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New Album title... ‘Three Fires’... will be here very soon!

We have decided upon a title for the new album – ‘Three Fires’. It is one of the new tunes on the CD written earlier this year - and we thought it nice enough to become the title track. Here is a sneaky explanation of how we arrived at the song title which is taken from the sleeve notes:

‘From the 13th century in Great Britain, Midsummer was celebrated on Midsummer’s Eve by the lighting of bonfires and celebrations. In the late 15th century a man called John Mirk recorded reports of three fires being lit at Lilleshall Abbey in Shropshire to mark the date. The first fire was made up of clean bones called a Bonnefyre (where we get the term Bonfire from), the second of clean wood called a Wakefyre (because people celebrating would stay awake by it all night) and the third fire would be made of both bones and wood and called 'St John’s fyre’ in order to worship St John the Baptist.’

And here is a preview of the front cover:

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There is a real mixture of tunes, some traditional, some covers and alot of original songs that reflect all our influences and has been inspired by Shropshire, the county where we all live and where we recorded the album. It clocks in at just under 60 minutes and is currently being mastered and produced in Scotland with an expected delivery during October.

MP3 Review and New Album Update

The very nice people at the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine (see our links page) have posted a review of our tune September Reel which you can see HERE. The site offers a great range of articles, reviews and downloads and is a great way of finding out about a wide range of celtic music and is well worth checking out.

Below is a pic taken at the concert we played at the very atmospheric Yarpole Church in Herefordshire last week. Thanks to David Cheshire who took lots of lovely pics on the night (if David reads this, we tried to email to thank you personally but the email address bounced back). Unfortunately, Strange Folk, the festival that was due to take place in Hope Bagot at the start of September has had to be postponed until next year due to unforeseen circumstances.

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We’re currently mixing and producing the new album. We still haven’t settled on an album name (any suggestions get in touch!) but we have decided upon a tracklisting but not necessarily in the order below: 

  1. Herman the Carpenter
  2. The Gathering 
  3. Wenlock Hare
  4. Three Fires
  5. The Boxer
  6. Red Moon
  7. November
  8. Hooty Mullock
  9. Cordon Morning
  10. Sweet Child O’Mine
  11. Wildcat
  12. Stairway to Heaven
  13. Londonderry Air
  14. Wait

It’s going to be the largest album we’ve produced so far.... The artwork is coming on nicely and will be a lot more colourful than previous offerings with lots of photos. Off to have a mini holiday now, then back to play Chorley Show. You can see what else is going to happen at this years show by visiting their website HERE.

Distant Radio and Sky TV

Had some radio play on a couple of stations in Canada and America. Andy Donnelly on CKUA played our version of Sultans of Swing on his Celtic Show. The show plays a wide range of Celtic influenced music broadcast on a Friday night and you can listen online and check out the website at The Celtic Show.

Cindy Funk on WYSO (a radio station in Ohio) played King of the Faeries off our live album on her show the Dear Green Place. Cindy plays a wide range of Celtic inspired music each Saturday and details of the show can be found by clicking on the link above.

Also had a production company get in touch wanting to use some of our music for a television programme so we said 'Yes'. The programme focuses on inland waterways and boating and is broadcast on Sky channel 166 Mondays, repeated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. It is produced by Serious Lesuire TV and there are four episodes planned to air over the next month.

Recording.....

We've spent quite a bit of time in the wonderful surroundings of Kaleidoscope Theatre the past couple of weeks. In the tranquil village of Kemberton in Shropshire, we've started to record our new album in the BWhalebone_recording_fiddle_mic_June_2010_resized.JPGarn Theatre. The acoustics in the room are fantastic and the atmosphere of the space provides a creative and relaxing place to be. So far we've recorded 14 tracks, had lots of fun and have a couple of very new tunes that are in the pipeline that may feature too.  Whalebone_recording_June_2010_resized.JPG

We're musing about album titles and artwork, but are planning to release the album sometime in the Autumn.

At the same venue, we performed 2 nights of Midsummer Melody concerts with the players of Kaleidoscope Theatre and had a great (and extremely hot) time, which included a small amount of acting by the band.... and lovely vanilla ice cream in the interval - woo hoo. Plans are under way for another run of dates next year in November 2011, the theme will be spooky with ghosts and ghouls, atmospheric music and fantastic (as always) cameo performances by the actors.

BBC Radio Merseyside and Kaleidoscope Theatre dates

We travelled up to Widnes to have an interview with Geoff Speed from BBC Radio Merseyside who presents Folkscene. Geoff ran a highly successful folk club in Widnes during the 1960’s and is recognised as booking a young Paul Simon at the club when he was only 18 and providing accomodation for him for a week, where its rumoured he wrote Homeward Bound at the nearby train station. Geoff was very gracious in answering all our questions about the meeting and the gig Paul Simon played, even though he must be very tired of telling people about it! The interview with us should be aired in the next few weeks, so we’ll post another blog when we hear of its broadcast.

We are also collaborating with Kaleidoscope Theatre at the end of the month for two special summer concerts that will be held in their beautiful Barn Theatre in Kemberton, Shropshire. The concerts follow a day from sunrise to nightfall in music and mime, a unique harmonic fusion between Whalebone's music and the players of Kaleidoscope Theatre. The dates are around the Summer Solstice, so they should be magical evenings – with ice cream available at the interval – woo hoo! See the giglist for more details!

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