"Lisa's Riding" A New Song by Andy Skellam

"Lisa's Riding" is a demo from Andy who is putting together new material for his forthcoming album. The song was recorded on a reel to reel tape recorder at his home studio in Bristol and came after a songwriting challenge from Undergrowth's Dan Weltman; to create a tune with a clear refrain, that is, with a repeated line at the end of each verse. Of course "Lisa's Riding" is much more than that, it displays Andy's ability to conjure up worlds as mysterious and intricate as his sinuous guitar playing, while his baritone voice beckons us into Lisa's rainy day.

 

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An English Breeze by Red Deer Sleeping

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Check out the trumpets on this song and drift across the clouds with Undergrowth Collectives Red Deer Sleeping.

As Red Deer Sleeping describe it: 

In November we released our ‘Autumn' EP and made some films which were posted the following week to all of you who came to the EP launch. Thanks again for your support. These films are now available for everyone to watch on our Vimeo page here. For those who missed the EP launch we hope you enjoy the films. Here is the first track, ‘An English Breeze’.  

Happy New Year! x o x 

 

UP with the sun, the breeze arose,
Across the talking corn she goes,
And smooth she rustles far and wide
Through all the voiceful countryside.

Through all the land her tale she tells;
She spins, she tosses, she compels
The kites, the clouds, the windmill sails
And all the trees in all the dales.

(From the poem 'An English Breeze' by Robert Louis Stevenson) 

TAGGED: AN ENGLISH BREEZEPOEMPOETRYROBERT LOUIS STEVENSONR

Red Deer Sleeping EP Launch 20th Dec



Undergrowth records are very proud to be releasing the new Five Track EP "Autumn" by Red Deer Sleeping.  Made with the crystalline vocals and cuatro, baritone ukulele, banjolele, ukulele, trumpet and keyboard of Mog Fry, Simon West on Tenor ukulele and Sarah Moody on Cello.

Songs inspired from classic poetry by Christina Rossetti, Amy Lowell & more, as a celebration of this crisp & golden time of year. 

Hand printed EP Sleeve and Sleeve Notes by Mog Fry

 

 
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Undergrowth @ Greenbank

UNDERGROWTH  WED 15TH NOV

& NEW EP RED DEER SLEEPING

& SNAILS GIG


UNDERGROWTH WED 15th NOVEMBER


Dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
(and a pint of ale in the other)

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with
TONY ALMOND



With full band Tony will be bringing his
powerful songs of uprising and personal exploration

https://tonyalmond.bandcamp.com/track/this-chair

"The Explorer was recorded in Bristol with friend and producer, Chris Powell and supported by a few other fine local musicians adding voices, strings, woodwind, bass, percussion, moog, vibes, hurdy-gurdy, and musical saw."


and
MOLLY'S LIPS



Folk Duo from Deal with a strong line
in songwriting and intricate guitarwork

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=108&v=Q4StF8R7rOA

"Made up of members of the band Cocos Lovers. They’ve been haunting the drinking holes of deal, honing their sound besides roaring fires, pints of ale and intrigued locals"

Plus Great Pizza and Beers from downstairs

And it's all FREE!

Top poster this month by Dan Bendel

http://www.danbendel.com/

ALSO

Red Deer Sleeping


We are very very proud to welcome red deer sleeping to the Undergrowth Collective.

They will be releasing their new seasonal EP "Autumn" on Undergrowth on the 16th November

Look here for details on the launch: http://www.reddeersleeping.co.uk/red-deer-sleeping

more details on the EP soon...


AND

Undergrowth collective's Snails

 

will be playing at Bristol's Cube in January unveiling songs from their forthcoming second album with Edward Penfold Eugene Capper & Rhodri Brooks


"Eerie, beautiful, modestly majestic."

Stephen Pastel

more details on the gig here...

https://www.facebook.com/events/2024351974462912/

Safe in Silence

SNAILS NEW ALBUM "SAFE IN SILENCE" NOW IN GORGEOUS VINYL

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Undergrowth collective's Dan Weltman is a stunning songwriter and his band Snails showcase his and their talents on the first Snails album "Safe in Silence"

Available for the first time on Feral Child Recordings as a limited edition vinyl.

You can buy it here

https://www.piccadillyrecords.com/counter/product.php?pid=113653

Don't just take our word for it:

 

"Succulently wrapped in a classically toned pop vintage that cools with a deceptively soft stroke of 60’s psych pop bubble grooves. Its not brash, its far from wannabe and neither is it immediate like a rash. Instead ‘Safe in Silence’ is coolly assured, it doesn’t see the point in shouting and rudely vying for your attention, rather more it hangs about quietly at the back of the queue shyly hoping to catch your ear, and when it does, between you and me, lets just say that this might well be making a bid for one of the albums of the year. A very special album indeed."


The Sunday Experience



In main songwriter Dan Weltman’s words:

 

“I wrote the songs for the album in a careful and considered way, but for the recording we went into the studio and put them all down very quickly. That contrast suited the band and myself very well, leaving space for playfulness and making quick and reckless decisions on the spot. I sipped whiskey, the other members mainly drank herbal teas. I wanted a lush and expansive sound for some of the tracks, and writing the orchestrations was a great excuse not just to pretend that I was working on Pet Sounds, but to call up friends from various other Bristol bands to help in the studio on terrible rates of pay.

The songs themselves were approached like a series of short stories. I stole equally from my friends' lives and my own, in a kind of desperate attempt to elevate our experiences above the mundane. But from those starting points, an internal narrative of its own would inevitably emerge and take an unexpected turn. And while writing them, I’m unashamedly trying to manipulate my audience’s emotions to reflect mine, to make them cry with joy or regret, or remember falling in love. Recurring themes appeared – of loneliness, disappointment and misplaced love, but then with a nice melody underneath none of it seems quite so bad.”

 

 

 

Solsitce Celebrations

Wed 21st Dec 2016

Undergrowth with The Nightjar and Red Deer Sleeping

Celebrate the Solstice with the mostest at Undergrowth.
Keeping the home fires burning through the longest night


with
THE NIGHTJAR


intricate folk spells.

"The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes."


“Gorgeous” Mara Carlyle – The Late Junction, BBC Radio 3


RED DEER SLEEPING


a voice of wild purity

as clear honest and true as a haiku

 
 


https://vimeo.com/162060456

AND ITS ALL FREE!

With great pizza and ales from downstairs.

The fab poster this month is by DAN BENDEL

See more of his work at http://danbendel.com/

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Sproatly Smith and Jo Lepine

Wed 16th November 2016

Don't just get with it
Get wayward

with
SPROATLY SMITH

Eight piece psychedelic folk band from Hereford.
and leading lights of the "Weirdshire" movement.

Great interview here with Ian of the band:

http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Features/SproatleySmith_interview.htm

https://sproatlysmith.bandcamp.com/album/greatest-hits-volume-1


and
JO LEPINE

Pure voiced singer and ex member of left field folk pioneers
"Owl Service."

https://jolepine.bandcamp.com/releases

And it's all Free! 

With great ales and pizzas from downstairs.

The brilliant poster this month was by DANIEL BENDEL

Check him out at http://www.danbendel.com/
and https://twitter.com/universalbendel

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