Ancient Bards calling all Japanese fans!

Playing in Japan is a dream coming true for all of us Ancient Bards, so we are calling out all our fans! We’d like for our first time to be special and certainly not the last! See you at Japanese Assault Fest in Tokyo, at Club Seata on November 5th and 6th with our two shows in celebration of our 10 years!
Thanks to Spiritual Beast for inviting us, we are soooooo pumped!

 

Hugs,
Sara

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ANDE Tour in pictures

Hello there! So, we’re black from the A New Dawn Ending Tour, we’re very tired but we had so much fun! I thought I would share with you some photos, though they’re not too many because, you know, we were so busy living the moment to the fullest that we rarely remembered to take pictures! The ones you’ll see below are a bunch of them and they were taken by me, Claudio, Federico, Matteo Ermeti (www.matteoermeti.com) and Giacomo Astorri (www.giacomoastorri.it). Thank you guys!


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@claudiopietronik , Brandeburger Tor #Berlin #AncientBards

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Happiness in Berlin

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You can't do epic shit with basic people ❤️ #ANDEtour #AncientBards #band

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Also, this happened:

I hope you enjoyed, take care!

Sara

Metal Female Voices Fest XII

Last weekend we went to Belgium and played at Metal Female Voices Fest: if a 16 hour drive is what it takes to have such an amazing experience then give us all the kilometers you have, we’ve been largely rewarded for every ounce of sleep we didn’t take and all the backache! Well let’s not get carried away now, we wouldn’t mind an airplane, driving has been pretty tough, but at least watching the landscape changing outside the window was nice, I loved the autumn colors all around… plus, someone once told us we never paid our dues…

Un lungo lungo viaggio #trip #europe #ancietbards #music #mfvf

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We got a chance to stroll around the streets of Bruxelles and we thought it was beautiful, we even ended up walking into a bois” in complete darkness… now that I think about it, what was that? How did we get there? I’m confused…
Again, it was awesome meeting new and old fans, the love and the warmth you bring us is priceless and always leave us speechless, thank you!
I think I took like a hundred pictures with you guys, maybe I was tired and looked like I had a palsy, but it was well worth holding up.
Thank you again everyone on behalf of the other bards too, we hope to see you again, maybe at one of the shows of our A New Dawn Ending Tour? 😉

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Some of us dance, some of us run #mfvf #ancientbards #warmup

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The huddle #ancientbards #mfvf #metalfemalevoicesfest #belgium

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See ya folks!
Love,

Sara

A New Dawn Ending Tour 2014

We are overwhelmed by the great enthusiasm you all are showing for our tour, it’s so flattering we can’t wait to live this experience and have a good time together! We are also amazed by the number of those of you who ask us to come to the Uk, the USA, South America, Australia, Indonesia, etc… Please know that we’d LOVE to come, everywhere you are, our aim is to reach as many of you as possible and we promise you that, if you stick with us and help us spread our music, one day we will ring your doorbell!

You and us are making a pretty awesome army after all 😉

Read ROCKSHOTS‘ news release here.

Thank you for your priceless support, hope to see you soon.

Cheers,

Sara

Bardic Czech shenanigans

Our gig at Made Of Metal was the very first one we ever did outside Italy and it was fantastic, the crowd was awesome and the organizers were great. I think I can talk on behalf of my fellow bards when I say that our favorite part was when we got to meet our fans and shake their hands, the line for our signing session table was way longer than we were expecting! A huge thank you to everyone who came, we hope to see you again really soon.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures of our trip, some of them were taken by us, some by others, hope you enjoy.

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Special thanks to Marshall Mutch for his awesomeness!

Take care!

Sara

Ancient Bards at Made of Metal 2014


On August 17th Ancient Bards will play at the Made of Metal Festival in Hodonin, Czech Republic. Marshall, founder of the Official World Ancient Bards Fanclub, asked me a few questions about the festival, so I’ll report here our little interview:

M: How are the preparations going for the Made Of Made Festival.
S: They’re going great! Since Fabio has left the band we have a guest now, Simone Bertozzi, who will follow us on tour. We’ve been rehearsing together and the chemistry is tangible, we’re very happy!

M: How Do You Feel About Playing At The Festival.
S: We’re excited, it looks like it’s going to be an awesome festival! The line up is awesome, but the main ingredient for making a great festival is the audience and I hear it will be wild! We literally can’t wait to rock with you all.

M: Have You Decided On Which Songs You Will Play
S: Sort of, we have a few sets prepared, we’ll see what we’ll be in the mood to play that day 😉

M: Will There Be A Live Video Recorded.
S: No, not an official one

M: What Can The Fans Expect From The Ancient Bards
S: Well I hope they can expect an exciting show because we will for sure put all our hearts and energy in it!

M: Finally Any Message You Want To Say To The People Going
S: We are looking forward to playing at Made of Metal and we hope to be able to meet you, so come and say hi if you see us! “ancient selfies” are in store for everybody!

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See ya folks!

Sara

You also gotta pay your dues

A while ago I came across this sort of comic strip on facebook in which, in one scene, there was a musician asking the waiter of a club where the dressing room was and, in the next scene, the musician was getting changed in the bathroom (illustration by Ornella Stingo http://www.ornellastingo.com).

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At first I laughed thinking it was so true, but then I realized that in my experience having a bathroom where you can get dressed is pure luxury most of the times! When you’re just the opening act of the concert you don’t always get all the comforts, in fact you usually don’t get any at all. I’m sure there are people who had to face worse scenarios than me, this is just what I think is my least favorite place to use as a changing room (and we even had to use a porch once!).

The backstage corridor

Ok, literally the corridor that runs between the end of the stage and the wall behind it. The features of this fancy dressing room are:
a) Everyone walks though it at every given second, most of the times carrying heavy stuff like amplifiers and cabinets. In this case you have to squash yourself to the wall making sure none of your appendages are in the way, you don’t want them to trip. When the space is too little all you can do to get out of the way is to go under the stage climbing over the pipes of its framework and blend in with the cables and cases.
b) This point might be irrelevant for bands composed by people of the same gender, but I’m a girl and usually all the others around me are men. There are no curtains of any kind in the corridor, so how do you put on your pantyhose, your dress, your shoes and your cloak? Well if you’re not ashamed you just do it and let everybody see what God graced you with, but if you are ashamed to be seen almost naked there are two things you can do: bring a long and large skirt you can wear so you can change everything under its protection, or you can grab someone and force him to hold up your cloak as if it was a curtain while you change with your behind facing the corner. Do you have a stable equilibrium? You need it, otherwise you’ll be hopping around hoping you don’t step on something gross or on a nail, because, to raise the difficulty level, obviously there are no chairs (a tetanus shot is a good idea anyway)! You need to be neat and always store carefully the clothes you take off, because otherwise you will lose them or bother someone.
c) I know, stupid girly problems but… in the corridor there’s no place for a mirror. I usually bring my own little mirror, but when I do there’s not enough light and if I bring a lamp there’s nowhere to plug it. I’m sorry, but when the combo “no mirror, no light” hits there’s no escape and you’ll end up on stage looking like a panda or like a kid who stole her mother’s make up and put it all over his face. If you’re lucky you won’t find out in front of everyone that you’re wearing your t-shirt backwards.

The list could go on but I’ll stop here because I don’t wanna be tedious, I’ll just say that every little rub is worth the while, because playing with my band is awesome, being on stage is awesome, meeting our fans and meeting great musicians is… awesome!
If you’re a performer of any kind, what’s the strangest place you had to get dressed in? I’m curious as always.

Have a great weekend my friends and take care!

Sara