SATURDAY 3RD JUNE -630PM
We are fortunate enough to be the venue which sees a lot of music careers being launched and see some really talented artists. And then there are people like Charlie Fink, where is talent is beyond amazing. Most people will know Charlie Fink because of his association with the hugely successful Noah and the whale but he is sooo much more than that part of his career.
He has now gone solo and his new album (released 2nd June) "Cover my tracks" is magical, The first track to be released from the album is called ‘Firecracker’, which you can listen to by clicking here. This album has also been brilliantly produced as a theatrical show, in which he also stars, at the old Vic in London. Charlie has written music for other theatrical productions and also wrote the songs for 2016 film A Street Cat Named Bob and has worked with artists such as Foxes, Gabrielle Aplin and Eliot Sumner.
So needless to say we are hugely excited about Mr. Finks arrival at Thirty8 on 3rd June, the event starts at 6:30 pm but get there early to grab a drink and good spot, to see this chap who we think is going to be a huge success.
We can announce that Marika Hackman will be joining us on Tuesday 6th June. Marika will be playing a short set at Thirty8 in support of her second album 'I'm Not Your Man' and signing copies at Sound Knowledge afterwards.
Her first album for AMF Records (Loyle Carner), 'I'm Not Your Man' signals a transition from the nu-folk stylings of 2015's 'We Slept At Last' to a grungier full-band sound (which has seen her signed to legendary Seattle label Sub Pop in the States). Backed on several tracks by indie quartet The Big Moon this more dynamic, raucous sound has already invoked comparisons to Warpaint and Radiohead.
Brazenly tackling themes of sexual fluidity and millennial ennui with singular wit, Marika describes the album as 'all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there's also a dim worldview going on'.
Admission is FREE, all we ask is that you pick up a copy of the album from SK on the night and buy a drink or two from us.
We're delighted to welcome back the hugely talented Emily Barker, who will be launching her brand new album 'Sweet Kind of Blue' at Thirty8 on Friday 19th May.
Emily will be playing a short set with her band at Cafe Thirty8 (one of only two full band appearances on her in-store tour) before joining Sound Knowledge to sign copies of the album.
'Sweet Kind of Blue' carries a more soulful, bluesier sound and was recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service with a crack group of Memphis session players and produced by Grammy-winner Matt Ross-Spang, who has worked with the likes of Margo Price and Jason Isbell.
Emily was last here as part of the critically-acclaimed country trio Applewood Road but has also appeared for us a number of times to support a string of well-received albums from her bands The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and solo, as well as her award-winning work on soundtracks for BBC's 'Wallander' and 'The Shadow Line' and the Scottish BAFTA-winning 'Hector'.
This is a FREE event but we ask that you pick up a copy of 'Sweet Kind of Blue' from SK on the night and buy a drink or two at Thirty8 (and, of course, stick around to meet Emily and the band).
the event starts at 630pm so arrive at the cafe for 6pm, look forward to seeing you there !!
Fresh versus the wait…
So when we started we decided we wanted to do fresh food and we mean fresh. That meant minimal preparation so we weren’t presenting a lettuce that looked a wash cloth, or bread that was that little too chewy from sitting on a shelf for a few hours whilst it admired the work of the cooking staff… So our amazing chefs Sally and Carol looked at our processes and decided we were going to go full on fresh and only prepare food where it wouldn’t cause a degradation in the final quality we present to the customer.
But here is the thing, does the customer want fresh or do they want convenience?
We try to keep everyone informed - we have signs – due to food being freshly prepared – blah blah, and the girls have been educated that if a customer must wait over ten minutes for their food, then they let them know and explain, before they order. Whilst this works for the majority and most people are happy to wait there are the few, who at peak times simply do not wish to wait 20 minutes for a gourmet burger. Truth be told if we didn’t say anything they probably wouldn’t notice, but where quite a few of our clientele are coach parties or we bear in mind that it costs a small and increasing mortgage to park in Marlborough, our moral obligation jumps forward and we feel it best to share and inform.
We did our research “Small Restaurants certainly have plenty of time to engage their customers. According to the study, the average wait per party is 23 minutes, but nearly a third of all parties are waiting more than 30 minutes. Eight percent wait longer than 40 minutes”
So then the next question becomes how do you engage the clientele whilst they wait. So here whilst we moved away from most of the old ways, we kept the news channel still coming in on the Television inside, we have music inside and outside and of course the now obligatory wi-fi at a great speed. We also offer colouring for the kids, treats for the dogs and Newspaper (if you aren’t late enough that someone has taken them to their new home).
So where that isn’t enough, what do you do? For now, we have decided that “fresh is best” and the way to go and that we will stick to the values of good honest food over the ever growing trend of “we need it now”. I guess our hope is that there is the extra ten minutes to enjoy the conversation and let your appetite bubble as our wonderful chefs get to work. And for those hampered by coaches – We are truly sorry, we really are, we would rather you stayed and had a lovely lunch, but don’t give up on us, come back next time, we promise its very you..