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We had a really enjoyable gig at Priston Festival, nr Bath, on Saturday 17th September.  The band were their usual very professional and musical selves and the set seemed to go down well with the friendly Priston audience.  We video'd and recorded the performance, hopefully we will include some of it in our new 'Watch' section and the full concert on our You Tube channel.  The recording is being mastered by Pete Maher in London with a view to producing a Live at Priston EP in time for our Christmas bash at the Kino on Dec 3rd!  (hope you may be able to come and share the occasion!)  Here's a shot from the video of us up on the Village Green Priston stage.  

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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. 

gravestonetextThere is an old burial ground called St Pauls near where we live with a solitary remaining gravestone saying 'To the Memory of Henry Larcom aged 22 years and Sarah Jane Seymour aged 21 years who were drowned at Watchet on 14th June 1859'.  With a little help from my friends, I did a lot of research and discovered a manslaughter!  It was turned into a song telling their imaginary story called Unusual Place to Dance which we performed with the traditional song The Water is Wide at the end.  Diana Taylor, who did the Nailhouse movie, is interested in maybe making a film of this story.  This prompted me to want to blend my fantasy story more into the reality of the tale.  After more research into local newspapers of the time, I ended up re-writing it as The Watchet Tragedie.  Hopefully, it will enter back into our set in the near future, maybe with a film?  Click HERE to read the re-written lyrics.


I have always been fascinated by the possibilities of integrating visual imagery with music and over the years have sometimes used films and slides when performing some of my songs.  Some of you will know The Shirt Song, a song I wrote about a tramp I used to see gazing longingly at a shirt in a shop window in Saville Row, London.  The song is all about dreaming and wishing and I always imagined a cartoon o
blueofmyeye cropped r animation to bring this story to life.  In 2015, I hired an Australian animator Durand Greig to interpret the song for us.  He did a wonderful job, there is a still from it on this page.  You can play it on this page, also here is a Youtube link to it if you want to view it full screen;  It's a Happy New Year pressie for you, and hope you enjoy it!  Let me know?  Leave some comments on YouTube!  I like the idea of sharing songs like this, with lyrics and images combined with a recording, so this will be Songsheet #1 of a series I will publish on Youtube this year.  I will be asking some other animators to produce some more interpretations of the songs we do.

Some of you will have heard a new song, Nailhouse, we performed last December at the Cafe Kino an
d at the Square Club in Clifton.  This song is about Chinese people who refuse to move their homes when a motorway or office block is bu ilt, so the authorities build them around their houses, until they eventually flamethrow or bully them out.  Their homes are called Nailhouses because they are 'nailed' to the ground.  I was moved and fascinated by the images of Nailhouses on Google, so I wrote a song about it.  A film maker called Diana Taylor, in Clifton, Bristol UK heard us performing this song, and has made a film based on the song lyrics and story of Nailhouses.  The film is an apt and powerful interpretation of the lyrics and music.  We are proud to present this song, and Diana's moving film.

GIGS IN 2016
We have some exciting gigs lined up for 2016.  We were lucky to be approached at various gigs last year by festival organisers who kndfly offered us some appearances in 2016.  Here are some dates for your diaries!  It would be wonderful to see you if you can make any of them! A few other Festivals are possible, we'll let you know when dates are confirmed.

Bath Music Festival  - Party in the City - Friday evening 22nd May
Later at St Michaels Church - Windmill Hill - Sat evening 11th June
Free Harmony Festival (Hay on Wye) - Saturday afternoon 23rd Jul
Priston Festival (Bath) - Sat afternoon 17th Sept Art on the Hill (South Bristol) - Sat evening 1st Oct
Cafe Kino Xmas Bash (North Bristol) - Sat 3rd Dec

A NEW CD IN 2016?
Lots of new songs arrived in 2015, and I am sure some more will make their appearance in 2016!  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

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Cover artwork by Sarah Parkinson.
Calligraphy Mollie Meagre


Barry Lane and the Fridge Mechanics
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

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 Cover artwork conceived and designed by
Barry Lane and Sarah Parkinson.