Posted on 17/08

Bastedo @ Hanse Sail, Rostock

Last weekend Bastedo attended the annual sailing, Hanse Sail event which takes place in the German town of Rostock, Germany. (See our video reportage at the end of this post:)) The event and gig took place on the sailing boat Atlantis. You can read more about the boat and crew here: http://tallship-atlantis.com/atlantis-en/

We’ve been so busy so we really didn’t know what to expect before hand. To be honest, we hadn’t spent the time investigating just what type of event it would be, but we were really excited, as it was to be our first gig together as a band outside of the UK.

We were asked to perform as guests of Lloyd’s Register. Lead singer Alex, works for LR in a full time capacity. A German colleague had heard Alex sing at an open mike on a visit to London, and with some investigation through other colleagues, felt that a Batsedo performance would make a welcome change for the clients.

The sailing trip is LR’s way of thanking key clients for their continued support and business, and fits in with the company’s Maritime heritage.

The Day’s Schedule

We set of at about 8am to get on the boat and grab some breakfast. Clients started to arrive on board at around 9am. By this time, the PA system had been set up.

The captain gave everyone on board a briefing…I’ll paraphrase…leave the sailing to the experts!! Please don’t climb the rigging…but please enjoy yourself…and we did.

We played several sets throughout the day, of original Bastedo numbers. We also threw in a few Beatles numbers such as Hey Jude and Let it Be. We also threw in Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack, which we could hear some folks humming as they went back onshore :)

The sunshine was glorious,  although by the time we had set sail into the Baltic, it was a little chilly. The Bastedo ladies had to cover up their ‘sexy’ numbers with some good old fashioned fleeces and scarves. Hahaha…that’ll teach us :)

The event was a resounding success. Bastedo were really thrilled with all the positive feedback, and the company has had numerous emails praising the company and the band for a magnificent event. This is very satisfying. Here are some clients that were in attendance.

Watch out video capture of the days events: Bastedo at Hanse Sail

TENNET GmbH 

Nordic Shipyards 

P&S Yards Stralsund 

Vattenfall Europe AG 

AIDA Cruiseship 

 



 

 

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Posted on 15/08

Bastedo @ Hanse Sail, Rostock

Last weekend Bastedo attended the annual sailing, Hanse Sail event which takes place in the German town of Rostock, Germany. (See our video reportage at the end of this post:)) The event and gig took place on the sailing boat Atlantis. You can read more about the boat and crew here: http://tallship-atlantis.com/atlantis-en/

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We’ve been so busy so we really didn’t know what to expect before hand. To be honest, we hadn’t spent the time investigating just what type of event it would be, but we were really excited, as it was to be our first gig together as a band outside of the UK.

We were asked to perform as guests of Lloyd’s Register. Lead singer Alex, works for LR in a full time capacity. A German colleague had heard Alex sing at an open mike on a visit to London, and with some investigation through other colleagues, felt that a Batsedo performance would make a welcome change for the clients.

The sailing trip is LR’s way of thanking key clients for their continued support and business, and fits in with the company’s Maritime heritage.

The Day’s Schedule

We set of at about 8am to get on the boat and grab some breakfast. Clients started to arrive on board at around 9am. By this time, the PA system had been set up.

The captain gave everyone on board a briefing…I’ll paraphrase…leave the sailing to the experts!! Please don’t climb the rigging…but please enjoy yourself…and we did.

We played several sets throughout the day, of original Bastedo numbers. We also threw in a few Beatles numbers such as Hey Jude and Let it Be. We also threw in Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack, which we could hear some folks humming as they went back onshore :)

The sunshine was glorious,  although by the time we had set sail into the Baltic, it was a little chilly. The Bastedo ladies had to cover up their ‘sexy’ numbers with some good old fashioned fleeces and scarves. Hahaha…that’ll teach us :)

The event was a resounding success. Bastedo were really thrilled with all the positive feedback, and the company has had numerous emails praising the company and the band for a magnificent event. This is very satisfying. Here are some clients that were in attendance.

TENNET GmbH 

Nordic Shipyards 

P&S Yards Stralsund 

Vattenfall Europe AG 

AIDA Cruiseship 

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Posted on 6/08

Bastedo’s Latest Shenanigan’s

Haven’t posted for a while. So there’s few things to catch up on. Things are still a bit up in the air, as we have yet to find a permanent replacement guitarist. We have done a few gigs with other musicians. The Bastedo magic is still there regardless :)

In July, we performed at A.R.I.S.E. held at The Tabernacle in Ladbroke Grove. This event was hosted by legendary DJ Daddy Ernie, with special guests on the night: Shaun Wallace, Judith Jacob and Leo Muhammad. Each guest spoke about their careers and motivations, thier approach to challenges etc. It was a really inspurational and enlightening evening. Music for the event is supplied by by resident band D22, who also provided us with accompaniment on the night. We’s just like to say a big thank you to the musicians. Delroi Dyer,(Drums) Igor Fezjula, (Guitar) Abe Hampton (Keyboard) and Alexis Countouris (Bass). It was great performing with a full band for a change.These guys are amazing musicians, and definately gave us the bug, to want to experiement more with a full band. Hopefully, we can work with them again in the future.) The next A.R.I.S.E event will feature Paulette Randell Talawa Theatre Co, Olympic Ceremony) and Miss Dynamite and Football Manager Paul Elliott. D22 will also be back. Looking forward to that.

We also played at Soul Food @ Proud Camden with Jack Lewis on guitar. It was a great evening and as usual we really enjoyed the chilled out vibe and respectful audience. Always nice playing there.

Bastedo lead singer Alex also had an evening out with Alex Bastedo at 606 Club in Chelsea to see The Simon Mulligan Quartet. Simon is an accomplished composer, and the night was a great success. Bastedo will be joining with Simon later this month to perform at Alex’s Animal Sanctuary. All for a good cause.

Alex also attended the Academy of Rock seminar in Dartford. Held by Management Consultant Peter Cook. The seminar is aimed and corporates, and hels them to facilitate change throught the medium of rock and roll. Making an appearance on the night was Bernie Torme of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath fame.

As we work as pefromers and maintain day jobs. Nights out seeing other bands come as a rare treat. That’s why it was really nice for the Bastedo ladies to get out to see legendary guitarist Ciyo Brown at Jazz-on-the-Hill in Herne Hill Jazz on the hill specialiazes in quality live music and Caribbean cuisine. Bliss!! Ciyo a multi-talented musician (who can sing to boot) was supported on the night by Colin McNeish (Double & Electric Bass), Kenrick Row (Drums), Riccardo Reid (Piano and Keyboard and Peter Eckford (percussion). We don’t have any footage but here is Ciyo when he performed at The Hideaway with some of the same musicians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOZ1BO91LDU Alex also attended the North Sea Jazz festival. Although its coming up to a month ago, it deserves a post all to itself, so it will get one. Coming soon. Upcoming gigs include Hanse Sail, Rostock. That’s this weekend, so we’ll fill you in on the details. For other upcoming events, please check out the website:http://itsbastedo.com/ Peace, Bastedo x

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Posted on 30/05

Bastedo in the national press – Alexandra Champions Bastedo

It was in the Daily Mail yesterday, p37.

The wonderful lady Alexandra Bastedo called me and let me know that there had been an article written, and that she knew they were errors and that they were not down to her.

We’re just glad it was in…it would  have been nice for the Journalist Richard Kay to get it right..but beggars can’t be choosers eh? After all….why would a journalist let facts get in the way of a good story. I won’t go on as he might be a personal friend of the great lady, and that wouldn’t do…besides…no real harm done.

I did take the liberty of sending a corrective email……Nope it wasn’t on the front page today…error made…stop the press!!  Anyhow, I’ve reprinted the email here, only so that those of you who read the article have the facts.

Hello,

Yesterday your journalist Richard Kay wrote an article about the upcoming open day at the Alexandra Bastedo Animal Sanctuary. http://www.abcanimalsanctuary.co.uk/

I was really excited to see the article, and I guess its probably too late to do anything about it, but this was our first piece of national press and most of the main facts  concerning out band were incorrect. I know this won’t matter to most of your readers, but it would have been even nicer had some of the facts about our band been correct. Alexandra Bastedo assures me it wasn’t her doing! :)

Here are the facts

1. Lead SingerAlex(andra)  Waston was named after Alexandra Bastedo and was given the ‘nickname’ Bastedo as a child by her Mother.  (I did not grow up with my dad, he wasn’t there at my birth and had no hand in my naming…so this is important to me, although my Mum says I should leave it and she’s just happy we got a mention)

2. It’s not a girl group. I formed the band, and named the band after my namesake, Alexandra Bastedo.

 You can find out more by going to our website, if you have the time or inclination. http://itsbastedo.com/

Many thanks…in spite of the above….very pleased. :)

Alex

…I’m still waiting for a response :)

The event that we will be singing at for Alex is for the annual open weekend that she runs at her animal sanctuary on 15th -16th June 2012. We will be singing on both days. You can find more details on our website. http://itsbastedo.com/

Alexandra Basdtedo has devoted her life to the welfare of animals for many years. You can find more information about the animal sanctuary and the work that she does on her website: http://www.abcanimalsanctuary.co.uk/

 

 

 

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Posted on 10/05

Bastedo- The end of the beginning

Our beloved Vinz, has decided that its time to part company with Bastedo.

Bastedo is the manifestation of a long nursed dream of mine, (lead singer Alex Watson.) I’ve been involved in the music industry in many ways shapes and forms for more years than I care to mention. :) Meeting Vinz, then subsequently forming Bastedo has been an amazing experience for me personally, and I am very sad to see him go.

This is by no means the end of the road for Bastedo however, and like the blog title says, it just marks the end of the beginning. You can still catch Vinz with us over the next few months seeing out committments that have been made before his decision to part ways and also whilst we make the transition to finding and working with new musicians.

 

I know Vinz really doesn’t feel comfortable with all this social media etc, and really just loves listening to great music, and playing (and collecting) his collection of guitars, and writing beautiful guitar melodies. Occasionally singing.:) He’s been such a good sport over the last few years, and a real source of strength and support to the me and the other members of the band.

Like I said, he’ll be with us for the time being, seeing us through this time of transition, and of course we will always be friends.

As for the future. Admittedly, progress has been very slow working on our new recordings. OK, we haven’t started yet! :) However, this is still in the pipeline. Suburban Blues: The Manifesto is still very much an offering you should be anticipating. I’m very excited about recording and getting some of those songs out there available for people to buy and listen to…but nothing good comes easy. Vinz will still be involved.

We have to find a new venue to rehearse and generally just keep the show on the road, and keep building on what we have established to date. Now is the time to take it to the next level.

Eventually we’ll have to update our website. Make no mistake…there is alot to do…but there always is. If you haven’t been to see one of our live shows, perhaps now is a good time.

We have been participating in Live & Unsigned Area Final on 19th May 2012. We’ve been rehearsing our ‘medley’ which invloves us doing one of our own songs and one cover within a 3 and a half minute timeframe.  We’ve settled on a mashup of our song ‘Valuable’ and Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy.’ Let’s see how it goes. This London final will be held at Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex. Tickets are available for £9, and if your interested, just email us on [email protected]

I am personally also very excited about our gigs at The Alexandra Bastedo Champion’s Animal Sanctuary next month. I’ve alluded to this in previous blogs, as she mine and my band’s namesake. I am so looking forward to meeting her (so is my mum :) Bastedo was my childhood nickname.

We always sing this at the start of our sets…its become something of a tradition. This one goes out to Vinz – Loving You.

loving you (1)

Here’s a version of the great woman herself Minnie Ripperton doing a live version in 1975. What a legend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7MqTrXwojk&feature=player_embedded#!

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Posted on 21/03

Upcoming gigs

Mar-Apr

We’ve got some gigs coming up.  It’s going to be nice to take to the stage again.

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Posted on 6/11

Bastedo – The Origin of the Name

One of the questions we always get asked is where we got the name Bastedo.
 We think its a great name! Well, Alex, lead singer was named after a British actress,
Alexandra Bastedo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandra_Bastedo,
Well, we finally got around to contacting her, and these days,
she runs an animal sanctuary :). http://alexandrabastedo.com/
Not only this but we were given some more background about the name. Read on....
The Bastedos can be traced back to the time of Isabella and Ferdinand though 
the name may have originally been Bastida when they took flight and went to 
Holland. Bastida was the tower on wheels they pushed to the ramparts of 
castles so they could invade by clambering over the top.
Whatever the truth about the origins of the name, the fact that it can be traced
 back to these times is quite significant. Isabella and Ferdinand's marriage was
 responsible for tightening the grip of the Roman Catholic church,
 and gave Columbus his mandate to 'discover' the New World. Under their reign they expelled all
Jews and Moors who did not convert to catholicism.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_and_Isabella
Before Celia and Sophia joined the band, Alex and Vinz used to play together, with Alex
performing under the name her own name as she had done for years, Alex Watson.
Once the others joined, it felt natural to want to find a name that we could all refer to.
Alex suggested Bastedo and the others instantly liked it...so Bastedo is was, is and shall be :)

 

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Posted on 27/10

People you meet

we did this one for RJR radio. We hope you like it :)

 

 

 

 

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Posted on 13/07

Update

Its been a long time since are last blog. So what’s been happening with Bastedo? Well we’ve mainly been getting out and about promoting the EP and the band. We love getting together to perform and try and hone our act. We’ve introduced a few new songs to the set. Songs such as…

Sunset Forever ,

Let Me Be

and Codename Desire .

Our next step is to get these tracks recorded, along with the other tracks we want to record for our album. The working title of the album is Suburban Blues: The Manifesto.  The process of recording the Tough Love EP, was an interesting one, and we feel it is just the beginning a really interesting musical journey.  We don’t really have any major strategy with regards to getting our music out there. We just do what we feel, and believe to be right. At this stage that is getting out there, getting in front of people and listening to all the feedback. As a front woman, I feel I have grown an awful lot as a performer in the past year. I have become more confident, and have really loved just being able to get out there and sing my songs from the heart as is. For me its a real journey of self improvement. I can’t speak personally for the rest of the band, and hopefully, they will add their own thoughts and feelings to this blog, but I do feel that each of of us has learned alot in our own unique ways. We enjoy working together, and what you see on stage, is just an extention of what we are off stage. Great friends with massive amounts of respect for one another.  Another great thing about being part of the Live Music scene in Londoon, is all the great people you meet. There are so many people out there making good music. So many dreams. It’s real interesting times. Peace, Bastedo

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Posted on 12/05

Feedback on the Website and EP

Update

Its been a month since we launched our website and EP.  Soon,  Bastedo’s music will be available on Itunes, and we make it also capable to download and buy our tracks via Paypal.  We are all busy promoting our gigs at the Monto Water Rat with Tete (among others) as well as selling CD’s and tickets, but it will be good when we are able to sell downloads digitally….its not the future….its essential no?

Voicethread

We are keeping this post short.  Instead…we have incorporated a voicethread.  (Click here.) It’s an interesting way to interact online. Feel free to leave a comment. You can leave comments as text, video, webcam, voice only….whatever you are most comfortable with. Go on…have a go….we’d really love to get some feedback.

The nature of  voicethread means that people can add comments as they go along, so even if you visit the thread now….you may want to revisit it and see comments left by others.

Peace,

Bastedo

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