Steampunk band in Battle of the Bands final

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project in the Final of Battle of the Bands

The Copperfield Ensemble Project is an imagining of Victorian music played today: a cross between Chamber Music and Music Hall, this is Classical music to sing along to.
Born out of an experimental attempt to put the ideas Drustan Durman had bouncing round his head in the summer of 2012 into something he could hear instead of being driven mad by, the experiment continues. With Mel Orriss’ incredible musical ability and The Rev JD’s tweaks and engineering, Drustan’s slightly odd song ideas continue to reach reality in a catchy, breathtaking and completely unpredictable way!

The Copperfield Ensemble will be performing in front of 1500 revellers in the final of The Okehampton Battle of the Bands as part of The Big Party in the Park on 2nd August 2014 – http://www.okehamptonbattleofthebands.org.uk/ before undertaking the first leg of the 2014/15 South West UK tour, details attached.

The Copperfield Ensemble Project main image

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

From The Okehampton Times / Battle of the Bands Review:
‘The last heat of the 2014 Okehampton Battle of the Bands crashed its way through the Charter Hall on Wednesday night making it difficult once again for the judges but a great one for the crowd. First Band of the night, and winners of the heat were The Copperfield Ensemble Project. This Okehampton based outfit described themselves as Neo-Victorian Steam Punk and came dressed as the part. A string quartet, amazing vocals and percussion and a hauntingly mesmerising performance where dark cabaret meets theatre.’

The Copperfield Ensemble Project

The Copperfield Ensemble Project Battle of the Bands

As you can see we believe we are the most authentic Steampunk Band in the UK, bringing music of the time into the 21st century and will be playing at a host of major Steampunk & alternative festivals next year.

Catch a live performance of ‘Steampunk March No1′ here –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnOZvMIE7r4
The Copperfield Ensemble Project are on Facebook here – https://www.facebook.com/TheCopperfieldEnsembleProject

Heresy n Heelz Alternative & Burlesque Fair birthday revisit

alternative & burlesque fair performer

Slinky Sparkles. Copyright photofairground, used with permission

I mentioned in the Journal’s birthday post that the Alternative & Burlesque Fair was my first official press event, so I thought it fitting that, as they were back in Sheffield so close to the anniversary, I would pay them another visit and I’m ever so glad that I did. Continue reading

What steampunk are you?

Playbuzz steampunk icon challenge

Playbuzz asks what icon of steampunk you are.

 

Sometimes I have the urge to categorise myself and on this particular occasion I tried to get some help. It seems there are a number of websites out there with the intention of helping you from finding out which steampunk icon you’re most like, to being able to take your own character test. Continue reading

Images from Steampunk Doncaster 2014

Image copyright photofairground.co.uk

Image copyright photofairground.co.uk

 

Here are a few photographs that I took while at Steampunk Doncaster. I’ve edited them and so there are only a few of the ones I took on the day (around 400). Some of you may not follow the Journal on Facebook where I’ve already posted these. Continue reading

Twelve of the most splendidly amusing steampunk memes

Grumpy Cat steampunk

Grumpy Cat doesn’t know steampunk

I enjoy looking at memes and I enjoy steampunk, so I decided it was time I forged a collection of the finest ones on the aethernet. You will find appearances from Darth Vader, Grumpy Cat and Fry from Futurama. Continue reading

Steampunk photographic workshop

Hannah Springs

Steampunk model, image copyright photofairground.co.uk

Welshot Imaging are holding a steampunk photoshoot in October and if you’re interested in following in the footsteps of well known steampunk photographers such as Ruud De Korte, Gary Nicholls or Chuck Coleman, then this could be the opportunity for you. Continue reading

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre preview

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre

Silver Mirrors by A.A. Aguirre

I posted on Facebook earlier that I have received four copies of Silver Mirror for review and to give away, thanks to Titan Publishing that sent them. Continue reading

Illustrated Guide to the Elements vol. 2

Jenna Whyte book

Jenna Whyte’s Illustrated Guide to the Elements Vol 2

The delightful Jenna Whyte got in touch with me recently to tell me about her new book, The Illustrated Guide to the Elements vol 2.This second book has more illustrations of the elements portrayed as Victorian women. Continue reading

Steampunk side-car

Copyright Marco Furnaletto

Steampunk side-car

I first saw this side-car on Facebook from a post by the facially elusive Captain Constance Bashford. It’s designed by Italian 3D artist Marco Furlanetto. His website is currently undergoing maintenance but I managed to harvest a few photographs from AutoEvolution and the article they covered on his work. Continue reading

National Railway Museum Invasion 2014

steampunk at the NRM York

National Railway Museum Invasion (York)

The National Railway Museum (York) Invasion was a sterling success. 109 steampunks attended in total and because of a faulty fire drill, we were all crammed into the Station Hall where we were treated to trains and carriages of the past. Continue reading