In spite of it all, we’ve managed to come out of 2021 having made some significant progress.
Thanks to every one of you who have supported us in any way and all the best for a wonderful 2022 X
It’s been something of a labour of love for Andy and it covers the music scene in the Crewe and Nantwich area from the early Skiffle groups who gigged there in the 1950s through to the current scene of bands, venues and musicians.
It’s printed by Mpire Press at a cost of £15 +P&P
*Including The Beatles, Dario G, Dr Phibes and the House of the Wax Equations, Tower Struck Down, The Scorpions, Train Set, Snakey Jake & the Dead Skunk Band, Gary B. Goode and The Hot Rots.
Just realised that I’ve been so busy over this Autumn that I’d somehow forgotten to promote the solo album now it’s actually released!!!
Cover design by Ryan Kay-Derricutt
The Bandcamp download-only version includes additional hidden demo tracks.
October 11th, 2021
|Photo by Becky Evans.|
A couple of the artists mentioned what a wonderful, listening audience we had (as I'm pleased to say is typical of this festival).
Not a bad start.
Phone video from The Words & Music Festival team.
With best wishes being sent in his direction, luckily Middlewich isn’t far from Sandbach where our keys/accordion/backing vocalist Emma lives so we were able to get a workable PA set up with a combination of our equipment and that at the venue and Tim, who opened for us allowed me to go through his amp (rather than through a cab simulator, then direct into the PA which was the plan), this freed up an extra channel on our mixing desk for Dave to run an acoustic mic through and all was well.
Many thanks to those that turned out for us and it was good to see some great friends again. Thanks also to Tim Lee for his wonderful songs and joining us on percussion and backing vocals during “No Tobacco” after joining him during his set for a duet version of “I’m Just Gonna be me”.
Band photos by Tim Lee.
Me - You had any comedy encounters lately Simon?
Simon- I was stuck behind Dale Winton in a supermarket once.
Me - ha! In an actual supermarket!?!
Em - When I was working in a shop Robert Plant came in and bought 3 cans of Stella and a tin of dog food.
Me - and I know you used to work with The League Against Tedium…
Em - Yes I’ve got a pair of Y-fronts with his face on somewhere.
…on to today’s gig, our smallest ever venue but a cutesy of a vinyl paradise that is Applestump Records!
I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I was going to be and after pondering on the fact that, thanks to the pandemic, we hadn’t performed in public since Christmas 2019 I started getting nervous about the fact that I wasn’t feeling nervous enough!
Anyway, it all went swimmingly at Alsager Music Festival and we dedicated the set to the wonderful and much missed Stath who has been such an important part of the festival since it’s inception.
Many thanks to Stephanie Burgess for the band photos.
On a whim though, I decided to make a fun video for the new album I’ve got coming out soon, which is ironic as constantly putting off fun things to get more “chores” done (like completing all the music stuff I have to do) is kind of what the song this video is for.. is about!
*TAKE TWO (updated August 2nd 2021)
Well this video, all made with iMovie on my phone, managed to get mangled and deleted in the editing process, and not saved on my (full) cloud space either - so I had to do the whole thing again today, using most of the same originally spontaneous ideas. I’ve saved a private copy to YouTube this time, just in case!
Seeing as my local library has much faster internet than I can dream of at home (!), I went there today to sort out the distribution of my next solo album.
As we take tentative steps towards an as certain-as-it-can-be-in-the-circumstances live show and maybe (really - just “maybe”) further shows, as well as changing up the songs (including adding a couple of newly written tunes), there’s also a bit of a change of some of the equipment as seen at last night’s rehearsal.
I brought along a new Mooer Trescab Cabinet Simulator, ready attached to pedalboard rig, and Dave was very excited about his also brand-new ‘cocktail drum set’ - a double cajon (one’s a bass cajon) for some interesting percussionisation.
In addition, Simon’s been using his extra-light but just as heavy sounding strings at the recent rehearsals and Em is famously sticking with the equipment she’s had since the dawn of time itself, but why not? It works.
I guess it’s now the nature of modern, independent musicians that unless you’re backed by enormous corporate industry powers you have to play your hand at lots of different crafts even if your main one is music, just to get your stuff “out there”.
This time, thankfully, I was in the skilful video production hands of José for the video for a song we co-wrote and is, to both of us I believe, a really special one.
A few nights ago I noticed the huge-looking, low moon rise straight up the middle of the canal as seen from the bow of my narrowboat home. Now we weren’t intending to do a video for “A Minute in the Sun” from our EP of the same name, in a way because it’s such a simple, relatively unstructured track. But having seen this plaintive but dramatic event I tried to capture it the following night with my phone on a “time-lapse” setting.
Although this time the moon appeared a bit further over to the right of the shot, I like the way it sort of appears suddenly and then tracks off out of sight and how this could fit nicely with the drama of Dave’s drums & shimmer of his symbol work.
So - an extra EP video! Hope you like it.
My band of best friends, comrades, who’ve been on adventures together; through great gigs and shit ones, through packed festivals to torrential wash-outs - we’re back!
Yes, Em’s infamous kitchen of the “Kitchen Sessions” recordings for an acoustic rehearsal - the 1st time we’ve even seen each other all together since before the pandemic began, we’ve even started work on new material too.
And it was brilliant.
You can listen again here: https://player.captivate.fm/episode/9e139e44-abf8-4671-8891-8bbd252ca03e
The sacred day has arrived, release day!
A Minute in the Sun is available on ALL digital platforms; just search “The Blue Yellows, A Minute in the Sun” on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music or whatever your favourite one is. We hope you love it as much as we do. ❤️
On the eve of Blue Yellows EP release day, it was radio time again, this time a local one, though I was Covid-remote in any case, to talk about the EP, with many thanks to Megan & Gary on The Breakfast Show at The Cat Radio
We also chatted about some of the challenges of being in a band during lockdown on top of a lot of thoughts surrounding the writing of some of these tracks.
Tim also played two of the songs from the EP, which has also been getting a fair bit of airplay on radio stations both here, and even on the other side of the world!
Listen to this podcast episode on Apple Podcasts here: Tunes and Chat, EP 3.
If Apple doesn’t work for you, search “TimLeeSongs Tunes and Chat Podcast” and it’s Episode 3.
Here too is a show with Bob Os from River Gibbs FM which played 2 tracks from the EP: Bob Osbourne’s Aural Delights
The video, home-made on the mobile phones of band members, our producer and families due to lockdown conditions, is out now!
..and from today, you can download the track and pre-order the whole EP on Bandcamp;
Actually ‘onslaught’ is a bit of a strong word for it in this case but a journalist friend Jonathan White took enough of an interest to write an article for The Cat Radio which also included the exclusive information that we’re releasing the video-single ‘Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm’ on February 5th, two weeks ahead of the whole EP release on Feb 19th, 2021.
Read the full article on the forthcoming EP HERE