I have had a tremendous year. So busy that I didn't even finish my October blog post. It was such a completely mahvellous whirlwind of events over the whole year crammed in between parenting and werk that I have got this far and am now feeling a bit broken. Been at it hammer and tongs for a whole year and not stopped for a proper rest.
I have travelled and not slept and had fantastic shows with fantastic people almost non stop since last February. Just look at my gig schedule on http://www.missvontrapp.com... And read all about it in my previous blog posts on here!!
So many highlights so here's just a few off the top of my head: MorecambeSteampunks, Annual Einsturzende Neubaten Party at Electrowerkz, Decodanse in London with Joe Black and Marcella Puppini and more... and Phoenix Alternative Festival in Llanfyllin with Doctor and The Medics and Shocktober and Yule and and and... many many mahvellous others... All of them really. Loved every moment!!
And 2015 was also the year I turned down Britain's Got Talent. They really really wanted me with mobile numbers and meetups arranged but I just didn't want to do it. Have been busy enough this year and I already have a mahvellous audience without adding television into it... and signing my soul away to Simon Cowell.
It was also the year I was sculpted as a mini metal figurine by Oakbound Studio as part of their Legends of British Steampunk collection. How cool is that? Preserved in lead for eternity!! Plus you can buy me...
October found me doing SEVEN SHOWS in the space of less than four weeks - which was incredible if not a bit crazy. And lots of compering in two of them and duetting with Kiss Like Ether at one of the shows. My audiences have been incredible also over the whole year for which i am eternally grateful. It can be a bit lonely onstage on yer own with your legs wrapped round your instrument.... I love you all!!
And then there was Yule...I had an hour long singalong workshop where I trialled new material for children over 10 and grown ups - and will be on the next album - and duetted with the Mysterious Freakshow and Professor Elemental. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Yes I only had 3 hours sleep before werk the next day but it was completely worth every minute. Just look at these awesome photos...
Wearing a new sparkly top hat made by Penny Bizarre, my Childcatcher coat made by Lilly Laudanum and corsetry from All woman corsets. Photo by Paul Ligas Photography.
Duetting with The Mysterious Freakshow. Photo (c) A&E photography.
Duetting with Professor Elemental. Always a highlight of the Yule Ball. Image copyright Paul Ligas Photography.
And finally I get to the end of the year and a stupid photo taken on the way to work makes it into the local paper. And it's about right. I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore. And I want those shoes...
So what's next in Miss Von Trapp world?
2016 promises more cabaret and steampunk festival shows, a prospect of much more compering, an Airship Trip to Northumberland, a ride on a steam train... and also much needed quality time to focus on new material for a couple of albums I have in progress so i am limiting my October schedule. I want to record and release Nursery Crimes and also a MASSIVE Christmas album. And more collaborations. They're always fun.
And I'm going to be 42 in June. I might even discover the meaning of life...
Goodbye 2015. You were mahvellous. Looking forward to the New Year! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
All my love and gratitude for your support in 2015!
Miss Von Trapp xxxx