& Western News 2009
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Bailey Tickets - on sale today!
(posted 2nd Mar 2009)
for Bill Bailey's summer tour have gone on sale today for dates
in Salford, Dublin, Oxford and Bristol.
Fresh from his marathon run at the Geilgud Theatre in London, Scrumpy
& Western comedian Bill Bailey has announced a summer tour.
Instead of braving the elements by performing at festivals this
year, Bill Bailey has decided to move indoors where the acoustics
are better and the Tibetan Hat stalls are less frequent. Coinciding
with the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's seminal
work, 'On the Origin of Species', Bill will continue to provide
the masses with his comedic take on the world, showing us all that
he is really is one of a kind.
Bill Bailey: Live tour will feature much new material as well as
including parts of Tinselworm, performed at the Gielgud recently,
which was in itself a significant development on from the arena
shows. Tickets are now on sale for dates in Salford, Dublin, Oxford
and Bristol, with Nottingham, Plymouth and Glasgow tickets due to
go on sale soon.
tour starts on 9th June with six dates at the Lowry Centre in Salford
before moving onto the Olympia Theatre, in Dublin for three dates
at the end of June. After a month's break (possibly to insert more
dates at other venues - or perhaps so he can have a holiday!), he
takes to the stage in Nottingham at the end of July, followed by
Plymouth, Oxford, Bristol and Glasgow across August.
27th July - 1st August, Plymouth: 3rd - 8th August, Glasgow: 17th
- 22nd August.
will sell fast (and are probably already half sold out when you
read this!), so grab them while you can. And seeing Bill live is
an experience you will not want to miss. He's damned good on the
TV, but he is superb live!
the gig guide for full dates, prices and
times (where we have them) and links to ticket agents.
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Mangledwurzels New Album Due In March! [posted 24 Feb 2008]
Mangledwurzels long-awaited second album Wurz'ee II
now has an official release date - and the band are now
taking advanced orders to be shipped with a free
bonus CD as soon as the album is completed.
II is a collection of what is mostly the band's own
compositions which they hope will stand up as a Scrumpy & Western
album in its own right. It is a wholly studio-based album with much
more instrumentation than you would hear at a Mangledwurzel gig.
Seth is caught playing bass guitar and Variaxe as well as his normal
electro-acoustic guitar, while Jethro has dug up some different
sounds from his new Korg synthesisers. The band has also incorporated
the drumming and percussion of Dozy Trowel - aka Cozy Towel from
Seth's previous band The Glambusters
- which adds a new dimension to the band's sound.
project has been dogged with delays - back in July 2008, the band
announced that they had virtually finished recording the first ten
tracks for their new album, and were working on the final few. Then
- disaster struck! The hard drive on the recording studio computer
corrupted and all the band's hard work was lost. Even worse, in
the depths of the credit crunch, it took an age for the studio to
get the bank loan to buy a replacement! As a result it was late
November before the band could return to the studio recording five
songs which have never seen
the light of day before - Five Miles A Hour, I've Been
Everywhere (In Somerset), Listening To The Archers,
Porthemmet and Somerset Maid. The rough mixes
of these five tracks from the bonus CD What
Rough Mix which will be given away to the first 50 people
who pre-order the CD!
And that should have meant the end
of the project, but
of course then they had to start all over again with the first batch.
February 8th 2009 saw the drums laid down for the re-recordings,
and by the end of the month it is hoped that these tracks will be
completed - again! Then it's just a matter of mastering and post-production,
and off to the pressing plant. The band is hoping to have the album
ready to distribute for a release date at the end of March.
the album is taking shape nicely; permissions are being sought for
the two parody/cover versions - No Sheep 'Til Ammerdown
and I've Been Everywhere
(In Somerset) - and the final track listing has been decided
(subject to the necessary permissions, of course):
- I Can Drive A Tractor
- The Shepton Sheep
- Cider Be Good For 'Ee
- The Poacher & the Gamekeeper
- No Sheep 'Til Ammerdown
- Valleys Girl
- Listening To The Archers
- Five Miles A Hour
- Farrington Gurney
- I Likes Cider (The Flatulence Song)
- The Rat Song
- I've Been Everywhere (In Somerset)
- Somerset Maid
- Beta Vulgaris Vulgaris (The Mangold-wurzel)
II is now available for pre-ordering
with the first 50 orders received being shipped with the limited
edition (and numbered) What Rough Mix CD.
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Cutlers Release Cornish Album!
(updated 24th Feb 2009)
you might know, St Piran's Day (5th March) is just around the corner
- and to celebrate their national day, The Cutlers Of Cornwall are
releasing their new album entitled One And All.
And All is a celebration of popular music sung in Cornwall
and includes the songs Lamorna, Hail
to the Homeland, The White Rose,
Lily of the Valley, Silver
Dollar and many other songs, finishing of course with
that evergreen favourite Trelawney. To
this, the band have added four of their own songs: The
Miners Wife, Country Life,
Gisson and a brand new previously unheard
song entitled Faraway - these were all
written with Cornwall in mind, and have been well received locally.
As a band they are pleased with the outcome, and hope others will
be equally delighted.
The final track listing is:
- Let The Lower Lights
- Little Lize/Camborne Hill
- The White Rose
- Silver Dollar/Abie
- The Miners Wife
- Cornish Lads
- Hail To The Homeland
- Lily Of The Valley
- Old Grey Duck
- Country Life
CD is available at a cost of just £9.99 - including free worldwide
postage - from St Day General Stores in St Day in Cornwall; through
the band's website or
by sending a cheque/postal order for £9.99 to The Cutlers
of Cornwall, 7 Bosawna Close, St Day, Cornwall TR16 5LB, UK. The
CD will also be distributed across USA through CD Baby and worldwide
as a Download via iTunes at the end of March.
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Flying High at South West Birdman 2009
(posted 19th Feb 2009)
Wurzels will be the headlining act at
South West Birdman 2009 in Ilfracombe this August - although they
may be overshadowed
by the 'would-be aviators' flinging themselves off the end of the
Sunday 2nd August 2009 Ilfracombe Pier will host the annual South
West Birdman competition which involves lots of crazy people or
so called 'would-be aviators' flinging themselves over the pier
to see who can 'fly' the furthest or at least plummet hilariously
into the waiting sea. South
West Birdman 2009 - the biggest and best Birdman event in the UK
for 2009 - is not just about people flying from the pier. Organised
by Ilfracombe Round Table, it should also raises thousands of pounds
for local and national causes; and this year they have booked The
Wurzels to help swell the crowds and swell the coffers!
South West Birdman 2009 is an all-day event - starting at 11am and
running through to 8pm; at this moment we have no details as to
when The Wurzels will be playing, but my guess would be towards
the end of the day. But don't arrive late - this is an all-day event
you won't want to miss!
well as The Wurzels and the wannabe aviators, there will also be
Strongman Competition (to be confirmed), and other bands playing
on the Truck Stop Stage, as well as fairground attractions, stalls
and refreshments to ensure that you have a fun-packed and unique
day out in a stunning setting.
view more details about Birdman 2009, why not visit the event's
- and sign up as one of their Friends. And if you are mad enough
to want to have ago at flying - entry packs will be available to
download from the Ilfracombe
Round Table website shortly. Anyone planning to jump (sorry,
fly) dressed as a Wurzel will get a special mention on this website!
(Proof required - we want to see the pictures!). The event organisers
are also looking for sponsors and volunteers; so get in touch with
Table directly if you can help.
West Birdman 2009 takes place on Sunday 2nd August 2009 at Ilfracombe
Pier in North Devon. Ticketing prices and links will be added as
soon as we have them.
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Plonkers Plan New Album! (posted
13th Feb 2009)
The Plonkers announce the biggest thing to happen to the
band in their 30 year history!
have exclusive news, so hot it's not yet on The Plonkers website
yet! Hampshire's favourite sons, The Plonkers, now have their own
24 track recording studio - The Dairy Recording studio, and they
are wasting no time in using it to record their new album (codename
Plonk 3) with original artwork from Golly.
milking sessions and fixing that flipping tractor again, The Plonkers
have been finding time to work on many new songs. These are still
being mixed at the moment but we have been promised some mp3 samples
as soon as the recording process is complete.
new songs will appear on the new album as well as featuring in the
band's 2009 set. They include:
Another Udder (The Dairy Man Song) - lyrics by Sarah Jane
and music by Golly.
You Seen The Cider Man - lyrics by Sarah Jane and music by
Around The Barn Tonight -a modern rock'n'roll song with a
Are The Plonkers Farmers Band - lyrics and music by The Plonkers
has been updated for 2009.
for good measure they have Plonkerised the The Yetties classic
- Fling It 'Ere, Fling It There, and Adge Cutlers's The
we spoke to Chris Plonkmaster on Saturday (7th Feb), he informed
me that Gordon and Gary were planning to record Fling It 'Ere,
Fling It There that night in a local pub!
Plonkers have also bought themselves a new Plonker Bus, and a second
back-up Groupie Bus, which, by mid season, they are hoping to replace
it with a Groupie Coach.
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Bath Cider Festival tickets "selling phenomenally!" (posted
12th Feb 2009)
for the 3rd Bath Cider Festival featuring over 90 ciders and The
Mangledwurzels are "selling phenomenally" according to
a spokesman for the Bath Pavilion ticket office.
event, which takes place this weekend (Friday
13th & Saturday 14th February), is already looking
to eclipse the success of the 2007 and 2008 events where both evening
sessions sold out on the night.
to the Pavilionshop website
less than 150 of the 1000 tickets remain for each of the evening
sessions, and both evening sessions will sell out on the night.
Lat year over 250 people were turned away on the door over the weekend
- and cider fans are urged to get their tickets in advance to avoid
being locked out on the night!
2nd Bath Cider Festival takes place at the Bath Pavilion on North
Parade, Bath BA2
4EU on Friday
February (7.30pm-11pm) and Saturday 14th
February (11am-4pm and 7.30pm-11pm).
Tickets cost £6.00 in advance per session, and £7.00
on the door.
will be over 90 ciders and perries from across
the West Country and Wales, as well as food in the shape of roast
pork rolls and cheese & biscuits.
each session will include a full show from The
Mangledwurzels providing all the music to drink up
your cider too.
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To Headline Green Man Festival
(posted 11th Feb 2009)
Wurzels together with Irish folk punksters The Popes have been confirmed
as headliners for the Green Man Festival in rural Clun in Shropshire.
The Clun Green Man Festival is a traditional springtime festival,
held on the first May bank holiday weekend of the year. The Festival
takes place in the picturesque town of Clun in South Shropshire.
is full of live music, drama, colour and medieval malarkey and is
fun for all the family.
Popes headline the Saturday (2nd) evening's entertainment, with
The Wurzels plus local cajun favourites The Whiskey River Boys providing
the support on the evening of the Sunday (3rd) with the show starts
at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now through online ticketing company
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5 Feb 2009; updated 10th Feb 2009)
Wurzelmania! website teamed up with Midnight Mango
to offer readers a chance to win a pair of tickets for a Love
A Wurzel On The Valentine's show of their choice.
We were given four pairs of tickets to win, courtesy of those nice
guys at Midnight Mango - one pair for
each of The Wurzels shows at Exeter (Wed 11th),
Bridgwater (Thur 12th), Frome
(Fri 13th) and Plymouth (Sat 14th). But we are
not going to make it easy for you - prizes mean competitions, so
we need to test your Wurzelknowledge to ensure that we are sending
true Wurzels fans off to the gigs!
devised a fiendishly complex competition in which you need to guess
the title of the Wurzel songs from the initials. So, for example:
DUTC would be Drink Up Thy Cider.
Easy! Here are the questions and the answers:
- When the Common Market comes to Stanton Drew
- Moonlight on the Malago
- Thee's got'n where thee cassn't back'n, hassn't?
- Aloha Severn beach
- Cheddar cheese
- Somerset born and proud
- I am a cider drinker
- Give me England
- I'll never get a scrumpy here
- Don't look back in anger
had four winners: Chris Wilshire (Frome tickets tickets), Edd Rendell
(Bridgwater tickets), Steven Todd (Exeter tickets), and Chris Ingham
(Plymouth tickets). Hope you all enjoyed the shows - and maybe you
can send us a review of the gig!
thanks to everyone else who entered the competition. That was fun!
As soon as I can get hold of some suitable prizes, we'll have another
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Mangledwurzels Reissue Live Album On Loose Records! (posted
30 Jan 2009)
Mangledwurzels have reissued their 2007 live album Get Orf My
Land! on Loose Records (LSECD93) with a previously unreleased
Orf My Land! (LSECD93) becomes the first album by The Mangledwurzels
to be released by Cumbrian independent record label Loose Records
- who had the real Wurzels on their books in the 1990s. Alongside
the original nineteen tracks is the previously unreleased live version
of the band's anthemic I Can Drive A Tractor, which was
recorded for the album but due to technical problems never appeared
on the original release.
album was reissued on Friday 30th January, with the launch party
being the first night of the 1st Bristol Winter Cider Festival,
with over 900 ciderheads enjoying the band's music - as well as
the ciders! The album is now available from the Loose Records website,
and will soon be available on Amazon, CD-Baby, and as a Download
on iTunes - as well as being sold at the band's gigs and on their
Orf My Land! was the debut album by The Mangledwurzels, recorded
live in front of an appreciative audience on the 25th November 2006
at the Charlton Inn in Shepton Mallet in the heart of Somerset.
The album consists mostly of covers of Wurzels songs seasoned with
a generous handful of original Mangledwurzels compositions. The
album was recorded and engineered by Will Angeloro of Handsome Llama
studios in Frome, Somerset. The album has been remastered for its
reissue on Loose Records with a bonus song added to the track list,
which now reads like this:
Combine Harvester (Brand New Key)
2. Drink Drink Yer Zider
3. Cider Be Good For 'Ee
4. Twice Daily
6. I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here
7. Valleys Girl
8. Pill Pill
9. Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee
10. I Got Me Beady Little Eye On Thee
11. I Wish I Was Back On The Farm
12. The Rat Song
13. Keep Yer 'and On Yer A'penny
14. The Champion Dung Spreader
15. Drink Up Thy Zider
16. Farmer Bill's Cowman
17. I Am A Cider Drinker
18. The Blackbird
19. Beta Vulgaris Vulgaris (The Mangold-wurzel)
Bonus track: I Can Drive A Tractor
Mangledwurzels’ second album Wurz’Ee II is
currently in the final stages of recording and is due for release
at the end of March, also on Loose Records.
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Sign To Wurzels Old Record Label!
(posted 5 Jan 2009)
Country Scrumpy & Western band The Mangledwurzels, brought up
on a diet of cider and Wurzels songs, have struck a deal with Cumbrian
record label Loose Records – who had the real Wurzels on their
books in the 1990s.
in Somerset, The Mangledwurzels started performing as a Wurzels
tribute band, but quickly started to write and perform their own
songs. Even at their first gig, a short support slot back in 2005,
their 13-song set contained two of their own compositions, parodies
of pop songs in the Wurzels style. Now the band are in the studio
recording a complete album of original songs – with titles
like Cider Be Good for 'Ee, The Poacher & The Gamekeeper
and I Can Drive a Tractor due for release in the first
quarter of 2009.
Records quickly snapped up this hard-working band. Said Loose head
honco Andrew Titcombe: "The band are gigging pretty much every
weekend of the year – with some high profile venues and events
booking them; and once I heard the new songs they were recording
I felt that this is a band who are on the way up. We have agreed
a two-album deal in the first place, a re-issue of their first album
Get Orf My Land! which has previously only been available
at the band’s gigs – and the new album Wurz’Ee
II as soon as they have it finished. We also have some singles
planned for the coming months too."
and frontman Hedge Cutter said: "Getting a chance to work with
Andrew is something we are happy to do. The business side of the
music industry is a complete mystery to us, and having Andrew there
to look after that side of things means we can concentrate on what
we do best - entertaining people! We were a bit suspicious of working
with him at first; let’s fact it – he’s a Northerner!
But if The Wurzels were happy to trust him, then we’d be fools
Mangledwurzels live album Get Orf My Land! will be re-issued
on Loose Records in January, and made available from the Loose Records
website, online record store CD-Baby, and as a Download on iTunes.
The band’s second album Wurz’Ee II is currently
in the final stages of recording and will be released in early Spring.
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