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Washed Stones RELEASE! 

Well folks, I know it's been a long time in coming but we think it's been worth the wait, so here it is - our new EP - just in time for XMAS! We're so proud of it and hope you like it. You can check it out here  or here at our Cd baby page and buy it before it gets out on iTunes. If you like it, please share the links and news with your friends to help promote it and keep independent music alive. The physical CD will be available as soon as the artwork is finished and as always John Younge's designs are worth holding on for. We hope you all like it - please send us your feedback as we'd love to hear from you. Oh and one last thing! Could you leave a review on the Cd baby page?
 
Happy Christmas and thanks to everyone for your support, it means a great deal to us!
Keif x

So What's Happening Now? 

Hi folks, so last week we took a break and went to Brighton's Concord 2 venue to see "Gomez". We've liked this band for a long time but never seen them play live, what a surprise! Thought they might be quite mellow but WOW they were absolutely rockin! really loud to boot-  fantastic! The bass was pushing through the chest. tracks like "Whippin' Piccadilly" which move anyway were a lot more kicking. For those of you who don't know this band, how to describe them? Well, mmm let me think, they are psychedelic, folk, rock, funky, pop and definitely experimental. Wasn't together enough to give you set order but check out "Out West (Live) album to get the vibe, we came out with ears ringing, very hot and smiling they were sooooo good.

Update on the EP news, the artwork is coming on well, almost there and looking fab. This week we had a meeting with co-writer Sue Fenton to play her the tracks which she loved thankfully and to get her to help us with the EP notes and  update the website welcome page. Once the artwork is done we can press the physical copies, get some promotion sorted and get CD Baby to submit it to iTunes,Amazon etc so keep checking the website for up-dates.
See ya soon,
Keif x

Sneaky Peek! 

Hi folks, so now you can get a sneaky peek of what is to come! We have uploaded a taster of 'Keeping Me Waiting', the first track off our next EP 'Washed Stones' and you can find it on the homepage of our website (on the music player). We have joined up with John Younge once again for the artwork which is already past the concept stage and looking good. The EP will be available as download but also as a CD with a double pull out cover. As well as John's beautiful artwork, there will be lots of pictures of us and the guys at Chris Davis' and plenty of background info too.  Honestly, we're well pleased with what we've done so far (Chris D we're not worthy, we're not worthy ..) and we're gagging to get it out to you all to see what you think and get your feedback. We really hope you will love it too.

Very exciting breaking news - we may be putting together a short video for 'Keeping Me Waiting' so watch this space! In the meantime, have a listen to the sneak peek on the music player and let us know what you think.
Take care,
Keif x 

EP news update 

Hi folks, well now all the music has been recorded the last note played, with "Keeping Me Waiting" mixed and finished as is "Washed Stones" ."House of the Rising Sun" needs just a few tweaks and has two different endings (perhaps we'll save one for the album or the 12" single?). Anyway, can't wait to get this out now but we still have to get the artwork sorted and formats and promotion - still, we shall get a snippet of "Keeping Me Waiting" on the website shortly, once the mastering is done. It's getting very exciting now and a big thanks goes out to Chris Davies for all the time and patience he has devoted to this project  We think it's probably the best piece of work we've done and Chris has played no small part in that. So there's the story  of the EP so far  - keep watching this space for the next updates.

New Music:
I was watching Jools Holland show later the other night and came across Adam Cohen, Leonard Cohen's son. What a voice! The album" We Go Home" is so good with stand out tracks including "Too Real" which is so cool  (think "Walk On The Wild Side" )and "Love is". If you haven't such heard this gem of an album, turn the lights down low and give it a listen, I really can't recommend this enough.

By for now,
Keif x
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Keif says, keep cool it's almost ready

Another visit to the seaside 

Hi Peeps, after another long gap! We took Holly the Plymouth University and as far as I can make out fresher's week was manic. Not done it myself but she is a well grounded girl so I know she'll cope .... This morning after a nice sunny breakfast we packed our kit, Telecaster de-lux, keyboards and my second acoustic guitar (the Yamaha LL6) and headed for Chris Davis's seaside home studio by the sea to put all the extra bits and bobs - all "the icing on the cake" - on our next EP "Washed Stones". Again Chris was great and we got a lot done in a short space of time with Chris putting down some fine mandolin on "Keeping Me Waiting" and me sticking on some tremolo Tele sound too. Liz and I put a very few vocal overdubs on 'Washed Stones' and Liz added some haunting synth sounds! Can't wait for you to hear this track. Lastly, I put some backing vocals down on "House of the Rising Sun"; Chris will add a touch of guitar and tambourine later. So we ran out of time for mixing but the time was well spent.  We hope you'll agree! The next few weeks will be spent batting mixes forwards 'n' back via email to get it right, sorting artwork etc. so we hope to have it ready by Xmas fingers crossed.

By the way, if you want to see some pics of today's session, take a look at the bottom of our  Vid & Pics page. Sorry they are not at the top as usual but there are some gremlins at work on our site.
love Keif x.

Life, the Universe & Everything 

Hi folk's it's been a while, so many apologies for that; as usual family life has been manic. After a year of my mother being more in hospital than out, she passed away peacefully on the 21st of June. On a more positive note Holly has finished her exams is off to start life as a university student in less than a month. Wow - plenty of change at both ends of the age spectrum there!

We have just got back from a much needed holiday in Devon which was fantastic lots of sun, sea sand and surf. Looks like we now have some proper surfer dudes in the family :).  We are hoping to get back into the studio in the next month to finish off the mixing and recording overdubs for our EP that was put on hold while real life intervened, so keep an eye out on the website for the latest developments. We will be posting progress reports and other stuff as usual including the release date so stay in touch and online.

Well that's about all for now, any questions don't hesitate to drop us a line we would love to hear from you.
Bye for now
Keif

Just A quick one! 

Well hello folks it's been a while, Holly's right into studying mode for upcoming A level exams and we've been batting ideas back and forth with Chris for the mix of Washed Stones. I must say it is really gonna be something else! Keeping Me Waiting is starting to take shape too; we haven't done anything with House of the Rising Sun yet but that's going to have a live vibe to it. I have just sent a picture to John who put the Harmony Tree artwork together, so we're moving forward with the cover and as you might have noticed we've been taking lots photos of the sessions and will be looking to put a slide show of the making of the EP with music! Washed Stones is fitting really well at the moment.
Changing subject, I was listening to the Robert Elms show the other day. He was playing the regular cover to cover song, which was Dr Feelgood's "Going Back Home" and Wilco Johnson's new take on it with Roger Daltrey. The album is the same name with Norman Wat-Roy on bass it's just great, earthy and Daltrey is growling with a real menace! I could go through the whole album track by track but all I can say is go and get it, it won't disappoint. That's my tip for the week and where I shall end this blog.
See ya soon on the Pimlico Road,
Keif x


 

Vocal Bliss 

Hi folks, last weekend we packed our voices in a bag and headed back to the seaside to Chris' place to lay down the vocal tracks for our upcoming double A sided single, (plus Washed stones). In the meantime Ian Holder ( Gary's dad ) had pitched up early and with a smile on his face was waiting to get cracking. ( Unknown to us he had already laid down his accordion track!) . So with a wink from Chris all we had to do was listen to his track, say it was cool and say goodbye as he had a gig to go to. ( Many thanks Ian!). Now it was the girls turn to lay down the vocals for House of the Rising Sun, but like the guys, in theory what should have been a simple track to record turned out to be the hardest! So they took a break and warmed up their voices with songs ranging from Grease to Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, which did the trick. And now we have some great vocals and accordion onto which is already a great track, can't wait to mix this down now!
Now it was my turn to step up to the plate and put down the lead vocals for Washed Stones. After some good advice from Liz I sang a pretty emotive vocal track which brought a tear from Chris, which made me feel well chuffed that he felt the emotion of the song. With my part now done the girls stepped forward to lay down some beautiful harmonies which we double tracked. I feel we really caught the mood of this song and can't wait to start mixing it too.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris for al his hard work, patience and creative input. It's been a fun and refreshing way to record! Keep an eye out for the next instalment.
See ya'll on the Pimlico Road
Keif x

News update on the latest recording session 

Hi folks, so I headed off to the coast to pick Chris up to set up camp at Gary's for our latest round of recording our Double A sided single Keeping Me Waiting and House of the Rising Sun. Also as we were together again we decided to record Washed Stones too! Liz met us at Gary's along with our two youngest daughters (the pictures from this session were taken by our middle daughter Kate which you can check out in the Vids & Pics Tab). Holly was away this weekend but will join us next week when we go to Chris's to lay down the vocals, Tim also joined the gang to lay down some great drums & Gary was doing his amazing bass thing. Tom was around too to put some Banjo down and later some Cello yes he can play Cello too! Is there no end to this boy's talent?
Once we were all set up the first song to record was House of the Rising Sun which was already sounding better than the previous session but I'm not sure the cat thought so - halfway through it got up, strolled over to the door and was sick! which stopped us in our track and had everyone in stitches. Once we'd recovered,  we really nailed it. 
It was certainly a day for animals; as we were getting ready to get ready to record Washed Stones Tom shouted "The horse has escaped"  (cue the Benny hill music!) This was no ordinary recording session! Anyway, once the horse had been retrieved I was running through Washed Stones when I thought I heard some strings but Gary  - although he had his bow at the ready  - wasn't playing. I thought it must be in my head but no it was Tom upstairs with a cello, so I shouted up for him to bring it on down and work out a part. It really will sound great once we mix it in later. Tim also did some great percussive work on this track, can't wait to put the vocals down next week, I think this song is going to sound a little bit special. Chris as usual provided loads of energy and kept everything ticking over nicely even when the mike stands were not playing ball. I'd like to say thanks to everyone for all there input and Gary for letting us take over his sitting room and I almost forgot Liz for her guide vocals and keeping an eye on things timing issues etc. So it's off to Chris's next weekend to lay down vocals and accordion and that should be all the playing done fingers crossed and then we shall be mixing.... cool
See you guys soon on the Pimlico Road,
Keif x

Recording and next gig 

Hi folks, I know it's been a while but we've been a bit distracted recently. Anyways, me and the boys are heading back to the studio to finish laying down the backing tracks to our Double A sided single plus Washed Stones too! Can't wait to get this project finished and so next weekend we're decamping back to Chris's house to finish off the vocals and anything else that needs to go down before we mix. We have also booked what could be our last gig with Holly for some time as she is hopefully going to University in September. We are going to play at the famous Willows Folk Club in Arundel West Sussex where Dave Swarbrick, Show of Hands and Julie Felix and many, many more have played. We feel very proud to have been asked to play this venue, which we will be headlining on the 20th of August (times and price to follow). It would be great to see some of you down there for Holly's Last gig! We may be getting some radio play coming up but will let you know when we know.
Well that's it for now!
See ya on the Pimlico Road,
Keif
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