The Hummingbirds are Moving On

Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 15:30 | Category : Interview
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Liverpool five-piece The Hummingbirds have built a fervent following by taking their music direct to the fans. And you can hear why, their close harmony sound and classic songwriting always hits the mark, with new EP ‘Moving On’ being no exception. 

The Hummingbirds

Jason Barnard delves deeper in this QA with the band: thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/the-hummingbirds-moving/

Strange Roads – The Action’s Rolled Gold

Thursday, 6 July 2017, 20:28 | Category : 1967, Podcasts
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As the world marvels at the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper, it’s time to shine a light on George Martin’s other protégés, The Action. Their legendary ‘Rolled Gold’ demo material recorded in late 1967 and early 1968 has been lovingly dusted off and remoulded for 2017 by US group Sidewalk Society on ‘Strange Roads: The Songs of Rolled Gold’.

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  1. Sidewalk Society – Strange Roads (Strange Roads: the songs of Rolled Gold, Fruits de Mer, 2017)
  2. The Action – Shadows And Reflections (Single A-side, Parlophone, 1967)
  3. The Action – Since I Lost My Baby (Single B-side to Baby You’ve Got It, Parlophone, 1966)
  4. The Action ‎- India (BBC Radio’s Saturday Club 1967) (Uptight And Outasight, Circle Records, 2004)
  5. The Action – Love Is All (Rolled Gold, Reaction, 2002 rec 1967 – 68)
  6. Sidewalk Society – Really Doesn’t Matter (Strange Roads: the songs of Rolled Gold, Fruits de Mer, 2017)
  7. The Action – Icarus (Rolled Gold, Reaction, 2002 rec 1967 – 68)
  8. Sidewalk Society – Brain (Strange Roads: the songs of Rolled Gold, Fruits de Mer, 2017)
  9. Reg King – In My Dreams (Reg King, United Artists, 1971)
  10. The Action / Mighty Baby – My Favourite Day (Action Speak Louder Than…, Dojo, 1985 rec 1968)
  11. The Action / Mighty Baby – A Saying For Today (Action Speak Louder Than…, Dojo, 1985 rec 1968)
  12. Mighty Baby ‎– Egyptian Tomb (Mighty Baby, Head, 1969)
  13. Mighty Baby ‎– At A Point Between Fate And Destiny (Mighty Baby, Head, 1969)
  14. Sidewalk Society – Things You Cannot See (Strange Roads: the songs of Rolled Gold, Fruits de Mer, 2017)
  15. The Action – Little Boy (Rolled Gold, Reaction, 2002 rec 1967 – 68)

Take a trip to Rolled Gold with The Action’s Roger Powell, Ian Whiteman plus Sidewalk Society.

More information available at:

The Action – Rolled Gold – Reaction Records

Sidewalk Society’s Strange Road – Fruit de Mer

The Action – In The Lap Of The Mods (book)

Nick Nicely – Ghostdream

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 21:20 | Category : News, Reviews
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Nick Nicely’s new single ‘Ghostdream’ continues to delve deeper into electronic pyschedelia, mesmerising the senses in a magnetic taster of forthcoming album ‘Sleep Safari’.

nick nicely ghostdream

B’ side ‘The Otherside 2’ keeps up the quality and can also be found on Spotify.

More information can be found at: http://www.tapeterecords.de/artists/nick-nicely

Alison O’Donnell

Monday, 12 June 2017, 18:34 | Category : Podcasts
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Alison O’Donnell, former singer for acid folk legends Mellow Candle talks to Jason Barnard about her life in music, including forthcoming solo album Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace on Mega Dodo.

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  1. Alison O’Donnell – An Empire In Its Glory (Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace, MegaDodo, 2017)
  2. Mellow Candle – Feeling High (Single A-side, SNB, 1968)
  3. Mellow Candle – Heaven Heath (1969 demo) (The Virgin Prophet, Kissing Spell, 1994)
  4. Mellow Candle – Sheep Season (Swaddling Songs, Deram, 1972)
  5. Mellow Candle – Messenger Birds (Swaddling Songs, Deram, 1972)
  6. Mellow Candle – Dan The Wing (Swaddling Songs, Deram, 1972)
  7. Flibbertigibbet – Little Roving Sailor (Whistling Jigs To The Moon, Stanyan, 1978)
  8. Flibbertigibbet – Episodes (Whistling Jigs To The Moon, Stanyan, 1978)
  9. The Owl Service and Alison O’Donnell – The Wooden Coat (The Fabric of Folk, Static Caravan, 2008)
  10. Alison O’Donnell – Come Unto Me (Hey Hey Hippy Witch, Freeworld, 2009)
  11. Head South By Weaving & Alison O’Donnell – Fleeing Limbus (The Execution of Frederick Baker, Ritual Echo, 2012)
  12. Firefay & Alison O’Donnell – Night Spell (Anointed Queen, Stone Tape Recordings, 2014)
  13. United Bible Studies – The Devil’s Trumpet is a Witch’s Weed (Rosary Bleeds, Golden Pavilion, 2016)
  14. Alison O’Donnell – In The Snowmelt (Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace, MegaDodo, 2017)

Take a journey from Alison’s first recordings with Mellow Candle, the rare folk of Flibbertigibbet, solo work and her recent collaborations with The Owl Service, Head South By Weaving, Firefay and United Bible Studies. More information can be found at: alisonodonnell.comalisonodonnell.bandcamp.com

Barry Ryan Interview

Sunday, 11 June 2017, 12:28 | Category : Articles, Leeds
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Barry Ryan alongside his songwriting brother Paul produced some of the lushest most inventive music of the 1960s and 70s, including European chart topper ‘Eloise’. 

barry ryan

In a rare interview transcribed from his extensive podcast interview with Jason Barnard, Barry talks about the tracks that shaped his career:

thestrangebrew.co.uk/articles/barry-ryan-interview

Clockwork Flowers – Uncle John

Sunday, 11 June 2017, 12:27 | Category : 1967, News, Reviews
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The Clockwork Flowers latest single ‘Uncle John’ celebrates the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’.

In a first for the band, this exuberant Beatlesque track is also presented with a lovingly produced 60s psych themed music video.

With its marvelous pepperland ingredients a splendid time is guaranteed for all!