After a long gap I’m finally in the process of recording new tracks and have nearly completed six tracks in the lovely studio at St Dunstans House in Bristol. I haven’t got enough tracks for a new album but will release the tracks singly on Bandcamp – hopefully in The New Year….watch this space!
I’m looking forward to playing six of my songs tonight at the Jelli Records Songwriter showcase – if you’re in Bristol – come along!
At long last I’ve got round to setting up a Bandcamp page for my music releases – both my albums are there to download or listen to and I’ll be uploading new tracks soon as I’m in the studio recording again after a long gap!
Please do subscribe there to get news of new releases and gigs! I’d be very happy to see you there!
Now that the lockdown is over here in Bristol I’ve been able to get out and play music again at last. I was invited to join AfroWelsh Connection as their flautist and backing singer which has been really wonderful. We’ve played several sets now at mainly outdoor festival gigs and have been asked to do several more. We will be playing in St Stephens Church in Bristol on December 13th for a lunchtime gig.
I’m also working on a few of my own songs with plans to start recording my third album in November after a long break from recording.
We’ve been able to finally catch up with family and friends around the UK and have had a few trips in the camper van at last and life is feeling a bit more normal.
At last things are improving a bit here in UK so I’m hoping very much to get some music projects going and do some recording.
I’m intending to write some new songs, organise a gig and I’m starting to play flute with a new African contact who is a great kora player so watch this space.
I’ve also now got all my published songs on iTunes either as tracks or the whole album on iTunes if you’d like to download them just search for Chandra Moon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to unexpected family circumstances we’ve had to cancel this gig. Will postpone it till Feb/Mar 2020 – Chandra
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)