Best of The Southbound Attic Band 2009-2019

Better late than never, a “best of” collection celebrating the first ten years of The Southbound Attic Band!

Remarkably enough it’s now available as a lovely Lansing pack CD, featuring the artwork of Ken Martin, artist, architect, former proprietor of the sadly missed View Two Gallery, and as a digital download from Bandcamp.com . CD is available from this website, just message me via contact £11.50 including UK postage and packing. Digital version £8 via bandcamp

Inner sleeve with track listing.
And, as if by magic, a video of the opening track Old Fools with a spanking new video by Nick Bloomfield!

Worth waiting for? You betcha!!! Barry & Ronnie xxx

A Broken Heart (For Cynthia)

Original photo courtesy Jean Catharell

With the continuing pandemic restrictions Barry and Ronnie have been unable to rehearse and record together, but Barry has produced a further solo EP, called A Broken Heart (For Cynthia). Review Four solo acoustic songs with a theme of ghosts. Tracks are A Broken Heart (For Cynthia), Lost Resort (featured below), Nancy, and The Woolton Fox. For advance copies contact Barry through the site contact page. x

Siobhan Mulrooney has a podcast called Formby Podcast which remarkably enough, is a podcast which operates in Formby. (who knew!) After a chance serendipitous meeting in the week, she has added The Willows Suite in full to an episode, which you can listen to at your leisure. Comprising readings from The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame, followed by original songs written by Barry and featuring, Barry, Ronnie and Geoff Hall, the original short-lived Southbound Attic Band lineup. We’re very grateful to Siobhan for this and hope you get a chance to listen to it and some of the other content. x

Lost Resort

A Barry Jones original song about Formby-by-the-Sea, a proposed new seaside resort 12 miles north of Liverpool, UK, around the end of the 19th century. All manner of developments were proposed including a new branch line and train station. A few buildings remain from that time but mostly the sand has reclaimed the land for adventurous walkers to find the trail of the Lost Resort. And maybe a ghost!

Within easy walking distance of my home, this wonderful, mysterious landscape has been the principle route of my daily walk, especially beneficial since March 2020!

Barry xx

March 2021

9 October 2020

John Lennon would have been 80 years old on 9 October 2020 and my Dad would have been 95 on the same day! I wrote this song after a chance meeting with a fox one wet night on my way to Mark Reader’s songwriters night at The Victoria Pub, Woolton.

Strawberry Field, Liverpool is just around the corner. Reopened just 12 months ago, they have introduced a feature called Strawberry Lane where the border of the path to the front gates is laid with commemorative stones which can be purchased from the website.

My brother Peter and I wanted to have a small memorial for Mum and Dad following Dad’s death in 1993 and Mum’s last year, and with our love of The Beatles and fascination with the John Lennon story in particular, and the fact that we both went to school 100 yards up the road, we agreed to have a stone laid on Strawberry Lane. One of the photographs I’ve included in the video is my (very) tenuous link to the Lennon story! In the 1960’s our next door neighbour was John’s best friend Pete Shotton’s brother, Ernest. He was a merchant seaman and went to live and work in Peru. Ernest went first and his wife, Pat, and daughter Carol, sold the house and followed on later. Once they’d sold the house, they couldn’t leave straight away so they came to live with us, Mum and Dad giving up their bedroom in a 3 bed semi for Pat and Carol for a few months I think although I can’t be sure. That’s the kind of people they were!The photo at 1:13 shows Mum and Dad and me, with Carol, aged 5, in 1966, at Liverpool Airport while we saw them off on their journey. Carol did say that she was going to come back and marry me, but so far, no sign! If you’ve got this far thanks for reading, I hope you like the video! Thanks to Val Colvin for the photo of Ronnie and me! Strawberry Fields Forever! Happy Birthday John and Dad! xxx

A song for lockdown summer

One of our favourite haunts for the last 8 years or so has been Ian Prowse’s Monday Club at the Cavern Pub and Cavern Club on Mathew Street, Liverpool UK. It’s an open mic for original songs only, on the most famous music street on earth (fight me!) and we’ve made many great friends there. It would have been the Monday Club 9th Birthday around now, but Coronavirus means no live shenanigans. I wrote Hide The Sausage (Thanks to John Ford for this 2018 recording from 100 Club, Oxford Street, London UK) specifically for the club and here is another song inspired by the 300 plus lovely nights! Ronnie and I are still unable to record together, so this is a solo recording for now!

Leaving Monday club in the early hours of Tuesday I would often see the white underside of gull’s wings fleetingly caught in the streetlight, and to me seemed to be the spirits of those who had played in the most famous music street in the world. I wrote this song with that in mind, my homage to Monday Club and the Cavern. You may even see yourself there! With love! xx

Artists 4 NHS

Like buses, sometimes there are no posts then two arrive at once! In a small flurry of lockdown activity I have another video to post, this time to help support Artists 4 NHS along with Switchbox TV. Many thanks to Ronan MacManus for the invitation. There are lots of other videos on YouTube in the same series by people like Ronan, Elvis Costello, Ian Prowse, Katie Melua, Thom Morecroft and many others, please check them out, it’s a great cause!

Songs of Hope 3

Music For The Head And Heart- Songs Of Hope 3

2019 proved to be a strange year for The Southbound Attic Band (Barry Jones and Ronnie Clark) and 2020 is turning out to be even stranger! I’ll update the details soon, but for now 1 June 2020, first day of meteorological summer I just wanted to highlight this short video featuring a new song by Barry, written and recorded during Lockdown. Nancy is a song about a romance at a folk festival. The video is part of a series produced and edited by Nick Bloomfield and Barry was delighted to have been asked to contribute.

To Dublin for the unveiling of two statues of Luke Kelly.

Monday Club on the road.(photo courtesy Katie Nicholas)

Those who know us will know that we play each week at the Ian Prowse Monday Club at the Cavern Pub in Mathew St, Liverpool. No covers are allowed so all acts play their own original material and collaborations are actively encouraged, so we play along with Ian and anybody else who will have us, as an honorary “house band.”

Playing there has brought us to the attention of often large, diverse audiences and resulted in many invitations to play elsewhere, including opening for Ian Prowse gigs in London and Liverpool, playing at the aftershow party following the Premiere of the Garry Popper produced film Get Back (aka The City That Rocked The World) and playing the original music night at the world famous Cavern Club celebrations of 50 Years of The Beatles.

Just before Christmas 2018 a mutual friend of Ian and renowned Irish singer songwriter Damien Dempsey visited the Monday Club, not for the first time, and was so impressed by what he saw that he wanted to share the talents on show with his friends in his Dublin home. He sought and received some Dublin Arts funding and the result was an Ian Prowse Monday Club trip to Dublin.

Ten of us were there for less than 36 hours over one night and were treated like old friends by all we met. Our sponsor, guide and chief entertainments officer was a lovely man called Ray Corcoran (Sparky). The occasion was the unveiling of two statues of the legendary Dubliners singer Luke Kelly on the 35th anniversary of his death.

We missed the first unveiling at the Gaiety Theatre because our flight was delayed by snow. We made it to the second just in time to hear speeches by the Irish President and Luke’s family. We saw singing children in orange wigs accompanied by John Sheahan, the last surviving member of the original Dubliners and met local dignitaries, including Oscar winning singer songwriter Glen Hansard. Then on to a tasty and warming meal at a lovely little restaurant called Ernesto’s in Rathmines, by Jonathon, a living saint, who couldn’t have done more to make us feel welcome.

Then straight to the venue for the gig, an evening of music at The International Bar cellar. An ever growing list of local performers joined the Liverpool contingent for a celebration of Luke’s life expertly MC’d by Ian Prowse with Damien Dempsey and Lankum amongst many other contributors. Our Dublin resident Monday Clubber Milky came and slayed us with one song!  Damo sang with Prowsey, then with Sparky! Someone sang a Beatles song! Not us! And to see an Irish TD (MP) singing along to the chorus of Hide The Sausage will stay with me forever. The Liverpool contributions were understandably enthusiastically received and left a lasting impression on all those there (“Deadly” means “Sick” apparently!). Luke Kelly’s nieces joined us and led an acapella acoustic slice of pure emotion. Our happy band was a diverse group of all ages and we talked and laughed for the whole time we were there with all our new friends. I missed the late night pizzas but was up in time for a big breakfast and a brisk sightseeing trip to the statue we’d missed the day before.

We saw deer in Phoenix Park, we visited the GPO scene of the Easter Rising and we laughed and talked some more. We packed a lot in a short time and it just flew! It was a privilege to spend the time with such a lovely diverse bunch of people. Thanks to everybody! In the words of young Mr Grace “You’ve all done very well!” It was ace! Barry xx