Mark Radcliffe and Foes
From deepest, darkest Cheshire, land of perpetual twilight, emerge rambling radio roustabout Mark Radcliffe and Foes. As opposed to friends.
With a selection of songs to burn coffins to, these misanthropic minstrels; these downbeat Dee bank dirgesmiths; these glum-pop pall-bearers of bar-room bathos bring tales of loss, regret, ruin, heartbreak and dead dogs. Mark’s previous band The Family Mahone specialised in drinking songs. Now feel the full force of the hangover as the Foes set the morning after the night before to music.
Joining Mark, thanks to a care-in-the-community placement programme, are former Mahones Christopher Lee, the dark prince of double bass and mandolin; and Rusty Mabbutt, still striving to achieve two pin-falls and a submission over the piano accordion. Noted Northwich bowler-hatted bare-knuckle knave Mark Woolley is also on hand to lend lilting low whistle and to hit a box with barely concealed menace.
So, encounter the Foes and an evening of abject misery is guaranteed.
We have the great pleasure in sharing music from Phil Smith who recently contacted us regarding trying to share his music on the blog pages. Since I listened to a couple of his compositions I just can’t help but keep going back to his YouTube pages and listening whilst I merrily work away on my projects. We hope you like the links and keep visiting his pages.
Phil has sent the attached
“It was in 2010 when I discovered my most rewarding hobby – composition. Since then I think I have grown as a composer and have moved from ‘hit-and-miss’ classical pieces to film soundtrack type pieces. I use a piano-roll MIDI editor in Magix Music Maker to compose my works as a graphical score, and then use Sibelius to notate.”
Paper Aeroplanes is Sarah Howells and Richard Llewellyn. Their musical partnership began six years ago in small town West Wales and in 2009 they released their debut album “The Day we ran into the Sea”.
The album with its distinctive sound under Sarah’s beautiful vocals was described by the BBC’s Adam Walton as “brilliantly crafted and stoked from a bruised heart’s embers”, and BBC Radio Wales as “the finest radio album to come out of Wales since Rockferry”.
Since its release they have made the Radio 2 playlist and supported acts as varied as Ron Sexsmith, Ed Sheeran, Marina and the Diamonds and Chris Wood, as well as securing a live session with the legendary Bob Harris.
Having been compared to the likes of Gemma Hayes, Turin Brakes and Nerina Pallot, this year they released mini-album “We are Ghosts” to more critical acclaim and reviews such as “With songs this good, Paper Aeroplanes deserve a far wider audience” – BBC Music’s Robin Denselow; “Album of the Month” – Maverick Magazine and being picked for The Guardian’s “F&M playlist”.
Paper Aeroplanes are taking those words that you hear in your head and shooting them across the ether. Come fly with them…
They’re awash with the depth and danger of maritime nightmares. They’re the place where coruscating noise meets haunting pop melody and brutal lyrical honesty. They’re Sonic Youth, Pavement, The Strokes and Echo And The Bunnymen eating each other on a raft adrift in the Arctic Ocean. They’re Death At Sea, the best band to emerge from a vapid Liverpool scene in decades. And they’ve come to give rock the kiss of life. They’ve got all the characters. Sam Peterson, the art-?rock guitarist with the tortured past. Ruaidhri Owens, the technical home- studio whizz kid, capable of making an entire album on knackered equipment held together with old school ties. Carl Davies, the hyperactive drummer spooling endless tales of shark documentaries and Merseyside scene gossip. Neale Davies, Carl’s bassist brother; the silent, swarthy enigmatic one. And Ralph Kinsella, the taciturn art-?school poet on a mission to admonish his sailings and discover his true nature through his lyrics. “It comes from a constant state of melancholy,” Ralph admits. “Sometimes it’s about me being an asshole and writing about it, admit and cope with that.”
Skinny Lister is a five piece folk act based in London, UK. Started in 2009, the band have just signed to Sunday Best Recordings and will release debut AA side single ‘Plough & Orion’ / ‘If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down’ on 9th April 2012 with a debut album ‘Forge & Flagon’ due in June 2012. The last two years have seen the band release a handful of self released singles and two EP’s: ‘Grand Union EP’which was recorded on a canal boat as they toured down the GrandUnionCanal network and the ‘Homemade Tour EP’recorded at friends and family residences as the band toured their hometowns. Skinny Lister won the title of ‘Hardest Working Band in Britain’ after being named band who had most festival appearances in 2011 by PRS.
Tom George is an artist it’s impossible to pigeonhole, as he spreads his talents across music, poetry, journalism and film.
After starting out as a drummer and guitarist in various bands, he has performed extensively as a solo singer-songwriter in the UK, Europe and Africa and released two CDs.
Tom is also well-known on the poetry circuit, having performed around the country and featuring in several poetry anthologies as well as his own collections.
At live gigs, Tom often combines music with poetry, and has continued this approach in one-man shows at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre, and performances at Glastonbury Festival and on Channel 4 television.
Tom regularly writes about music and culture for Bido Lito, The Stool Pigeon, getintothis.com and his own magazine, Slacker Sounds.
Tom is next playing at The Free Rock’n’Roll all-dayer at Mello Mello on 27th Oct. Onstage upstairs at 4pm. Hope to see you there.
Hoylake then …
What do you know about Hoylake’s story?
To find out more, drop in on our special Hoylake then day!
Sunday 18th November between 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU
Full details on the attached invitation!
Jackie Hall MBE
For singers of 18 years and above, here is the chance to enter this year’s Merseyside Singer of the Year 2013 competition. You must be normally resident in Merseyside!! Please share this link with everyone you know who might be interested. http://merseysidesinger2013.com/
ENCHORD presents a night at The Brink, October 5th. We will be performing along side some of the best Liverpool talent. MAKE SURE YOU’RE THERE. FREE!!!