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London gig on January 26!

January 10, 2012

We’re super excited to announce that we’ll be playing at one of our favourite nights, How Does It Feel to Be Loved?, on January 26 at the Buffalo Bar in London. Entitled An Evening with A Little Orchestra, the evening is a chance for us to collaborate with some of our favourite indiepop singers and bands.

As part of our set, we will be performing some very special collaborations with Simon from The Loves and Andy from Pocketbooks, and we will also be performing songs with Matt and Sharon from A Fine Day for Sailing as part of their new Banana and Louie project. A little Orchestra have spent the past few weeks in the recording studio working on this exciting new project – and you can read more at http://bananaandlouie.wordpress.com/

Headlining the evening will be the superb Madrigals, who make music influenced by traditional English folk music but sounds more like Electrelene and Sufjan Stevens. Also playing will be indiepop legend Shirley Lee of Spearmint and the fantastic Haiku Salut – and A Little Orcehstra will also be performing songs with both of these bands as well – we can’t wait!

Tickets cost just £4 in advance, or £5 on the door, and can be bought at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/151249. There is also a Facebook event page.

To give you an idea of the sort of thing we’ll be up to, here’s a video of us with playing with Shirley Lee previously…..

and with Haiku Salut at Indietracks!

Totally Acoustic

November 5, 2011

We’re very excited to be playing at MJ Hibbett’s monthly Totally Acoustic night on Thursday November 10. We’re big fans of Totally Acoustic, which Mark has been running since 2006.

The gig, which is a Moon Horse (MJ Hibbett’s new comedy musical) special, will be held at the King and Queen in Foley Street, London, and doors open at 7pm. We will be performing with MJ Hibbett on three songs as part of our set (which starts at 7.30pm) and we can’t wait to play with him in such an intimate setting! 

The gig is complete free, and you can read more information on MJ Hibbett’s website.

We’ve also popped up this video of us peforming with MJ Hibbett at Indietracks – hope you enjoy it!

Indietracks!

September 13, 2011

Wow, can it really be nearly two months since Indietracks? It seems so long ago – where did the time go? We had scarcely started to enjoy summer, and now all the wet and windy weather seems to have returned. No wonder Indietracks just feels like a distant dream…

However, we haven’t forgotten what an absolutely fantastic time we had at the festival. We really enjoyed playing with the wonderful Haiku Salut as part of their set in the church, and then of course our own set in the church on the Sunday. We would like to say a massive thank you to all our lovely collaborators, including Matt and Sharon from A Fine Day for Sailing, MJ Hibbett, Monster Bobby, Matt and Claire from Apple Eyes and Andy of Pocketbooks. You guys were great!

Several of our members were also very busy popping up in other sets during the weekend. Matt, Claire, Kenny and Alex all played with their other bands Apple Eyes and Model Village, and Matt, Claire, Nat and Jill also accompanied Pocketbooks on a few songs too. Phew!

We’re getting all teary-eyed remembering the weekend now, so we’ll leave you with a video of us performing “End of the Pier” with Andy Pocketbooks.

Full steam ahead for Indietracks!

July 17, 2011

We are very excited to say we’ll be playing at the fifth annual Indietracks Festival. The festival takes place on a steam railway in Derbyshire on the weekend of 29-31 July 2011. Bands playing include Edwyn Collins, The Hidden Cameras, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonny (Norman Blake and Euros Childs), Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Math and Physics Club and loads, loads more!

We’ll be playing at 7.20pm on the Church Stage on the Sunday, and we have got some very special guest appearances lined up, which we’ll be announcing in the days leading upto Indietracks.

However, we can already announce that we will be playing a couple of songs with the frankly brilliant Haiku Salut, a Derbyshire-based instrumental trio who use accordions, organs, ukeleles, glockenspiels, pianos and loop pedals to create their melodies. They’ve been described by Sweeping the Nation as “left-bank baroque meets retro-futurist”, and their music takes the listener on beautiful and surreal adventures through imaginative musical landscapes.  We’re playing with them at 4.20pm on the Church Stage on Sunday and we’re completely over-excited about it already!

Tickets are available from www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets.html and you can also download the fantastic Indietracks 2011 compilation from http://makedoandmendrecords.bandcamp.com/ – don’t forget to make a donation to the Midland Railway!

Duke of Uke fundraiser: July 15

July 11, 2011

We’re hugely excited to announce that we’re playing as part of a three-day musical extravaganza, held to help raise funds for the much-loved Duke of Uke ukelele shop in east Spitalifelds. The shop, which is also a recording studio, is having to move from its current premises due to higer rents, and is now looking for a new home with a basement big enough to convert into a studio. You can read more about the shop’s plight in this interesting article in the Independent.

We’re playing on Friday July 15 in the beautiful crypt beneath Spitalfields church alongside Darren Hayman, Pete Astor and Lisbonne. We’re also very excited to announce that we’ll hopefully with a couple of songs with both Darren and Andy from Pocketbooks.

Tickets cost £8 and can be bought from the Duke of Uke website or the shop itself, so do come along and help to raie some money for this great cause!

Videos of us and Shirley Lee!

June 27, 2011

We had an amazing time at How Does it Feel to be Loved? last week, playing with Shirley Lee. We also really enjoyed the performances from Pony Collaboration and Puncture Repair Kit.

Here’s us playing Scottish Pop with Shirley:

and another video of us playing The Reservoir with him:

Thanks to Ian Watson at HDIF and everyone who took part, we had a great time!

Gig on June 23!

June 4, 2011

Hi everyone, just a little note to say that we’ll be playing with the wonderful Shirley Lee (formerly of Spearmint) for How Does it Feel To Be Loved? on June 23.

We’re hugely excited about the gig, not least because we’re going to be collaborating with Shirley on a couple of songs – both at the beginning and end of the evening – so do stick around if you can! The gig is absolutely free, and you can read more details below:

HDIF Presents
Thursday 23rd June
Shirley Lee/The Puncture Repair Kit/The Pony Collaboration/A Little Orchestra
Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, London SW9 6LH
FREE admission
 
The timings are as follows:
7.30pm Doors open
8pm-8.30pm – A Little Orchestra
8.45pm-9.15pm – The Pony Collaboration
9.30pm-10pm – The Puncture Repair Kit
10.15pm – Shirley Lee

Thank you!

May 5, 2011

Just a little note to say a big thank you to everyone who came to Edd’s tribute concert on Saturday (April 30) at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, where we played alongside The Vamp, Apple Eyes, Wolventrix, The Hidden Messages, Ooberman and the Electric Soft Parade. We raised £800.12 for the Ruby Lambert Trust and Cardiac Risk in the Young, the two charities nominated by Edd’s family for the night.

We also want to say a massive thank you to The Hidden Messages for inviting us to play some of Edd’s songs with them. You can watch a video of us playing Elephant Graveyard with them below:

One of the many highlights of the night was the performance by Dan and Sophia from Ooberman. You can watch their performance of A Million Suns below:

Thanks to all the other bands and everyone who came for such a lovely night – it really was a perfect tribute to Edd.

Tribute show and Indietracks

April 16, 2011

This is just a reminder that we’re playing at a very special tribute show to our former member Edd Billig, who sadly passed away last year. The show, which takes place at the Amersham Arms in New Cross on Saturday April 30, will be headlined by members of Edd’s two favourite bands – Electric Soft Parade and Ooberman.

As well as playing euphonium for A Little Orchestra, Edd was also in a number of other bands, including The Hidden Messages and Apple Eyes, both of whom are also playing on the bill. All proceeds from the night will be donated to charity.

The final line-up for the gig is:

Tom White (Electric Soft Parade)
Dan Popplewell & Sophia Churney (Ooberman)
The Hidden Messages and A Little Orchestra
Wolventrix
Apple Eyes
The Vamp + Burgi

Tickets are available at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/113869 and there is also a Facebook page for the gig.

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In other news, we can now also announce that we’ll be playing at the Indietracks festival this year. The festival takes place on a steam railway in Derbyshire on the weekend of 29-31 July 2011. Bands confirmed so far include Edwyn Collins, The Hidden Cameras, Jeffrey Lewis, Jonny (Norman Blake and Euros Childs), Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Math and Physics Club and many others.

Cheaper early bird tickets are available before Friday 6 May by visiting: www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets.html

Videos from Read and Shout!

April 16, 2011

We had a wonderful time playing at the Read and Shout mini-festival at the beautiful West Norwood Library last month. We saw loads of great bands, heard some very thought-provoking speeches and we came away feeling really inspired by the whole day. The event was arranged to help raise awareness of the cuts facing libraries, and was part of the national Save Our Libraries campaign. You can read more about the campaign on the Voices for the Library homepage.

We’d like to say thanks to organiser Matt Stead for inviting us, and also thanks to Darren Hayman, Andy and Emma from Pocketbooks and Pete from The Sweet Nothings for performing with us! We would like to say an extra special “thank you” to Andy who not only performed the wonderful Pocketbooks song “End of the Pier” with us, but who also wrote the orchestration for Darren and Emma/Pete’s appearances.

Here’s us playing “Out of My League” with Darren Hayman:

and here’s a clip of our cover of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Young Adult Friction with special guest appearances from Pete from The Sweet Nothings and Emma from Pocketbooks: