rowangolightly: (QG Current)
...from our Facebook page:

" C'mon, folks, we're less than 50 fans away from breaking the 1000-fan barrier! Tell your friends about us, and let's get that membership number up to the magic mark!"

When I asked Bruce if we could do something to celebrate that benchmark, he said, "Jump up and down and yell 'whoopie'?" which made me giggle like mad. Tomorrow is getting ready for the floatrip, so we're sorta low ebb on marketing ideas at the moment.

We do have some terrific new stuff coming, including a brand new original song by DJ called, "Road to Where" that we finalized the arrangement on during last weekend's rehearsal. Can't wait to perform it! Maybe a new CD somewhere next year, in addition to the long overdue Christmas and Yule one? Maybe....we'll see!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Queens-Gambit/49651680291?ref=ts

Please tell your friends! Come join us on Facebook...
rowangolightly: (Default)
I'm desperately seeking a new blank book for the lyric book.

I pretty much want to duplicate what I've used for the last, ye gods, seven years now. Those of you who have seen me using it, toting it around, leaving it gods-know-how-many different places...know of what I speak.

This is an 8-1/2" by 10", hard-bound, covered in velvet, spiral ring notebook containing about an 1" stack of lined paper. I found the original one in Borders in Overland Park on Metcalf back in '03. It's lasted very well, all things considering, since I've carted it all over the midwest, filling it with lyrics, leaving it out in the rain and well, yeah, using the hell out of it.

I have looked at every Borders, every Barnes and Noble, on-line, in office supply stores; I've googled and searched and Can't. Find. One. At. All.

I really don't care what color the velvet it; this one is red. I'd love blue or green or purple...or whatever. But I can't find ANY. Needs to be spiral bound so that I can turn it all the way open so it lies flat with one page showing on front; regular notebooks can't do that.

This one is DONE; the venerable lyric book is FULL, it's been well-loved, scribbled in, scratched out and underlined. It has no more blank pages; each one is covered both front and back. It's warped and water marked, literally, from having left it in the book bag overnight at OKRF one night accidentally. It was after one of the evening events, King's Feast, I think, two years ago when we thought it was just the cooler we'd left there. And then it rained overnight and the next morning, got out there and realized that I'd also left the book bag, which protected it fairly well, just a few pages got wet and the ink ran a bit. I kept using it as the valuable resource that it is for someone like me who has such trouble memorizing lyrics, not to mention being the place we keep the final word on keys and arrangements.

So I need another hardbound, spiral ring notebook, preferably containing about 200 blank, lined pages, preferably covered in velvet but at this point, it's getting desperate; I NEED another lyric book!

Anybody know where I can find one?
rowangolightly: (QG Current)
Do me a favor, please? I'm trying a marketing experiment and I'd like to see just how many people I can get to become a fan of Queen's Gambit on Facebook.

Just go here: http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=49651680291&view=user#/pages/Queens-Gambit/49651680291?ref=s
And click "become a fan" and that's all you need to do.

Help a gal out, ok? I have a goal to get 2000 people signed onto Queen's Gambit's Facebook page before tomorrow noon.

Hey, you gotta have goals, right?

Thanks in advance!
rowangolightly: (QG Current)
This is our schedule for this year at OKRF in Muskogee, OK. I want to post it here (and elsewhere) because it's different than in recent years. We'll be at our usual spot, Burns' Stage in the morning but inside the Castle in the AIR CONDITIONING inside the Black Boare Pub, alternating shows with the wonderful Bedlam Bards.

So here's our schedule:

Burn's Stage
11:45 - 12:30 Queen's Gambit Ballads

12:30 - 1:00 Royal Parade

Black Boare Pub
1:00 - 1:45 Queen's Gambit, Ballads
2:45 - 3:30 Queen's Gambit, Ballads
4:15 - 5:15 Queen's Gambit, Ballads & Mayhem

I have no idea what we'll be doing after morning jam, probably busking near the front gate or something but you can't miss us! And with thunderstorms forecast for this weekend, we're especially happy to be inside!

So that means that our last show of the day will very likely feature some of our bawdy songs. But you know us, we aim to do different songs for each show (that is unless Bruce gets one song in his head and we repeat it!)

See you there! All the weekends in May....

OH and....

Apr. 6th, 2009 11:03 am
rowangolightly: (QG Current)
We tried to find the Paper that supposedly had pictures of Queen's Gambit it in, but it wasn't in the ($2!) Sunday edition.

Anybody know if it was printed in the Saturday paper and perhaps have a couple extra copies of it?

Name is, um, Daily Oklahoman? I donno....I didn't see it, just heard about it.
rowangolightly: (QG Current)
Hiya, everybody!

Yes, we are still driving to Kansas City tonight.

Yes, we are still having the Kansas City CD Release Party at Crescent Springs in old Overland Park tomorrow from 2 - 4:30pm.

Yes, we are driving back to Tulsa in the morning and ARE having our Tulsa CD Release Party at Borders Books on 21st street from 2 - 4:30pm.

A little snow can't stop us, and we hope it won't stop you either.

A spice-almond-rum cake is in the oven now as well as ham/boursin cheese/pepperjelly roll-ups (like sausage cookies but different; recipe later, right now I don't have time) and spinach-artichoke dip and hummus (if I can find it in the store when I get up there...the dried Fantasticks brand IS!)

Nikki's bringing oatmeal/butterscotch cookies and a fruit torte so yum! These are for the KC party since at Borders, we're in the Coffee shop and I think they'd object if we brought our own food!


For further clarity: YES, everybody is invited and welcome! And here's the addresses:

Sat. March 28th 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Crescent Springs
7317 W. 80th St.
Overland Park, KS

Sun. March 29th 2-4 p.m.
Borders Bookstore
2740 E. 21st St.
Tulsa, OK
Please come and join us in the fun at either location, or both, if you're crazy enough! Lots of fun and music and friends.

And yes, we'll drive carefully!

Bye....
rowangolightly: (Default)
Having finally found my dandilion puller on Friday, I went to evict the dandilions from the garden and back yard, only to discover that a lot of those little yellow flowers were NOT dandilions at all but were attached to what looks like very low-growing strawberry plants.

So it seems that we have strawberry plants spreading in the back yard that have yellow flowers; never heard of that before. I googled and found that there are strawberry plants with pink flowers so we'll see what happens. Wild strawberries, yum! Who knows if they'll produce anything but it'll be interesting to watch.

And second, does anybody know anything about the nifty-looking Irish pub called Granny's Attic in Tahlequah? It's a lovely building just a block from the college campus. It is clean and bright but not open. I've been by there 3 or 4 times and the lights are on and the place is clean and stocked and looks completely ready for business. It's just not open. We didn't take the time to try to find someone to ask about it; wanted to head home after Wharrgarbl, but every time I drive by the place, I get curiouser and curiouser. The website shows an impressive line-up for two months, presumably from last year but there is no year listed, somewhere in google reviews I found a listing for a concert with the Elders in 2009 but nothing on the web-site. The owner is listed as Sam Egan but the email doesn't go through. It would be an awesome venue for Queen's Gambit but not if the place isn't open...

Now I'm off to Sertomas to get the CDs shrink-wrapped. BOY, can I feel the digging I did in the garden yesterday and the late night since Bruce had a nap but I didn't. Tired; but muchly to do.

So.....

Mar. 13th, 2009 11:19 am
rowangolightly: (Default)
For our gig at O'Malley's this coming Tuesday....we need a CD wench since we'll be taking orders for the new CD as well as selling our other ones.

Raven will be there, for sure, and will be a big help but if we could have somebody there to CD wench for us, that would be awesome! I know, it's a work day; bummer! But you'd get either a CD or a t-shirt outa the deal and our sincere thanks!

Ya don't get what ya don't ask for!

*tap tap*

Mar. 12th, 2009 12:30 pm
rowangolightly: (QG Current)
::blows in mike:: Is this thing on?

*ahem*

Wait for it....


...

Put on your Green and come see us!

...


QUEEN'S GAMBIT is booked at O'Malley's Irish Pub in Weston, MO on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, from 3:30 to 7:pm (not sure which stage, since they have 2 and times/scheduling are still being worked on)


http://www.westonirish.com/OMALLEYS.html

Aw hell...

Feb. 11th, 2009 02:40 pm
rowangolightly: (RowanDrumming)
Either LJ is having troubles or we are with the network locally. I'm TRYING to load images for the band-mates to choose for shots that Eric needs for the promo he's doing up for QG.

Every time I try to load a photo, it tells me that the connection got interrupted.

So this may take some time, folks. I've spent ALL morning on this so far. But I FINALLY succeeded in "photoshopping" some images to my satisfaction; little stuff like replacing a house corner with shrubbery, and de-emphasizing my ugly tooth fillings in this pic.

Huh, ok...well, it let me make this icon; why won't it let me download images?

(And yes, Berkie, I know it's blurry; I don't know how to do that but if you'll clue me in, I might be able to learn it!)
rowangolightly: (QG Current)
Thanks to Eric Williams of WWC Marketing, we are delighted to announce that we will be having a CD release party of "Castle Queen's Side", the 6th QG CD in Tulsa on March, 29th.

It will be at 2:00pm at Borders Books at 2740 E 21st St. .

We are working on getting a CD release party in Kansas City or Lawrence for the day before; any help in that endeavor (of finding us a retail location for the party) would be most appreciated. Yes, we're crazy enough to travel to different cities for CD release parties; but then, we're a tri-city band!


*cross posted to QG group and yahoo group*

Please come, tell all your friends and help us launch this new CD (and help our sales at Borders!)

THANK YOU, Eric; you rock!

New pics...

Feb. 8th, 2009 06:33 pm
rowangolightly: (Default)
Ok, here are some of the new pics that [livejournal.com profile] heyitschris1 just took of Queen's Gambit yesterday. For the record, I'm IMMENSELY critical of pics of me and won't be using any of the individual shots of me. What an incentive to lose weight, ye gods! NOT Chris' fault by any means.

But we do need help choosing the pic which will go on our newly-written web-site. Yes, we're changing it so that we'll have less focus on Renfaires and more as professional musicians.

So....please help us choose so I won't have to do it! We all put down our preferences and these are the ones which at least two of us chose. Bruce is still working recording so he hasn't chosen any yet.

cut for lots of pics )

Woo Hoo!

Jan. 26th, 2009 09:50 pm
rowangolightly: (QG at Sapa)
Check out the new QG image on both icon and on the web-site...

www.queens-gambit.com

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tigerlady1974's stealthy picture taking during SAPA Character Camp!

Now we've got the WHOLE band properly photographed. And yes, this image will no doubt be used in the cover art of the new CD!
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
I'm looking for pictures of Queen's Gambit to use on the inside of the cover and on the back of the new CD.

First, I need a picture of Queen's Gambit at Heartland with me as QE; none of the ones on the 5Rings site have all five of us. I have to re-find the disc that Fugli sent us because I think there might be one or two on there; I remember seeing a couple of them, one from a stage show where I joined QG during a show and then at least one from the Sunday, at Pub Sing! Has to be from Sunday 'cause Becky wasn't with us on Saturday due to school commitments.

And then I need a good picture of the five of us as we usually are; DJ's joined us recently enough that there aren't that many of us. Another reason to get some good shots taken at Character Camp this weekend and then at Scarlet's next weekend.

Anybody, at all....Bueller?


Oh yeah, and that storm's blowing in. Here's hoping it won't be THAT cold this weekend. But I'm packing all my silk long-johns just in case.

ok, putting the images behind a cut )
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
(I SO need a more up-to-date band icon!)

Next weekend we're traveling down to Mexia, TX to take part in the SAPA Character Camp. To say that I'm excited that the whole band can go this year is a vast understatement. It looks like there'll be record attendance this year and that utterly rocks. As much as I'm all about entertaining the patrons, having the opportunity for the actors to spend a whole weekend together, in character and in costume, focusing on interacting with one another and being able to play our characters, full out, is completely amazing. I've learned things about Rowan Golightly during Character Camp that I could not have learned any other way. And the fact that we'll be sleeping inside where it's warm and comfy and that they're providing it for us as a thank you for our traveling down there, is simply awesome. We LOVES are Scarby friends, yes we do! Can't wait to see everybody. Here's hoping that the weather will cooperate (for a change!)

The weekend after that is Scarlet's Mid Winter Faire, January 24th & 25th at the Historic Farmer's Market and Event Center, 311 S. Klein Ave., Oklahoma City, OK
It runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. There is also a Masked Ball from 9pm to midnight. Ball includes: food, drink, entertainment and special storyline developments

Ticket information:
Weekend Pass, including Masked Ball Tickets: $34.00 per ticket ($40.00 Value)
One day admission for adults $11.00
Children ages 5-12,
Senior, Military and Special Guests $7.00
Children under 5 are admitted free
Masked Ball Tickets: $18.00 per ticket
Merchants and Performers show your badge for discounted Ball Admission of $10.00

Free Shuttle bus and directed parking for merchants, performers and guests.
http://www.scarletfest.com/MidWinterFaire.htm

After that, more recording so we can have the new CD out by Norman.
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
Working like mad on the new CD and pleased so far. Now it gets to the graphic design stuff.

We're calling the next Queen's Gambit CD "Castle Queen Side" and we're wanting to design a cover with that move on a chess board we have. In googling that move, I see all sorts of stuff but none of us actually playing chess leaves us at a bit of a disadvantage.

So what I'm needing is the arch typical O-O-O move that anyone (who plays chess) would recognize when they look at the CD cover.

There's this:
http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j110/Beethovenv/ChessProblem52-ElusiveQueen.jpg
There's all this stuff when I google image for "Castle Queen Side" but I need it narrowed down a bit.

Help, please? *coughSonOfDustcough*

*cross-posted to yahoo group*
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
This is the newest of the new stuff....

I first heard this song at O'Flaherty Irish music retreat a few weeks ago. When Danny O'Flaherty sang it in class, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. There were only about 10 of us in the class and when he looked at me and said, "You need to do this song; nobody's doing this song." I just sorta melted and said, "Oh, ok." Then he sang it again at the unforgettable song session on Sunday night with all of us harmonizing along. I'd told them about it, but Becky and Nikki looked at me and said, "OH YEAH, we have to do this song!" And so I told Bruce about it, cut the tape so he could hear it, and last night he worked it up. I had no idea when he hollered down from the recording room, "Susi, you're needed!" that this was what he'd been working on. It's now haunting me, not so much an ear worm as a realization of something I need to do.

It was written by J.K. Casey, the author of "By the Rising of the Moon" which was written when he was just 15 years old. He was later incarcerated in an English prison during which he wrote "Hills of Connemara" which expresses so agonizingly beautifully his longing for home. He died at 27 from the effects of the poor treatment he received as an Irish rebel in prison. The thing I really love about this song is that it reflects no bitterness whatsoever, just a longing for home.

And the music was put to it by Danny O'Flaherty; fortunately I managed to record that whole story on my little digital recorder. For anyone who knows Danny or has heard him speak, it's priceless.

But the song...and yes, it WILL be on the new CD. I think we've decided to call the new CD "Castle, Queen's Side" (Bandmates, please correct me if I'm wrong here, ok?

new song )

And it looks like we may also be adding another new song; an SCA song that we first heard at SAPA Character camp last year, called "Vivat the Dream." Nifty sentiments in it; we're in communication with the gal who wrote it and she's interested in persuing it. *chuckle* Seems she didn't expect it to have any application outside the SCA!
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
"About a month ago, I bought tickets to Boare's Head Feaste at the Castle in Muskogee, an event which is taking place this Saturday evening. Due to other events, though I will still be in Muskogee, I will not be attending Boare's Head. Would anyone like to buy a pair of tickets from me for the Feaste? Let me know if you would, and we can discuss it in detail elsewhere. Thanks!"

So, if anyone is looking to attend Boare's Head Feaste and missed out on tickets, contact [livejournal.com profile] bountifulpots. If you've never been to Boare's Head Feaste, it is truly an event to behold. Three hours of solid entertainment and food served by amazing characters.

You'll get to hear the Bedlam Bards and Queen's Gambit (and you'll get to hear the new 5 member version of QE with 2 violins performing on a brand new wonderful sound equipment by which, hopefully this year, we'll be able to hear ourselves as well as everyone else hearing us, finally. There will be wonderful belly-dancing and really tremendous food. This is truly one of the best parties of the year.

It is completely sold out, so this would be one of the only ways I know to get a ticket.

For Nikki

Oct. 29th, 2008 01:55 pm
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
...an image of Connemara for a musical icon, if you wish. (And 'cause I don't know how to put an image into a comment.)

cutting the image 'cause I'm nice )

Ok here, just torture yourself more:
http://countiesofireland.com/county_galway.html

Also, now that I have more memory in my lap-top, I'm loading the CDs we bought at O'Flaherty's onto my 'puter. Ye gods, I'm turning into a mini-geek. *sigh* Or not. It worked FINE when Bruce was here. Of course. Computers hate me, they really do.
rowangolightly: (QG 07)
Danny O'Flaherty on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZuYSReJkYQ

He did this song during one of the concerts and in our class; we all harmonized with him. He's a true Bard who wants everyone to be part of the music.

And this is Mickey Dunne from last year's Friday evening concert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge-ddbEeJ3w&feature=related

Amazing stuff. Everybody who's interested in Irish music should go to O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat next year....really.

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