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June 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends

I hope this finds you well and thanks for opening our latest newsletter.

It's been another busy month with some awesome shows, new videos and, of course, continued writing for the next album.

But here's the big news of the moment... our new live album!

Return To Cropredy

Double LP on 180 gram coloured vinyl.

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We're delighted to announce our campaign for this strictly limited double vinyl release via Richard Swan's label, Wild Thyme Records.

This is the full set from our Cropredy 2023 appearance and records the extraordinary experience of playing to 20,000 music lovers.

The idea is this: Fairsound (part of Press-On Vinyl) have a model that avoids artists fronting the huge cost of a vinyl release by asking you to pre-order the album. As soon as the order threshold is reached the album goes into production with an estimated delivery to your door in September. So it's a big ask but... should for any reason the run not go ahead, you will be reimbursed in full via your payment method.

In thanks for your support, your Fairsound receipt will include a link to the Return To Cropredy digital download. Just follow the link to access a choice of 24 bit wav, flac or mp3 audio formats and the gatefold sleeve artwork featuring live photos by the inimitable Howard Rankin.

You might want to create an account on Fairsound first, although I didn't, and below is the browser receipt that opens up once you've made your payment . Just click the 'Audio Download' button and you'll go straight through to the files.

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The pre-order price is £29.50 (+£4.42 flat rate shipping) and you can relax in the knowledge that Richard will ensure the press and sleeve is of the highest quality. Of course, we’ll be buying copies ourselves for the merch stall but these will certainly have to be at a higher price, so supporting the release does have some small benefit to you... and is hugely helpful to us!

I must warn you though, the album is also planned for release late autumn as part of a Blu-ray/CD package featuring the concert film and the rather splendid Shaun Blake documentary currently in production.

Thanks so much in advance should you choose to support this release!

Find the details and pre-order link here on our Fairsound artist page

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Gigs

Just two since the last newsletter but both were wonderful events at The 100 Club and The Soundle Music Festival respectively.

Massive love and thanks to the 225 people who brought 100 Club tickets + our 30 'new to the band' guests! You filled the room with an energy I've not experienced since our Marquee headlines back in the day. Thank you all so much for being there!

Ebony opened the show with a sensational set, this time with Nick Burns (singing and playing pretty much everything) and fab drummer, Laura Williams filling the room with high energy and emotion. Magical!

Particular thanks must go to Chris Parkins at London Prog Gigs for doing a superb job of promoting the show.

The Soundle was another great night with our usually undemonstrative sound engineer, Loz, enthusiastically declaring it our best ever performance!! Funny that because we were in the middle of discussing the cock ups as he bounced up to tell us 😁

Again Bob Cheatham and his team deserve huge recognition and gratitude for running another excellent event that's entirely a labour of love. Where would we be without these guys?

100 Club queue. Pic: Paddy Eason
100 Club live shots: Howard Rankin
Soundle Music Festival  : Pics: Marc Auger

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The next gig's a bit special for us and marks 40 years since we played Stonehenge Free Festival, the last before Thatcher instigated Operation Solstice (oh the irony)) and some of the worst scenes of police brutality the country had witnessed. Have a look here if you can stomach it.

But it'll be a very different vibe on June 22nd when both Solstice and Ebony Buckle play Solsticefest at Stonehenge Campsite just a couple of miles from the stones themselves.

Ebony Buckle - 6pm
Solstice - 7.30pm

Info and tickets - https://stonehengefestivals.co.uk/

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Here's the rest of the shows for 2024. I would be wonderful to see you if you can make it. The Stables is filling up fast so please do check the link if you fancy joining us.

August 17th ~ A New Day Festival, Mount Ephraim, Faversham, Kent
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August 26th ~ Towersey Festival, Claydon Estate, Buckingham
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September 7th ~ The Stables, Milton Keynes with Ebony Buckle
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September 8th ~ Nene Valley Rock Festival, Peterborough
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November 1st ~ Trading Boundaries, Fletching, East Sussex with Ebony
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Videos

Here we are at MK11, Milton Keynes, having fun in seven. No title as yet for this one that may, or may not, make the next album. As always, suggestions welcome 😁

And another new track, this time with a (sort of) title and also from our MK11 show.

It's all very niche but for anyone who dares paying a visit to 'Andy's Guitar Corner', the latest requests were for the chords to A New Day and Bulbul Tarang.... ssshh 😁

Ebony Buckle

For fans of our wonderful harmony singer, Ebony Buckle, it's an exciting time with a brilliant new album on the way produced by Nick Burns (I know, I've heard it!). 'Hearts Get Started' releases on October 4th with a launch show at The Camden Club on October 17th.

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In the run up to the album Ebony will release four singles the first of which, Fall Behind, arrives on July 5th so look out for that. She also has some great shows coming up including several opening for Solstice so please check out out gig list here for details.

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Ok, that's about it for now so thank you so much for your support and we very much hope to catch you at a show. Failing that there's plenty of live material online and, of course, there's that double live vinyl from Cropredy.

Love and thanks from us all
Andy X

Soundle pic: Graham Harris

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March Newsletter

Dear friends

I hope this finds you well as the days start to draw out.

We're full of optimism for 2024 and there's all sorts of positive things happening behind the scenes but, for now, we just can't wait to get out on the road again! We have two weekends of rehearsals (yes we all have day jobs 😁) and then it's off to the Netherlands to play the Boerderij.

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April Newsletter

Welcome to our April newsletter!

Feeling pretty cold again today but surely that Spring warmth is just around the corner 😁

Weather aside, it's been wonderful to get back on the road again. We're already five shows in and they've all been a total joy for us, but more on those later.First to the next show. On Saturday June 1st we play the iconic 100 Club in Oxford St, London with the incredible Ebony Buckle,Nick Burns and Laura Williams opening the evening.

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Dear friends...

Blimey! Already nearly two weeks on from our final gig of the year at HRH Prog12 where, despite some concerns, we had a wonderful experience playing to a packed venue with many people seeing us for the first time.