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
We’ve been very privileged to have been on BBC Radio Merseyside with our friend Billy Maher many times and each time have an opportunity to play some songs live. He has us back thanks to those people who tell him each time that they like to hear us chat and play which is very humbling for us and very much appreciated. It’s like a big family with people listening locally and from around the world, Canada, Florida, Australia and Earlestown! Here’s a link to last night’s programme which will be available for a month Billy Maher’s Weekend Inn 30 July 2016.
Many thanks to our friends around the world, wherever you are! Barry &Ronnie xx
The Narrowboat Sessions are just that, recording sessions on a narrowboat, a wonderfully simple concept developed by Mark and Sue Holdsworth. Travelling the beautiful canals of the UK, Mark and Sue invite musicians onto their home and get them to play a few songs which are videoed and recorded for future charity CD’s. Southbound Attic Band were recorded during a warm sunny day in July in Chester in 2014 and the videos of the three tracks are now included in video form on our Music/Video page. The track the Ballad of George and Maude has been selected for the first of the CD collections (Launch date TBA) which also includes, amongst many others, tracks by Henry Priestman and Les Glover, Steve Tilston and probably the last ever recordings by the late, lovely Maggie Boyle. We consider it a real privilege to have been involved and I’ve included here a video from the same sessions of Steve and Maggie and their rendition of Silver Dagger, for no other reason other than I love it and it always brings a tear to my eye (in a good way!)
Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle-Silver Dagger