My first experience Newquay in Cornwall was an interesting one! We arrived completely exhausted having played at the Surf de Nuit competition in Anglet, southern France, the night before. We had driven non stop over night, caught the 5 am ferry, drove all morning again and when I arrived I plunged myself in the ocean for a surf at watergate first thing before heading up to set up camp at the Boardmasters Festival where we were playing. That night the rain was bucketing down and we ditched the tents and slept in the car (By that time I had become pretty good at making a bed out of lying my guitar cases flush against each other and pressing lots of pieces of clothing into the cracks then lying out a yoga mat and a couple of large pieces of fabric I had from Costa Rica- not particularly comfy mind you). I fell asleep to a medley of the thrashing rain on the roof of the car and the dulcet sounds of Snoop Dogg telling the crowed to 'drop it like it's hot'. Early in the morning we woke to rapping on the window from a security guard telling us that the festival had been cancelled due to hurricane winds and we needed to evacuate. The place was seriously coming apart- lamp posts falling and smashing, fences blowing all over the place and in general people running around like headless chickens (Katie YOU were calm, cool and collected and it was seriously impressive ; )). As the day went on my friend and soon to be merch guy Graham, who lived in Newquay at the time, just wouldn't settle for the fact the show had been cancelled and after my booking agent, Zac, suggested busking, Graham set to work. He borrowed a speaker and mic stand off the chy koola bar and the owner checked out a bit of my music and even invited us back for a spot in the club playing that night. We convinced a little cafe into letting me plug in and soon enough there was a solid 200 people all around our little makeshift stage and the road had become unusable. We got away with about 20 minutes of playing before the shops began to freak out and people started making police signs and we figured we'd better call it. Amazing little gig though and we sold over 50 CDs straight afterwards. That night at the Koola Bar was great to and the day was a complete success! Since then I have had a brilliant relationship with Cornwall and as well as Newquay had a lovely time in Snt Agnes last year. I discovered the best Cornish pasty in the world at a little farm store called the 'TREVILLEY FARM SHOP' and surfed all up and down the coastline.
Super excited to be heading back to play a concert at Chy Koola again on the 5th of March. There are still some tickets left and you can get them locally at Newquay Activity Centre, watershed Surfshop, and the Garden Cafe. And of course online at http://m.seetickets.com/event/kim-churchill/the-koola/834800
Also playing is Ché Aimee Dorval and Abbie Piper