Summer Festivals & other news
Summer Festivals & other news
Hi folks, And thanks for dropping by to catch up on all things Z&P! It's been a few months since our last blog and since then we've been busy touting the new album, playing local shows and rehearsing a new acoustic set for our up-coming festival appearances. As you may have read from our previous posting last June and July we were to play a number of shows as a support act (Sparrow and the workshop, Judy Collins, Chapin sisters etc), These shows were a blast and perfect for us to 'road-test' the material to fresh new audiences and so far the response has been brilliant, The three piece acoustic setup (featuring our new singer/guitarist Dave Sivell) has been fully embraced and has proved a winning format with that incredible third part harmony! Certainly the Judy Collins show was a highlight for us, (not only to have supported a folk-music legend) but to have a packed-out audience who really knew their stuff musically to really dig what we do was great and we completely sold out of albums on the night too, which was a nice bonus! Hanging out with the lovely Chapin sisters was cool too, And certainly reaffirmed for us that there is a definite buzz about west-coast harmony folk rock happening both sides of the pond! Exciting times ahead we thinks.
Z&P recently played a show in conjunction with Spillers Records for the 'Big Little City' exhibition at Cardiff's old library,Celebrating all that's great about Cardiff and it's culture and characters BLC was a triumphant success! pictures from the show here http://cardiffarcades.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/spillers-saturday-sessions-no-11-zervas-and-pepper/ Thanks Amy.
Also around 2 weeks ago we performed at the brand-new 3 day Rheola Festival in Neath sharing the stage with some of Wales best 60's inspired rock/psych bands and all things country-folk AND also the legends that are 'The Zombies'. We performed on the Sunday and we debuted the new acoustic set to a brilliantly response audience! We also had an awesome time milling round the place as spectators too. Anyways thank you to all who attended those shows, We hope you had as good a time as us!
The next festival event on the ZP calendar this August is an appearence at the (now sold-out) Green Man festival in the beautiful Glanusk Park in Brecon. We're over the moon to be featured on this years lineup as GM is considered one of the best independent Folk,Psych and Americana festivals in the world. Headliners and top acts this year include no less than Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Laura Marling, Gruff Rhys and Explosions in the sky. We've hired 'Dilys' A classic 1960's split screen VW Camper and will be rockin' up to GM in style this year and we'll be performing on the popular 'GM Pub stage' on the Friday 19/08/11, We've packed our wellies (just in case). For more info or to view our GM profile page click this link http http://www.greenman.net/ orhttp://www.greenman.net/artist2011/zervas-and-pepper/4289. Hope to see you there!
Other festivals on the near horizon include the 'Watusi' fest in Rhoose this coming September and we're proud to announce that we'll also be playing as part of this years SWN festival (a superb multi-venue/Genre crossing festival that practically takes over the Wales music scene throughout the summer), The place/time is still TBA but for more/latest info check this link http://www.swnfest.com/line-up-2011/zervas-pepper/
Our next 'single' release is to be the current 'live-favourite' Cigar Store Indian, Already twice featured in the last fornight on BBC 6 Music's introducing with Tom Robinson show and subsequent Podcasts this looks set to be a great choice to introduce a new audience to our music, So keep an ear out for it on your local radio station in the coming months.
Also keep an eye out for our forthcoming interview for Newsoundwales http://www.newsoundwales.com/index.htm
Little by little we're also writing new material now that will form our next release, Both Kath and I have a few new Ideas apiece and they're shaping up nicely, With a bit of luck we'll have the next album ready for Spring 2012 with maybe even a small EP? Single? release in the interim.... hmmmmmm, We'll have to see. Anyways, Enjoy the summer and hope to catch you at a ZP show soon! x Paul