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Twice the Fun!

Saturday 22 December was an exciting day with two gigs to cover!

First up was a last minute gig with the Salisbury Live team as The Zucchinis were sadly not able to do their scheduled slot which meant we got to play in the bandstand for the first time this year.

It was great to see the Christmas Market still in full flow and everyone having a very Christmassy time.

Kudos to Gary Sarum, Brian Mundy and Kelvin O’Brien for running the music at the Christmas Market for the last 3 weeks – very professional and well appreciated!

Next up, a quick hop across town to Qudos Music Bar & Grill.

Once again the Qudos audience were in fine voice and despite, some very naughty sound gremlins (including a microphone cable which stopped working in the 6 minutes between sound check and gig time) an exuberant time was had by all.

Our favourite quote of the night: “As it’s the last Saturday before Christmas would you like to hear a Christmas song?” Qudos replies “NO!!” Righto then, on with the non-Christmas music.

Thanks to Vanessa, Andy, the bar staff and the wonderful audience for another great night at Qudos!

Have a great Christmas and hopefully see you either on Boxing Day at Alderbury Club or back in Qudos for New Years Eve!

Carnival Day at the Testwood Club

It was Totton Carnival yesterday (Saturday 16 June) and the Testwood Club was open to non members and members all day and its safe to say that a lot of fun was had throughout the day.

It was our first gig without Jem so we would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to her for all the gigs and giggles we had on the way. Thanks for being such a great part of Break Cover and good luck for all that you are going to do.

We were very lucky that Amber stepped forward so quickly and it was an absolute joy to introduce her to her first Break Cover gig. Amber comes from a classical music background, and is looking forward to delving into classic rock. In her spare time, in case you cant find her, she will usually be with her horses, or jamming in her originals duo- Common Confusion.

Our first gig at the Testwood Club and Amber’s first gig with us could not have gone any better – the audience were a real blast and were really appreciative of Amber. Hopefully we’ll get to play there again soon. Thank you to Bill Solomon and the Testwood Team for a thoroughly enjoyable evening and for making Amber’s introduction so memorable.

Please join us in welcoming Amber to Break Cover!

Qudos Music Bar & Grill December 2017

Ah Qudos, you are a great venue.

There’s always a little bit of magic when we play Qudos but some nights the magic is especially strong.

It was great to have Ray Franklin back on bass.  Always a stalwart of the band when he was a full time member and certainly some of that old magic was back in the house last night.

Terry is still away so Lea was back on guitar duties and was having far too much fun with it.

But the most important thing was that the audience was having an excellent evening. Dancing started during the sound check so there was a hint there it was going to be a blinder and the crowd did not disappoint.

Even the Christmas tree joined in with the dancing…

All in all a truly magnificent evening and we wish all the staff and customers an amazing Christmas and a very Happy New Year. See you back in Qudos in 2018.

Next Saturday is the Hootenenny at The Mill – NOT to be missed!

 

Salisbury Christmas Market Live

A huge thank you to the people who braved the cold to come and see us last night! We were half expecting it to snow it was that cold and that Christmassy!

Huge thanks also go to Colin and Charlotte for inviting us and having everything so well organised – we’re not sure Simon enjoyed having those tempting food stands so close all night though!! The Rhythm Blasters are playing at the market tonight so please go and show them some love.

That was really good fun and an amazing experience, Outdoor gigs are always really cool and it was great to see so many people having such a good time.

We are back in the Market Square as part of the Christmas Sunday Markets on Sunday 17 December but before then we have a couple of warmer gigs at Qudos Music Bar & Grill on 9 December and what looks like our biggest Hootenanny yet at The Mill Salisbury on 16 December.

Thanks again for coming and hope to see you again soon.

Many thanks to Spencer Mulholland, Hayley and Heather for the additional photos.

Spectacular Cosy Club November 2017

Judging from the feedback last night it’s safe to say that the Cosy Club audience thoroughly enjoyed last night’s show and turned out in good numbers despite the cold and wet November weather.

A really lovely venue with a lot of space (room to dance, which was taken great advantage of), awesome bar staff, lots of seating and a really nice atmosphere.

The audience were singing along right from the first song and still dancing and shouting for more at the end .

Thank you Cosy Club for a great venue and a great audience.

Break Cover at the SMAs 2017

We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to all of you who voted for us in the various categories at this year’s Salisbury Music Awards.

Lea picked up the award for Best Bassist.

Lea is primarily known as a guitar player. Especially as he won The Best Guitarist Award at the SMAs in 2015. But he joined us in May 2017 as our new bassist and has worked tremendously hard to bring a real joyful feel to the band and is well recognised with this award.

We came Runners Up as Salisbury’s Best Covers Band.

You have always been kind to us  with the Best Covers Band Award. We were Runners Up in 2013 then Winners for 2014 and 2015 and then Runners Up for 2016 and 2017.  Thank you!

Craig was placed third in this year’s Awards as Best Drummer.

Although he’s still flying high from when you voted him Best Drummer in 2015.

The Salisbury Music Awards are a fun way to celebrate the incredible live music scene we have here in Salisbury. Whether it’s original music or cover bands; we are looked after amazingly well by an audience that takes the time to come and see all the live music there is on offer.

Without the audience there wouldn’t be the venues and without the venues there wouldn’t be the bands.

So a huge thank you for voting for us and all those who were nominated at this year’s Salisbury Music Awards but an even bigger thank you for coming to see us perform, for liking us on Facebook, for commenting on Fandalism or for however you show your support. It is hugely appreciated.

We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you.

 

Salisbury Music Awards 2017

Salisbury Music Awards has come round again and we are over the moon that Break Cover has been nominated in a number of categories this year.

We’ve not had the smoothest of years since the last awards. We lost Claire at the beginning of 2017 and spent some of the year as a four piece with first Steve and  then Lea on bass. We had some great support from JC on harp which enabled us to deliver the CD ‘Undaunted’ as well as continue gigging through these changes.

At the beginning of the summer Lea joined the band and more recently Jem joined us too and they have both brought a new energy to the band.

There is a link at the bottom of this post to the 2017 Salisbury Music Awards and we encourage you to take a few moments to vote for your favourites. You’ll need to vote in each category and then click next all the way to the end and then click Vote otherwise none of your selections will be counted.

Voting is open now with the awards being held at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 28 October (while we are playing at The New Inn in Amesbury) so you have a short time to get your votes in.

We have been nominated in the following categories:

Best Guitarist – Simon Dickenson (Break Cover)
Best Bassist – Lea Truckle (Break Cover)
Best Drummer – Craig Butler (Break Cover)
Best Covers Band – Break Cover (Break Cover)

and you can vote here:

The Crown Inn and The New Inn

A huge thank you to all the people that came out to see us at both gigs this weekend!

The Crown Inn in Ludgershall is a very nicely refurbished pub with a great performance space and the folks loved what we did. And we got to squeeze in some new tunes too. It was extremely warm though – it is nearly October right?

Next up was The New Inn in Amesbury and a change around of the regular line up. Lea took on guitar duties and Dave Hitchins stepped in on bass. We even got JC in for a few tunes on harp too.  It was great to see so many faces in the crowd and also to see old and new friends too! The new songs are now firmly in and went down a storm.

We now have a few weeks off while band members have holidays.

Thanks to those that made it out this weekend and thank you all for your continued support. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!