Hello

Amidst all the gloom, we thought it would be a cheering thing to get a message from us with lots of news. Yes, we have ACTUAL NEWS!!! So much news that I have made a list of news items so you can whizz through them.

  1. We are all well. At least, we think we are. The signs are encouraging.
  2. Our website has had a swanky new design – do check it out! http://fascinatingaida.co.uk
  3. This is VERY short notice, but Yours Truly the ecoblogger is giving the opening keynote speech at the London South Bank University virtual Sustainability and Climate Action Event – followed by Q&A – this Wednesday 4th November. And it’s free! Register here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lsbu-sustainability-climate-action-event-series-part-two-tickets-113894178554. Obviously, due to ruddy Covid, it’s virtual – but that means you can watch it from anywhere in the world. If you’re too exhausted after staying up all night to watch the US election, the event is being recorded and we’ll post a link to it sometime soon.
  4. We have been working together at a distance, hurrah, and we re-recorded our touching old song, FLOWERS IN WINTER. Yes, we know that people wanted a funny song, but sometimes it’s cathartic to have a good weep too. With Remembrance Day coming up, and the inspiring fund-raising efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore, we thought this was a perfect time to re-record it and let Liza’s beautiful voice truly illuminate the lyrics. Not only that, we were thrilled to recruit the services of the Hatfield & Askern Colliery band – OMG, the sound is so lush and emotional! – and our friend Marco Alessi compiled a marvellous video to go with it. Steve Walker wrote the gorgeous brass arrangement, and Michael Roulston did heroic things in the mixing room to bring it all together. It really was a fabulous team effort and reminded us all what a lovely family Fascinating Aïda has gathered over the years. Please do share it, we’re very proud of it.
  5. At the moment, FLOWERS IN WINTER is only on YouTube, but we’ll be putting it up on the streaming platforms shortly in case you want to download it.
  6. Next year’s bookings still stand. We can’t wait to get out on the road again. Working together on the song was great for group morale, but nothing beats the sheer joy of gigging. Any changes will go up on our Facebook page so do keep an eye on that. https://www.facebook.com/fascinatingaida/
  7. Live album… Our talented sound supremo, Jonny Dickie, recorded the recent show live and this will be available very soon… I can’t give an exact date as Covid makes everything SO slow… But we will let you know as soon as it’s up on the various streaming platforms.

I think that’s everything. Meanwhile, a huge thank you to all our audience out there – we’ve had so many supportive messages from you, sometimes too many to answer. I had a blue day yesterday and said so on Twitter – and it’s at moments like this when you realise that social media can be a good thing because I had so many generous and kind messages that today I feel thoroughly bucked up and full of my usual cynical amusement at the weirdness of life.

Stay safe, friends. And if you’re the praying type, pray for Joe. None of us is the praying type, but even we heathens might be heard whispering to the Shades tonight for Joe.

Xxxx
Dillie

32 Comments

  1. Karen Tudor

    I already LOVE LOVE LOVE Flowers in Winter, but this is a whole new level of wonderful. I’ve only heard it with the piano backing before, and the addition of the Band and the photos make it even more poignant and evocative. What a beautiful tribute to the people who gave so much for us and who we remember with respect and love. Thank you all for this; it’s just what I needed to put other things in perspective.

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    • Dillie Keane

      We were thrilled the way it turned out, tbh. We released the film a little late for it to be taken up by the media, but what the hell, it’s timeless and there is always next year. I always say Fascinating Aïdas work would be shallow without these quiet songs that say who we are. SO glad you like the new version. xxx Stay safe in the meantime… dillie

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  2. Julia

    Pray for Joe indeed. From another heathen.

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    • Dillie Keane

      We prayed for Joe and it worked – but did we pray for America as well?!!! Still on tenterhooks here… Stay well Julia! x DK

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  3. Liz Mitchell

    I absolutely love “ flowers in winter” poignant and evocative and truly beautiful. Thank you all

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    • Dillie Keane

      Ahh, yes, we love it too. Thanks so much xx DK

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  4. Gill Johnson

    A lovely tribute at this time when the world seems very strange indeed. The generation who lived through1939-1945 endured much and perhaps we owe it to them to grit our teeth and carry on.

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    • Dillie Keane

      Thanks Gill xx DK

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  5. Pat Turton

    So lovely!

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    • Dillie Keane

      Thanks Pat – Stay well! x DK

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  6. Maureen Anne Bullock

    Hello FA.

    Glad you are feeling a little more postive Dillie. I have a cheeky little shiraz to toast Joe Biden victory.

    New song is beautiful, thanks to all the team.

    Can’t wait for a night of FA!

    See you on the other side.

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    • Dillie Keane

      Oh, a little Shiraz cures an awful lot of ills… See you on the other side, Maureen. xxx Stay well! x DK

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  7. Jerry

    Fingers crossed this nasty Covid will have been dealt with by May and June. Tickets bought for Cheltenham.

    Stay safe all of you!

    Until we meet again

    Jerry x

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    • Dillie Keane

      Oh Jerry, I’m crossing everything – bugger Covid! x dk

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  8. Mo

    How very moving. Wonderfully thought provoking.
    Keep safe Fascinating Aïda and everyone else viewing
    Looking forward to seeing you next year in Southampton. xx

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    • Dillie Keane

      Let’s hope – here’s to Southampton! x DK

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  9. Loretta McLaughlin

    So poignant. Thank you.

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    • Dillie Keane

      Glad you enjoyed it. x dk

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  10. Sue Steward

    This is a much loved song with a wonderful new twist. Just what we need to bring things into some kind of perspective in these strange times. I absolutely love it.

    Looking forward to seeing you in action next year and in the meantime I shall look out for the new dvd.

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    • Dillie Keane

      Thanks so much. xxx DK

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  11. Michael

    Thank you; it is good to remember, with sadness and gratitude and love, those lost and gone for ever. The email linking to this just arrived in my inbox a few days before the anniversary of my mother’s untimely death at the age of 30; and whilst I am remembering my grandfather, killed in 1915. Your song is a lovely tribute to all. Yes, I echo Karen, this puts our petty troubles in true perspective.

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    • Dillie Keane

      Yes, I know many people wanted us to produce a funny song but somehow, this seemed more appropriate for the time – remembering the huge sacrifices of other generations and putting our own sacrifices in perspective – celebrating Captain Tom… and sometimes it does us good to have a bit of a weep too! xx DK

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  12. Angela Hodgson

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see you all I. Basingstoke next year!

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    • Dillie Keane

      Basie ahoy! x dk

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  13. Michael Kurth

    Greetings from Berlin / Germany,
    thank you so much for this wonderful and moving “flowers in winter”. As germans we owe you so much! You´ve saved us from that evil nazi-dictatorship. We won´t forget the bitter sacrifices, your nation has made. Agein, thank you.
    With kindest regards,
    Michael Kurth

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    • Dillie Keane

      Dear Michael, that is such a generous post. Thank you so much. I have been fortunate enough to perform in Berlin and have fallen in love with Germany. I visit regularly though my efforts to learn German keep hitting the wall! Please God we have all moved on without forgetting. Very best wishes, Dillie.

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  14. Chris Bird

    Sounds lovely and encouraging for the future.
    Never seen you live but really would like to.
    Take care and keep well.

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    • Dillie Keane

      Ah, you’ve never seen us! Oh dear, well that will have to be rectified. We’re doing our best to stay positive and hope very much to be on the road a LOT in 2021.
      Stay well! x DK

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  15. Cath Dixon

    Absolutely delighted to hear you are on tour again. See you in Exeter in June 2021(covid-permitting). Friends are delighted to have something to look forward to in these uncertain times! And I love your new look Adele; it’s absolutely brilliant! It really suits you. Stunning!

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    • Dillie Keane

      Thanks so much… let’s hope Covid lets up! And yes, Dame Adele is looking marvellous with her new hairdo. Stay well! x DK

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  16. Chris

    Ah, just watching Back in the Saddle now (having been in the audience!) And so hope to see you all in March at the Festival Theatre…. If we all have to mask up , so be it! Missing you all. Stay safe

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    • Dillie Keane

      Thanks Chris, stay safe yourself. We can’t wait to get back on stage. Cross fingers for 2021…

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