COME AND SEE US AT PRISTON FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER! STOP PRESS! STOP PRESS!
Our band is now suddenly appearing on the main stage instead of the chill stage at Priston Festival, nr Bath, now at the later time of 5.45pm Saturday 17th September with a ful line up, including Andrew who is playing percussion with us for the first time! James, our bass player, describes this festival as a "village fete on acid" - which feels about right! Many first class performers over the weekend, musicians, poets, puppeteers, story tellers, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Really hope you can come and spend some time with us, and see us perform on 17th at 5.45pm!
Visit www.priston.org.uk/festival for venue and directions
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.
There 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.
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
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
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
Cover artwork by Sarah Parkinson.
Calligraphy Mollie Meagre
Cover artwork conceived and designed by
Barry Lane and Sarah Parkinson.