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To the next adventure, announcing our next ship... 

The True Colours Celebrity Equinox

Hello friends around the world, 

We are just about to return to our home port of Fort Lauderdale after a cruise around the Eastern Caribbean and it's been another great crowd, another great week here on the Celebrity Edge. 

We have several weeks left of 'living on the Edge' but we already have exciting news about our next high seas adventure early in 2022. We'll be visiting our old friend, Celebrity Equinox! (Good excuse to use this gem of a pic of her docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2019) Have a nose around this lovely ship here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-ships/celebrity-equinox/ 

We'll be joining the ship for the Spring season as she cruises the southern Caribbean, which includes some of our favourite Caribbean destinations like Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, the ABC islands! It will be our 3rd time as the resident duo on board, and we're excited to be heading back to this beautiful vessel, especially as we're seeing the world gradually open back up. We're expecting to see some familiar faces there too, which will make the return even sweeter! 

Back in 2018 we had the opportunity to hang out on the bridge, and show the Captain a few things...And we had such a fun time in 2019 too...

We'll be heading out in January after some time at home in the UK, where we'll be catching up with friends and family and playing a few gigs of course.... And we'll be home in time for what shaping up to be a busy summer back in the UK! 

So if your booking a cruise to Equinox in 2022, make sure to message us and we'll prepare your song requests for your arrival! 

Hope you are keeping well wherever you are, 

Mia and Dan

We're coming home! (in December!) - Now booking winter gigs in the UK 

Hello friends! 

Announcement time, we'll be home in the UK for December! Wahoooooo! 

We love being back onboard and playing music everyday on this CRAZY beautiful 1.2 billion dollar floating piece of art they call the Edge, and we've been so lucky to have been made to feel so welcome by our fellow crew and guests here. However, we've also been trying to figure out when we'll be back home and where we'll be next, and finally things have fallen into place! 

We are very happy to be returning to the UK in December, after what will have been our longest stint on board. After 6 months of sunshine we think we can handle some British weather...! Seeing as we left home before many restrictions had been lifted back in May, we can't wait to catch up with friends and family that we haven't been able to see in person for soooo long. 

This does also mean that we can open up our diary for some gigs back home! Yaaaaaaasssss! Currently we are opening up December to mid January for bookings in the UK. Of course, we've learnt that being flexible and adaptable in current times is the best policy. We'll be following any and all restrictions and protocols in place at that time, but fingers crossed we'll be able to play live on home turf again. So folks, get in touch if you'd like to book The True Colours as a duo or band for a shindig, if there's a venue you'd like to see us at whilst we're back, if you're planning a Christmas gathering and would like some live music, or, you just want to hang out! 

We don't want to think about leaving our beautiful floating home and family here on Edge just yet, we've got plenty more days to play songs in the sun with our international family of amazing musicians, performers and crew out here, we already know leaving is going to be emosh... If you are following our social media you'll see that we've been getting our feet on some dry land every now and again as well, so good to get out in Mexico, and St. Maarten again. 

Hope everyone's doing ok, feel free to reach out and get in touch as usual, we love hearing from friends near and far whilst we're out here. Looking forward to getting some awesome stuff booked in at home! 

Mia and Dan

The Lowdown on the First Month of Sailing! 

Engagements, Press, Performing for VIPs and playing Christmas songs in the summer... 


Hello!

So we've been sailing on the Celebrity Edge for over a month now, and our first cruise back on the 26th of June already feels like an age ago! We've had lots of people asking us what it's like out here, so here's an update with some of the highlights from our first month back onboard... 

 

 

First and foremost, being back performing everyday as the True Colours, getting to hang out with and listen to other musicians from around the world, and collaborate. We missed this so much! This post below is from Charity Lockhart's headline show, performing with her daughter Jasmine and the Edge Ensemble. She is one of our resident headliners and is absolutely one of the best singers we've ever encountered.

 

 

We've also LOVED the Edge production cast returning to the stage, performing 'Kaleidoscope', 'Colours of Life' and 'A Hot Summer Night's Dream'.


We love hanging out at the other musicians sets around the ship too! Such an awesome and talented team, Mambo 4 from Chile, Kyle Tacy from the US, Quinn Johnner from Canada, Soundtrack, from Columbia/Brazil, Nu Image from Jamaica, and The Acoustic Experience from literally all over. More pics and vids of bands and musicians onboard on our Instagram in our posts and stories. 

 

We've been performing for and hearing from bloggers and VIPs from the industry! As the first ship returning to service from America, all eyes were on Celebrity Edge, and we had all the VIPs on for the launch. Whether it's Richard Fain, the Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises getting behind the Martini Bar to shake up some cocktails during our set, hanging out with bloggers after sets, appearing in vloggers live streams (see below for one of our cameos) and even meeting our CEO and President of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff Perlo, who was cruising with her family on the Edge.

Lisa is an advocate for equality and diversity within the industry, promoting the first ever female captain, and overseeing the first all female bridge team on celebrity Edge last year. Lisa happened to be watching our Best Of Fleetwood Mac performance, and was kind enough to tell us after that she really enjoyed it. (Phew!) 

For some great blog posts on the first sailings check out Bill's site Cruise Habit. And check out our cameo at 43 mins in this vlog from EECC Travels!

Celebrating Pride Month, and being amongst a diverse group of amazing people again has definitely been another highlight. Captain Kate held a ceremonial raising of the Pride Flag and it was great to be a part of this! 

And yes, we were featured in a CNN article, you can read it in full here! With a huge percentage of the passengers being from major US news networks, we spent much of the first cruise dodging filming and interviews, events, and even live broadcast from the ship of Good Morning America... But chatting to someone after a gig we realised even they were doing research for a story, and of course, we ended up getting a mention!

Our good friend and amazing American singer and guitarist Kyle Tacy was reunited with his Indonesian girlfriend Putri onboard after over a year apart. Separated by the pandemic, the reunion was made even more special when Kyle conspired with the one and only Captain Kate to propose to her on the bridge! Check out the video Captain Kate made that's been seen by her 2 million TikTok followers, we shared it on our facebook page here. Warning, you'll need tissues handy! 

Speaking of engagements, we were part of a beautiful moment, when Bill proposed to Monica in the Grand Plaza as we were playing. A gorgeous couple, who met 8 months ago, they shared our love of Fleetwood Mac and we played Songbird for them as they danced arm in arm. So magical! 

And finally, being able to play special songs for the people we meet, from delayed honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, and all sorts of special occasions people are so pleased to finally be able to celebrate!

Our favourite request though was a few nights ago, an 8 year old boy approached us during a set, asking us if we could please sing Feliz Navidad, because his favourite thing was Christmas. Now normally we would refrain from and Christmas songs out of season, but we couldn’t refuse this very small, very cute, gentleman. After asking why my guitar was so small, he proceeded to join us singing and dancing as we sang and played Feliz Navidad in the Grand Plaza of the Edge, in the middle of summer, melting everybody's hearts in the vicinity.

Thanks for reading! Great to see more ships getting back into service now, say hi if your back onboard, or heading out, we love keeping in touch with everyone we meet from around the world! Enjoy this particularly goofy picture of us about to play in Eden... 

Mia and Dan x

Summer 2022 - Open for bookings in the UK! 

As the longest day of the year has just passed, we hope that you are enjoying a bit of sunshine wherever you are. 

We are busy rehearsing for the big return to service of the Celebrity Edge out here in Florida, the first ship to sail from the US for over a year, and only 4 days to go until we board our first guests and audiences! Summer 2021 promises to be awesome as we return to gigging out here sailing around the Caribbean. 

However, we are also excited to be booking up gigs at home in the UK for Summer 2022. A return to playing live on home turf will be amazing, it's been far too long! So as bookings start to fill our diary, now is the time to get in touch if you would like The True Colours to perform at your event next year. 

Weddings, family gatherings, festivals, BBQ's and garden parties, we love to make any event extra special with live music - we're always happy to learn a special song just for the occasion. Available as an acoustic duo and 4 piece band, check out our videos and options for events here, and if you're planning your big day, we've got options for the ceremony right through to the last dance in the early hours. 

Just some the amazing venues we're already looking forward to playing in 2022:

Blacknest Weddings

Farbridge

Holywell Estate

Tournerbury Woods Estate

Notley Abbey 

 

Enjoy those Summer days everyone!

 

Mia and Dan x

We're onboard Celebrity Edge! The First US Cruise Ship to Return to Sailing 


Hi Friends,

****Exciting update from us!****

We are currently aboard the Celebrity Edge, which has just been announced as the first ship to return to sailing in the US yesterday after receiving CDC approval! After much speculation, the projected date for the first cruise from Florida is the 26th June.

As you know the past year has been devastating for the cruise, entertainment and live music industry (and many others too). To be a part of the relaunch team here and get back to performing full time is an amazing opportunity. We’ve been looking forward to performing on this revolutionary award-winning ship for what feels like ages! We were due to get on board in 2020, but like all other plans last year, it all got put on ice. 

But, we’ve finally made it onboard, we are over halfway through our 15 day quarantine, and the relaunch crew here is pumped to be getting back to work! Alongside a team of musicians from around the world, we will be working together to create an amazing live music experience here on Celebrity Edge.

We are pleased that the one-and-only Captain Kate is going to be at the helm for this return to service too… The first Captain we sailed with, and more importantly, the cruise industry’s first female Captain. She is also an absolute legend! (You can follow her @captainkatemccue

Some Fun Facts about the Edge: 

- Launched in 2018 costing $1 Billion, lead ship of the new Edge-Class Vessels.

- First cruise ship to sail with an all-female bridge team, all-female officers, and with a commitment to minimum 30% female crew (much higher than current industry standards) 

- The ships godmother is Nobel Laureate and U.N. Messenger of Peace, Malala Yousafzai. 

-The first cruise ship ever to be designed using 3-D technology and an 'endoskeleton' design.

- First ship to feature a ‘magic carpet’, a canter-levered platform that floats between 13 decks. 

Cool huh? More details on the recently announced US sailing in the news here.

And we aren’t the only musicians getting back to work on ships, we’re seeing our friends returning to other ships such as Celebrity Apex in Greece, Celebrity Millennium from St. Maarten, Celebrity Silhouette in the UK… it’s happening! Back on land, things seem to be moving forward too. Fingers crossed, this is the start of a new beginning.

We'll be sure to let you know how it goes out here, follow us on Instagram and Facebook @thetruecoloursmusic to see our posts and updates, come say hi! Are you looking forward to live music returning? Thinking of booking a cruise? Let us know!

Mia and Dan x

 

 

What's in a name? Getting nautical.... 

Celebrity EquinoxHi friends! 

It's great to seem our new name and site going down well so far! Thanks for the comments and love. We have some more features to reveal soon, more info on our wedding and events bookings and recording, all useful stuff we hope! Feel free to let us know if there's anything you'd like to see on the site by the way. 

For now we thought we'd share a little insight into our new name, which has a nautical origin. Did you know many of our modern terms do? We didn't until we experienced ship life ourselves as musicians, and we have now spent a good few months 'at sea' (quite a bit longer that we expected in 2020!) 

The above pic is of the majestic Celebrity Equinox, we got lucky with this angle as we were on a tender boat to shore on Grand Cayman back in 2019. This ship has been our home twice now. Believe our cabin was just next to the anchor you can see...! Below are some pics from the bridge of this beast.

Many know the term 'true colours' , and it features in a certain song by Cyndi Lauper (and yes there is an arrangement coming...) but the term goes wayyyyyy back, from the sailing days of 'yore. We didn't intend to give ourselves a nautical name, but as a brilliant article on the Crew Seekers site explains, it's actually quite hard to avoid nautical references. They're everywhere! 

Here's what it says about true colours: 

"True colours - The current meaning, ‘to reveal yourself as you really are’, actually came about because of the opposite phrase “false colours” – from the 17th century referring to a vessel which sailed under a flag not her own. This tactic was used by almost everyone as a ruse de guerre, but the rules of gentlemanly behaviour (and possibly actual legal rules) required one to raise one’s true colours before opening fire on another ship" 

Here are some of our favourite seafaring slang sayings from the list: 

"Turn a blind eye - From Admiral Lord Nelson’s awesome display of badassery at the Battle of Copenhagen. When the signal was given to stop fighting, Nelson held his spyglass to his blind eye and insisted he didn’t see the signal. He then proceeded to kick butt, of course. 

Under the weather - Keeping watch onboard sailing ships was a boring and tedious job, but the worst watch station was on the “weather” (windward) side of the bow. The sailor who was assigned to this station was subject to the constant pitching and rolling of the ship. By the end of his watch, he would be soaked from the waves crashing over the bow. A sailor who was assigned to this unpleasant duty was said to be “under the weather.” Sometimes, these men fell ill and died as a result of the assignment, which is why today “under the weather” is used to refer to someone suffering from an illness. A related theory claims that ill sailors were sent below deck (or “under the weather”) if they were feeling sick. 

Windfall - A sudden unexpected rush of wind from a mountainous shore which allowed a ship more leeway. 

A square meal - In good weather, crews’ mess was a warm meal served on square wooden platters. 

Pooped - The rearmost, highest deck of a sailing ship was called the poop deck. If a ship were unlucky enough to be overtaken by a massive, breaking sea which drenched her from astern, she was said to have been “pooped.” When you think about it, the sea and shore uses of the word aren’t that different: in both cases, you’re washed out. 

Overbearing - To sail downwind directly at another ship thus “stealing” or diverting the wind from his sails. 

Over the barrel - The most common method of punishment aboard ship was flogging. The unfortunate sailor was tied to a grating, mast or over the barrel of a deck cannon. 

Loose cannon - A cannon having come loose on the deck of a pitching, rolling, and yawing deck could cause severe injury and damage. Has come to mean an unpredictable or uncontrolled person who is likely to cause unintentional damage. 

Listless - When a ship was listless, she was sitting still and upright in the water, with no wind to make her lean over (list) and drive ahead. 

Know the ropes - This is pretty obvious if you’ve ever seen a tall ship. It was such an important skill on sailing vessels that an honourable discharge from service was marked, at one time, with the term ‘knows the ropes’. Land-side it still means a person with experience and skill. Also, learn the ropes and show them the ropes. 

Groggy - In 1740, British Admiral Vernon (whose nickname was “Old Grogram” for the cloak of grogram which he wore) ordered that the sailors’ daily ration of rum be diluted with water. The men called the mixture “grog”. A sailor who drank too much grog was “groggy” 

Flying colours - To come through a battle with flying colours means a ship has come through relatively unscathed and with her colours (flag) flying. 

At loggerheads - An iron ball attached to a long handle was a loggerhead. When heated it was used to seal the pitch in deck seams. It was sometimes a handy weapon for quarrelling crewmen. "

Check out the article here for the full list. Do you use any of these and didn't know you were basically a pirate?!

Anyway, hope you enjoyed a little meander into history with us.... stay safe friends!

Mia and Dan

P.S. Some pics from the time we hung out on to the bridge of the Celebrity Equinox and Dan did some navigating... We were never invited back.

 

The Miacats become The True Colours... 

Hey friends new and old!

Mia here. Welcome to our new blog, on our new site, with our new name! Veeery exciting! Well, for us anyway... 

So why the name change? Fair question. Haven't we all had enough unexpected changes recently?!!

Like many other people around the world, 2020 left us reeling. Our livelihoods as gigging musicians nose-dived with the pandemic, combined with months at sea, not knowing when we'd be able to touch land again (the story of our mistimed gig on a ship cruising around Asia in Jan 2020 can be the subject of another blog post for another day!). 

We came to the conclusion that being musicians will be even more unpredictable that it was, at least for a while. We love what we do but like everyone else, we will have to adapt and learn new things, to try new things, and to consider doing things differently. We may have approached this a little too literally with a new name... but it's all part of 'turning a new page' vibe. 

The Miacats started as jam sessions with friends, gig in pubs and grew to being a regularly gigging duo, trio and band, depending on the gig. It had always been fun and the road trips legendary, with a trusty crew of SUPERB musicians, that I could never quite believe were up for playing a gig with me! Big love to my Miacats accomplices past and present, I would not change the good times and lifelong friendships for the world.

It's now evolved into an ongoing collaboration between me and Dan. Having met playing as last minute substitutes in another band, we became a couple and clicked musically as well. He's a talented guitarist, bassist and singer so he's pretty useful to have on board (he'll refute those claims like the self-deprecating Midlands-raised guy he is!). We have now travelled to over 40 countries as a duo, we have arranged hundreds of tunes together, played countless gigs, and more recently, we're getting stuck into recording, and even started releasing our covers. We had to do something when all our gigs were cancelled!

So we settled on a new chapter as 'The True Colours'. There's a little story behind it that we'll share in another post. (Big hint, it's nautical.)

Lastly, a humungous and heart-felt shout out to those people who have supported us over the past year. Our crew mates and the team at Celebrity Cruises, who got us safely home, the clients that have rebooked us and rebooked again as events get postponed, our agents and long standing clients, the past clients that have commissioned us to record songs for them, people we've met on our travels who got in touch to check in, fellow musicians and creatives who've helped us out with advice and knowledge.... Most of all our families, who have seen A LOT more of us that they ever could have predicted in the lockdowns! Thank you. 

Let us know what you think of the new name, we hope to be sharing some more things soon! 

Mia x