The UK has always been a large and beautiful part of my life. My mother is from Chichester in West Sussex and went to Australia on holiday and never came back (due to meeting my dad out in the bush on a camping trip). We used to visit Chichester every few years and make trips down to Bogner Regis (my main memory is of sugared mice and an incredibly good sticky date pudding in a pub somewhere) and to Brighton also. And of course a place called Butlins Bognor Regis that was my favorite when I was a kid. Awesome water slides!
As I got older my used to love all the football and the passion for it there. My team was Arsenal and my favorite player was Thierry Henry. I bought the same pair of boots he used and his full 'away kit' from a store in Brighton with my whole savings when I was about 14. I'd run around the pitch at training pretending I was they talk gangly French striker I loved so much. Damn he was good! Me... Not terrible, but not that great either...
Finally, when I came back at nineteen I was obsessed with English music and played my first gig in a nice gritty little London pub. I sold one cd to a bloke who seemed quite keen on it. Next thing the same guy tried to sell the album to my cousin out the front for 5 pounds more. Cheeky bloke!
When I left that time I had to get a taxi all the way from West Sussex and the taxi driver happened to go to school with John Bonham. Naturally we had a lot to talk about and he told me about when they both worked together in a Taylor's helping make and sell suits.
The next time I visited the UK it was supporting the legend Billy Bragg who I became friends with touring around the states together. He showed me a lot of great stuff and taught me so much! I look at him as the perfect gentleman and hope I can be someone similar one day. I couldn't quite fit in the tour bus with them, so I'd follow them around in my little van and sleep near them in the city's. It was always really hard to find places to park the van for the night in the Uk because every little bit of space has been allocated to something or someone. It's not like at home where you can pull off the highway anywhere for a nap.
I really fell in love with a little village called Snt Agnes in Cornwall where we stayed once for about a week. we had lots of surfing adventures around there and I had a really fun gig at a place called The Taphouse. I used to love walking down to the little local surf break as the sun was setting and have the evening session out there. A lovely bunch of locals too! Around that time I travelled up to London to play my first sold out show at the The Slaughtered Lamb. I built a stage out of lots of old beer kegs and some bits of wood laying around so people could see me even though I was sitting down. That night when I jumped in the air to smash down on my snare drum to finish the set and I collided so hard with the ceiling my head was bleeding everywhere afterwards.. I felt very rock and roll.
That night a met a lovely bloke called Alan Day from Kilimanjaro and he, along with my wonderful booking agency, DMF Music Ltd, have helped to bring me back to the UK for my own headline tour in March from the 2nd to the 15th in London, Bristol, Totnes, Newquay, Oxford, Glasgow, Edingburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Guildford and Tunbridge Wells.
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All shows supported by Ché Aimee Dorval