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.
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 !) 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
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
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!
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
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!
Monday Club 6th Birthday 2017. Ian , Mark Sebastian D’Lacey and SAB
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!
Ronnie 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!
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.
Old Fools is the opening track from our new CD, the fifth full length CD that we have produced since we formed in 2008. We’ve been playing this song as an opening song to our live set for a while now so we thought we would put it as the opener for the CD. It’s there on Soundcloud to play or download for free, just follow the link. Review copies are being despatched now and a launch is planned for the autumn, details to follow.
Another song from the CD is Song For Stan, written for our good friend Stan Ambrose (1930-2016) presenter/producer of Folkscene on BBC Radio Merseyside for 49 years. We were fortunate to have five hour long programmes with Stan, and many other chats and meetings. He also played at Acoustic Dustbowl events and we were very sad to lose him, he was a genuine, caring person with a social conscience and a wonderful musician as well! To accompany Song For Stan we’ve made a youtube video, edited from Simply Stan The Man, a full length film made by A D Kapro about Stan’s life. Adrien was happy to let us use the film, for which we are very grateful and you can watch it here Song For Stan
Meteorologically speaking it’s Spring apparently, and the daffodils and crocus are joining the snowdrops, which is always a good sign for those of us seasonally affected syndrome sufferers, so it’s time for a new post! In January we had the pleasure of a wonderful few hours on Halton Community Radio with the tireless Tony Higginson, chatting and playing some of our songs along with our good friend Ian D Hall (not forgetting Judith!). Mixcloud has the evidence here and here and a little bit on the end of this one.
I’d post the photo if I could find it, but it’s eluding me at the moment. Speaking of photos I’ve taken the opportunity to post some of my photographs from Barry Jones Photography as I don’t have a separate website anymore (Long story!) so I thought I’d display some on a page here. There are a mixture of styles and subjects, mainly music pictures from my time with Americana UK and R2 magazine and as in house photographer at Southport Arts Centre, now the Atkinson, who still have some of my photographs on permanent display (Although the credits have mainly disappeared! Was it ever thus?)
Very nice poster from our visit to the famous Jacaranda thanks to our lovely friend Thom Morecroft
We have some nice things planned for the coming year, I’ll post them on the gig page as soon as I have confirmation, but a few trips to the enchanted Isle of Anglesey are eagerly anticipated including another appearance at the delightful, bijou Folk On The Farm Festival, please consider attending, it’s inexpensive, it’s a terrific place, they do great work and Jon Hippy and his team will make you feel very welcome I assure you! Also a, tinged with sadness, appearance at the soon to close View Two Gallery, the scene of many wonderful evenings, at an evening planned by our good friends Liverpool Acoustic.
Thanks for checking in with the page, Ronnie and I have been playing together for 9 years this month ( “And it don’t seem a day too long!” As the old song goes!) Best wishes to all! Barry xx
Ronnie and I were invited back into BBC Radio Merseyside for Billy Maher’s Weekend Inn programme on Christmas Eve (here’s the link available until 22 Jan or thereabouts! Music segment from 61 minutes in!) I can’t think of a finer way to end the year! Billy Maher takes a great photo don’t you think?
And we’re going to be on Tony Higginson’s radio programme on Halton Community Radio on January 8th which will be a lovely way to start the New Year! Very best wishes to all our readers as they used to say in The Beano and thanks to all our lovely friends and supporters who’ve stuck with us from all over the world. It really means a lot and makes it all worthwhile.
Last year this was a new song! As Christmas songs go it’s still fairly new so I’ll post it here again if only for a short time, just because it’s Christmassy, with a dog having fun in the snow. I’m guessing that Reindeers having fun in the snow might be more Christmassy, but I’ve never had one as a pet so I don’t have any appropriate home videos, sorry about that! This was Dougal, a curmudgeonly little character who was a bit of a ladies man! Much missed!
Peace and Love to you all! Barry and Ronnie SAB xx
Christmas Has Come Around