Chris Ronald Now living
in Vancouver, Canada,
contemporary folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald emigrated from his native England
in 2002. He was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire,
and brought up in Derby & Burton.
by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s
music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots,” and The
Province likened it to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and
the British Isles in the mid-seventies.”
first got hooked on songwriting at the age of fifteen when he put to music a
poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties
after moving to Canada
and self-producing his first two albums: Pacific Time (2004) and Turning Tides
glowing review, The Georgia Straight praised Ronald’s songwriting and
“beautifully clear tenor voice” and wondered “where his obvious talent has been
hiding for so long.” Encouraged, Ronald went one step further on his next
project hiring ace producer and multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis.
The resulting Timeline (2014) album catapulted Ronald to a new level in his
career with, among other accolades, a nomination for “Songwriter of
at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Ronald is an international touring artist. In live performance, he draws on his
abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar,
harmonica, and ukulele) to deliver a show that is captivating and unique. And
in 2017, Ronald added another batch of “refreshingly original” songs to his
repertoire with his latest album, Fragments, released on the esteemed Canadian
folk label Borealis
John Ellis John Ellis
is an award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist from British Columbia who flits effortlessly
between guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo, and more. He has worked with top
Canadian talent such as Colin James, Ferron, and Jane Siberry and produced
Ronald’s last two albums.
might be interested to know that John is a direct descendent of Elizabeth Fry.
from Alberta, Mike Sanyshyn has been named British Columbia
provincial champion four times as well as fiddle player of the year at the
Canadian Country Music Awards. He was placed in the top three at the Canadian
Grand Masters Championship.
call studio musician, his fiddle features heavily on Ronald's new Fragments
Leviathan! is the
second EP – and fifth studio release – from York-based folk-rockers Blackbeard’s
On this record, the band dramatise a whaling industry which once
funnelled significant funds to British ports such as Hull, Whitby and Peterhead but would eventually bring many whale
species to the brink of extinction.
five tracks the band depict the industry’s promises of profit and glory, the
power and might of whales, the adrenaline of the hunt, and the tragic bloody
realities of a whaler’s life at sea. Throughout, the band plough their own
distinctive furrow of arresting folk rock, a sound that is bigger and badder
Moving away from hand percussion, the interlocking rhythms are now
provided by two drum-kits, a choice which adds power to the band’s sound and
accentuates Blackbeard’s Tea Party’s rockier edge. But while they contemporise
British folk, here Blackbeard’s Tea Party stay grounded in traditional source
material, displaying both accomplished musicianship and their flair for
Leviathan! is distributed
exclusively by Proper Music Distribution Limited.
Tea Party are touring across 2018 to promote Leviathan!
Giddens: melodeon, sumptuous vocals
Tim Yates: bass, melodeon, trombone,
Martin Coumbe: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Dave Boston: djembe, congas, shakey things, bells, faux bells
Liam 'Yom' Hardy: cajon, drums, tambourine, miniature cymbal
Laura Barber: fiddle, cello
Catalogue: Leviathan April 2018
Whip Jamboree 2013
Tomorrow We'll Be Sober 2011
Heavens to Betsy 2009
Single: 1. Soldier of
Love (Ben Reel) 2. Rise Like the Sun (Ben Reel)
Soldier of Love is taken from Ben
Reel’s album `Land Of Escape’
which features twelve brand new tracks by Ben. The album is scheduled for release
in April 2018.
new album will be Ben’s eight studio production and like the last two
recordings it was made in Ben's studio in South Armagh.
single `Soldier Of Love’ has a strong melody and a rich sounding Spector like
production with big strings & piano, The Beatles influence can be heard
with some Harrison like slide guitar.
the Sun is taken from the album Ben Reel 10 a compilation of Ben’s work from
1999 to 2009. It’s a fitting partner to accompany Soldier of Love.
for Soldier of Love: IEBBC1800003
Soldier of Love: Musicians: Ben Reel: Vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar riff
Micheal Black: Drums Ronnie O’Flynn: Bass Gerry
Black Jnr: slide guitar
Glenn Schwarzer: additional electric guitars,
additional acoustic guitars
John McCullogh: Piano, Strings, string arr. Julieanne Black Reel: Backing vocals
About Ben Reel: Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh. Soon after high school at the age of seventeen
he started his musical career in 1989 performing & songwriting with local
band “Trim The Velvet”’ before going
solo in the late nineties.
backdrop of the troubles in Northern
Ireland, music became Ben’s way out.
picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old, inspired by the realness of
the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison & Neil Young whose music
struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel's psyche. This is still reflected
in Ben's heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing.
Reel performs occasionally as solo or duo with his wife Julieanne or with his Dutch band `The Haarlem
Boys’ but mainly he performs with his `Ben
his time between touring Europe and
the USA and producing music for
himself and other musicians.
Discography: Albums Land Of Escape (2018)
& The Light (2013)
Time To Get
Lost in a
This Is the
Discography: Compilations Ben Reel -
Discography: EP’s Exorcise Me
Debut album from
road-hardened Northern Irish blues trio
electric blues energy
Vinyl length – six
originals, two covers (Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter)
Patterson in the 1950s through to Gráinne
Duffy and the Bonnevilles in the
present, the Hardchargers are an
exciting new chapter in Northern
Ireland’s long history of world-class blues
artists. After 8 years of thrilling audiences the length and breadth of Ireland, and 4
self-released singles, Scarecrow is both their first album
and first nationally released product. It heralds a new focus for 2018 on
performances in Britain and Europe.
Chris Todd (guitars/vocal), Richard
J. Hodgen (drums/washboard) and Dave
Thompson (bass/ukulele bass) performed 80-90 gigs a year throughout Ireland
from 2012 to the end of 2016, from backwater bars to repeats bookings at the
island’s biggest blues and rock festivals.
Incorporating an exhilarating back-porch section to their
set with resonator, washboard and ukulele bass, the Hardchargers are steeped in inspiration from the greats of the
pre-electric blues – Blind Willie
McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown – to the
progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin’
Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie
Lee Simms. Their live set is an electrifying reimagining of all of the
above, combined with the lyricism of Lonesome Chris Todd’s real-world blues and
a musical language exquisitely refined from all of blues/roots and rock history
After a challenging 2017 due to external circumstances, the
band members were thrilled when a Kickstarter
campaign to fund the final part of the album project reached its target
within one day:
Lonesome Chris Todd:
‘We’re incredibly grateful to our fans for that. We had never done crowdfunding
before – we’ve always believed in paying our way, but it’s been a tough year
for family reasons for some of us and ultimately we needed help from our
friends to complete the project. We were overwhelmed when that help came in one
day. It gives us a renewed confidence to take what we’re offering to the wider
world. The Scarecrow album is the essence of the band. It’s a souvenir for
all our Irish fans and a calling card for everyone else. The Hardchargers are
at a crossroads – the Devil’s moved on, but that’s okay, we’re waiting for a
bus to Europe!’
Scarecrow was recorded over five days in Belfast in December 2016/January 2017. Album
guests include Irish jazz sensations Linley
Hamilton (trumpet) and Scott
Track Listing 1. Letter (Gem Andrews) 2. Sing Your Song (Gem Andrews)
Lungs (Gem Andrews) 4. Bare (Gem Andrews) 5. Feather & Skin (Gem Andrews)
6. Two Lighthouses (Julia Darling & Tim Dalling) 7. Two By Two (Gem Andrews)
8. Straight Lines (Julia Darling/Dave Scott/Zoe Lambert)
9. Medicate (Gem Andrews)
10. Carole (Gem Andrews) 11. Come A Long Way (Kate
Artist: Gem Andrews Title: North File:
Alt/Country/Folk Label: Market Square
Cat: MSMCD200 UPC: 5065001032615 Release
The Band Gem Andrews - Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Nicky Rushton - Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Sarah Van Jellie - Double Bass, Harmony Vocals
Bernard Wright - Violin, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals
Susanne Lambert - Drums, Percussion, Harmony Vocals
New album ‘North’ Gem Andrews’ powerful new album ‘North’ is an intimate and stirring
collection of songs which tackles themes of mental illness, poverty, community
and destitution. In this dark country album, Andrews opens up the murkiest
corners of her mind, and tells stories which are in turn despairing, hopeful
Running through every song is Gem’s spiritual home; the North East of
England, sometimes as subject and sometimes as backdrop. The album is infused
with the warmth and energy of the region, and pays tribute to local legends,
including the late, great poet Julia Darling.
Gem’s songs capture the rage of the North, railing against a political
class that have destroyed the livelihood and pride of the people and left them
Biography Born on the outskirts of Liverpool, Gem Andrews writes Americana and folk music with an honesty and rawness
that takes the listener by surprise and cuts to the quick.
Andrews’ music is deeply rooted in alt-country, which she uses to tell
emotionally rich working class stories. Her fierce and independent voice
carries inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna
She is backed by full harmonies, blooming fiddle melodies, piano and
supported on a sea bed of acoustic double bass and drums.
Gem has lived across the North East of England and is currently based in
she writes music and creates feminist theatre.
Discography: North (Feb
If We Dig
Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous is the fifth solo album by UK-based singer/songwriter
mortality dominate this recording, but it’s by no means all gloom: “Break Me Down”
is possibly the cheeriest song ever written about decomposition, while “One
Sparrow Down” (backed not by Sarah’s trademark DADGAD-tuned guitar but rather
by a battery of unorthodox percussion instruments including wine bottle and
oven grill) takes a similarly upbeat approach to the death of a bird hell-bent
on attacking its own reflection, unseen by the predatory cat calmly watching
from her perch on the windowsill. In the liner notes for the album, Sarah thanks
her cat Nightshine for contributing guest vocals to the track, and apologises
to her for the implicit metaphor.
A cover of
Jeff Wayne’s melancholy “Forever Autumn” leads into an arrangement for voice
and guitar of “Dies Irae”, the medieval chant whose melody is echoed not only
in Wayne’s intro to his classic War Of The Worlds number but also in countless
film soundtrack themes (The Exorcist, The Shining and Citizen Kane, to name a
few). Here as elsewhere on the album, McQuaid’s guitar shines on an equal basis
with her velvet-textured voice. Indeed, two of the tracks are purely instrumental:
“New Beginnings”, written as a wedding march for former pop star Zoë Pollock of
“Sunshine On A Rainy Day” fame (with whom Sarah recorded the album Crow Coyote
Buffalo under the band name Mama), and “The Day Of Wrath, That Day”, whose
title is a literal translation of the first line in “Dies Irae”.
propulsive, apocalyptic title track was inspired by a warning McQuaid heard
herself giving her son as he excavated an enormous hole in their back garden.
There’s an obvious allusion to fracking (“Splitting cracks in the rock to free
the power inside”), but the song’s thematic scope extends well beyond that:
“Sometimes the way to fix a problem is to turn the pressure off” is a maxim
that could apply to virtually any aspect of life.
On four of
the tracks, including lead single “The Tug Of The Moon”, McQuaid plays an
electric guitar belonging to Chapman, which he’s since given her on long-term
loan. “The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me
away. I am so glad to be involved,” he writes in his introduction to the album
booklet. Since meeting Sarah when both artists played the Village Pump Festival
in 2014, Chapman has become a staunch friend and supporter, even performing as
her opening act at a local concert he and his wife arranged for her.
became a regular visitor to the Chapmans’ farmhouse in Cumbria, and
during one visit he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse: “We were having a chat
and a glass of wine, and he said ‘Why don’t you let me produce your next
album?’,” Sarah recalls. “I’m glad he said
I’d never have dared ask otherwise!”
addition is piano, which McQuaid plays to beautiful effect on “The Silence
Above Us” as well as on “Slow Decay” and “Forever Autumn”. Guest musicians
include Chapman on archtop electric guitar, Roger Luxton on drums and percussion,
Samuel Hollis on upright and electric bass, Richard Evans on trumpet, Georgia
Ellery on violin and Joe Pritchard on cello.
If We Dig
Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous was made possible thanks to financial support
from Arts Council England Grants For The Arts, using public money from the
Government and the National Lottery, and from Cultivator, which is funded by
the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, Arts Council
England and Cornwall Council. The album will be launched with a concert at the
Acorn arts centre in Sarah’s adopted home town of Penzance
on Thursday, 25 January, following which she’ll be touring it extensively in
the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands,
Germany and the USA.
A taster for the album Scarecrow
Two album tracks + Two exclusive live performances + Key
radio track ‘Charger Swing’
Tracks: 1. Charger Swing 2. Sometimes 3. Beakers Bowl
4. Don’t Tell Me
Lonesome Chris Todd – vocals, resonator guitar, electric
Dave Thompson – bass guitar, ukulele bass
Richard J. Hodgen – drums, washboard
The Hardchargers are a
refreshingly original blues trio from Northern Ireland.
Together, Lonesome Chris Todd (guitars/vocal), Richard J. Hodgen (drums/washboard) and
Dave Thompson (bass/ukulele bass)
have been repeat guests at numerous Irish festivals including Monaghan’s Harvest Time Blues Festival,
Wicklow’s Knockanstockan Festival, and the Hilden Brewery Festival, Lisburn, and
have performed an average of ninety gigs a year at bar and theatre venues from
Ireland’s southern tip to its northern coast.
an exhilarating back-porch section to their set with resonator, washboard and
ukulele bass, the Hardchargers are an electric power trio steeped in
inspiration from the greats of the pre-electric blues – Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White, Willie Brown
– to the progenitors of electric blues such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf and Frankie Lee Simms. Their live
set is an electrifying reimagining of all of the above, combined with the
lyricism of Chris Todd’s real-world blues and a musical language exquisitely
refined from all of blues/roots and rock history since.
This EP is
an advance taster for the Hardchargers debut album Scarecrow which will be released nationally in physical and digital
form through Market Square Music/Proper
Distribution in January 2018.
Scarecrowwas recorded over five days in Belfast with engineers Jude McCaffrey and Late-Night Tony Furnell in
December 2016/January 2017 and comprises six originals and two covers, Muddy Water’s ‘Can’t Be Satisfied’ and Johnny Winter’s ‘Mean Town
include Irish jazz sensations Linley
Hamilton (trumpet) and Scott
Flanigan (piano/organ). While Lonesome Chris went off on sabbatical for
three months, playing guitar in England
with blues maestro Billy Boy Miskimmin
– a long-term fan of the band – the mixing process began. The eventuating
vinyl-length album was mastered at RedBox
by Cormac O’Kane. The CD packaging was designed by award-winning Whitenoise Studios MD Mark Case.
After a challenging 2017
due to external circumstances, the band members were thrilled when a
Kickstarter campaign to fund the final part of the project – the CD pressing
(£1200) – reached its target within one day.
The Hardchargers Promohttps://youtu.be/2dxfXBOnXFw Chris Todd interviewed for the Belfast
Channel NVTV https://vimeo.com/245881754
The group Trio Dhoore
features three brothers from Flanders in Belgium.
Koen Dhoore – Electro Acoustic Hurdy
Hartwin Dhoore – Diatonic Accordion
Ward Dhoore – Acoustic Guitar &
“Technical excellence and rare
musicality of all three.” fRoots
are a young and talented band of musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium.
extensive repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes is punctuated by song and many
of their own compositions. This mix all goes to provide their audiences with a
and contemporary music, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay
brothers Dhoore, Koen, Hartwin & Ward present their instrumental music in a
very dynamic way - writing and playing many of their own compositions - whilst
at the same time they breathe life and energy into traditional Flemish music
with a skill that belies their ages.
To date Trio Dhoore have released
Modus Operandi 2013 –
Parachute 2015 – Momentum 2016
critically acclaimed catalogue of three albums, and a stellar list of concert
and festival appearances, the brothers have started to gain the attention of
the music and cultural media.
magazine ‘fROOTS’ brought them to the notice of a much wider audience by introducing
the brothers to the UK
and in turn numerous other countries. This most welcome media attention
resulted in the group playing a series of concerts at the 'Sidmouth Folk Week'
that proved to be highly successful. Trio Dhoore were also invited to showcase
at the 'English Folk Expo' in 2016
release of their first album Modus Operandi in 2013 Trio Dhoore have become a
leading Flemish music export and festival favourites. The brothers have now
toured across Europe and as far afield as Canada.
their performing highlights they completed a ten-day tour of Canada (Mill
Race Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival). They have also appeared at
European festivals such as Rudolstadt Festival (Germany),
Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (Finland),
Korrö Folkmusikfestival (Sweden),
Festival Dranouter (Belgium),
Fête de la Vielle (France),
Hiiufolk (Estonia) and Strib
Vinter Festival (Denmark).
"One of the folk
scenes most unassumingly euphoric acoustic sounds" Steve Hunt fRoots Magazine UK
Modus Operandi 2013
Together is a collection of songs
composed by Fil and Tom and featuring
both artists together and separately
on lead vocals.
Also included on the album are two
classic songs Peace In Erin and The Maples Lament.
Track Listing:1. Until We Meet Again (Campbell) 2. We'll Get
Theree When We Get There (McFarland)
3. Ring The Bell
Peace In Erin (Trad/Lyrics - Hugh Mcwilliams)
5. The Bird's Song (Campbell McFarland) 6. A
New Song To Sing (Campbell
7. People Tell Me I'm Lucky
(McFarland) 8. The Maple's Lament
(Laurie Lewis) 9. Sunshine In The Rain (Campbell) 10. Time
11. Island Love (Campbell/McFarland) 12. Talk
Fil Campbell (Vocals & Rhythm
Guitar) Tom McFarland (Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion)
Steve Cooney (Guitars) John
Fitzpatrick (Fiddle) Ben Sands (Mandolin)
Brendan Monaghan (Tin Whistle) Nuala
Colum Sands (Double Bass &
The Singmarra Choir feature on “Ring
Details coming soon........www.filcampbell.com
from Belleek in Co. Fermanagh, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist
Campbell has been a performing musician and singer since she was a teenager.
brought up on the folk songs and music that was popular around the localities
and townland's of Fermanagh and Donegal.
90's Fil and her husband Tom McFarland who hails from Belfast have been singing and playing as a
musical duo. Their unique combination of blending vocals, guitar and percussion
plus the ability to mix their original compositions with traditional and
contemporary songs -- punctuated by the Irish gift of chat and craic -- has won
the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.
"Tom's superbly judged and
sensitively understated percussion and vocal harmonies
prove a perfect foil to Fil's glorious singing." David Kidman, Living
Fil is well
known locally for her work presenting both television and radio shows alongside
her keen interest in community choirs and working with adult singers. With a
critically acclaimed catalogue of eight studio albums and several independent
recording projects the repertoire of Fil Campbell and Tom McFarlandis both varied and eclectic.
working out of his own Ballyneddan Studio where he is at home both as an
engineer and producer has played drums and percussion for singers as diverse as
John Wright, David Knopfler, Finbar Furey, Ben Sands and many more.
percussionist he is much in demand as a bodhran tutor and session player making
appearances on numerous recordings. Tom’s interest in percussion stretches to
instruments from all over the world. In his live work he plays, the bodhrán,
the African Djembé, Latin American congas and bongos, the cajon, and basically
anything else that can be shaken or hit including your normal drum kit.
Campbell & Tom McFarland first met they were both working in and around the
music business. Fil had just left Downtown Radio’s PR department to set up her
own promotion business working as a publicist for concert and TV promoters and
booking bands into interviews and gigs. At that time Tom was moonlighting on
sound crews for local Cajun and soul bands as well as singer songwriters. By
day he was working for Guinness in their corporate division.
just started to rekindle his interest in percussion - having played drums as a
teenager - and since meeting Fil he would often join her in various music
while Tom persuaded Fil to return to performing having taken a break from her
At first Tom
provided sound for Fil and then gradually the duo started to develop their own percussion
and guitar sound, utilising congas and bongos to add lots of additional rhythms
to Fil’s guitar playing.
After they married
in 1988 they moved away from Belfast
to concentrate on performing it was during this time that Tom taught himself how
to play the bodhran.
was playing occasionally with a fun group called The Presley Brothers, a mix of
country blues and singer songwriter material. Tom would occasionally
join them on percussion and drums and from there it only took a short while
before Fil & Tom were appearing on stage together. After a time their set
gradually evolved towards traditional music and their own compositions.
moving to Rostrevor in 1993 to record Fil's first solo album - and never going
back – they became established as a duo performing on both the Irish and UK folk
circuit. Tom developed a reputation for
being a very sensitive accompanist rather than a showy drummer and as a result their
songs took on a slightly different shape and sound.
the percussion changes according to the music we are performing,
New drums are
introduced whilst old ones get retired for a while; however
the emphasis is to
subtle using rhythm and voices
“… a unique voice. She really
gets to the heart of a song” Living Tradition.
(Tom and Fil) (2017)
(featuring Tom McFarland) (2015) The
Emigrant Woman's Tale (with poet Csilla Toldy) (2015)
A Place of My Own (more songs from
the Songbirds catalogue) (2012)
Cold Winter (Songbirds Part Two) (2011)
of TV Series (2006)
Calm (2002) Jaimidi -
Turn of the Day (2001) Dreaming
Beyond The Woods (1992)
[Doh-Len-Nee] Welsh, to loop: enfold, encircle, arrange in a loop…”
Thus Wales-based looping ensemble,
Dolennu explain their name on their self-titled debut CD + DVD release,
inspired by the work of Terry Riley and Steve Reich
and heralding the return of the
“I’d been familiar with the process
of using loops for almost 30 years, inspired by the works of Steve Reich and
Terry Riley. We used to perform his work In C, which is the most perfect piece
to play on a Zyklus. When Billy mentioned a looping project I immediately
thought of the Zyklus.” WARREN GREVESON
The Zyklus To learn more about Dolennu and the Zyklus read Peter Muir's interview with Warren Greveson which is available HERE
and watch the accompanying DVD for this titular metaphor to come alive in your
ears and eyes. Because this is ‘twisting’ music: a sinuous spacey fusion of
jazz, funk, rock and electronica that spins, spirals and worms its way into
your inner being.
Roberts (Kenny Driscoll Band, Barbara
Thompson’s Paraphernalia) on drums, band founder Warren Greveson (Neil
Ardley/Zyklus) plays synthesisers looped to the violin of Billy Thompson
(Paraphernalia, Mike Westbrook) aligned to image/sound sculpturist Maurice
Lock’s interpretative video loops as featured in the album’s bonus DVD. Five
huge, sprawling tracks here journey into sonic other worlds in a wholly immersive trip helmed by a
collaboration of some of contemporary jazz’s most innovative players and
Thompson is a
classically trained improvising violinist performing in numerous different
styles of music. These styles vary from his highly popular band Billy
Thompson Gypsy Style to performing with internationally acclaimed jazz
artists such as saxophonist/composer Barbara Thompson OBE and
pianist/composer Mike Westbrook OBE. Billy performs on five albums
and a DVD with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and is an integral part of the
wonderful Glad Day by Mike Westbrook featuring on the live DVD released last
year. Billy is also working on a project with a highly talented
singer/songwriter (and wine producer) called Gavin Crisfield.
Billy’s time living in Wales, Billy has performed and recorded with many of
Wales’ finest musicians and singer/songwriters including Meic Stevens (for ten
years), Gai Toms (Mim Twm Llai),
Heather Jones, Sian James, Delwyn Sion, Dafydd Iwan, Alun Tan Lan and Gwilym
Bowen Rhys. During his time in South Wales, Billy was an integral part of The
Amigos performing all around Wales
and featuring on three studio albums.
singer/songwriter Rhian Williams (now Thompson) led to the creation of the
Welsh band Amledd and the release of the album Cyfnod Cyntaf.
residing in Bala, North Wales with his family
since 2005, Billy also runs a recording studio offering recording services,
location recording and an online session musician service. For further details
visit Thompsound Music.
Warren Greveson is an electronic
music composer, having composed and produced music for the BBC, ITV, Discovery
and the Children’s Channel. He was a founding member of the eclectic electronic
jazz orchestra Zyklus, along with British jazz legends Neil Ardley and Ian Carr
and ex-Lansdcape member John Walters, performing in such places as the Royal
Festival Hall, Barbican and Purcell Room. They were featured in an hour long
programme on Radio 3 and produced one album, Virtual Realities, which received
considerable critical acclaim.
has released two albums so far: Voyager, an electronic work following the
journeys made by the spacecraft Voyagers 1 and 2 (think of it as a reboot of
Holst’s Planets); and Songs From The Grand Massif, a jazz-rock trip though the
French Alps, featuring the wonderful Billy Thompson on violin. Both albums are
graced with the considerable drumming skills of Jon Hiseman.
In 2012, Warren
rearranged the Voyager music to be the world’s first work for orchestra and
four iPads, with an accompanying film produced by Maurice Lock. This has been
performed several times, both in the UK
He is also currently reworking Voyager Reimagined to be performed by Zyklist as
a live project, again merging audio and video, and this should be at a town
near you later on in 2017, which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the
launch of the iconic spacecraft.
It was during the making of Songs From The Grand Massif that
Warren and Billy considered the idea of forming a loop-based band, mixing
electronic loops with loops created by Billy’s violin, which is heavily treated
on some pieces. This led to the formation of the band Dolennu, augmented by
Steve Roberts on drums and Maurice Lock providing visual accompaniment. Their
first album will include both a CD of the music and a DVD of the visual
interpretations of the music and is available now.
Steve Roberts was the
drummer/keyboard player and writer in Godsticks since 2009, releasing one
EP and three albums with the band. They have also toured alongside The
Aristocrats (Marco Minnemann/Bryan
Beller/Guthrie Govan) and The Mike Keneally Band as well as appearing at
Steve also played for award winning prog band Magenta and
appeared on their latest dvd/album Chaos from the Stage (2016) as well as the
double live album On Our Way To Who Knows Where (2012), recorded on the continent.
He was also one third
of the UK Emerson, Lake & Palmer tribute Noddys Puncture and was in the
band when Keith Emerson appeared with them for a show. That concert is
available on a live cd.
Lock recently completed
a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Coleg Menai, North Wales.
During this time he worked with various combinations of video, sound,
sculptural objects, installations and photography, exploring the nature and
representation of the sublime.
subsequently began working on a lens-based project, digitally re-imagining the
spaces beneath motorway flyovers as Cathedrals to the Sublime and three of
these images were selected for the Galeri Open 2014 exhibition in Caernarfon
during October 2014. His video collaboration with Warren
started in 2012 with the video accompanying Voyager for Orchestra and Four
iPads and continued with two performances in October 2014 of an expanded
version being performed at Stetson University and Mt Dora Center for the Arts in Florida by the Stetson
University Symphony Orchestra. Maurice is soon to launch a bespoke service to
visualise walking trails, coastlines or any other personally significant
geographical feature in the manner of Anglesey In Bits, a piece from his 2nd
Year degree course.
Dolennu as the visual partner has seen Maurice take a move towards loop-based
video. This will be shown in the future at Dolennu concerts and will feature a
mix of video loops and live action from webcams suitably placed near members of
the band. He performed video works to the master recordings from the Dolennu
album project and these are included with the music on a DVD with the new album
Listing:1. A Cloud And A Comet 2. We Climbed A Hill 3. Only Heavens Knows 4. I Found A House 5. A River And A Day 6. Honeyman 7. I Want You Back 8. Now 9. Different Day
10. The Silent Touch 11. The World Is A Beautiful Place
Stergiou Listen to samplesHERE Musicians:Patrick Campbell Lyons: Lead
Vocal/Harmonies, Casio CTK-3200 Synth Keyboard, 5-String Buzzbox, Percussion
Piano, Hammond organ, Electric Piano, Bass, Synth keyboard Vangelis Katsarelis: Trumpet on ‘A Cloud And A Comet’, ‘I Found a
House’, ‘A River And A Day’. Alex Spyropoulos: Electric Piano on
‘I Found A House’ Russell Nash:
Piano/Backing Vocal on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’ and ‘I Want You Back’ Nick Capaldi: Gender Vocal Harmony
on ‘Different Day’ Alexa Manolis:
Female Inspiration Vocal on ‘Honeyman’ and ‘Cloud And A Comet’ Steve Carlton/Heidi Stotesbury:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’ Charmain Elliott: Gospel Vocal
Backing on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’ Duncan Inglis: Percussion on ‘I Want You Back’
Panagiotis Chountas at InaJamStudio (Piraeus), Athens, Greece Mixed by Panagiotis Chountas &
Costas Stergiou Additional recordings
by Vangelis Karapetros at Pazi Studios Song
arrangements by Patrick Campbell Lyons/Costas Stergiou
Artist: Patrick Campbell Lyons Title:
You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet File:
Market Square Cat: MSMCD191 UPC:5065001032578 Rel:July 14th 2017
50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ is a fitting moment for a further
excursion into the effecting melancholic pop that trademarked Patrick Campbell Lyons’ former band:
60’s cult symphonic rock act, Nirvana,
and his subsequent solo career.
formed Nirvana with Alex Spyropoulus
in 1967 in a London that was riding a creative peak for music, producing
a series of critically acclaimed albums in ‘The
Story of Simon Simopath’, ‘All Of Us’ and ‘To Marcos III’.
may be a mere thirty five years after his last album, but the Irish-born
singer-songwriter has clearly lost none of his magic. With a faintly titular
nod to Nirvana’s phased-fuelled 1968 hit “Rainbow
Chaser”, ‘You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet’ returns us to the evergreen
performer’s seemingly favoured sky-high view of the world and his part in it.
A Cloud, I'm A Cometwas Recorded in
his adopted home of Athens with sterling support from a coterie of contributors
including Nirvana song-writing partner Alex
The new albumopens
the door to a world of reflection, celebration, change and occasionally rueful
for fans and admirers, his always-infectious songs are couched in a melange of
keyboards of many varieties, percussion and trumpets, residing on swathes of
synth with harmony support carrying Patrick’s gently lilting, yearning lead
Patrick Campbell-Lyons (Born 13 July 1943, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland) is a composer and musician.
He is one
half of the cult symphonic-rock band, Nirvana
formedin London in 1967 with
Greek musician Alex Spyropolous. Nirvana accompaniedin the studio and live by a floating line-up of session musicians) created a
series of critically-acclaimed baroque, orchestrated albums before disbanding
in the early 1970s.
Patrick was part of the West London music scene from the early 1960s playing in
several bands. He was the vocalist and a founder member of a locally-popular
R&B band Second Thoughts whose
line-ups included future record producer Chris
Thomas, Thunderclap Newman
founder/drummer Speedy Keen and two future members of prog-rock band Jade Warrior (Jon Field and Tony Duhig).
Second Thoughts split up in late 1965 and after a year living in Sweden,
Campbell-Lyons returned to London in late 1966.
Campbell-Lyons then pursued a career in the music business
as an A&R executive and producer - while continuing to occasionally record
solo albums including Me & My Friend, The Electric Plough and The Hero I
Might Have Been.
Listing: 1. The Bigger Picture 2. Stillness
3. Spirit 4. What’s For You Won’t Pass You
5. Warrior Soul 6. Staring At The Moon 7. Altai Magtaal 8. Buyant Gol 9. Communicate 10.Typical
11. The Stronger The Tree The Deeper The Roots 12. Yarrow 13. I Know Me Now
All songs written by Niall Mc
Guigan except tracks 7 & 8 which are traditional Mongolian songs
Recorded at Drumill
Lane Recording Studio, Silverbridge, South Armagh Mastered by Masterlabs
Recording Studio, Dublin
Photography by Taine King
About Niall McGuigan Niall
Mc Guigan is a musician and music therapist from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan,
Ireland. After performing in a variety of bands over the past fourteen years
ranging from metal, grunge, rock, funk & reggae Niall is embarking on his
first album as a solo artist.
debut album “Awareness” is a collection of songs written over a period of six
years expressing experiences of travel, education and self-discovery. It
incorporates many musical styles including reggae, folk, rock, and Khoomii
(Mongolian throat singing). This is fused with a variety of cross-cultural
influences ranging from South American shamanism to eastern meditation
practices. Similar to the idea of 'songlines', a term used in Aboriginal
culture to describe songs that create a map, each song on the album is in
sequential order providing the listener with a map that points attention
within, towards self-discovery, awareness and an opening of the heart.
album’s title “Awareness” is a term which Niall feels communicates the common thread
linking the variety introspective practices that he has experienced and also
the songs he has written. Through the development of awareness true freedom,
authenticity and compassion can be achieved as it dissolves illusion and
uncovers the endless depth to our human experience.
Ben Reel Talks About
Niall McGuigan. "I have watched Niall McGuigan grow as an artist and
performer since he was fifteen years old when his first band Speedking played a few songs at my
wedding back in 1999. That was their first ever public performance and even
then, you could see that the potential was there.
As they matured
Speedking became a much respected band developing a loyal following in
Ireland. They released two EP's and a
great album (Cause & Effect) along the way. Like so many others, I was a
fan of the band and felt they were like the next Thin Lizzy to emerge out of
They where courted by record companies but sadly it didn't
happen with the same old excuse of not knowing how to market them in the modern
heavy rock genre.
So I was delighted to see his old band mates , Gerry BlackJnr, Paul McCabe & Ronan
Morgan join Niall for his first solo project which is completely different
to the heavy rock they played in their Speedking days.
I recall that I used to say to them, `you guys won't be
playing this music when you are in your 30's' and I was proven right.
It was a pleasure to work on the album `Awareness' and to
hear how Niall's songwriting and musicianship has developed into this
creative, original and eclectic kind of world music style.
For Niall I know It was a spiritual journey in the making of
this record and I felt some of that spirit too while we were producing
Awareness." Ben Reel
Titanium Flag: Expanded/Remastered MARKET SQUARE RECORDS MSMCD179
April 24 2017
Harper, author of several books on music history, released his first national-level
album in March 2016, Sunset Cavaliers – a homage to the
musicians and musical eras chronicled in his books. A ‘treasure seeker’ as a
music archaeologist, if Harper has a ‘buried treasure’ of his own prior to Sunset
Cavaliers it is Titanium Flag – originally a
vinyl-length instrumental album, inspired by the history of Arctic exploration,
recorded in 2010 and limited to 100 copies. An icy sound-world of guitar,
violin, clarinet, flugelhorn, piano and drums, with forays into chamber music,
progressive rock and ambient, it defies easy labelling but fires the
imagination. It was dedicated to one of Harper’s inspirations, Dutch
guitarist/lutenist Jan Akkerman
At the very
moment of pondering, at his home in Belfast,
a remastered edition of Titanium Flag in the wake of Sunset
Cavaliers’ warm reviews and
airplay, Harper received an invitation, in Dutch, to join someone’s
professional network on LinkedIn: Jan
Harper: ‘Suitably inspired – by the karma, not the
invitation to join LinkedIn – I emailed Jan with an idea and ‘Greenland:
East To West’, inspired by 19th Century Norwegian adventurer Fridtjof Nansen, is the result. Jan’s
epic solo is the imagined sound of a man raging against the howling snowstorms
of the pre-Victorian Arctic, single-handedly
creating the ‘heroic age’ of exploration. It transpires that Jan is still the
master of improvisational and inspirational guitar. But I have no intention of
reassembled the original ‘Titanium Flagorchestra’ – jazz broadcaster/bandleader
Linley Hamilton (flugelhorn,
trumpet), orchestral musicians Alan
McClure (violin) and Rachelle
Stewart (clarinet), and céilí band drummer/closet rocker Jim Cuthbertson (drums) –and added
Irish jazz pianist/bandleader Scott
Flanigan and local bass maestro Ali
MacKenzie along with Jan in Volendam and flautist Premik Russell Tubbs (ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra) in New York. Further
cyber collaboration, between Belfast and Australia, was
going on with producer/recording artist Martin
Tinson and guitar legend Martin
Cilia. The result is three new pieces of music, added to the start of the
tracks, recorded during the original Titanium Flag sessions in 2010, are
added at the end. Other guests on the album include Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones (ex-Quintessence) and Andy Roberts (ex-Liverpool Scene, Plainsong). The audio was
remastered by Denis Blackham and the
package comes with a detailed 12-page booklet and a fold-out pair of vintage
maps of the Arctic regions.
Harper: ‘It transpires that it’s rather expensive to
include a second insert in a CD. I believe that Titanium
Flag is the best thing, musically, I’ve done, and I’m thrilled to have
the opportunity to make it widely available. But I’m also hoping I don’t have
any more musical inspiration for a while!’
Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and blues revival (Bloomsbury, 2000; 2011), Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
(Jawbone, 2014), The Wheels of the World:
300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers (Jawbone, 2015).
Titanium Flag: Remastered/Expanded will
be available physically and digitally (iTunes, Amazon, etc.)
Caretaker - Track Listing:1. Always
Late to The Party 2. The Crow’s Nest
3. Monsoon 4. Amp on Fire
5. Summer of 100 Pills 6. Mess of Love 7. The Last Song of the
Caretaker 8. No Medicine 9. Slow
Late 10. The Ocean is Broken
Musicians:Sebastian Vogel - frame drum, snare
drum, shaker, xylophone Nolan Churn:
shaker, snare drum, bass drum Felix Müller: electric guitars,
piano, kalimba Alex Paulick: electric
guitars, bass guitar, treatments, piano, organ Lianne Hall: acoustic and electric
guitars, electric piano, vocals
Words & Music by Lianne
Hall --- Produced by Alexander Paulick, Guy Sternberg and Lianne
Hall at Lowswing Studio, Berlin
Recorded & mixed
on analogue tape by Guy Sternberg assisted by: Oli Bergkvist (Tape-Op) at
Lowswing Studio, Berlin
MSMCD182 UPC 5065001032424)
Lianne was in the legendary
all-female punk band Witchknot She has played solo and as Pico, Broken Heart
Club and Haunted House.
UK singer and songwriter Lianne Hall releases her fourth solo
studio album on Market Square Records (UK) via Lowswing Records (Berlin). Lianne is “one of the great English voices”
according to the late great John Peel
and 'The Caretaker' proves this
again with another astonishing twist in an experimental and adventurous career. While her sound may be largely country-esque and folk-inspired, her soul is
built on a punk rock foundation.
'The Caretaker' was recorded live and direct to tape over a
period of five days at the Lowswing
Studio in Berlin during the summer of 2015. Lianne teamed up with Alexander Paulick of Kreidler who helped
arrange the songs and recruited a host of great musicians who were game to
The sessions were based on gut feeling and very few takes.
Behind the desk and playing sometimes too was Guy Sternberg, another Berlin legend and owner of one of the best
studios in town. His passion for recording to tape and for this project in
particular has resulted in a new record label
called Lowswing Records, devoted to analogue recordings
The album itself speaks of broken lives and a broken world
but without getting dragged into the mess. There's too much light in Lianne's
voice and space in the music to feel lost in the darkness. 'The Caretaker' is a
tonic for our times.
In the summer of 2015 UK singer-songwriter Lianne Hall
teamed up with Alexander Paulick, of the band Kreidler, to shape a collection
of demos into a new album. In a short space of time Alex recruited a stellar
cast of Berlin musicians for the sessions and enlisted Guy Sternberg of
Lowswing studio to record and co-produce. In three days the entire album was
recorded directly to analogue tape. Each song was played live, without
unnecessary clutter and with plenty of atmosphere. The result is a
spine-tinglingly intimate record with unfussy yet sophisticated production
values. Lianne's voice and affecting lyrics have great presence which, along
with outstanding musicianship, gives 'The Caretaker' a timeless and deeply
Lianne Hall is a singer-songwriter from Peterborough, with a voice and style which sounds immediately
familiar in its gentle warmth, yet conveys a unique emotional depth and
integrity in its range and beauty. While her sound may be largely country-esque
and folk-inspired, her soul is definitely built on a punk rock foundation.
Lianne started writing songs as a teenager, and joined her first band, Witchknot, when she became involved
with the 'Riot grrrl' movement in
She lived in a bus for five years, making acoustic folk pop
with Bela Emerson under the name Hiphuggers and electronica as Pico with bedroom producer Andy Wills. Whilst living there she met
her hero John Peel when he was
filming his Channel 4 programme Sounds
of the Suburbs, and since that memorable meeting she went on to record five Peel sessions with a variety of
line-ups. In 2000 she left her bus and moved Pico to Brighton, where she formed The Broken Heart Club with Matt Eaton, Alice Eldridge and Susanne Lambert. Lianne
has also collaborated with lots of different artists including d_rradio (deathrowradio), Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), FITH and DJ Marcelle. In John Peel’s
own words, Lianne is ‘one of the great English voices’.
Lianne has toured extensively in the UK, mainland Europe and
Canada and the U.S. Her discography includes four solo studio albums and two
collaboration albums. The latest collaboration with Paul Hartnoll as Haunted
House is a beautifully produced collection of dark, electronic pop songs entitled ‘Brave the Woods’ released on Woodland
2017 sees Lianne release
her fourth solo studio album " The Caretaker" which was recorded live
and direct to analogue tape in the summer of 2015 in Berlin at Lowswing
studios. Featuring Alexander Paulick from the band Kreidler and members of the
legendary Kante from Hamburg, the album is an exciting new departure and sees
Lianne’s voice and songwriting maturing yet further.
Caretaker (Recorded 2015 Released 2017)
Wires (2010) Malinki Records
Ship (2006) Local Kid Records
(2001) Beat Bedsit Records
We have produced a Lianne Hall 'Time Line' on her Artist Roster page
Download for Radio Stations - ‘Takeaway’ (Dropbox) March 6th (2017)
1. Takeaway (Friel - Cop Con) 3.23 Track 2. Across (Friel - Cop Con) 3.17
Track 3. James Joseph Alphonsus (Friel - Cop
4.All The Lost Things (Friel - Cop Con)
Musicians: Eddie O’Donnell:Arrangements, Guitar, Piano,
Bass & Mandolin Marie
Clarke:Accordion Liam Bradley: Drums &
Percussion Recording &
Mastering Rory Donaghy at Blast Furnace Studios, Derry, N Ireland
Friel Design: Michael McCarron
Takeaway - The story
behind the single ‘Takeaway’ as told by Eamon Friel It
was the year I did my A levels. I went to London looking for a summer job. It
was the first time I’d been away from home on my own. But I did have someone to
cousin ran a public house in Clapham and he put me up for the duration. There
was a man who dropped into the bar now and then. He was called Mister Woo. Everybody called him Mister
Woo. He was London Chinese and the owner of a nearby takeaway. He was also the
cook and he needed a chief bottle washer! That was me.
Woo had one major eccentricity. When he was cooking, he sang. He sang all sorts
of songs - pop songs, show songs, even bits of opera, but his speciality was
little jingles he’d make up about the menu. I’d be out at the counter serving.
I’d hear Mister Woo’s Cockney tenor drifting in from the kitchen, so I’d join
in just for the laugh:-
“Chicken and sweetcorn soup, soup that’ll be nice Singapore noodles ooh ooh oodles of spice Chilli king prawn and broccoli ...”
customers seemed to enjoy the fun of it all. Mister Woo didn’t mind either.
He’d never had an assistant who sang before! We even tried a routine, a little
song and dance act, out front when things were slow. It was a way of drumming
up a bit of business. He was a great dancer, more Gene Kelly than Fred
Astaire. The less said about my dancing the better. Passers by would stop and
there’d be laughter and even the odd burst of ironic applause. I was pleased as
punch I remember
this point I should also mention Jasmine, Mister Woo’s daughter. She helped out
at the weekends. She was a little older than me, about a year or so. I had just
turned 18 that July. To quote the song:-
“I was in love. She was called Jasmine, she was beautiful. I was so young. I couldn’t tell her. Maybe she knew it. I think she knew
sat down at the piano one morning in spring and started to write the song. I
hope you like it
Eddie O’Donnell has done a
delightful arrangement, full of charm and warmth, not to mention his own
instrumental virtuosity. “Does it need anything else,” I asked him. “Let’s see
what Liam can add,” he said. Liam Bradley has a house full of percussive
devices that he has collected on tours around the world supporting lots of big
names. His drums and percussion make such a difference. I love that moment
where the beat comes in on the phrase, “keeping the beat.”
had lots of craic recording it at Blast Furnace in Derry and my thanks to Rory
Donaghy there for his diligence and talent. And let’s not forget Caitlin’s
artwork for the cover and Michael McCarron’s design work.
MORE ABOUT THE EP: I still have a few
EPs (Extended Play) from my youth and it’s comforting to hear the four track
single still referred to as an EP in these challenging times. ACROSS is a cut from my album SMARTER. It is one of my best songs but
it seemed to go unnoticed at the time. It deserves a second outing I think.
setting is the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal. I’m skimming stones across
Mindoran Lake up at the Minches, one of my favourite places in the whole world.
The river is the Mill River that races down to Buncrana.
is a new song, very much in the Irish comic song tradition. Thus we have the
dominant mother and her long suffering child. I bet he loves her all the same.
Marie Clarke’s accordion playing is featured and she has been a stalwart of my
albums over the years.
ALL THE LOST THINGS is a sad song. Out
for a walk one afternoon in winter I saw a tattered leather jacket up in a
tree. How did it get there? Who owned it? What’s the story? That’s how the
lyric got started. It’s a track off my album HERE IS THE RIVER.
About Eamon Friel:
Friel is the son of a Mayo mother and Derry father. He writes about his life,
experiences and his observations of the ever changing world that he sees around
writing is mystical painting pictures with his word play which could be
compared with that of the landscape artist; each word carefully chosen and
lovingly placed upon the page.
and hills become people in a place where animals talk and the soul and being
are more important than time itself. The landscape of Ireland its churches,
rivers and towns entwined with the effect it has had on a troubled people; it’s
all there in the songs.
in London’s Stockwell with childhood summers spent in Ireland, the family left
Stockwell and returned to his father’s troubled hometown of Derry, Londonderry,
Stroke City call it what you will.
was the youthful experience of cultural change and upheaval that left a lasting
impression on the mind of a young man that would later emerge in songs penned
in W.B Yeats like mystical imagery from a place in time and a time in place.
proof of his ability as a songwriter were ever needed we need look no further
than recent song covers by Sean Donnelly, The Fureys, Johnny Coppin, Pete &
Jan, Bill Jones, Sean Tyrell and the Japanese band Brahman.
broadcast’s on BBC Radio Ulster via his much lauded and very popular programme
‘Songbook’ where he celebrates some of the world’s finest songs past and present,
taking in the popular, the influential and even the esoteric. The show is a
labour of love with each song hand picked, fully researched and weaved into a
running order that is a piece of broadcasting excellence.
is one of the few artists around that can say he was actually paid by radio to
write topical, comic and satirical songs to order. He was at one time
commissioned to write songs for BBC Radio Ulster’s “Talkback” the lunch time
inter-active news programme. A task he often had to carry out at the drop of a
hat to meet the changing political and social demands of the day.
Eamon Friel’s Album
Catalogue - Thran Records In
My Time (2016) THRCD 1011
Forget (2012) THRCD 1008
Thran THRCD 1006
Is The River (2006) Thran THRCD 1004
of The Years (2003) Thran THRCD 1003
of Spring (2000) Thran Records THRCD 1001
Stones (1993) Spring Records SCD 1028
(1985) Spring Records