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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

A day beside the sea! 

Hi folks! So Saturday came, sandwiches made, guitars packed, voices at the ready and the sun was shining bright. We headed off to Chris's place, which is really close to the beach, to start the second part of recording our double A sided single "Keeping Me Waiting" & "House of the Rising Sun". We knew there was a problem with H.O.T.R.S with the rhythm section which had two places that speed up and slowed down and tried as we might we couldn't make it work so after two hours we decided for a re-record. Still you can't let it bring you down - also I had a great jam with Tom Holder on Banjo and his granddad Ian Holder on Accordion on this track and know that when we get this re-done you're going to love it. So we started on " Keeping Me Waiting" and set about getting as much done as possible. Ian re-did his accordion part and really nailed it and Tom laid down a keyboard brass part (I'm telling ya this kid is so talented, he plays so many instruments there isn't enough room in this post to list them, you might remember he played Cajon with us at the Capitol theatre gig!) Midway way through this session ie half time Tom and Ian entertained us with a French café piece with Tom now on Tuba and Ian of course on accordion,  just off the cuff a real treat, it had us all smiling. I had already put some guitar down and main vocal, we woke Holly up for she was now needed along with Liz to sweeten the vocal sound which they did with aplomb.
I've got to say Chris Davis was magnificent, exuding loads of energy, patience and positivity. We ended up getting loads done despite the early set back and on this track, we shall add a bit of electric guitar and a pinch of Mandolin provided by Chris and then it will be a mixing job, I've just heard the first rough mix and can't wait to get things moving but getting all the people in the same place at the same takes some organising. There are some pictures from this session in the "Pics & Vids"  section on the website www.pimlicoroad.co.uk and I'll see if I can get Ian's and Tom's half time skit up as a video we did film it! So keep an eye out here to find out how it is all going.
See ya all soon,
 Keif x

 

Storytellers in Song gig 

Hi folks, We're having another busy period, a little while ago our American friend Ken Brandt sent us some lyrics for a couple of songs, the first "Where Angels Fly" we have just finished the melody and music for and have done a rough version recorded live on the iPhone in the sitting room, which we are well pleased with, he likes it too just, might have to shorten it a touch but shall post it up here when we can. The second "Handmade Sorrows" is almost there and let you know how we get on in our next blog.
The reason we are being delayed in finishing these songs is we've been rehearsing for and just played a great gig for a great for the charity " The Alzheimer's Society" which was the "Storytellers In Song" gig organised by singer songwriter Greg Harper www.gregharpermusic.com Also on the bill was another great singer songwriter Steve O'kane www.steveokane.co.uk
The event was totally sold out and had to turn people away which was a shame but the venue rules wouldn't allow more. So there was a great atmosphere, Greg and Steve kicked off the first half Steve having Fiona McBain singing along side with some great backing and lead vocals and Greg having our old friend Gary Holder www.bassistgaryholder.com  on Double bass and Chris Davis www.willowsfolkclub.org  on Mandolin, Guitar, tambourine and vocals also the kitchen sink. The first half seem to fly by, which is always a good sign. Then we kicked off the second set with I think  great version of "Washed Stones" which you can check out on YouTube pimlicoroad1 or now on our website www.pimlicoroad.co.uk We had the fantastic Tim Houston on Drums/Percussion and you got it Gary Holder on Double bass of course, most people hadn't heard us before so it was great that it went down really well. We then moved swiftly onto our cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" which Holly takes Lead vocals, you can also check this out on YouTube or again now on our website, hope you like it! the audience seemed to love it. 
We the had a four song break with Greg and Steve playing a couple each then we came back with our forthcoming  Double A side single section, with first  "Keeping Me Waiting" and I did keep people waiting whilst I tuned up Ha!  we were joined by  the talented Chris Davis on Mandolin for this track, just love his sound, our tunes were going down really well, we then played another cover our country take on "House Of The Rising Sun" Which the girls take the lead vocals together, which again went down real great. we the went off for a couple of songs, the girls then joined Greg, Chris and Gary for Greg's song "Cuckmere Haven" another great song about a beautiful place in that part of the world, it was a real treat for me to kick back and listen to the girls sing some great harmonies with Greg. The show finished with everyone from the show getting up together for the John Denver song "Take Me Home Country Roads" which was a great finish to what was a fantastic evening of music and fundraising and so I'm told over £450 was made for said charity. We all had a great time and we want to thank Greg for organising and making it all work and for inviting us to play at this really worthwhile fundraiser. Lastly would also like to thank all the people behind the scenes Richard, Lyne and sorry I don't know all the other people's names but thanks again x.

Next up! it's off to Chris's place on the 1st of March to put Vocals, Guitar, Banjo and some Accordion and if we got time electric guitar and brass to our Double A side single project, we cant wait to get back to it and we'll tell you how we get on next week, so keep tuned in!
by for now,
Keif  x

Sold Out! 

Hi Folks, our last gig for a bit to let Holly concentrate on her A level exams is now SOLD OUT! which is so cool. Singer songwriter Greg Harper who organises this charity gig "Storytellers in song" for the Alzheimer's Society. Apart from the man himself, Steve O'Kane  will be performing and we will be the special guests, we have our drummer Tim Houston with us and also Gary Holder on double bass who will also be playing with everybody else and Chris Davis is playing with Greg and I might twist his arm to play on a number with us, a full report and pics next week. 

I'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who's has viewed our YouTube vid of our Live in the Living Room performance of "Keeping Me Waiting"  which has just got a 1,000 hits! so cool, you could help us promote this track further by viewing it and sharing it out, as I said it will be our Double A side single along with House of rising Sun, which when recorded will be available in CD and download formats with art work again by John Younge.

Lastly a heads up, I was again listening to Whispering Bob Harris, he Featured Rosanne Cash playing some live tracks from her new album "The River & the Thread" and there are some really great tracks on it and has a great vibe through out, I love the opening track "A Feathers Not a Bird" which has a nice swampy feel to it but that may change next week!  I suggest you give this album a whirl.
see ya next week,
Keif x

How Time Flies! 

Hi folks, how time flies by! Hope you all had a great Xmas & New Year. Last time we blogged  we said we were going to start recording our double A side single "Keeping Me Waiting" with our cover of " House of the Rising Sun". Well, last Saturday the 25th of January we gathered up at Gary's house to start laying down the rhythm section. We had Gary on double bass (obviously!) and the brilliant Tim Houston on drums, Cajon and percussion. I also wanted some accordion on these tracks and remembered Gary's Dad Ian played one, so I asked Gary and sure enough Ian pitched up with said accordion ready to go! As mentioned last time Chris Davis (of Willows Folk Club fame - aka 'The Mars Bar Kid') was at the helm ready to record the session. Liz came along to help put down some guide vocals with me on guide guitar. We all had a great, relaxed time and a real nice space to record in.The next step will be to decamp to Chris's place on 1st March - it can't come soon enough. STOP PRESS!  I was listening to Bob Harris the other night and was brought to attention of Lennon and Maisy  Stella F'inn brilliant, if you haven't already checked 'em out have a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-lLlEtoAS8 always looking out for new stuff, hope you like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Capitol & Beyond! 

Hi Folks, it's been a while I know. Now where were we ah yes, we had a great gig at the Horsham Capitol Theatre last month. it was our our biggest and best so far. There was a green room & dressing rooms but no round sandwiches or blue smarties but hey! We teamed up with the Holders for this one Gary on double bass and his son Tom played on cajon.  We closed the Acoustic Showcase with a five song set kicking off with "Keeping Me Waiting" always a good starter, then followed it with "Losing Carolina" both going down well. After a problem with a wayward mike we slowed things down a bit with "Washed Stones" which will be the title of our debut album next year! More about that later ... After introducing the band we played "Hearts of Men" then, to close the show, we played our regular finisher "Get It Right". We were joined on stage at the end by all the other acts from the evening, which was a great touch. You can see all the songs we played in set order on our homepage Here We would like to take this chance to thank Gary for organising a great evening and for his playing too!

Although we are taking a break from gigging to give Holly a chance to study for her exams next year, we do have one more gig to play next year on the 14th of Feb at our good friend Greg Harper's "Storytellers in Song" concert for the Alzheimers Society. You can get tickets £7.50 from Here . As well as Greg Harper (and us!) Steve O'Kane will be playing so come and check it out!

When we were playing at the Capitol, I got talking to singer/songwriter/mandolin/guitar player Chris Davis who also runs the famous "Willows Folk Club" Check 'em here . I found out he has started a home recording studio! Well, after a chat and listening to some of his work  I got to thinking that he might be the man to record our next project -  a double A sided single with "Keeping Me Waiting" and our cover of  "House of the Rising Sun". We're planning this for January which is really exciting. It will also be a prelude to making our debut album "Washed Stones" so watch this space!

Well peeps i'm sorry i've been a bit slack recently but life takes over sometimes! The Visitor League Table shall resume shortly and we should be getting some photos from the Capitol soon, I'll post 'em up soon as we get them. Also been writing some new songs too!
Anyways keep tuned and we'll see ya on the Pimlico Road,

Keif x

 

Catch Us While You Can! 

Hi Folks it's been a while! After our last succesful gig at the Grey Lady we parted company with our double bass player who went on to pastures new, so good luck Betty! Meanwhile we're getting ready to play our biggest and our last gig for some time as Holly is going to have to study hard for her A levels and we're having a rethink on where we are going with things. We have decided to take a long break from gigging and get an EP/Album together on our own terms using various musicians we've met on our travels over the last 4 years, which may take some time. So if you want to see us play before we take a sabbatical, The Horsham Capitol Theatre is the place to be on 14th October! Apart from us three, the band will include Gary Holder on double bass, Thomas Holder on cajon and Graham Noon of Gino Washington fame on piano. We have a 25 minute set closing the show, which has a whole bunch of talented acoustic artists. Tickets are a bargain at £7.50. You can help make this a great night so go to the Capitol's website or order your tickets from our gigs tab here  Hope we see you there! In the meantime, keep visiting the site as we shall be putting some chat videos together (finally!) and new pics. There'll also be sneak previews of new songs up on the website, along with all your old favourites including regular visitor league tables.
See ya soon,
Keif x

Summertime News 

Hi Folks, firstly I'd like to say 'hello' to all our new Twitter followers - your response has been amazing. We're glad you like our tunes and hope you will enjoy exporing the website. We have loads of stuff on here for you to peruse and new things are being added all the time! Last Saturday the Pimlico Road took us into deepest Kent to the beautiful town of Tenterden and the scene of Quiet Riot organised by James Vince for the Meningitis Trust. We met up at the Vine with the very wonderful Kirsti Robinson (and her guitarist the equally wonderful Adam!) as well as Lucky Jackson and the Van Susans. We were playing as a trio this time and delivered a short, fast set to a completely indifferent audience. Oh well, you can't win them all! Hopefully James made some money for a truly good cause and I know that the Stag party members who were in the pub that night dug deep and contributed.



Move on 24 hours and we were heading back into Kent again to play at the Grey Lady Music Lounge. It was HOT and I'm not just talking about the acts. The Lounge was rammed (standing room only) and we were dripping by the end of the night. The line up included Marie White, a young up and coming singer songwriter from Hastings with a superb voice who delivered a really good set and Three for a Girl whose harmonies and vocals are to die for! It was a great night so many thanks to Paul Dunton for hosting it.
We had a full band line up this time with Tim on Cajon and Betty on double bass which really helped to drive things along and broaden the sound. It was heartening to get such a good reaction as we played 4 of the 5 songs that will be on our new EP later in the year. It was also great to end our current run of gigs on such a high note (we're taking August off for a wee rest!).

So have a great summer everyone and keep an eye on the website for news and up-dates. We are going to be chilling out and working on some new songs. We'll catch up with you a little further down the Pimlico Road!
take care,
Keif x
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