Well peeps, last time we updated, we spoke about the band shaking off the post festive blues with a couple of “loosening up gigs” in late January. This was followed by gigs over the course of Feb 11th at The Rockingham Arms in Wentworth Rotherham which was a ticket only sell out, 12th at the Vic in Saltaire and then at the Clowne Rock and Blues Club in Chesterfield on the 13th. The Polished Knob in Todmorden finished that run of shows on Friday 19th, by which point we were feeling pretty good about life in the Hooson camp!!
We now have a couple of weeks off from gigging, but sadly no rest as we continue with our debut album’s pre-production. Last weekend saw the band all troop down to Jono’s gaff for the last of the pre-production sessions. We’re really excited about getting the album underway. We have gone through a process of writing and demo-ing these songs, before integrating them into the live set to get them tight and to guage reaction to them, and we have to say that the reaction has been brill, and all comments extremely positive.
The quality control process within the band has ensured that the tunes that make the album will be great ones. There will also be a few bonus tracks as well from the live set!! Recording starts on March 5th and will continue through March 15th. As previously noted, the album will be launched at the Hebden Bridge Blues Fest in June which is organised by our good friend Jason Elliott and Jenna’ significant other (hee hee) Paddy Maguire. Please follow the link above and get your tickets booked. They are just £55 per person for the WHOLE WEEKEND! Hooson will be playing the “Women of Blues” evening at the main stage along with Lucy Zirins and Headliner Cherry Lee Mewis which will then be followed by Paddy’s midnight jam where I’m sure all the girls will be getting up together for a bellow or two.
Just before we hit the studio incidentally, we will be doing a couple of gigs over the weekend of 3rd and 4th March in Carlisle and Maryport respectively. We will be doing some stuff up there with Paddy Maguire too which will be great fun…
Speaking of Paddy, heres a little snippet of info, Hooson are delighted to announce that he will be making a guest appearance on the album, featured on a track that you may have heard in the live set recently called “Every Now And Then” which incidentally, he and Jenna wrote some time ago… Dont forget, you heard it here first!!
Finally there are rumours that Hooson are to be taking part in the Bosco Rock festival in Italy this summer, this is still subject to confirmation, but if it happens, there are also likely to be some other gigs there too, but more about that next time!!
Ciao for now….