I trust everyone enjoyed the ride on ‘year of the horse’. The Hazaarians certainly did, however for us it was more ‘year of the function’. Our raucous pub gigs were replaced with beautiful marquees, tipis and manor houses. Our hosts were welcoming, warm and well upfrit!
The summer brought us a new recruit, the king of ‘Bezmer’, Owen. A voice that causes such seismic activity we get hounded by fracking protesters. Owen also knows how to throw gypsy shapes, hence the ‘Bezmer’ moniker. A melting pot of Klezmer music and Bez from the Happy Mondays!!
There was still the occasional public outing, Beautiful Days festival, Kingsbridge Food and Drink festival and a blistering set for Moretonhamstead Music Day were my personal highlights. October saw the arrival of Rudy, Rupert’s third son. A blues legend in the making Rudy joins Ollie and Mo in the McDonald musical dynasty.
The year was topped off in our own back yard at the Ring of Bells North Bovey, We aired a few ‘alternatives’ from the back catalogue which made for an interesting set.
To be amongst friends in a pub on windswept dartmoor on the eve of new year playing the tunes we love, ain’t bad eh?
So to the new year...
A return to Exeter’s favourite live venue The Old Firehouse for a residency beginning on Saturday January 17th. The Hazaarians are amped up for this one, it could be a classic. So come and dance!