What's in a name ? A lot if it no longer works for you. It's not just about being able to be found on the internet easily, the current think being if your national high level domain, .com or .org have gone, change the name of your band, it's also about making sure your name doesn't bring baggage.
Throughout their seven years of touring three studio albums, The Old Dance School has absorbed a rich palette of influences, and evolved far beyond their roots in traditional folk music. Their provocative songs intelligently weave together shimmering strings and soaring brass crescendos, bright grooves and floating fiddle melodies. A new album Behind The Glass will be released in early 2016.
This week, the band are taking the bold step of changing their name to The Fair Rain. "We want to shed our skin," explains founder and guitarist Robin Beatty, "We've known for some time that we had to make a decision in order to move forward. The new album we've been working on for the last 12 months feels like a real gear shift in the way we sound, so we know this is the right moment."
"We've come a long way since our early beginnings playing traditional music for ceilidhs and sessions. We hear a lot of, "Are you a school?", "where were the dancers?", "but you're not old!", and we don't want our name to hold us from growing in the way we want to. We're really grateful for the support of our followers over the years, and we realise this is a big leap of faith. We just hope they'll come with us."
Behind The Glass features one the band's darkest tales yet. Mannequin - the story of Franz Reichelt, the French tailor who tested his flying suit invention on himself in 1912, from the Eiffel Tower.
"We thought it was fitting", says Robin Beatty. "Just like Franz Reichelt, we're standing on the precipice."
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