As you will have noticed if you came to any of the gigs, there was a different drummer – in order for Mostly Autumn to progress and move forward freely I have had to take the decision to choose the line-up on a tour by tour basis, as members sometimes, quite rightly, have their own commitments. For the rest of the year, barring 3 concerts, Alex Cromerty from the Heather Findlay Band, will be drumming with us in place of Gavin. Hannah Hird (most recently seen harmonising with Ellie Golding on her recent tour) will be fulfilling the rest of the year on harmony vocals and keys in place of Anne-Marie.
We sincerely wish Anne- Marie and Gavin the best of luck with anything they do and look forward to embracing the many talents of Hannah and Alex. The rest of the band will be as normal.
After many years of a constantly changing band Mostly Autumn had finally had achieved some stability by keeping a lineup together for three years, and this has been reflected in some increasingly powerful live performances. So it’s sad to see the 2010-2013 incarnation of the band coming to an end.
Anne-Marie’s stage presence and flute playing will be greatly missed from Mostly Autumn’s live shows, and the apparent dropping of the flute from the band’s sound severs the last ties with the celtic-folk sound of their early albums. Admittedly there has been very little flute on recent albums, but I can’t imagine older songs like “The Last Climb” appearing in the set for the rest of this year at least.
As for Anne-Marie, her own music must come first, and this year might see a lot more opportunities both for Panic Room and her solo work. It was amazing hearing her voice fill the mighty Hammersmith Apollo on Friday night opening for Steve Hackett. Her solo acoustic appearances have been few and far between over the past few years given her commitments with both Mostly Autumn and Panic Room, and I’m hoping we see a few more of these this year.