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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

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
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