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Article by Neill Barston | 17th October 2018

A Canterbury Stop Then Home...

It may have been over a decade since The Feeling put together their debut album, but it has assuredly stood the test of time. So much so, the band is placing a nostalgic tint on its latest tour and playing the chart-topping record, Twelve Stops and Home, in its entirety for their latest tour, which calls at the Canterbury Festival.

As keyboard player Ciaran Jeremiah explains, the Brit Award nominated Horsham band been re-invigorated since parting ways with life on a major record label. “It’s hard to believe it’s been quite so long we’ve been going as a band – which I was thinking of when we re-issued our debut album recently, featuring some of the material that didn’t make it on there the first time.

“Hearing those debut songs brought back lots of memories of how we were living back then. We all still love it as an album and it’s stood the test of time. I know there are lot of people that still have a strong emotional connection to it,” explains Ciaran of their infectious music.

Having met at Croydon’s famed Brit School, he says the group never had a grand masterplan, even from their earliest covers band days as Superfly, gaining an unlikely stint in the Alps playing to ‘frosty’ audiences.

His own musical inspiration sprang from seeing his brother putting a band together, before going on to attend the renowned Brit School in Croydon, which has produced the likes of Amy Winehouse and the Kooks.

“Going there was a life-changing experience for me – it’s where I met the band, and also my wife! It was just full of likeminded people and I learned so much from being there,” enthuses the keyboard player, who says they’ve all remained good friends – which has extended to helping each other on side projects, including playing on singer Dan’s new West End musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

“We’re really looking forward to the October shows, as you really get the bug for touring and we really do enjoy ourselves with it. When we’re playing, we really don’t think of it being like work.”

• The Feeling play the Marlowe Theatre on Sunday 21st October. Tickets £23.25-£31.25, visit www.marlowetheatre.com or www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

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