several weeks to go before he was due to leave the
country, Shaun was able to remain with the band to perform
his final shows, the last of which being a memorable swansong
at the Red Lion in Stevenage in early February.
it was certainly sad to see Shaun go,
with a busy Summer schedule already booked, Simon and Gav had
no time to dwell on their sorrows and quickly set
about the search for a new bass guitarist. This time
they chose a different route, holding open auditions
at a nearby studio and were astonished by not only
the level of interest but also the quality of those
that showed up! After a couple of sessions a shortlist
was drawn up and, after one final audition, the decision
was clear and by late March ex-serviceman
Hartlett was unveiled as Colvex's new bassist.
As a guitar teacher by trade, Dave was
amazingly quick on the uptake learning the band's material,
and a good thing it was too as the band had only a few weeks
to prepare before hitting the stage again at the Rickmansworth
Festival in May where
the band turned in a stunningly assured set given it was
the first outing of the new lineup.