What to expect when dating a musician

Give a woman a scruffy beard and calloused fingertips, and she'll be dying for him to pluck a G-string you can't find on a Gibson or Taylor.

Well, I hate to break it to you, ladies, but the idea that having songs written about you is the greatest thing in the world is a total misconception.

The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.

Opera is a key part of the Western classical music tradition.

It started in Italy at the end of the 16th century (with Jacopo Peri's mostly lost Dafne, produced in Florence in 1598) and soon spread through the rest of Europe: Heinrich Schütz in Germany, Jean-Baptiste Lully in France, and Henry Purcell in England all helped to establish their national traditions in the 17th century.

In the 18th century, Italian opera continued to dominate most of Europe (except France), attracting foreign composers such as George Frideric Handel.

The first third of the 19th century saw the high point of the bel canto style, with Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini all creating works that are still performed.

It also saw the advent of Grand Opera typified by the works of Auber and Meyerbeer.

Barradale drove the band around venues in the north of England to establish their reputation, handing out copies of the demo CDs after each show.

All four were beginners on their instruments; they practiced in both Turner and Helders' garages and, later, at an unused warehouse in Wath.

According to Helders' mother, who drove the teenagers to and from their rehearsal space three times a week: "If they knew you were there, they would just stop so we had to sneak in ...

We were secretly hoping to keep those types of moments to a minimum and only expose you to that sort of thing at, say, family holiday parties. But for normal people, carrying heavy things up and down stairs and then trying to Tetris them into a van that’s too small is a pain in the ass.

And how you are now a witness to our weird, dysfunctional-family dynamic. I mean, if you’re gonna show up with a crane and a ladder and you're strong enough to carry an Ampeg 8x10 bass cabinet over one shoulder, you’re definitely invited.