The last chords were sounded by Red House this week as Geoff decided to call it quits on the band. He wants to devote his time and energies to composing and arranging, keeping control over the sound and mood he wants to achieve with individual songs. The band had its last practice last Saturday: Geoff informed Maggie of his decision the following day and the rest of the band found out at what was supposed to have been a special practice on Wednesday.
It was a sad but inevitable decision: after some three years, the band had reached a level it was unlikely to exceed. Friendship as well as music-making had underpinned everything and ultimately it was important to preserve the friendship in the face of perhaps a growing discontent in the music-making. Geoff and Maggie will continue to work together on songs under the title Red HouseWork.
“After the practice last Saturday I was trying to work out how to resolve the problems which were preventing us from making further progress,” said Geoff. “On the Sunday I decided that maybe we had just come to a natural end; that maybe the progress I was looking for was of a different sort than the scope of the band could offer. When you do something for the love of it but the pleasure is slowly being eroded by other factors, then maybe you need to look for a change. But we’ve had a great time and met all sorts of people and made new friends and so thanks to all those we’ve worked and played with: Nico, Norali, Juan, Matis, Marina and of course Sandro, Colin, Miguel and Tania.”
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