantastic setlist comprising of a mix of the hits and a range of superb new tracks from the *hopefully soon to be released* second record, I had high hopes for the night, and wasn't disappointed. Excitingly, these new tracks include a version of Lady Of The River, a track which KC used to play with Mumford & Sons on a US tour a few years ago. There's also a new version of Loose Change For The Boatman; it seems that much of the new album will be made up of old, previously unreleased tracks, a brilliant prospect. After the show, I was lucky to spend some time with the band backstage, and was put onto the guestlist for their show the following night, at Sub 89 Reading. Embarking on my first adventure to Reading, I had another fantastic evening, with the new tracks coming across really well live, and the crowd and band clearly having a great time. I can't wait to see the band again at The Forum in London on the 28th Feb.
All three aforementioned shows are part of Charles' 28 Shows 28 Days tour, which does what it says on the tin - the band are playing gigs across the UK every day of February. The remaining tour dates and ticket links can be found here: http://www.kililive.com/artists/king-charles
And now we simply have to wait for that second record... but with it being produced by the legendary Marcus Mumford, and with the new tracks sounding superb live, I'm sure it will be absolutely worth the wait!