Goodbye to Micko and welcome to Richard Godfrey and Paul Meager!

Micko (in top panel) has played guitar with our band for about 8 years.  Unluckily he became ill last year and, after recovery, he has decided to take a break from playing music for a while. He played on all our CD's and nearly every gig and we will miss his inventive lead and acoustic guitar playing very much.  

Screenshot 2 2019 02 02 at 16.34.16 copy...and a warm wpauloutdoorsplayingbylakeelcome to two new members of the Fridges.   After losing Micko and playing without a guitarist for nearly a year, we have been very lucky to find Richard Godfrey (right), a very creative new guitarist, who has already composed some great lines for many of our current songs . .. also, a warm welcome to Paul Meager  (left) who has often dropped his amazing fiddle into our gigs over the years.  After sharing a really enjoyable and lively gig at the Kino last December Paul decided to join the band in 2019.  We look forward to introducing Rich and Paul into the band during our gigs and rehearsals this year.  Learn more about them here

Watch! - now including videos from the Kino Sessions 2018 gig

Here is a video of the Watchett Tragedie performed at the Cafe Kino with Kate Fletcher and Paul Meager in full flow!

Why not visit our new Watch section to see some more videos of the band performing at the Kino Sessions.  Also, some older sessions of Barry performing with various retired members of the Fridge Mechanics at the now closed Valindra Open Mic in 2015.  Some great instrumental playing from Jamie Hill and James Anderson.  Also, a video of the band performing at the Rec House, Bath in June 2017.

Looking back on 2018
It's been a fun year for gigs in 2018.  With the The Bath Festival of Music and Literature at the Party in the City, Victoria Park Festival, Priston Festival, Art on the Hill and the Kino Sessions behind us we look forward to whatever happens in our band in 2019

Gigs in 2019?
We look forward to some of our favourites, but especially a booking for Keynsham Festival on July 6th and the possibility of a gig at Trowbridge Festival.  Watch this space as things unfold!

A new CD?
New songs continued to arrive and I am sure some more will make their appearance in 2019!  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 in 2018 to make another.  Watch this space

Animations and Videos


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 and
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, s o 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.


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.