A little photo album of some memorable gigs, various line-ups, and general larking about you do as a band over 7 years.
Craig has been a founding member of the band back in 2012, and has been the drummer/vocalist all the way through to now. He took the decision some time ago to leave the band, and this time was always going to come. Through thick and thin, 7 years and 222 (yes, I counted them!) gigs, we all wish him well in whatever he wants to do next. Take care Craig!
As most guitarists will know, sometimes a guitar will catch
the eye, you buy it, you gig it, it’s just another guitar. However, every
so-often there is that guitar that ends up with a story behind. A story that
many will never know. And so, as a serving member of the RAF with two very
large military based events coming up over the next week, I would like to share
the story of the blue Stratocaster.
Back in 2011, there was a trawl for volunteers on the RAF
main internal website. The RAF theatrical association were looking for a
Guitarist, a bassist, a drummer and brass players to become the pit band for a
musical. At this point in my life, I’d left any hope of joining a band back
when I joined the RAF in 2000, but I was asked to audition and then offered the
At the time, my kit was definitely rated as “bedroom player”
but one of the things I wanted to do was to get myself a guitar that matched
the performance. It would of course be on show, but just stage left of where
the cast were performing!
I bought myself a Squier Bullet Stratocaster on special
offer at Argos in Salisbury for £80. Then armed with a swatch of material the acting
cast would be wearing, I hopped over Southampton Road to Halfords and picked up
what I thought was the perfect colour match… Peugeot Kingfisher Blue.
The guitar was dismantled and sanded down (with any “lines”
blended out). It got a couple of coats of grey primer, Metallic blue, laquer,
the special touch of an RAF roundel and Voila! The guitar was set.
After many months practicing at home, and rehearsals with
the band and cast, the week long run of the Return to the Forbidden Planet was
over……BUT, I’d caught the bug again for playing in a band!
In the winter of that year I answered an advert from a band
looking for a guitarist. That led on to become Break Cover…. From dusting off
playing guitar; to my first proper band: this guitar has seen it all.
Being in the military, deployments are part and parcel of
the job. So, when I found out I was going on a 4-month tour of the Falklands,
there was no question of what guitar would come with me! The Blue Stratocaster was
the cheapest guitar I owned. If it was to get broken in transit, it wouldn’t
have been a major loss. During those 4 months, the guitar was played at Jam
nights, when bored in my room, when letting off some steam in the music club or
as part of 3 different bands playing at over 15 gigs, including two high
profile events with the Island’s Governor in attendance. In the years following,
this guitar has travelled with me on numerous operational deployments and
exercises. It has racked up a distance of more than twice around the world in
air miles and even had some time in a Chinook…
After being played in numerous practices, jams, and gigs on
4 different continents, it has definitely outlived it’s “Argos Starter Guitar”
label, and is by far one of the most comfortable guitars to play. Although this
might have something to do with the hours and hours and hours it has been
This guitar has definitely “lived” with me
through the last 8 years in the RAF. And despite still being the cheapest
guitar I own; its sentimental value is priceless. So, it seems only fitting
that the blue Strat is the guitar of choice at the RAF Benevolent Fund event on
Monday and the Armed Forces Day gig on Friday.
Ah Qudos – Music Bar & Grill… We do love playing here! It’s great to play during the Salisbury Live weekend and to an appreciative audience! Next stop for us is the Radnor Arms next Friday. Hope to see you there!
Our first time playing at The Greyfisher out in Harnam. Managed to sneak a couple of new ones in, and are sounding great! Thanks to all who came out to see us. Our next public gig is in Calne at The Talbot Inn on the 11th May.
Thank you so much for having us, and seeing in 2019 with great spirit. We always enjoy coming to play at Qudos, but this was a special occasion. The food had sold out with nearly a week to go, and there wasn’t much room in the pub all night!
Thank you so much for your support in 2018. We are taking a small gig “holiday” as the back end of the year has been a bit full on. Our first date in the calendar is in March, but as always, keep your eye on the Break Cover page for details closer to the time.
Recorded in September of 2018 in a small place near Romsey, we went into the Studio to record ten tracks.
This page is where you can come to stream the album direct from the internet. If you would like a physical copy, please do ask for one at one of our gigs. There is always a copy or two that you can have!
Great night was had last night and indoors, the weather wasn’t going to put this one off! Thank you to everyone who came out to see us! And thank you kindly to one Mr Dave Hitchins who stood in on the bass again tonight.
We have got a small break now, our next public gig is on the 22nd December at Qudos! Keep on rocking!
What an afternoon this was! Many cars, stalls, food, drink, people, music and an incredible atmosphere. It was an absolute honour to play for you on Sunday afternoon and it was so well received. Truely humbled by some of the feedback the band got on the day and also later via Social Media.
Thank you to everyone who came. Salisbury, you rock!