And the leaves that were green…

We’ve had a busy summer, one way or another. Once more we were guests of Billy Maher last week on The Weekend Inn on BBC Radio Merseyside, played five songs live; Silver Thread, Valparaiso Bound, Lone Crow, To Be A Father and Last Man Standing and you can listen again until 27/10/2018 Here. As usual we chat with Billy for the first hour and then play our half hour slot, talking with Billy about how the songs come about. We played Liverpool Calling 2018 at Constellations, another venue sadly due to close soon.

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Photo credit unknown! Sorry!

We’ve been back down to Anglesey to play in a teepee on Port Lligwy beach, but the weather won and the event was moved to a hotel! We played a lovely event with our friend John Chatterton in Widnes, affronted some of the real wives of Cheshire playing at the single launch of the uber talented Megan-Louise, performed an end of day slot for a fund raising gig for Motor Neurone Disease at 81 Renshaw St for the tireless Mark Campbell and accompanied Ian Prowse to bring the show to a close. Just last week we played excerpts from The Willows Suite on National Poetry Day in Hightown thanks to an invite from Sally-Anne Tapia Bowes and were pleased to see our old friend Tony Higginson again. We returned to The Atkinson, Southport, thanks to Colin Maddocks to play our second Grateful Fred gig supporting Alice Howe and Freebo. The Susie Jones Band opened in fine style and then we played our set culminating in the debut (1st performance anywhere!) of a Barry’s recently penned song called The Ballad Of Grateful Fred and were joined by Colin himself on ukulele and kazoo.(video coming soon!) Good times!We’ve still been playing each week at Heebie Jeebies for Johnny Sands and The Cavern Pub for the Ian Prowse Monday Club and we had a lovely afternoon with Christopher John Strefford on Mighty FM in Southport. 10 years on and counting!…

On Friday 30 November 2018 we will be supporting the fab The Burning Hell at 81 Renshaw St, Liverpool (Tickets Here!) in a gig promoted by Barry and Mark Whitfield of americana UK.com burning hell poster 2018

Thanks for checking in, keep an eye on the gig page and please come and see us play and say hello! Love from Barry & Ronnie xx

Didn’t we have a lovely time!

A veritable torrent has passed under the bridge since our last update, when Spring was trying to peek through the cold and damp, and we’ve had some lovely weather with all the blossom out at once in a celebration of colour!

During that time, we’ve been out and about on our travels down to lovely Mona’s Isle to see our friends in Anglesey and play some tunes, and down to London to open for the fabulous Ian Prowse and Amsterdam at the world famous 100 Club on Oxford Street. And then two weeks later we opened again for Ian at the Buyers Club in Liverpool.

London was lovely to us,  especially thanks to Guy, Joyce and John, who we met when we played at Folk On the Farm in Anglesey 2017, who came especially to see us; and Ronnie’s cousin Viv and Auntie Joan who also made the effort. Hide The Sausage inevitably stole the show once again and a room full of mainly strangers singing back at us with gusto is a moment which will stay with us forever! Our best ever CD sales event as well, quite a lot lighter going back on the train, thankfully!IMG_1664 bw adj30

Photo thanks to Chris Holding or Morgo?

In proper tourist fashion we spent the Sunday morning at Abbey Road Studios, but they still wouldn’t let us in! Maybe next time!

We’re delighted to be playing at Grateful Fred‘s at The Atkinson, Southport in October and supporting the wonderful The Burning Hell at 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool in November. Thanks for checking in! Barry & Ronnie

In like a Lion!

Well, March arrived with a bit of a chilly bang and meteorological Spring doesn’t seem much to look forward to, but beneath the snow the snowdrops and crocus and daffodils are there ready and waiting for a little bit of warmth, as are we all!

Things are stirring though as we have news of a couple of lovely gigs we’ve been invited to play. We were already booked in to open for the Liverpool finale of The Sport Of Kings tour of  Ian Prowse and Amsterdam.

That gig is on 12 May at the Buyer’s Club (formerly the Picket!), but Ian has also asked us to play at the London leg of the tour on 28 April at the legendary 100 Club. Needless to say, we’re delighted and looking forward to saying hello to all our friends in the Capital city. Ticket links are on Ian’s page and our gig page. If you’re coming to either of the gigs please let us know in advance so we can look out for you!

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Monday Club 6th Birthday 2017. Ian , Mark Sebastian D’Lacey and SAB

January 2018 Weekend Inn with Billy Maher on BBC Radio Merseyside

Happy New Year  everyone!
We had a lovely evening again with Billy Maher on BBC Radio Merseyside on the Saturday edition of the Weekend Inn. We’re chatting with Billy during the first hour as usual then our musical slot starts 58 minutes in. 4 live songs; Old Fools, Meet Me By The River, The Lone Crow and The Ballad Of George and Maude.
It’s available for 29 days from today.

Seekers Of Solace Album Launch

This is our fifth full length CD, but the first we’ve actually launched (it’s a long story!), and thanks to the support of our friend and Liverpool legend Ian Prowse (Pele, Amsterdam, John Peel favourite!) we’re going to do it at the famous Cavern Pub in Liverpool during Ian’s Monday Club Open Mic (Now in its 7th year!) It will be free entry with plenty of slots for performers (Original material only please!). 20 November 2017 is the date for your diary! Be lovely to see you there!

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Made In Liverpool- The Liverpool Sound

made in liverpool session sept2017Ronnie and I recently played some songs for Made in Liverpool’s The Liverpool Sound programme. It aired on Monday 2 October and is now available on catch up Episode 50 here 21:46 in; madeinliverpool.tv/catchup
We played Days Of Our Lives from The Willows Suite and The Legend Lives On, The Fair and Africa Oye from our new CD Seekers of Solace along with a short interview. Many thanks to Neil Duffin and his team for the great job they do promoting local music. There’s a fine set from our friend Stuart Todd on the programme as well thanks to the sterling efforts of Billy and Will Kelly. Don’t be alarmed, but Ronnie’s wearing a tie! I know, I couldn’t believe it either! And me looking like a 1960’s American tourist! I’m going to change the name of the band to The Odd Couple! We hope you get a chance to watch!

Billy Maher’s Weekend Inn

Privileged to be invited into Billy’s lovely BBC Radio Merseyside radio show last Saturday night playing tracks from our new CD Seekers Of Solace, with 3 live tracks from Barry and Ronnie. For the next 3 weeks you can hear the show HERE

The first twenty minutes had a few technical problems apparently but after that we’re chatting with Billy and an hour in we had a half hour slot all to ourselves! Some very kind words from our antipodean friend Ken O’Flaherty who was chatting to Billy from 2 hours in! Hoping to see him when he comes over in a few weeks!

We had a lovely time at Folk On The Farm 2017 in Anglesey. Here’s a video of Old Fools, the opening track off Seekers Of Solace from the Friday night main stage performance.

And it was The Ian Prowse Monday Club at the Cavern Pub 6th Birthday last Monday, here’s a picture of Ronnie and Barry with Ian Prowse and Mark Lacey for the finale of a very enjoyable evening! Photo courtesy Martin Graham.

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