Still Here

Well here we are again in Lockdown in the UK – actually Peter and I never came out of Lockdown – or barely.

I have managed to see my grandchildren a few times from a distance but only very few friends once or twice in the garden since March.

Never mind – we are alive and well and looking forward to hopefully things getting back to some kind of normality in due course.

Hedgehog House and Feeding Station

We’ve kept ourselves busy in the garden with a night camera revealing regular hedgehog visitors so we’ve set up a house and feeding station which in constant night use!

Musically I’m not very inspired so instead of songwriting I’ve been playing a bit of piano. We missed our entire summer tour of drumming but nothing we could do about it.

Anyway, as we go into earlier dark evenings and colder weather I’m going to try and keep going out for daily walks and appreciating nature which has been such a joy this summer.

I hope you and yours keep safe and well during these difficult times.

Life in Corona Time

As my hubby is in the “very vulnerable” group we have to do the shielding thing – meaning we can’t go out except to run round the block for exercise. We shop online, neighbours bring essentials and life goes on with just the two of us – has been that way for four weeks now. Our street has a Watsapp group including someone from every single house. Whenever someone’s going to the supermarket they message those of us who can’t go out to find out if we need anything and we all cheer each other up. We applaud the NHS (National Health Service) at 8pm every Thursday evening and Peter and I take our drums out into the road and join in to thank everyone on the front line.

We are the lucky ones, with our own house and garden and each other for company – fortunately my hubby is a lovely, calm man who is very easy to live with and we rub along fine. Chatting, watch a bit of TV, have cut down drinking to an occasional glass, play cards, listen to music and spend hours in the garden (it’s never looked so nice). We’ve dug a small pond and I find myself with a magnifying glass staring at the tiny new life which is already establishing itself there. I’m growing herbs and salads. The birds are singing louder and louder. I really feel for people who are alone, poor, in countries that cope or just anyone who is depressed and finds this hard to deal with not knowing how much longer it will go on.

We live quite near a hospital so the tranquillity is disturbed regularly by ambulance sirens reminding us that these are not normal times. Here in the UK a lot of people have passed away but our city of Bristol isn’t too bad compared to London and the midlands.

I miss our kids and grandkids like crazy but thankfully we have Watsapp, Zoom, Skype etc.

I’m playing the piano a lot in lieu of writing and enjoying learning some old classics – I’m on a Chopin phase at the moment – I can never get it perfect but it’s fun trying.

I listen to a broadcast by my teacher Prem Rawat that he does every day reminding us of the peace we all hold within ourselves which is there regardless of the external situation and this helps me keep my head in this difficult time.

Anyway – that’s me at the moment – so grateful to be well and I know I’m extremely lucky on so many levels.

Hunkering Down For A While

Dear lovely friends and family – just to let you know that because of the awful situation with the Corona virus we’re not around out and about much out at the moment. I had a bit of a temperature and bug this week which was rather scary (cleared up now) and as Peter and I are both asthmatic and heading for 70 we’ve decided to minimise our socialising to protect ourselves and others. Obviously, unless we were really ill, we’ll still go out shopping and seeing family members but not attending gigs, parties, pubs, restaurants etc for a while. It’s amazing how much can be done online – I had a therapy session on Facetime the other day which although strange at first, actually worked perfectly well. The regular voluntary things I do are suspended for now. It’s so hard to know what will and won’t be able to go ahead – for example we manage our friend Modou’s summer drumming tour and there’s no way of knowing how long this could go on and whether to cancel things or not.
It’s amazing how much can be caught up with at home that’s been put off including piles of paperwork etc. I feel very lucky to be retired to be honest, as obviously loads of people don’t have the luxury of not going to work and school every day and I send my profound thanks to everyone who has to carry on regardless and to those working in essential services. There are various local schemes to help look after elderly neighbours to make sure they have what they need etc. so let’s make sure we look out for them.
So Facetime me, messenger us, write, phone and hopefully this horrible situation will resolve itself in the next few weeks.
Please keep well and only mingle as much as you have to.

Time To Move On

Just to update everyone – the reason I had to cancel my gig in December was because my mother suddenly fell ill and sadly passed away on Dec 7th. With Christmas and New Year and a funeral to arrange for obvious reasons I couldn’t do my gig.

Now it’s time to move on and get on with life so watch this space for a new date hopefully in March or April.

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RIP Mum

Cancelled – Pre-Xmas Gig Tue Dec 17th – Bristol!

Due to unexpected family circumstances we’ve had to cancel this gig. Will postpone it till Feb/Mar 2020 – Chandra

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Hi everyone – I’m looking forward to playing with Chandra Moon Trio on Tuesday December 17th at The Khan, 6 Cotham Hill, Bristol, BS6 6LF at 8pm.

After we’ve played our set, the wonderful Flamenco Loco will perform their fantastic music accompanied by a professional Flamenco dancer!

Yummy food available in the Falafel King upstairs and a well-stocked bar in the venue.

£7 on the door or £5 online (+45bf)

Ticket Link!

Autumn time…..

It’s been a while since I posted here for various reasons! We had a good gig at The Hatchet Inn recently and are planning a pre-Christmas gig at The Khan with the Flamenco crew hopefully!

I’ve been busy helping my mum move to some supported living and sorting her place out to let – hard work but a good move all round.

My son and girlfriend have a baby due next week so did a whistle stop trip to Devon to see them before the birth. So exciting and wonderful to welcome a new grandchild into the world – will be the eighth between me and Peter and my second!

We’re off in the camper for a few days this week to Wales to celebrate a quiet birthday and a rest for me.

Am still hoping to record a third album as I have at least ten songs ready to start recording – so watch this space.

Mum and Lu at her new home!

Next Gig – Dark and Light, Bristol Sep 14th

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars………..”

Featuring Maaike Siegerist, Chandra Moon, Mark Darkside, Suzanne Stewart and more!

You are invited to an afternoon of light-hearted and more serious musical performances by local song-writing collective Act of Faith whose name was inspired by a quote from Bono saying “Song-writing is an Act of Faith”. Come prepared to laugh and cry!

In no particular order!
MARK DARKSIDE – singer/songwriter/keyboardist. Performing his own songs on this day, but also has Elton John tribute band plus drag act as Marcia D’Arc.
CHANDRA MOON – singer-song-writer accompanied by Paddy Uglow on the keys, Chandra has produced two highly acclaimed albums and facilitates occasional songwriting workshops for women in Bristol.
MAAIKE SIEGERIST – jazz and “dark” folk singer/songwriter/guitarist, winner of Glastonbury FM song-writing competition, with JONNI SLATER on keyboards.
SUZANNE STEWART – compere/lyricist/drummer.

In the Hatchet Pub Function Room
Saturday 14th September 2019, 2-4 p.m.

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Chandra Moon Trio + Flamenco Loco – Bristol March 13th!

Long-awaited chance to hear Chandra Moon Trio play a set of original songs followed by a set from the thrilling Flamenco Loco accompanied by Aneta Skut dancing. Only £5.50 (inc booking fee) online or £7 on the door. TICKETS

The Khan is a lovely venue with a very reasonably priced falafel restaurant upstairs and a well stocked bar.

This is always a really enjoyable and fun evening – a great chance to catch up with friends and listen to some wonderful music!

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The Art Of Songwriting event Bristol Oct 20th

I’m looking forward to performing a short set at this free event at The Hatchet Inn on the afternoon of October 20th in Bristol. The event is part of the Bristol Festival of Literature and it’s the first time they’ve included songwriting so I’m very excited to have been asked to play and be part of the question and answer session at the end of the performances.

The Art Of Songwriting

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