Our next gig, is at the Rec House Sessions, The Rec House, The High Street, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1DQ on Thursday 29th June, and we're on at 8pm followed by an evening of local, first-class performers.
Rec House is a lovely venue, very intimate and comfortable (arrive a bit early to grab one of their nice settees), bring your own booze, otherwise lots of tea and coffee.
Here is a map to the venue:
Here's our the latest animation, based on the song Ruby Treads a Fine Line, featuring an animation from the superb illustrator Sarah Soncini, a very talented and imaginative animator and illustrator living in Paris. She was wonderful to grow ideas with, so generous with her time and very patient! More of her work can be found here: https://vimeo.com/sarasoncini
RUBY TREADS A FINE LINE - VIDEO - SONGSHEET #3 (watch the video full screen to read the lyrics!)
There's something really wierd about the mix of academia, booze and celebrity which seems to happen quite a bit at Conferences I've been to. This one, the subject of this song, was a few years ago when Ruby Wax entertained a Mindfulness Conference I was attending. It was so surreal. She appeared in a bright red dress, lounging on completely out of place, huge red settee, then treated us to her mix of American chat show humour which did indeed 'tread a fine line' as this song puts it. Content to have shocked most of the people in the room, she then revealed more about her own challenging mental health background which resulted in her using Mindfulness to get back on track.
I went back to my Air BnB with a real mix of emotions. I felt inspired, shocked and even intrigued by Ruby; anyway, this is the song which emerged that evening, almost intact as presented here now on You Tube
This performance of 'Ruby' was recorded live at Priston Festival near Bath, Somerset, UK
uring our gig on the main stage in 2016. Not the best recording in the world, but it captures the spirit of a live performance to an appreciative crowd!
The song isn't meant to be rude, or insulting, but hopefully captures the mix of admiration and intrigue and a sense of the surreal which I felt that evening. Any of you out there who go to Conferences will recognise the territory, I am sure!
Visit our new Watch section to see some archive videos of Barry performing with various members of the Fridge Mechanics at the now closed Valindra Open Mic in 2015. Some great instrumental playing from Micko, Jamie Hill and James Anderson.
IF I HAD THAT SHIRT VIDEO - SONGSHEET #1
NAILHOUSE - SONGSHEET #2
Some of you will have heard a new song, Nailhouse, we performed last December at the Cafe Kino an
Some of our festival 'favourites' will be coming up in 2017, including Victoria Park Festival during the afternoon on September 16th in September, and Art on the Hill on Saturday evening 7th October. We are performing at the Rec House, Warmley on Thursday evening 29th June and there will be another 'nearly unplugged' evening of semi acoustic music, including our band on July 8th , and a repeat of our recent Kino Echoes and Edges gig, again in May or June. We are working on getting ourselves into some more local festivals sometime in 2017
A NEW CD IN 2017?
New songs continued to arrive in 2016, and I am sure some more will make their appearance in 2017! Creating music and lyrics is always an amazing experience, and it means a lot to be able to share these with you and receive your responses. Our last CD was Indian Ink, made in December 2014, and we are hoping to get back into the studio toward the end of 2016 to make another. Watch this space!
A CD of new and regular songs recorded with Dutch concert cellist Mieke de Laure in December 2014. Sung and played by Barry Lane with guest appearances from the Fridge Mechanics band. Available as a CD or individual tracks via Paypal for £5 from the STORE (please have credit card ready) listen to demo tracks from the CD HERE
Cover artwork by Sarah Parkinson.
Calligraphy Mollie Meagre
Cover artwork conceived and designed by
Barry Lane and Sarah Parkinson.