Birth Announcement

Bluebird Parade - Songs from the Headland album cover

20 months in the making – not the world’s quickest gestation period – and here at last.  We’re very proud to announce the arrival of Songs from the Headland and can’t wait to share our love, energy, and hard work with you.  So let’s get busy promoting:

  • Please join us for the album launch gig on Saturday, October 17th at James’ Café Bistro in Leicester, when we will perform the album live and in its entirety. “Doors” for the gig are at approximately 7:30 p.m., and we’ll start the music around 9:00 p.m.  There are no tickets to this event; it is free and open admission, but the venue isn’t huge so we suggest you arrive early if you want to be guaranteed a place. The café will be serving a select menu of food to purchase throughout the afternoon and evening (we have sampled and can highly recommend it) and also has a stocked bar.  The CDs will be available – of course – at a special reduced price.
  • If you can’t make the gig and/or would like to order copies directly from us, then please get in touch with one of us in person, send us a message via the Contact page, Facebook, or Twitter; or simply send us £10 per CD via Paypal to the username mingyuinjon@btopenworld.com .  Include your address on the Paypal message and we’ll send the CD/s to you, absorbing the postage cost as long as we’re shipping within the UK.  If you’re overseas, please contact us regarding postage and handling before you place the order.
  • You’ll also be able to order hard copies through Amazon in the very near future.
  • Downloads will be available from iTunes within the next few weeks (we hope).  Please note that the eighth song on the album, our cover version of Rock the Casbah, is already available to download from Amazon and iTunes in aid of the Specialized charity project (Teenage Cancer Trust and Youth Music UK) so will not be listed along with the other 13 Songs from the Headland downloads.

And while I’m listing, let’s get these credits out there:

  • If you’re wondering where the striking artwork comes from, it’s a photograph by Michael Vincent Manalo called “The Case of Eternal Conflict” that was supplied to us for the album cover courtesy of Saatchi Art.
  • Songs from the Headland would be a much lesser work had it not been recorded at Deadline Studios in Leicester by Adam Ellis, who unfurled his bat ears and sprinkled digital pixie-dust on every track.
  • John Harris of multishake.com was the technical know-how behind the cover design and layout, and the good folk at Media Duplication Ltd did a stellar job on the digipak production.
  • We’ve thanked Haluk Gurer already on these posts, but it’s worth doing it again for his excellent band photos.
  • Likewise with Sasha Silberman-Hanks, whose logo for us just had to make the album somewhere (though I shamefully forgot to credit her on the CD booklet itself – sorry, Sasha.  I’ll edit the next run).
  • Very special thanks to our guest musicians – Q String players Eleanor Stanford and Laura Stanford-Mebarki, who played on Tracks 2, 10, 11, 12, and 13; and Nikolaj Torp-Larsen, who recorded the piano for Track 13 at Squat Sound Studios in London with engineer Dyre Gormsen.  Adam Ellis also contributed to the crowd vocals on Track 1 🙂

And finally, thank you – our readers, our listeners, our family and friends.  Peace and good music to you all.