I was asked by some friends in Germany who manage the Dean Reed website to provide some thoughts on the UK's EU Referendum Campaign.
While many people see this issue in clear black and white terms, that's not my style, always a little wary of having absolutely no doubt about a subject. In response I wrote a song summarising the arguments from both sides. Written, recorded, and filmed in a day, to meet a self-imposed deadline.
The people of the UK will vote this Thursday, June 23rd. So if you like the tune, please share the Youtube clip below with friends whilst it's still topical:
I have been honoured with an invitation to perform as the invited guest at Bury Songwriters' Circle on July 13th.
This event sees the resident songwriters, along with their guest, taking turns playing original tunes during the first half, then after the break, the guest has the opportunity to play a full showcase set.
This new event has already attracted songwriters such as Henry Priestman (The Christians), Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Manchester legend George Borowski, Sally Barker (from BBC's The Voice), with other 'names' in the pipeline for the future.
The main focus here is to offer an intimate encounter with the artists and their craft. No gimmicks, no PA, no electrickery. Just an artist, an instrument, and a voice ... It promises to be a brilliant evening and I hope you can make it!
Time:July 13th. Doors open at 7.45 with music starting at 8.30
Earlier this year our Violin player Lizz made a decision to leave the Beholden and, rather than look for a replacement, we decided to call time on our 'Glyn Bailey & the Beholden' project and move on...
As a farewell, and a 'Thank You' for your support, we've decided to release an E.P. featuring studio recordings of 4 cover versions, which were a mainstay of our live set from the final 3-piece incarnation of the band. This will be a 'Download Only' release offered 'free of charge' to friends on our mailing list, so get your copy here: LINK
The track listing is Kraftwerk's The Model, Marc Bolan's Life's a Gas, The Beatles' In My Life, and The Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen in Love. They're all performed in our 3-piece 'chamber pop' format, which featured yours truly on Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica, Phil Senior on Bass/Backing Vocal, and of course, Lizz Beahan on Violin/Vocal.
Mixing and mastering were all beautifully handled by Dave Archer of Last Riff Studios, Cincinatti, U.S.of A.
Cover credit - Pablo Carlos Budassi 'Observable Universe Logarithmic Illustration' - LINK
With thanks to Howard Male for allowing use of the title of his first novel, 'Etc Etc Amen' (Which Phil describes as "A spiffing read!") - LINK
A Warholesque video for 'The Model' has been cobbled together from various Beholden outtakes and looks surprisingly good:
I shall continue to perform occasional local gigs and focus on completing my 'solo' album, with help from Phil, and various other musicians ... more news on that as it progresses.
New album 2059 has been out for review and early responses have been very encouraging....
"cultural songs of our time" Sea of Tranquility (link) "a creative album which refuses to stick to the rules" DJ Steve Luff (full review)
We've added a couple of videos to illustrate album opener 78rpm and title track 2059. Please visit the Videos page, take a look, comment, we really do appreciate it.
We'll be performing live soon at a beer festival at Cleveleys Royal British Legion club on September 12th, and live in Stanley Park, Blackpool, along with the Fantastic LIMBS and other special guests, on September 27th. Check our 'Events' page for details.
Finally a quick reminder that you can get a FREE copy of our CD 2059 by singing up to our email list on this website
Click the pic to download Geoff's Boots MP3 for free.
If you enjoy the tune, please make a donation to Sir Geoff Hurst's chosen charity SPARKS
So what's it all about? We all keep souvenirs that connect us immediately with important events, people and places, evoking a certain nostalgia, a warm glow recalling the past. Geoff's Boots is a song about our relationship with such items, cared for amongst our most precious belongings.
A pair of old football boots? ... Not just any boots ... The owner believes they were the same pair worn by Football Legend Sir Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup Final, which transforms worn-out old junk into priceless relics ... in the mind of their keeper.
Click below to watch the video and Glyn's bid to become the Alan Bennett of rock!.
Back of the net! World Cup winning, hat-trick scoring legend, Sir Geoff Hurst has approved:
When compared with previous Glyn Bailey albums, it's easy to hear there's been a conscious effort to circumvent the usual 'stylistic' musical approach ... the result is something not so easily pigeonholed. The 'Beholden' band sound is old fashioned yet strangely futuristic in both concept and execution.
Themes of lost treasure (78rpm), a haunted dancehall (Dancefloor - inspired by the Blackpool Tower Ballroom), the shackles of human existence (Chains), the belief that we are all cosmically connected (Stars), and a version of Slade's 70's glam rock stomper Coz I Luv U combine with others to make this work something very special.
The CD version is available exclusively from the artist, with online downloads via Bandcamp, iTunes and all the usual major retailers.
Production and mastering were all handled Stateside by Dave Archer of Last Riff Studios, Cincinatti, USA