Castlemaine’s Felicity Cripps Band launches its debut album

Castlemaine group the Felicity Cripps Band launched its debut album at the Theatre Royal on Saturday night.

Songwriter and lead singer Felicity Cripps put the album together with saxophonist and backing vocalist Alex Scott Douglas, guitarist Tim Heath (The Basics), and drummer Tom Norton.

Quixotic Aeroplane - Felicity Cripps Band

Cripps spent her twenties playing around Australia and internationally in various Melbourne-based bands before heading to regional Victoria.

After moving to the country and taking a step back from her various collaborations, Cripps began to move into solo territory and before too long, FCB was born. 

"After leaving Melbourne I spent a lot of time walking through the bush with my little dog, then coming home and writing,” Cripps said.

“Suddenly I had this body of work, much of it seemed to fall out of the sky and into my head. The songs were already so familiar, even as they formed.”

Cripps and her band recorded the album in an old school hall in Fryerstown.

“I got a band together and magically they understood the songs and all the sounds I imagined came to life. Our first live show felt electrifying,” she said.

“Once the FCB became a thing, the record developed in a very short space of time."

NEW RECORD: The Felicity Cripps band is made up of Tim Heath, Tom Norton, Felicity Cripps and Alex Scott Douglas.

NEW RECORD: The Felicity Cripps band is made up of Tim Heath, Tom Norton, Felicity Cripps and Alex Scott Douglas.