photos by Rob Gunn

Delightful Squalor is way of life; a celebration of ‘less is more’, a sweet and savoury something to fill your heart with song and light. It joins the seasoned talents of singer song-writers Lake Montgomery of Paris, Texas and Cera Impala of Flagstaff, Arizona. These ladies provide honeyed harmonies you can hope to taste delivering an authentic Americana duet project, unique in its charm. Guitar, 5 string Banjo and ukulele in hand, they craft songs that feel timeless, songs to help you forget a world gone mad. A taste of country blues, gospel, folk and old-time jazz, they take from a range of influences resulting in a sound that comes across as quite it’s own. 

St-St-Studio  

As Delightful Squalor heads into the studio this coming month, it's clear we've made a decision to move forward with the project. We have received overwhelmingly good feedback from our growing group of fans, which has bolstered our energy that even when the going gets tough, well,.... we're as hearty as they come, and anything but done.  If I'm being completely candid though, it's difficult at the moment moving forward with something this tender and passionate, with Brexit looming and our status here in question. Both Lake and I are married to EU nationals and require a permanent residence to carry on here.  We are trying to keep calm and if we have to leave, no matter what, I would much rather leave with this morsel of memory in hand. 

On the left here you see Tim Lane, brilliant musician and sound engineer who is dedicated to help us bring an authentic live sound to this, our first album together.  There will be minimal tracking and everything will be live. That's right!  It's the old Butterfly-in-a-jar trick.  It's juicy magic if you can do it,. and hopefully we can.  With Lake and I, there  really isn't much of a choice. We play so much off each other in life and on stage, it really makes sense to do it this way.  We have already spent a day in the studio recording 'Molasses', 'Delightful Squalor' and 'Lonely' and I'll leave you with a few words from our title track as it seems apt. "Love me today, forget tomorrow.  Beg, steal, cheat you will never have to borrow... My love, it's free! it don't cost a dollar. It's easy lovin livin in delightful squalor!".....

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Kelburn Garden Party! 

 

We played our  first ever festival.  A  darling bunch of die-hards stood in the heavy mist for us last Sat for PLUS sized 'Delightful Squalor'  hit the Pyramid stage at oor beloved Kelburn Garden Party.  It was all-a-drizzle,  a delicious cinnamon bun of an audience.  We particularly enjoyed "Favourite Things",  a classic we've twisted in an unexpected mode and a brand new addition to our set.  We were accompanied this time round by the unforgettable"Jello" Sanderson on cello and saw... He was without a doubt, perfectly squalorific!  Also joining us for many a-tune was Dr. Dirk, the dasterdly Duke of Kelburn himself. (photo's soon to follow).  Although they both perform in the New Prohibition with Cera, this outfit is really something different and fun, perhaps a bit of a release.  A good time was had, and the playful soul of Kelburn kept us going all weekend,  For while the official stage was enjoyed, our trip up the glen to play the Monument stage was a particular favourite, A worthy climb indeed. Perhaps the site of ancient pagans celebrating their fertility or perhaps dancing faeries sparkling in the periphery call you,.. whatever the case, Kelburn comes alive  for the garden party and everyone their best self while at the festival. We were  blessed to be a part of it and look forward to next year, where we  hope to have an EP for sale!  Stay Tuned. 

"Delightful Squalor created total magic onstage" ~ The OBAN TIMES 

"Apparently in their “pre-pregnant phase”, the brilliantly-named Delightful Squalor feature Cera Impala and someone who may or may not be called Lake Montgomery, and they are brilliant. “Pre-pregnant” my backside, this is fully-cooked, being held upside-down by its ankles, and screaming like a damn goblin. Aside from looking brilliant and having a blast, their cover of Nina Simone’s “I Put A Spell On You” – doing it with an acoustic and a banjo – is ballsy and astonishingly well executed. Between Montgomery’s deeper range and Impala’s higher but raspy register, it’s a delight to behold. Lovely. " ~ David, Peacock Massive

link to live review:   http://tedsrecords.com/2016/07/live-delightful-squalor-david-peacock-massive-henrys-cellar-bar-edinburgh-11th-jul/

pics of  live show

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedsrecords/sets/72157671135305855/

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