All About BLAKE
Loving a band with all your heart is something you only understood when it happens to you
On the surface, others can see it as a petty obsession, but they’ll just never know the feeling of putting so much faith into a few people on the other side of the world.
It’s hard to explain it to them, the listening to song after song on repeat, the waits for new albums, the excitement and surreal sensation when you finally see them live.
They don’t understand why the lyric booklets give you a sense of comfort, or why you paste photos of them all over your bedroom walls.
& they can’t understand why one band could matter to you so much.
Brit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake return to Frome later this month as part of their special UK tour, celebrating 10 years together.
As the trio prepare to take to the stage at the Memorial Theatre, Frome Times caught up with band member Ollie Baines to find out what the audience can expect from the show; what his highlights are from the past 10 years; and just what exactly he thinks of Frome.
How is your 10th anniversary tour going?
“Well, we haven’t stopped touring since 2008! It’s been pretty constant. We’ve done 30 or so concerts already this year, although we’ve had a fairly relaxed summer – Humphrey has welcomed the arrival of his second baby, so that’s kept him pretty busy!
What are you looking forward to when you come to Frome?
“Frome is a lovely part of the world, all of the West Country is. I grew up in the area, near Malmesbury, not a million miles from Frome, so performing here almost feels like a homecoming. It’s also nice to get out of London. We tend to bumble down, stay local and try to have a nice lunch somewhere. Touring, driving around everywhere, is part of our lives, so if we don’t stop and soak up the local atmosphere, we miss out. Frome is nice and civilised, so we’ll be sure to make the most of the trip.”
What can the audience expect at your upcoming show?
“For those that have been before, they will know what to expect. But for those that haven’t, we are a classical trio that perform a large variety of music – harmonic versions of pop and musical numbers, through to famous arias and film themes.
“For our 10th anniversary album we collaborated with the central band of the Royal Air Force, who are celebrating 100 years of the RAF – they are a fantastic band! We recorded the album last summer, and it came out earlier this year and reached number one in the classical charts. We’ll be performing around eight or nine tracks from the album, which is almost half the show – lots of stoic English songs, wonderful musical numbers – lots for everybody to enjoy.
“People come back consistently to see us, they like hearing strong voices sing good songs. There’s also a lot of chat between us on stage, some great banter, all unscripted and irreverent – it helps to keep us young and the show fresh.”
What have been your highlights over the past 10 years?
“We have done a few gigs at the Albert Hall and headlined the Henley Festival with Shirley Bassey – it was an incredible space and setting. Abroad we have toured places like the Philippines and China – that’s been a real highlight of our career, seeing the world, having a job that takes us to so many places. We have also seen so much of the UK, I don’t know anyone who has seen as much of the country as we have. Favourite place in the UK? For me I love the south-west – it’s my home.”
What’s the strangest thing you take with you on tour?
“That’s a great question, and I wish I had an answer, but I don’t really – it’s our job touring around, spending time in cars on motorways. I suppose the most important thing I take with me is my sense of humour. Also we like to listen to a lot of current affairs when travelling and comedy. We just sit back and enjoy ourselves, soaking up the miles – anything to avoid getting tired of motorways!”
Blake – The anniversary Tour, comes to the Memorial Theatre on Saturday 29th September. Book your tickets via the box office, 01373 462795 or online: http://www.fmt.website
What an afternoon it was!!! I am #SoHappy I was there 😊
Isle of Wight Promenade Orchestra and Martin Riley 🎹
Stephen Bowman “Such an incredible honour to sing at the newly unveiled gravestone for William Blake this afternoon, so very moving. If you’d like to see the moment we sang (though please do watch through the fabulous speakers & choir before us!) we are in the last 5 minutes of this stream.” The Blake Society https://www.facebook.com/The-Blake-Society-208774852588428/?hc_ref=ARR167d8hzmNt7OlV8okql5TNIG33pIFEDhI3fvW2dZ5wc3Y-4zP8T6YalT2oZq6ZTc
Blake “Singing Jerusalem at the graveside of William Blake – surrounded by hundreds of fellow appreciators of perhaps England’s finest poet & painter combined. We felt genuinely overcome by emotion as we sang his words at this special occasion; finally a resting place deserving of such a magnificent man.”
Amazingly wonderful day for BLAKE ♥🎶
They sang ‘Jerusalem’ at unveiling of William Blake’s grave site.
Lovely service with their a capella performance closing ceremony.
Writers’ Birthplaces in London https://englandexplore.com/…/10-writers-birthplaces-in-l…/2/
#Blake was born on November 28, 1757, at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London. He was poet, painter, and printmaker during the romantic era. He is known for having many philosophical and mystical undertones in his works. He was born in London where he spent the majority of his life, only moving away for 3 years. William Blake never received the recognition he deserved while he was living.
“On Sunday Blake will sing at the grave stone of William Blake, the writer & painter that we took our name from 12 years ago. William Blake was buried in a paupers grave, up until now in an unknown location, but due to the hard work of the Blake society, the location of his actual grave has been discovered and a new grave stone created in his honour. We three boys so often discuss Blake & his many artistic works & we also sing Jerusalem (featuring his beautiful words) at all our concerts. As such, for the first time in our career, we will sing Jerusalem acapela, by his graveside, 191 years after his death. For those that would like to be part of this special moment, the service will start at 3pm at Bunhill Fields, 38 City Road, London. All are welcome to attend. We hope to see many of you there to celebrate the life & death of William Blake” #blake #grave #headstone #wake#funeral #service #blakesociety #williamblake #singing #Jerusalem #honor #tribute
Some make it…
Some of the album cover art ideas that never made it! The final ‘fields of gold’ shot we used on our 10th anniversary CD was one of forty or so potential covers, BUT, you guys all helped us choose one that you liked and we think you made a fine choice Always fun to see what ends up on the designers floor though #albumphotos #albumart #coverart#blake #harmony #trio #classicalcrossover
Enjoy Blake’s performance of ‘O Waly Waly’ on BBC-One’s Songs of Praise. Do pick up the new Blake album, featuring over a dozen big classics accompanied by the Central Band of the RAF, the RAF Salon Orchestra & singers of the Military Wives Choirs. It’s been at No.1 in the official UK classical chart this month & received over 50 five-star reviews on AmazonUk Thanks for all the amazing support guys! X
Blake performing ‘O Waly Waly’ live on BBC1’s Songs of Praise this weekend (accompanied by the Military Wives Valley choir) as featured on our recently released ‘Anniversary Album’, available on Amazon now http://amzn.eu/8cfMNJ9