It's taken me a week to recover from the launch of The Moors' album, called, imaginatively enough (as John Peel would have said) The Moors.

Two really uplifting gigs: first, last Friday, opening the Hastings Jack-in-the-Green festival in the cavernous St Mary in the Castle. I don't know how many were there, maybe 200 (?) - anyway, it was a joyous occasion, all ages from kiddies to seniors, many of them bopping and a few of them buying the CD. Roland, who had engineered our album, mixed the sound on the night. Here's a photo of us onstage (thanks, Julia). Left to right: Jenny, Elaine, Tom, me, Richard.



Then, two nights later, we played the Brunswick in Hove, as part of the Brighton Fringe festival. Unknown territory for the band. The prognosis was good, as there had been brisk pre-selling of tickets through the Fringe box office in the weeks beforehand, and indeed we sold out the 90-capacity venue on the night. Good sound, a few cuts above the average pub gig, and though it was swelteringly hot we soon relaxed and played maybe the best we ever have.

Undoubtedly, Brighton promises a big potential audience for the band, but I don't yet know when we'll be back there. If anyone knows of other venues in the city that might be happy to promote an in-your-face Balkan/klezmer.folk-rock fusion band, please let me know.

Meantime, you can still listen to our album right here, and maybe buy it....