A man called Tomas and a Schnapps tipple

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Saturday, August 29, 2009 0 comments

Here are the lovely musicians we're sharing this tour with.

Solo, aka Dutch songwriter Michiel Flamman

Bugs and colds are passing around us all here. We played two shows yesterday - an afternoon instore at Hot Shots records in the centre of Bremen, and then at Townside later in the evening when I was so dosed up with Ibruprofen that I had to sit down whilst playing to counteract the wobbles and felt as though I'd drunk a bottle of tequila - which wasn't without its woozy pleasure. It was a nice chilled show.

We headed back to the hotel and loitered at the bar for a nightcap, only to strike up conversation with a witty and charming retired German gentleman called Tomas who was propping up the bar and supping schnapps and espresso. He bought us schnapps (dismissing my brandy as a brown drink that was bad for the heart) and we launched into an animated and hearty conversation which at times made me roar with laughter so hard that tears rolled down my cheeks. It was a real tonic - who would have thought that a 65 year old man doing an energetic impression of a famous English rock singer (that he couldn't remember the name of) would amuse and keep us guessing so much... especially when both the barman and Michiel guessed his crazed twitching gestures as that of Joe Cocker immediately.

Plus, joy of joys, that combination of schnapps and hearty laughter made me wake up with a clearer head and reduced fever. Yay!

Two red balloons

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Thursday, August 27, 2009 4 comments

Heart Shaped Balloon Embroidered Art Plaque by Samskiart

It's been an emotional couple of weeks. Part of me feels naturally reluctant to spill my heart, but something happened last night that I felt moved to share. The decision to come over to Germany and play some shows wasn't without its pain. My grandma died a few days before we were due to fly and it was a difficult... and maybe in part selfish... decision on my part to carry on with the tour and miss the funeral. My family were very supportive in this decision and so it was that as my family grieved in England on Tuesday morning that I found myself sitting in Bremens oldest church. with the organist practising for the next mass and light shining through the ancient windows.

On Tuesday night we played at a cafe/bar in Bremen's old docks area which has been regenerated into a creative artsy quarter. The stage was outside and although it threatened to rain all night we got through without a drop. By the time we were on it had got colder and my heart was heavy so it was a little flat. Afterwards I couldn't help myself but weep and feel utterly miserable that I wasn't with my family.

Yesterday we drove to Bremerhaven, about 40 miles north of Bremen to play at Passage Kino. Heiko, who is the whirlwind maverick behind this Songs and Whispers tour, met us at the venue clutching two red heart-shaped balloons. He explained that they were for my grandma and so I took the balloons and let them fly high and free at the waterfront in Bremerhaven. I was very touched by this beautiful gesture.

Oooh, votey votey!

Posted by Red Ruby Rose Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7 comments

I just saw that I've been included in Etsy's latest voter, featuring clutches. Oooh! Now, I don't want to twist any arms but here's where to vote ... although goodness, what a selection of delicious arm candy to choose from!

Hello Bremen

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So here we are in Germany... we arrived in Bremen yesterday on a lovely flight with OLT in one of those little twin engine Cessena type plane such a luxury compared to our usual Easyjet experiences. So far we've played two shows and I think we're still finding our feet... fun fun fun, but it feels like a steep learning curve. I'll post more about the shows and the lovely people we're sharing the billing with, and the production/promotion team behind the tour, but for now, here are some photos I took around Bremen today. I keep forgetting to take my camera to the gigs, I'll do that tomorrow!