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Sound Refuge performs first UK festival

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This past weekend Marianne, Miss Daria Lanz and I travelled down from London to just outside Andover to perform at this year’s Barnival. It was awesome! It was an up and down adventure getting there and back! We hired a car from a place called Greenmotion at Heathrow airport which wasn’t one of our brightest ideas, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. The rental only cost 31 quid, but it was all of the other things (like the 300 pound deposit, nightmarish weekend tfl works, and seemingly endless queue at the rental shop) that made it all a little more daunting. After we three hit the road, we were ecstatic, but also hungry! We stopped at a service station off the M4 and remedied that as well as grabbing some snacks for the evening. When we returned to the M4, driving for a few miles we missed our exit and ended up on a small tour of Hampshire, which being beautiful and having amazing little towns, was still difficult to navigate with little signal on our phones and a completely new approach to Barnival. Eventually, Sound Refuge arrived!

As for the festival itself, it had two stages (we performed on the outdoor stage which I loved); it had a homemade time machine; all manner of games happening; a tent city for us to sleep; and loads of great people dressed all space themed! After performing we had drinks and eats including a giant stew created by a guy named Ed (who had his own adventure arriving at Barnival) in a giant cauldron over some fire! Better yet it was vegan! Daria was extremely happy. The stew was a thank you for the bands who performed as well as for anyone who wanted some food. We drank into the night enjoyed all of the other bands and enjoyed a massive camp fire until we went to sleep in the tent city.IMG_8115 IMG_8137 IMG_8123
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It was a wonderful weekend and we’re now all back safe here in London. Next stop for myself is in and along the way to Minehead on the West Coast for a folk festival there! See you soon!

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Calling All Violin Players!

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Sound Refuge is looking to expand!

If you play violin and would like to add your voice to an original folk project, then get in touch with me—markus [at] soundrefugemusic.com—and lets jam! The sound is something like James Taylor, Cat Stevens or The Great Lake Swimmers. Currently, the project consists of myself on guitar, vocals, hamonica and mandolin; Jo on keys, vocals, and flute; Marianne on the cello, and David on the cajon. Weʼll perform as duos, a trio or a quartet depending on everyones availability and the vibe of the venue.

We are based in South East London around Greenwich, but perform all over London and outside of London. There are currently two Sound Refuge albums released and an EP scheduled for release in the coming months.

Any questions please also contact me at the email above.

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Markus Stars in a Short Film

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Acting in, providing music for, and the private screening for “Talking To Jess”

This past weekend was the unveiling of the short film that I had my debut lead role in a film! I watched the film and it was a little freaked to see myself, but I didnʼt hate my acting! People at the screening enjoyed the film and Iʼve been receiving positive reviews from some of the gracious people who helped us by backing the film on kickstarter! Thank you again, all of you!

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