My Favourite Places: Dulcima from Coco and the Butterfields
Dulcima Showan is singer and violinist in Kent-based band, CoCo and the Butterfields. If you’ve not yet heard of them – and they are very much on the rise – have a listen the the anthemic ‘Warriors’ here. Or if hip hop’s more your thang check out this awesome fusion of Flo Rida’s Low and Jay Z’s Encore. Described as a Fip Fok band, their music is a mix of folk, pop and rap – and I am their biggest fan. Their songs are irrestitably catchy, upbeat and they are one of those energetic, engaging bands that you just *have* to watch live. I think you’d be mad to miss them at local music festival The Vicar’s Picnic (15 & 16 July). True to form Dulcima’s Favourite Places includes a great selection of historic and dramatic backdrops from our county and beyond…
This one’s a bit obvious as it’s the hometown to the majority of the band. Canterbury contains a few iconic and sentimental areas for each of us, namely the Buttermarket which is where the band essentially began as over time we met each other around the very central busking spot there! I personally have a lot of good after-school memories throughout the city including a ‘treasure’ hunt, parades in fancy dress having completed the sponsored walk and of course the school trip to the cathedral for History.
We were lucky enough to get to film one of our music videos in Dover Castle and it was incredible. Just the week before, they’d had Robert Downey Jr. and a huge crew filming there for the second Avengers film! We set the video to ‘Hello’ in a few small areas around and within the castle and so we got a long private tour specially to choose the exact space that would suit the shots the best.
On the coast of Thanet is a beautiful little beach which is drenched in sentiment and nostalgia, especially to our beatboxer Jamie who spent a lot of summer days there when he was very little and has since kept up frequent visits.
This is a Greek island and is mostly pioneered by Rob the banjo player who has fond memories of family holidays there. As you can imagine, none of us objected to putting a beautiful, warm, sunny island down as a favourite place – what’s not to like?!
While on the theme of islands, Easedale is a tiny one off the coast of Oban in Scotland. As a band, we were asked to play a gig in their village hall (fittingly tiny as well) on the weekend of the International Stone Skimming Championships and this was unanimously one of the best gigs we’ve done. Alongside rugged coastlines, swimming in the freezing (and huge) rock pools and a close knit, welcoming community, we made some of our favourite band memories.
This one is mostly relevant for after long or particularly intensive gigs. I know it sounds stereotypical that musicians like to sleep but it really is such a welcome sight when you’ve just come from a big performance or just finished a 4 or 5 hour drive and finally get to crash out! I can think of a few nights where sleep in a cosy bed has never been so inviting.
Perhaps not strictly a ‘favourite’ place but Whetherspoons has been a bit of a rock to us when touring round England. When travelling from city to city, there’s so much new stuff to see and things to do, which is great, however sometimes it’s mildly comforting to know that no matter where you are there will always be a Whetherspoons nearby with a menu that you know inside out.
Ramsgate Fabric and Haberdashery
I can’t lie, this one’s just for me! I design my own clothing range called Clothesline. Ages ago I found out about this shop in Ramsgate that sold sewing ephemera in abundance and I’ve loved going there ever since I discovered it. Most of the band music video costumes have been made out of fabric and bits and pieces from here along with pretty much every outfit I’ve made for myself on stage. It’s amazing, it’s fantastic, it’s my haven and I love it.
The Vicar’s Picnic, Fri 15 & Sat 16 July. Yalding, Maidstone, Kent ME18 6HB, vicarspicnic.co.uk