Big Red Boat
One of the most memorable was a smaller gig in the acoustic cellar at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay. There were about 60 people crowded inside and it was an awesome night.
Genre: Acoustic / folk / rock / blues
Covers or originals: Mostly originals
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Who's in the band?
Jeff - Vocals and rhythm
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Christian - Rhythm, 12 string and mandolin
Matt - Lead acoustic
Koorosh - Hand drum
Darren - Bass
When and how did it all start?
Jeff: I'd been looking to put together an acoustic band for a few years, but it all started to come together at the last Eastern Haze festival. Together with Glenn (band manager) I started writing songs just for fun. I joined with friends Matt and Christian, and when I heard Koorosh jamming with someone at Eastern Haze, I instantly knew I wanted him in the band. So we all got together about seven months ago, but as we're all seasoned musicians, who have been in bands before, it has all came together really well. Most recently Darren has been added on bass.
How did you decide on your name?
I was travelling in the Far East a few years ago when I saw some Buddhists welcoming the morning sun. They were chanting and some children were chanting too. I asked what they were saying and was told that they called it 'big red boat', as the sun doesn't clear the sea for two hours; it just trims along the horizon. I remembered this and when we were thinking of names it just came up and seemed to fit as our songs are a bit of a journey.
What was your first gig?
One first gig as a band was at Pakefield Village fete. It was fantastic and we were outside in a tent, so we were happy.
What's the best gig you've ever done?
One of the most memorable was a smaller gig in the acoustic cellar at the Fisher Theatre in Bungay. There were about 60 people crowded inside and it was an awesome night. Everything came right on the night and people must have been listening to our songs on our MySpace site as they were joining in. Last Sunday night in Ipswich was absolutely brilliant too, every time is memorable for one reason or another.
Have you recorded any of your songs?
We have six tracks recorded and our going to record more at Tides Reach Studios on March 1 with the hope of finishing our album for mid-spring.
What's your favourite song to perform?
That's probably No Matter the Past. It's a powerful song that builds and builds up to a big crescendo. Lyrically it means something to us and musically we've put a lot into it, with three guitars doing very different things.
Where's your next gig?
We've recently done a number of charity gigs, including the Sunrise Talent Show, and started getting gigs around the county, but our next gig is at the Fisherman's Wharf, Lowestoft on April 25.
If you could support any band in the world, who would it be?
It would have to be Pearl Jam or anything with Eddie Vedder, he's just an amazing vocalist.
Your band summed up in three words:
Acoustic, melodic, earthy
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