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Q&A with Arcelia


What are you listening to right now?

Gav: Rodregez

Tree:  Bahama’s new album ‘Bahamas is Alfie’ and Eric Whiteacre’s ‘Light & Gold’

Simon: I’m in the middle of arranging and recording an a’cappella version of Use Somebody by The Kings of Leon for The Flying Pickets. Frankly, it’s beginning to grate upon my very soul!

How did you get into music?

Gav: By saying ‘yes’ a lot

Tree: Joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at 21 and dipped in and out since then.

Simon: I learned the clarinet from age 7 then thankfully, I managed to sidestep it when school homework began to pile up. I used to call it “The misery stick” and was delighted when I could ignore it. Then I picked up saxophone at 18 and sort of fell accidentally into singing when I was about 20.

Who do you follow religiously on Twitter?

Gav: Mark Nevin & Chris Difford

Tree: Justin Currie and Chris Neil

Simon: Kathryn Williams, I think she write such beautiful songs.

What have you been reading lately?

Gav: A road less travelled M Scott Peck

Tree: Been preparing an audiobook recording so nothing but THAT right now! Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle, it’s excellent and published very soon.

Simon: New Scientist – I love it. If you listen to, watch or read the news, it feels like we live in a corrupt and joyless world. New Scientist articles give me such hope for the future. The world is an exciting place about which we know very little, and I love the fact that the more we learn, the more we know there is to learn.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

Gav: No one person all my friends have something that I admire

Tree: My husband

Simon: my wife.

Which song do you wish you had written?

Gav: This week, it’s True Colours by Cyndi Lauper

Tree: The Right Place by Mark Nevin

Simon: Allelujah, written by Mark Nevin, sung by Eddi Reader. What a magical combination. NOT Hallelujah written by Leonard Cohen, although commonly attributed to Jeff Buckley ( Who is also great by the way!)

We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?

Gav: Soda & lime

Tree: A half pint of IPA or a lime & soda

Simon: Real ale, preferably one local to wherever the bar is.

Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?

Gav: Me on a bad day

Tree: Edwina Currie. Eeek!

Simon: Anyone with halitosis intent on sharing their opinions.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Gav: Me on a good day

Tree: An actress. Wish fulfilled!

Simon: I didn’t know what I wanted to do. At age 18 I had the choice of being a Reindeer herder or a Fireman. I chose Fireman. Music came along more seriously later on.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Gav: gigging, writing, the beach, festivals

Tree: Finishing work on our old barn, spending some long, lazy days in the garden with the hens, starting on the next album and  gigging in lovely new venues

Simon: I’m really excited about recording the next Arcelia album. We have around half of it already written and I can’t wait to get back in the studio.

What gigs, songs or albums are you promoting at the moment?

Gav, Tree & Simon: Arcelia’s debut album ‘WRAP YOUR BONES’ Available online now in all the usual places.

How can we find out more about you?

You can visit our website  www.arcelia.co.uk

Our Facebook page  www.facebook.com/arcelia.co.uk

Or come along to a gig, hear us play LIVE and say hello – we love a good natter!


Tony McDonagh
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