TUNE THE PORTRAITS - TRILBY MAN
“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” Chuck Palahniuk
Most of us fortunate enough to live in a safe part of the world are nonetheless subject to the most intense kind of injustice at least once in our lives: the injustice of losing someone. In December 2011, one of the greatest supporters of acoustic music in London, Andy Ropek, died very suddenly, depriving London’s folk and singer songwriter scene of its John Peel. Andy’s habit for wearing a black Trilby hat whenever he introduced acts on stage at his Icarus Club in South East London gave the title to this affectionate tribute to a special man and the sparkling impact he had on The Portraits, along with many others striving to be heard in a music industry where so often, you are “too young, too old, too hard, too soft, too breakaway, too done before”. We will most definitely keep the hat on stage with us, Andy: it is already working its magic.