There has been a lot of activity in recent weeks. As well as shooting a video for our first Christmas single, The Little Drummer Boy, and rehearsing for our forthcoming mini tour
of the US, we have been out and about promoting the White Christmas and Christmas At Downton Abbey CD’s out now on Warner Music.
The video was shot in the east end of London, written and directed by the marvellous Harry Chapman (husband to our lovely Danica). We’re hoping you all enjoy our ‘Sadie’ approach to theis much covered song. As well as being available as a single it also features on the White Christmas compilation alongside The Pogues, Frank Sinatra, Kate Bush etc;
Rehearsals for the tour have been intense. We’ve been missing Danica (who has been back home to Australia) and Nick (away on his annual panto gig in Harrogate) but have put in a lot of time working on the bare bones of the songs, tightening up structures and arrangements. We are going to be joined on the tour by the wonderful Barry Walsh on keyboards. Husband to and musical collaborator with Gretchen Peters, Barry’s musical pedigree is very impressive and we are looking forward to welcoming him as an honorary Hothead!
It’s exciting to have so much activity at this time of year and we would like to thank Tom Parkinson, Tim Binns, Annabel Cypher and the whole team at Warner Music for their support and hard work. We had a fab day at Metropolis Studios recently, rehearsing as a stripped down combo for a variety of radio and TV appearances, to be announced shortly.
On Monday 1st December we appeared on Sky Arts live broadcast of ‘Christmas Windows’ from Westfields, Stratford. After an afternoon spent rehearsing in a winter scene, under sweltering hot lights, we performed to a crowd of shoppers and fans gathered on the other side of the window. ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ and our own ‘Small Tasks’ kicked off the Christmas season and got us all in the mood.
Thanks to all at Sky Arts and a Merry Christmas to all.