January 2012 “Switzerland tour” To Boldly Go…

February 7, 2012

I’m back once again, here to give you guys an update on the 2012 Narnia tour. (I’m a tad behind as we’ve been in the mountians for the past two days.)

moving on..

We were picked up at Bills place, and in a frenzy we rushed around packing as little as possible for the trip to Zermatt. The trip was sure going to be intresting, driving our car onto a train and then said train going through a tunnle. Wow. After 20 minuets on the train we arrived in Zermatt to be taken to the The Omnia – Cavern by electric car. When I was told that we were going to be ‘inside’ a mountain I was unsure what to expect, sure enough we were truely, INSIDE the mountain, in a glass box to be exact. The glacial waters flowing beneath us was an amazing sight indeed. After we had a look around the amazing venue we were taken into our room, the ‘Directors suite’ talk about feeling like kings, this room was amazing. Just amazing.

I took the time before the gig to grab some footage of the guys wearing ski goggles and complimentary shower caps as they danced aroudnd the room. great days.

The time of the gig drew closer so we all headed down for the sound check, during the check the manager of the hotel asked the guys to play his favorite song “No Secret”.Not long after the sound check and mini preformance, the room began to fill up pretty quickly, it was clear that his was going to turn out a very good gig.

Towards the end the guys were begged for an encore, then another, and another. I’d call that a pretty big success

With the night over and all of us exhausted we made it back to the room and got some rest, looking forward to what we had been told was “the best breakfast ever” (And indeed it was.) With us all fed up we prepared for the next adventure, up a second mountain!

And now, a drawing by our own Bill Weir. Enjoy!

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January 2012 “Switzerland Tour” Hotel Switser-what!?

February 4, 2012

Once again, it’s me, Student Grant, here to keep you up to date on our adventures in Narnia.

Just like on the October Switzerland tour, we once again got the chance to play at the famous “Swietsehofen”, can I spell or pronounce it a year later? No. We all took the bus to the “Swietsehofen” and helped load the bands equipment into the luggage room. I however spent most of this time looking for the concierge that Shaggy didn’t tip last time we stayed, hoping for an awkward encounter. Not long after the guys unloaded all of the equipment we were back on the road, heading back to Bills pad for a quick rest before the gig.

As night fell it was time to head down to the “switzehoofen” for the gig. An hour later the guys were ready to play, the crowd, as always was loving the music, what did you expect right?
As the night went on the crowd were getting more and more into it, even singing along! The crowd was also enjoying Mark Chesterfields “Whiskey Experience” getting to taste all of the erotic whiskeys of Scotland.

The gig came to an end the the crowd demanded one final song, as you would expect the guys delivered, playing their “land down under” cover.As the guys finally packed up I was still holding my breath, hoping to See the porter from last year, but alas I was not so fortunate.

The final leg of the night was making it back to Bills, lucky for us, Mark was kind enough to drive us there, helping us avoid the long walk.
We had finally made it back to bills for 1:30AM, plenty time for a coffee and for Derek to talk to Melanie over Skype for the first time ever!

And with that I’m done for the night. I’ll leave you with a drawing by Shaggy, titled “unda ‘da sea”

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January 2012 “Switzerland Tour” Mountains Or Hills?

February 3, 2012

Student Grant here again, brining some more adventures from Narnia. Let’s begin.

Waking up at 7:30Am I had left the guys at Bills’ place, heading down to Hasliberg for the 3rd gig, planning to meet them there later. This place was great, by far the most amazing place we’ve seen in Switzerland so far, surrounded my huge mountains, snow and magic. At this point, we were truly in Narnia.

The snow around us was deeper then me! Yet the people, were going about their lives like it was nothing! After the guys arrived and we had some time to kill, so they began jamming on the couch, trying out some new songs, and messing around. I took this chance to pull out the camera and record them, the result was a pretty amazing video.

After an hour of recording we were given the chance to try the second national dish of Switzerland, “Raclette” melted cheese on just about anything. A huge thanks to Margo for cooking us a great meal and letting us take over her couch for the video!

An hour or two later we headed off to the sound check, when we arrived we noticed that the sound was setup by two super talented 16 and 17 year olds. Someone had also put a huge poster with the lyrics to Wagon-wheel up next to the stage so at the end the whole school could join in! An hour of setting up later, the gig began, sending the students into a frenzy, loving every song that was played and finally ending the night with the whole school singing “Wagon-wheel” together, a teacher even joining the guys on stage with a mandolin, What an amazing night!

As I’ve spoilt you with a video, You’ll get a drawing tomorrow!

 


January 2012 “Switzerland Tour” It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

February 1, 2012

Hey! I’m back again, with more adventures from Narnia for you all to enjoy!

So after waking up and enjoying a few coffees we began getting ready for the first of the gigs.
The gig was played at Bill’s bar, the “Legends”. An hour and a coffee later Deg had re-stringed and tuned the guitar, ready for the gig, all hard work that I managed to set back when I tripped over the guitar and destroyed the tuner. Some time later me and Derek left to meet Shaggy at the Legends, lucky for us, it was snowing outside, making everything look beautiful, more like Narnia than ever. With our journey underway and oversized umbrella in hand, we noticed Margo drive by in the Sad-car, I’ve never been so relived in my life! “Finally we can get out of the cold.” I was shot down as she got out of the car and announced she was walking with us.
We made it to bills, with Derek sporting a snow filled beard and me, frozen to the core.
Soon after we warmed up and had a coffee the guys got the show on the road, playing two forty minuet sets for the people of Narnia.

We took a taxi back to bills pad and once again, pillaged his coffee supply before heading to bed.

I’ll leave you with a drawing by Derek, enjoy.

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January 2012 “Switzerland Tour” Narnia here we come!

January 30, 2012

Hello, my name is Grant and for the next two weeks I’ll be updating the blog for the guys!
So, with that out of the way, let’s begin.

As always, we met at Shaggys place with all of our bags and prepared for the journey to the airport. “Holy Cow Batman” Shaggy is awake!? There’s a first time for anything I suppose.
Soon after we had made it to the airport and took care of the boring stuff, we got to rest, sharing a coffee at the same place we had stopped at two years ago!

After a long rest we finished up and noticed the plane was boarding! How did we miss that!? Arriving at our gate and heading straight out to the plane, we began to see Narnia in our sights!
One hour and 40 minutes later we had arrived in Geneva, feeling very, very glad to be back on the ground, only to remember that we now had a 3 hour train ride, oh joy. However, this train was special, it had an “upstairs”; the excitement of the train swaying ever so slightly to the left and right only lasted for the first 5 minuets of the journey. The rest of the trip consisted of Shaggy composing a song and drawing a pretty picture, like total rock stars, right? FINALLY! We made to to Luzern and met up with our old friend Margo Cummings, the wonderful lady that has helped set up our gig at the Ecole d’Humanité. She was right there, to pick us up from the train station in the infamous “sad-car” to take us to Bill Weir, the one and only. He’s kind enough to let us use his amazing place and let us pillage his food and coffee supply!
Tomorrow, we’ll be playing a gig at Bill’s bar, “Legends”; tune in again to see how it turns out.

Bead, AWAAAAY!!

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This was drawn by our very own Shaggy, stay tuned to see Dereks Picture!


Day 2-3 in Switzerland!

February 12, 2011

Day 2: on day two we where to head down to Zurich, after a fairly long drive with a guitar on my lap we had made it and started unloading the equipment from the car and began setting up in “The Oliver Twist pub” the crowd was great! Very eager to buy CDs and where loving the music. As the gig came to an end the guys signed some CDs for some buyers. Perfect night! All that was left was the drive back, poor Derek, we made him hold his guitar up front! he was practicaly attached to it! after we made it back to the hotel, we had some well deserved sleep.

Day 3:Engelberg! Yep, that’s where we where heading on day 3 the guys where to preform at the Dream Life bar Twice! So we had the chance to stay fir more than one day! The gig went great! A film crew came by after they had seen a “we steal flyers” poster, he was recoding for a ten year aniversary of the music festival! Even met a fan that had heard shag & derek on the radio! In all It was a pretty amazing night! Hoping for a crowd like that again!


We Steal Flyers are HERE!!

January 22, 2010

Helooooo and welcome to our humble little abode!!

..some of you already know and some of ya don’t, some of ya dont care and some of you were saying .. what the F**K ?? .. well here’s the deal just to let everybody in the know!!

We Steal Flyers - Busking in Newcastle

Derek and Shaggy have teamed up to become We Steal Flyers.

Derek needs to tour the UK and fill the year with music and Shaggy has everything it takes.

Two singers who write songs and love to play and both have guitars have been combined into a nice little bundle of music called We Steal Flyers.

Tv, radio, press, tours, all kinds of good things are on there way.
They’ve already booked there studio date and thier single will be recorded soon and released in May followed by the album and many ,many,many gigs…

they went into Newcastle in the rain and did a bit of busking for a little practice and to see how it would go… a song was filmed and can be found on the youtube WE STEAL FLYERS page …  HERE

MYSPACE PAGE is available HERE too….there will be everything else available soon.

Their first Live gig is at Rothbury Roots with Rod Clements on 28th of May.

In May they will be out playing songs that inspired them along with songs from their album…
They are both still playing a  solo gigs.
Shaggy is still playing with Stolen Tom.
Acoustic Magic will still remain busy as ever.

Songs will be on the page as they arrive… live songs and album tracks…

Never give up and happy everything… this is something to be a part of…

Let everyone know about WE STEAL FLYERS