Break Cover are now on holiday and have gigged our last gig of this year… 2017 has really been an interesting year with both highs and lows. Claire leaving us at the start of the year meant that for half of 2017, Break Cover had no female lead vocalist. Then while searching for a lead singer, Steve left too.
Enter Lea Truckle… Salisbury Music Awards Best Guitarist 2015 asked if he could play bass. A little flummoxed as, well, it’s an opening for a bass player. But he came, he played and he got the part! And did such a fantastic job on bass, he earned the title of Salisbury Music Awards Best Bassist 2017!
Now would be a great opportunity to give an honourable nod to the many people who have stood in this year. Dave Hitchins on Bass, Ray Franklin also on Bass and Neil & Lea stepping in for Terry on guitar. Thank you very much for your help!
And whilst we are on the thanks list, a separate nod is deserved for Jez Caesar. He played harmonica on many many gigs this year, and was also a part of our Studio CD we recorded way back in Feb this year. Thank you Jez!
Now on to the good stuff… Enter Jemma! Her audition could be described as an open and shut case. It only took two songs for us to offer her the job!
Pubs, clubs, weddings, festivals and concert halls have all been played this year. We had a great crack at open air gigs too including Amesbury Carnival, Durrington Music in the Rec, The New Inn summer music festival, Salisbury’s Music in the Park, Christmas Market and Sunday Market just this weekend gone. We also got to support From The Jam at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown.
As you may have seen though, Lea recently has had a change in circumstances and can no longer commit to playing bass with us. We are sad to see him go as it has been a blast having him in the band. We wish him all the best with whatever is next on his radar.
We have always had such a warm reception from every audience. Thank you to everyone who has seen us play this year. And for all your support online too. Your support means the world to us and you are the reason why we do this. Thank you!!
What’s next for us? A little break right now plus some auditions for a new bassist and get ourselves ready to come back with a bang in 2018.
Keep on rocking, have a great holiday break and see you at a gig soon!
With the Hootenany the day before… There was no rest for the wicked! Getting straight out the door to set up for the Salisbury Christmas Market! It was very well attended and there was lots of bopping and dancing at the stalls we could see, but it only took a break in the weather before a crowd gathered. It was great to be able to play for you all! Thank you very much for showing your support. Not just for us, but to all the independent traders…
Saturday was the night, the night for all to descend upon the Mill and join us in a massive musical celebration. 5 singers, 6 bassists, 3 drummers, 7 guitarists and one harmonic-ist (?!?) gave us the biggest and best Hootenanny so far. Thank you to everyone who came, this would never be an event like it without your support.
If you have photos of the night that you’d like to share with us, please do send us a message. I think we may have seen a tiny fraction of the photos from the night so far!
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!
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.
Two days, two different lineups and two halloween gigs! Thank you everyone who came, we could hear you guys singing along all night! It isn’t too long before the next Break Cover gig. Next weekend at The Cosy Club! Don’t forget you can keep yourself up to date on www.facebook.com/BreakCover/events
Friday nights photos from The Mill. Simon definitely got a little too attached to that hair, regardless of how hot it was!!! A fantastic gig with a smidge of fundraising for Salisbury Live. Dave Hitchins kindly stepping in on bass and Lea on guitar.
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.
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:
Best Covers Band – Salisbury Music Awards 2014 & 2015. Playing 60s up to the present day rock/pop. For bookings please call Craig on 07712 045535 or Ken on 07587 141734