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Welcome to my blog “TO ALL THINGS: SMALL OR GREAT” – V. Seth

By September 9, 2016Live Shows, News

Hello, and how are you?

Welcome, and thank you for finding your way to my blog.

Here I intend to update all you lovely people about my musical adventures and beyond. One thing you should know is that I am greatly influenced by the world of literature, art and fashion, which all inspire my music in some way so I hope to explore this throughout these blogs. I look forward to reflecting on all my wonderful experiences and being able to share them with you.

I have recently completed my degree in music and I am about to continue my career as a songwriter and musician. Sure, there’ll be hurdles along the way, but that’s an opportunity to write a new song – silver lining and all that!

Now, as you may already know my band are an important part of my music so I intend to include them as much as I can in these blogs. We have spent a busy summer rehearsing, songwriting and gigging, developing a new set that explores a darker, more eerie and ethereal sound that we hope you will enjoy as much as we have enjoyed creating.

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The band and I after winning ‘Single of the Year’ at the Staffordshire and Cheshire Music Awards

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Instrument swap-over in rehearsal

Summer 2016 has seen us play a mixture of gigs and I thought I would pick out my highlights!

We played a good selection of local festivals throughout this season, two favourites being Lymelight Festival and Middlewich’s FAB Festival. The rain continued to pour all day for both of these festivals, but the amount of people who braved the rain to stick around and watch our set was so encouraging and made performing for you even more enjoyable! People also came to have a chat with us after we had played, and it was so lovely to have the chance to speak with you all and hear your feedback and support.

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Lymelight festival
Band photo before we got caught in the downpour at Middlewhich’s FAB Festival

Another highlight for us this summer was when we played Cornbury festival in July. We were invited down to play the Caffè Nero stage and so we decided to make a weekend of it and experience the whole event, and I can now safely say it was one of my favourite festivals that I have ever been to. The sun shone the whole weekend and while we lay in the fields basking in the sun, we had the pleasure and opportunity to listen to an array of amazing bands that I perhaps would never have had the chance to see otherwise. We played the Caffè Nero at 9am on the Sunday morning (the earliest gig we’ve played to date!) and we were surprised to find so many people who had stopped to listen to our set so early in the morning. Again, people came over to speak to us at the end and it was such a lovely experience to interact with the audience

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Cornbury Festival

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the Lottery Winners

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Another festival that we were scheduled to play was Glass Butter Beach in North Wales where we were to play alongside acts such as Wolf Alice and Katy B. We had performed here the previous 2 years and had such an amazing time that we were saddened to find horrendous winds destroying the festival which meant a cancellation on the day we were supposed to play. There was nothing anyone could do about it, so we kept up the festival spirit not letting the miserable weather stop us, and we continued to have a great time laughing at each other’s bad jokes and overdosing on fish and chips until the festival arena re-opened and we could enjoy all the other fab acts!

One more highlight from my summer that I wanted to mention was a solo gig I played for the Songwriter’s Circle in Manchester organised by one of my friends. Now, this probably was the most intimate gig I have ever played. The evening consisted of 2 halves, where three acts were on stage at once. Each songwriter was interviewed before playing one of their own songs, allowing the writer to reveal the stories behind the songs and the writing process. I had never played a set like this before, but being able to hear the stories and secrets behind each song was so inspirational, making it hard to pick a favourite so I will leave links to all the artists below so you check them out.

ROBBIE CAVANAGH         https://www.facebook.com/robbiecavanaghmusic/?fref=ts

DOM MAJOR                         https://www.facebook.com/DomMajor/?fref=ts

RUNAH                                  https://www.facebook.com/runahmusic/?fref=ts

TOM KAY                               https://www.facebook.com/tomkayofficial/?fref=ts

CALAN MAI                          https://www.facebook.com/calanmaimusic/?fref=ts

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On stage at The Songwriter’s Circle

In July I spent a week in the French Alps with my family, which was a nice break after spending the last few months working non-stop on my degree! Being amongst such beautiful scenery of the open space and French mountains, I found much needed inspiration and upon arriving home I immediately sat down at my piano to write new songs.

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So to anyone who has found their way to this page, be it someone who has followed me from the start or someone very new, thank you for taking the time to be supportive in any way. Please keep your eyes (and ears) peeled if you want to join me on my musical journey and everything in between!

Let the adventures continue!

M x

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