5th anniversary of ‘Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy’
The 5th anniversary of my debut album was actually on Sunday but I was playing a gig and completely forgot to write about it. So it’s now five years and three days since I released ‘Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy’.
I recorded the album with my friend, Dan, in his tiny music room in Malvern, Worcestershire. We didn’t really know what we were doing. Dan found some people to play brass on the album from his local big band. I asked some friends to sing on it in one of my friend’s living rooms. We pieced it together and I’m proud of what we created. Dan and I then played the songs in living rooms up and down the country. They were good times.
The album is certainly not perfect, in fact I find parts of it unlistenable (I didn’t really know how to sing then, and I’m not sure if I do now) but I think it has a certain warmth and charm. I still think there are some great songs on it (along with some not so great ones) and I’d love to revisit it one day and re-record some of my favourites.
I also had something wrong with my eye when we were taking the cover photo (see how my left one isn’t quite as perky as my right one). And why on earth am I holding a miniature alpaca?
Anyway, here’s to you, ‘Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy’ - thank you for some wonderful memories.
You can listen to the album on Bandcamp and buy it on CD here if you so wish (get 15% off with the discount code ‘BRUCEWILLIS’).
Greetings from Berlin,