Were the audiences in America as receptive to your music as they were to Henry's?
The people we met on the road who came to our shows had so many nice things to say about our performances. I was really happy at the response we got in general. A lot of people stayed afterwards to talk with us, helped us out by giving us directions, or even bought us drink. Everyone made us feel really welcome wherever we were.
They were really the friendliest people you could hope to meet and we were lucky to have such receptive audiences to play to. I think my music was received very well and I was happy to get to know many interesting characters along the way.
The people we met on the road that we got to know have added us on 'MySpace' and it's nice to be able to stay in touch.
Whose idea was it to hit the road together?
It was a collective 50/50 idea. Henry and I had been talking for a long time about playing live together and getting some shows sorted. We had done two in-studio collaborations where we'd recorded together so I guess the natural progression of our collaborative friendship brought us round to the idea of going on tour together.
At the beginning of the year we set about planning the entire tour. We worked together via the Internet and email to get everything done. By the time I had left Hull I had pressed badges, sorted out all our promotion and web design, and had even visited the Lord Mayor's office.
Meanwhile, Henry and Chris had been busy booking venues. Chris spent a lot of time working on making our CDs up for us; even when I got there she was pressing them and we'd all sit round sticking on labels and putting CDs in boxes. Mostly everything was done between the three of us and with a little help from Henry's friends we had a place to stay.
For the whole duration of the tour we only stayed in a hotel one night because for the rest of the time someone either kindly put us up or let us take over their house for a while.
You played a staggering number of shows in the northeastern reaches of the United States over en extremely short period of time. Did you find that being on tour and moving between different towns and cities on almost a daily basis was an exhausting experience?
The opposite. It's so great to be able to wake up somewhere new everyday, to see the view, to see the landscape changing as you venture into a new state or region. I loved our 14 hour drives. Driving at night can also be good. There is one picture however that Henry took of me on tour where I'm holding a laptop and I look like I'm about to fall asleep, my eyes are barely open and it looks like it's lunchtime. I think I must have been tired that day. Needless to say, that one isn't featured on my main website.
There were times when Henry did look tired, especially having to do all the driving. I would sit there in the front seat making sure we'd stop at every possible opportunity for coffee, then I'd hook up my iPod and switch over to the Rock playlist so we'd have something loud to listen to.
I even fell asleep myself in the car at one point; it was 5:30AM and I managed to sleep through two states before I woke up. Chris would fall asleep in the car more often and sometimes when it was late at night we would see how many hours we could drive before she would wake up and make us stop for the night.
Where were your favourite places to play, and why?
Any place is always good to play but everywhere is always different. I think our show at The Inside Out Gallery in Michigan was one evening where we both particularly enjoyed the set up. The sound was beautiful, the space was huge and it was a great night. There was also a gallery space with lots of abstract art which made for interesting surroundings.
I also enjoyed our concert at the home of Rick and Cindy Beyer. Toby Marquez had showed up with his huge video camera and filmed our whole performance along with everyone who was there on the night talking and having a great time at this party. It was a very warm and welcoming atmosphere: it was a great night.
You regularly sang on some of Henry's songs. Did you find them difficult to learn?
We had a relatively short amount of time to practise together so I learnt Henry's songs at home. I wrote arrangements of the songs we had decided to work on together and emailed them to Henry so he could practise them too. When we finally got the chance to play the material before the tour we only had a few days to get sorted but it went well and the songs sounded really good.
Whilst you were both on the road, you kept a video diary which perfectly chronicled the places you visited and the people you met. Did you make a conscious decision to film as much footage as possible with a view to ultimately editing it down into a tour documentary, or did you initially film just for the fun of it?
Whenever I have been to America before I have always taken a video camera. The first time I met Henry I filmed everything just the same as I did with my tour footage. I like to document and have quite a lot of tapes from previous visits. The idea of making a tour video happened when I watched the footage back at home. I thought it would be something that could work as a project, so I thought I'd have a go.
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