Our latest project, Release The Bow, launched on 21st October 2017. We have chosen to release the project in a completely new way giving exclusive content and insights to you alongside the music. Here's a message from Mick, explaining the exciting new way that we are bringing our music, and so much more, to you, our fans, in our new project 'Release the Bow'. Available now from store

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Inspired by the sounds of roots Americana and the finest British rock n roll bands with many other influences and inspirations thrown in for good measure, Troubadour create songs that are as varied as they are unique. 

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A view from the back - Blog by the drummer

2. Lucky Man 

They say you make your own luck, they say the harder I work the luckier I get. I say, they’re probably right on this one. The more I reflect on my life I realise how lucky I am, I have a healthy loving family around me from whom I get a great deal of support on this crazy rollercoaster life of being in a band, having 3 kids and 2 other jobs. I have always been a positive person but I have also recently taken to removing a lot of negativity from around me. I’ve never been into reading newspapers but I have stopped watching the news, I rarely listen to the radio choosing podcasts from which I can be motivated and learn something instead.  

The biggest stroke of luck I’ve had in recent times happened nearly 3 years ago. I was in a period of down time from playing music. 2 years prior I’d had enough. I had killed myself, musically speaking and I was feeling thoroughly unfulfilled and uninspired with the direction my musical life had taken. I had achieved a goal I set after graduating university with my music degree which was to make my living solely from music. I had done it, well done me. Sadly, it was not all it was cracked up to be, it was not how I had, or probably how most people envisage a career in music to be. I was teaching private lessons, which I loved but found I couldn’t grow my practice any further but the worst part for me was the amount of covers gigs I had to play to earn a living. It was the Rolling Stones that really did me in, I’ve never been a fan and I found myself 2 or 3 times a week knocking out a couple of sets in any pub, club or function playing a number of their songs. By the end, it was soul destroying for me so I packed up my kit, stuck it at my mums house and got into the grind of work and fatherhood. Happy days. 

Fast forward 2 years, spring of 2015, and I start to get an itch (get your mind out of the gutter). I have a need (seriously, you’re better than that) I have to play the drums but I have one overriding criteria, it has to be exactly what I want to do. Covers or originals, not too bothered as long as it was of a good standard and it was what I wanted to play. Now, here’s where the universe stepped in. I hadn’t told anyone about this desire to play again, I remember vividly thinking it to myself, I started looking around Facebook groups and websites for people maybe looking for a drummer when out of the blue I was contacted by a friend of mine who knew of a band looking for a drummer. I had a listen to their (at the time) latest EP and watched a video on YouTube and knew instantly it was for me. 

I like to think I’ve brought a bit of value to the band so far and certainly plan to keep on doing so and I feel fortunate to get to work (it might be fun but its also a lot of work) with such great people in Mick, Andy and Bobby playing such great songs. We recently put a song on Facebook for everyone to listen to with the headline When were your glory days? Mine are right now, I hope yours are too.