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.