NEWSLETTER #2 - SEPTEMBER 2015Hi there
Here we are again, a little further into the year and lots happening in the world of Mulholland.
We have a brand spanking new website for the band www.mulhollandband.com populated with some of the pics that Ami Barwell took of us out at North Star Club. What a great day we had out there, it's a fantastic location, luxury lodges set in beautiful woodland. Certainly magical from many perspectives given the quality of the final photos. We've included one at the top of the newsletter and there are some more here. Hope you like them and the website itself. Please get in touch if you think there is anything that needs adding/changing on the site.
Mulholland in the Ether
As well as the website we have pages on lots of the usual suspects in the web world/social media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and, most recently, Instagram. There's a full list here
Songs from the North Country
On the 1st September we started recording our new album North Country with York producer/musician Vinnie Whitehead over at Loom Studio. We had a brilliant couple of days and have the basic tracks for six songs which we'll be adding overdubs to later in the month with some excellent York musicians. The current plan is to go back again and record another four or five in November and have it all wrapped up and ready for a launch at the Basement York at Easter next year followed by a bit of a tour around the North Country. We're really pleased with how the songs sound so far :-) Here's an early version of one of the tracks
Mulholland on the Silver Screen
One of things we're conscious of is that, beyond the Come On Back promo, we don't have a lot of video footage of ourselves. We're aiming to rectify that shortly and will be working with York cinematographer Camille Sainsbury. Camille produced the last couple of videos of the Artsbarge Festivals, great pieces of work and we're delighted that she will be filming us at a live show shortly. The plan is to film the afternoon gig we have planned for Sunday 1st November at the Fleeting Arms on Gillygate in York. Come along and make some noise :-) 2.00pm start, free entry.
Mulholland On The Road
As we mentioned last time, we're playing more gigs outside York. We've had a few jaunts out including a lovely evening playing to the folks at the Darley in Barnsley, the Bar Loco in Newcastle (thanks to Luke Bevan for the invite and doing the sound, great job) and a couple of gigs in Hull at Larkin's bar and the fab Freedom Festival via Adam Brodie who organises the Speak Easy gigs across the north. They all went really well which bodes well for the future.
We haven't abandoned York entirely by the way. We still do the occasional open mic here and go of course to the many brilliant gigs that the town has on featuring York's many wonderful musicians. A particularly memorable gig/event for us was the Artsbarge Project's Riverside Festival at the end of July/early August. We had a great time there over the five days and played a couple of sets with a few local musicians (talented one and all). It's a great project - creating a community arts venue on a barge to be moored on the river in York. The festival raised enough funds to enable the project to take a significant step forward so keep an eye on the Artsbarge website for more exciting news.
Another York community event we've played at has been the Bishopthorpe/Bishy Road Festival. They've had a number of street parties over the last few years including the Tour De France and this year's Tour De Yorkshire where we played a set. We're back again in September for the next one which incorporates the wonderful food and drink from the New Ebor Feast who also organised a couple of outdoor gigs in York earlier in the year we played at.
So all good on the live shows front, we have a pretty full diary up until Xmas but do get in touch if you know of anywhere or anyone that would like us to play near you. Current gigs are on the website Tour page
Following on from the radio plays of tracks from Ghosts & Shadows we're really looking forward to our live session on the Fox's Den show on Vixen 101 on 25th September. We'll be singing some of the songs from the new album so do try to catch it if you can. They'll be recorded and playable for a while after the 25th on the Vixen 101 website.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the new York-based community radio station 2 Rivers Radio has had its launch date postponed. No new date announced as yet but hopefully it won't be too long till Stan has his new radio show York New York up and running. There's a couple of shows all ready to go featuring the best of York's singer/songwriters alongside the greats who haunted the clubs and bars of Greenwich Village NYC in the 60/70s.
Remember to put Thursday 12th November in your diary as it will be Neil Young's 70th Birthday and to celebrate the great man we're organising a benefit in aid of Accessible Arts & Media at the Basement, York with an amazing lineup on the day of York's finest singing their favourite Neil songs - Chris Helme, David Ward Maclean, Boss Caine, Ian Ravenscroft, The Blueprints and Mulholland. We're aiming for all of the ticket money to go to AAM so please get in touch if you'd like to sponsor any aspect of the event e.g. sound guy, room hire (all of the musicians will be playing for free).
That's it for now. Keep in touch and try to make it if you can to one of the gigs we have on in the next month or so. We'll be back with another update in November, the earlier newsletters are here on the website. If you know of anyone who might be interested then please feel free to forward this to them.
Take care and see you soon
Stan & Ann