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How Many Buzzards?

For the past year and a half, Scruffy Buzzards has been a four-piece band. On Friday we will be playing on the main stage at the Eden Festival as a five-piece, with the introduction of Chris Henry on drums.

Up until now, Bruce has been on the cajón (pronounced, ka-hon), which is a box you can sit on and hit in different places to achieve different percussive sounds. However, Bruce also does lead and support vocals, which is more difficult when you’re hunched over, hitting a box between your legs. So now we have a drummer with a drum kit, which adds a fair amount of drive and power to our sound.

We decided it was time to announce the new addition, so at rehearsals last night I took my camera along to get a photo of the five of us.

My initial idea of having everyone captured in mid-flight being blown backwards by the force of Chris hitting a snare drum proved far more difficult than anticipated. It required synchronised movement and perfect timing against a camera set on a 10 second timer, because I had to be in the photo too.

Realising this could take all night, the light was disappearing, and we really needed to get on with the rehearsal, we abandoned (or at least postponed) the idea and decided to go for an image where Chris is standing proud and the rest of us are all reacting to this weird instrument he’s standing behind.

At 2 o’clock this morning I finished editing the image for a new Banner for the Facebook page

As you can see we’re actually playing twice at the Eden Festival. We were already booked for Rabbie’s Tavern (the beer tent), but last Saturday went along to the Creetown Busker’s Banquet Festival – where 40 or so different musicians busked in various places around the town. First prize was a slot on the Main Stage at Eden, which we won, despite being a man down as bass player, John, was unable to join us.

Photo by Amy-Dee Tigh, submitted for an article about us in the Galloway Gazette

From 4 to 3 to 5 members in the space of a week. It will be interesting to see how the band dynamics change over the next few months as Chris settles in.


mapstew said...

Welcome to the band Chris!
As a vocalist/instrumentalist I was always torn towards vocals and being out front. And when I eventually gained the confidence to be a frontman that's exactly what I did. A good drummer is hard to find, or as in our case, a hard drummer is good to find! :¬)

Guyana-Gyal said...

High five to you five Buzzards!

I like the sound of things - the buskers' festival, the Eden Festival - so much happening.

hope said...

Never a dull moment with you, is there? :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! The composition works really well on the new banner.

Pat said...

Looks like you had at least one sunny day.

LL Cool Joe said...

No band is complete without a good drummer. Love the publicity shot, it works well.

Quite a few years back I saw the Crickets play (Buddy Holly's Crickets) and I had the chance to meet Jerry Allison. Wow what an amazing drummer he is. Can't say the same thing about his singing though. :D

Kim Ayres said...

Mapstew - a good frontman can make all the difference. There's a local band called The Yahs who have a fantastic guy who knows how to strut his stuff and engage the crowd :)

Guyana-Gal - fortunately it's full of creative people round here, so there's usually something going on :)

Hope - of course there is - I just don't blog about them :)

Allen - thank you :)

Pat - astonishingly we had about a week of them before the rain came back :)

LL Cool Joe - ah well, not everyone is multi-talented ;)
Great you got the chance to meet him though!

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