April 27th 2017
Yes... we're STILL ALIVE! It's kinda embarrassing that the last time we updated the site was last July. You know how it is... life gets in the way and I had some nasty stuff to deal with that occupied the remainder of 2016... but, we're still here and in fact will be for quite some time as I renewed the webspace and web address a couple of months back.
So... here we are in 2017... a scary year isn't it? We need all the cheering up we can get in these ever turbulent times and there is ALWAYS time to be listening to some MUSIC!
So, let's press on with some updates.
Jenni Noyes' album was released in late 2016. She's since been quiet, as the whole process of recording and launching the album "Alone On The Moon" drained her, but we trust she's doing fine and will be back in action soon and you can buy her album from her own website linked to across this site.
Honey Bane's albums have all sold out on CD but you can still buy download versions through her website.
Bouche have also been quiet the last few months though did emerge a few weeks ago and performed a gig in London. We await news of future shows as they are such an interesting sound and spectacle. If you haven't yet done so, do check out their video of "The Storm" - I'm not a fan of videos in general but this one is pretty special and unique!
Shana Rose is keeping busy with a University degree course and holding down a job but she still has been finding time to write new material and recently posted a bunch of new videos which you can check out via her channel on YouTube.
Going from strength to strength, it's been an active and exciting time for Passion Bel Canon. They recently released their first ever music video, a stylish film noir clip of their EP song "Lights" and work has almost finished on a second video. The gigs keep coming in, a couple of festival appearances in store for the summer and more new material continues to be written.
Thanks to last year's enforced hiatus, I haven't had much time to devote to searching for new talent and hopefully we'll stumble across some new acts very soon. However, I would like to introduce you to Ronald L.Smith. Ronald is an acclaimed author of 19 books, and a renowned comedy expert amongst many things. Last October he released "Ha Ha Halloween" his first ever solo album featuring a bunch of his own songs with a comedic bent. Ronald is a big fan of old novelty discs... there were a great many of them in the 1950's and 1960's yet today in the 21st Century, they barely exist. Ronald steps into the breach with his album of comedy songs which has him offering his own impressions of various star acts given Smith's own puntastic treatments! Check him out at his website (linked above) and decide for yourself if music needs some humour in the 21st Century.
Lastly, all being well and if I'm not distracted too much, this website will receive a complete overhaul and facelift sometime over the next couple of months. Apologies for any glitches that you may notice on the site at the moment... these will all be dealt with during the revamp which will hopefully see this site be optimised to be tablet friendly.
In the meantime, we still make occasional postings on Twitter so follow us there for the latest up to the moment developments and discoveries.
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May 3rd 2017
And at long last... the long threatened revamp of this website! It's been a VERY long day giving this a complete rebuild using all the original materials but rejigging and reconfigurating with a new template and endless testing to ensure it works and displays correctly on your beastly tablets... which is why I have switched to a much simpler design. It now also fills up much less memory and bandwidth than before so should be much faster. That's not to say there may be an odd glitch here, here or here... but they will be discovered and removed as and when they're discovered... I think after almost 12 hours of solid work, I can be allowed to let such things pass for a little longer!
But... here it is... here we are... (the things one has to do to keep up to date with technology... I could scream!)
May 14th 2017
Yesterday, we found ourselves in Doncaster where unknown to us there were much festivities taking place including a food and a folk festival. Unfortunately time was limited but we did happen to be in the right place at the right time to witness something genuinely unusual and amusing. I spotted three bellhops pushing a large elevator lift prop on wheels, set up and unleashed a piece of street performance of the like I've never seen before. Sadly there was a train to catch so we could only see the first 25 minutes of this show, but it was remarkable how they managed to engage and amuse an ever growing curious audience.
When we got home, some research had to be done to find out more and discovered that a street theatre company calling themselves WET PICNIC were responsible, treating us to a performance of a piece called "The Lift" which in their own words is described as "a theatrical experience that envelops its audience, welcoming them into a world of captured moments, giving them a surreal experience that they won't forget. An elegant elevator (on wheels) arrives accompanied by three bellhops. The audience are invited to step inside and choose a moment by selecting one of nine different ‘floor’ buttons. Each button triggers a particular scene or event which is performed for both the audience member in The Lift and those on the outside looking in. The Lift operates on two different levels, firstly as an interactive performance experience for 1-3 people at a time, inside the elevator and secondly as a roaming show interspersed with show-stopping vignettes around the elevator."
It was certainly great fun, a moment to remember. However, catching "The Lift" isn't easy as it can pop up almost anywhere in the UK at any time. Still, make a mental note of Wet Picnic as they also perform a few other interesting sounding pieces of street entertainment which if "The Lift" is anything to go by, will be well worth your time.