NEWSLETTER #6 - MAY 2016
Welcome again to the wonderful world of Mulholland.
What's Been Going On?
Well we've been pretty busy over the last couple of months with one thing and another and here are some of the highlights.
Website: Stan can't help himself from tweaking the band website so there's more changes to the front page and other bits and bobs added/changed. Let us know what you think about the current layout. One of the new features is the list and map of places where we have played/are about to play http://mulhollandband.com/venues We'll be looking at adding a few more arrows down south and over the Channel during the coming year.
SASH Sleepout: SASH is a one of the charities we try to support regularly, they work to help prevent young people becoming homeless. In early March we sang some songs for the good people raising funds and awareness for the charity by sleeping out all night. It was a bitterly cold one but very successful raising over £7,000. We'll be singing again for them on the 23rd May at their Arts Exhibition in the Castle Museum in York.
The Crescent: We made our first appearance on the stage at York's newest music venue a few days later when we supported welsh singer/songwriter Lowri Evans along with our good buddies from Hull, Waste of Paint. A great night and we'll be back there shortly but more about that a little later.
Musicport: You may recall we played at the Pavilion Cafe in Whitby last year and we made a return visit to play at the Musicport open mic. Always a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a very appreciative audience and a great sea view. Musicport also organise various musical events throughout the year and we're very excited about the one in August at the Coliseum, Whitby where we'll be supporting The Hot Seats from Virginia
Easter Festivities: Easter was a particularly busy time for us. On the Friday morning we went into the studios at BBC Radio York along with Ellen Cole, who organises the Little Festival of Live Music, to have a chat about Ellen's festival which we were playing at on the following Monday. Right at the beginning of the song Stan managed to break a string but we struggled on and seem to have got away with it :-)
Later that evening was the big event of the weekend - the launch of the new album North Country and the music video for one of the tracks Black Feathers. It was an absolutely brilliant night and we pretty much filled the Basement. The night started with a stunning set from the fab duo The Lungs, followed by an equally great set from the wonderful The Bronze. We then performed the songs off the album with many of the musicians who had played on the album. Thanks to everyone who came along. We've decided to make this an annual event and have booked the Basement for Good Friday next year. See you there.
We finished off the bank holiday festivities with another visit on the Tuesday to BBC Radio York, this time to chat to Adam & Anna on the country music section of their show. We sang again - this time without any breakage. That evening we played the last gig before our break at Major Tom's in Harrogate. Lovely place, lovely people and particularly lovely pizza.
Sundown Sessions: One of the consistently excellent music nights in York is one run by Boss Caine, The Sundown Sessions. Originally it was the name of a stage that Boss Caine/Dan Lucas hosted at the Galtres Festival. It then became a weekly late night musical soiree at the very cool Nevermind bar in York. Sadly the bar is no more and the Sundown Sessions have moved to a fortnightly spot at the Fulford Arms. We've played the sessions on a number of occasions, most recently in March when we shared the bill with Boss Caine and fab guitarist Julian Socha. We have another date in the diary in June (22nd, day before Stan's birthday :-) ) when we support the mighty Fargo Railroad Co. In June we have a spot at the recently launched London Sundown Sessions at the Aces & Eights bar in Tufnell Park.
Bit of a Break: As some of you may know we have taken most of April off while Ann recovered from her hip operation (went really well and she's well on the way to being fully mobile again). We had planned to make our first gig back at the end of April at the Live Lounge night we host in Knaresborough but were tempted by our friends over Hull way to restart a week earlier and joined Urban Rain, Happy Endings at the Springhead in support of the Quicksilver Kings. A really great night and a great way to get back into it all.
The release of the album and video has generated some nice plays on the radio, most recently Black Feathers was the record of the week for two weeks over at Lionheart Radio. We're scheduled to do a live session on Charles Ellis's show on the station on the 6th May.
The following week (13th May) we're at Zetland FM on Richard Dales-Coupland's country show where we''ll be recording a set for broadcast on the 22nd.
We mentioned our two visits to BBC Radio York, on the second one we bumped into the presenter of BBC Introducing, Jericho Keys. Jericho has played songs of our previously and included one on his show the following week.
A little while back we went over to Peartree Studios in Selby and recorded a few live videos. The latest one, My Wasted Heart, has just been released. You'll be able to view it via the website and the band YouTube channel from the 30th April along with the previous one, Cold Wind
It seems to have become a bit of a tradition for us to have a busy Bank Holiday and the next one is no exception. On the Friday (29th April) we are over in Knaresborough for our monthly Live Lounge. This time we have as guests the excellent duo Randall Munroe. Then on the Saturday we're over in Filey for the Filey Folk Festival where we're playing in the evening at The Station. On Bank Holiday Monday we start the day over at York Railway Institute where we are playing a set at lunchtime for the New Ebor St Fest festival.
That evening (2nd May) is the biggy for us - we're over at The Crescent in York where, along with Boss Caine, we'll be supporting Texas country star Cale Tyson. Cale's new album Careless Soul has been receiving 5* reviews and it's likely to be the last time we'll see him playing 'small' venues. We're really looking forward to what's going to be a great night. If you love country music even the tiniest bit then this is a gig for you. You csn buy tickets here.
The Americans Are Coming! As well as the great Cale Tyson, we have another great gig lined up for May where we'll be supporting some very fine North American musicians. On Sunday 8th we support Susan Herndon from Texas and Reid Jamieson from Vancouver at the Fulford Arms. We'll be joined on the night by our favourite Wakefield cowpoke Steve Chapman Smith. Another special night and hopefully we'll see you there.
You can find details of all of the gigs we have lined up on the website.
We've had a steadily growing number of nice reviews of the album and lots of great feedback on the Black Feathers video. The latest review is from Americana UK - "Rich Americana". You can see the reviews and where to pickup a copy of the album on the North Country page.
Dates For Your Diary
We have a weekly news update on Facebook and on the website where we give details of upcoming gigs etc but here's a few special ones -
April 30th: we'll be at the Filey Folk Festival, it'll be day 2 of the three day event which has an amazing selection of bands/musicians playing all across the town. We're playing at The Station
May 2nd: as mentioned earlier we're supporting Cale Tyson at The Crescent in York. Tickets here
May 7th: we'll be over in Newcastle playing in the fabulous library at the Mining Institute where we'll be part of a night of music along with Driven Serious, Gilded Thieves and Ramble Gamble. Tickets here
May 8th: it's a night of Americana at the Fulford Arms, York with us and Susan Herndon [USA] + Reid Jamieson [CAN] + Steve Chapman Smith.
May 27th: we have a monthly residency at the Orange Grove In Knaresbrough where we are joined each time with one of our favourite musicians. This month it's the great country singer/songwriter Steve Chapman Smith
May 31st: our first visit to the Junction Inn in Otley where we'll be playing our songs to the good people there. we'll be joined by the very wonderful Boss Caine
June 7th: we're back in London for a few days in June with our first port of call being the Sundown Sessions at Aces & Eights
June 23rd: we'll be marking Stan's birthday with a live Birthday Broadcast from Mulholland Towers. Keep an eye on Mulholland's Facebook page for more details. If you haven't 'liked' our Facebook page page yet, we'd love you to as there's a bit of a treat for our 500th follower - you never know it could be you.
That's it for now. Keep in touch and do come and have a chat to us when you come to our gigs. We'll be back with another update in July, 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