THE CUCKOO GENE

WHO?

Chronolord is a collaboration between Baltimore MD’s Andy Cooke (Dataloaf) and Vancouver BC’s Tim
Readman (Fear of Drinking), both Englishmen exiled in North America.
Tim wrote the words, made up the vocal melodies and harmonies and sang the vocal parts. Andy
wrote the music, played all the instruments, did all the programming and sequencing and took care of
recording, engineering and editing duties.

WHAT?

The Cuckoo Gene delivers a speculative fiction narrative concerning an attempt to save the human
species from extinction following the collapse of Planet Earth as a viable ecosystem for human survival.
This 11-song album of guitar and synth driven Space Rock with a Prog Rock flavour takes the listener
on a journey from Earth’s end through to the search for and location of a suitable exo-planet on which
surviving humans, and their artificial intelligence-driven technology, can settle. What could possibly go
wrong? You’ll find out soon enough!

HOW?

The album was conceived as a result of what could be described as a musical pen-pal relationship and
eventually delivered at Tres Gatos studios in Towson, MD in the late summer and early fall of 2019.

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The Eventually Brothers: Hither and Yon

As the album title suggests, each of the songs involves a journey, either figurative or literal. Some draw inspiration from historic events; others find their source in the turbulence of everyday life. All of the lyrics are by Alan Millen, with melodies created by Brian Bouthillier, Iain Duncan, Raymond Kerr and Tim Readman. Together with co-producer Bill Buckingham, Tim has shaped these songs into a cohesive whole that links them in musical kinship with those on All Over The Map, the Eventually Brothers debut CD released a decade ago. The listener is invited to become a fellow traveller on a tour that includes a contemplative walk along a beach at low tide; an escape from a troubled past; a rainy day in Paris; an afternoon at the local fishing hole and a stroll along the towpath of an English canal. Among the historic locations on the itinerary are a First World War trench; the city of Halifax in the aftermath of the most devastating explosion prior to Hiroshima; and the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War. Beyond our own planet, the rings of Saturn enter the picture in all their ethereal beauty. Once again Eventually Brother and multi-instrumentalist Craig McKerron is along for the ride. We would love to have you come along on the voyage too. No passport, visa or ticket required.

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Rockaroladoo


This batch of sparkling tunes is sure to have kids, parents and grandparents singing along, tapping their toes and movin’ and groovin’ – with a Canada-wide smile on their faces. The fun starts with the dawn screech of the rock-and-roll rooster, whose hearty “rockaroladoo” sparks the entire farmyard into action. From there we take in the “howdy-pardner” merriment of the Calgary Stampede and enjoy the exhilaration of speeding across a frozen pond on a pair of new skates. The collection also celebrates the pleasure of maple syrup on pancakes, the refreshing tingle of a popsicle on a hot summer’s day, and ice cream at any time of year, plus the unique flavour of scrumptious blue string pudding. Beyond all that feasting “All in the Family” presents some highly amusing members of the extended clan; “Sad Sock” relates the eternal mystery of the lost sock; “In My Pocket” explores the treasures that kids gather as they go about their daily adventures; “I’m Not Scared” challenges the monsters that dwell in the nooks and crannies; and “The Kite Song” lifts spirits skyward. Of course, there’s more, cloaked in light-hearted mystery. If you were ever a kid yourself, prepare for a magical tour through childhood.

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Fear of Drinking: Live in Zurich

Tim Readman is a musician, songwriter, producer and music journalist originally from County Durham, England. Songwriter and guitarist, Gerard Kerr, is from Southland, New Zealand. They met in Vancouver BC and formed Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking, whose energetic live act became very popular in the 1990¹s as they played folk clubs, night spots and folk festivals across Canada and the USA and beyond. They recorded three albums, which garnered considerable airplay and built their reputation for humour and harmony with their folk songs about coal, sheep and love gone bad. Although they officially came off the road in 2000, they have since reformed to play the odd show when the fancy takes them. This recording was made during their 1999 European tour.

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Go Blue

The songs on Go Blue are a mix of old and new, but all are previously unrecorded. They’d been biding their time in a large pile of demos in varying degrees of roughness. We’ll leave it to you and the critics to describe the musical style but the official description here at Big City is ‘extremely varied’.

More On Go Blue Here

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Out of the Green

A collection of six traditional and four contemporary folk songs from England, Ireland and Scotland featuring acoustic guitar, vocals, fiddle, accordion, bodhran, mandola,’cello, bass, harmonium and hammered dulcimer. There’s everything here from rousing drinking songs, to murder ballads; from sad laments to wickedly amusing folk tales. “Out of the Green came out of the blue really. After ten years of thinking about songs to record, it took ten minutes to make up my mind, ten days to record it all and ten weeks to get the record out!”

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Into The Red

This recording features Geoffrey Kelly (Spirit of the West, Paperboys), Shona Le Mottee (Lord of the Dance, Paperboys, Fear of Drinking), Amy Stephen (Mad Pudding, Jou Tou), Tom Neville (Fear of Drinking, James Keelaghan), Jennie Bice (Prydwen, Fear of Drinking) and James Ong (Spygirl).

“His strong personal voice, with commitments to themes of importance, speaks in the same vein as James Keelaghan, Eileen McGann and David Francey, while Tim’s sense of humour stands comparison with that of The Arrogant Worms.”

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In Black & White

“Recorded live, it captures the energy, cheeky wit, musicality, fun and devil-may-care attitude which is typical of a Readman performance…it’s a party!” Scene Magazine, London

by Tim Readman and Fear Of Drinking. (This recording features Allison Russell (Po’ Girl / Birds of Chicago)

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One Morning When I Went To Work…

Fear of Drinking was formed with Gerard Kerr in Vancouver around 1989. We played for fun at a few parties and discovered we both had songs from our respective homelands (North East of England and New Zealand’s South Island) that we enjoyed playing together…mainly folk songs about coal, sheep and love gone bad. The duo expanded with the addition of Jane Gowan on accordion and vocals, to round out our acoustic guitars and vocals.

by Fear Of Drinking

It Could Happen To You

“7 days are in the week, except when love goes bad like when you’re away hunting deer and your loved one leaves you and the station but love blossoms in the Irish sunshine until the black future without coal looms; you emigrate only to die in a lonely desert and here comes those drunken hordes but you escape the storm and discover that after all it is our faithful fans that keep coming back.”

by Fear Of Drinking.

Get On With It!

After much deliberation and experimentation we realized the only way to do this album was to get on with it. Recorded live to DAT in Tim’s living room, in spite of lawnmowers, weedeaters, stop-sign runners, boom cars & Harleys. The legend was born!

by Fear Of Drinking

Blue Suburban Skies

These eight songs celebrate moments treasured by every Beatles fan. They will strike a chord with Beatlemaniacs everywhere! Splendid time, guaranteed!

by Newcastle Road

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Celebrate The Beatles

Celebrate The Beatles is a 3 song mini CD by Newcastle Road. The songs are all original Tim Readman/Alan Millen compositions performed by Tim and Bill Buckingham in the style of the Fab Four. They have garnered critical praise and airplay especially in the UK. Celebrate The Beatles and Wander Along take the listener on a musical journey to the Beatles’ hometown and also acknowledge Liverpool’s annual Beatle Week Festival.

Christmas with The Beatles is for everyone who ever looked forward to getting a Beatles album from Santa. Also featured are all 3 tracks without any lead vocals, so that you can learn the words and then grab your sister’s hairbrush and sing along in front of your bedroom mirror until your little heart is content! You’ll find, on reflection, that it is a very good way to spend an evening at home. Or even at someone else’s.

by Newcastle Road

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Under The Influence

The third and final incarnation of this project is a true concept album of 14 original songs by, for and about fans of The Beatles.

by Newcastle Road

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All Over The Map

Brit Pop meets Americana in Canada. Acoustic rock, electric folk, rootsy pop, acoustic and electric guitars, accordions, banjo, mandolins, bass, percussion and tons of vocal harmonies.

by The Eventually Brothers

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…At St James’ Park

17 tracks spanning a century of Newcastle United history in a wide variety of styles (pop, rock, folk, dance etc.etc.) that commemorate various memorable moments and personalities, all viewed through the eyes of lifelong fans.

The Exiles

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The First Eleven

North East English Folk Music with a few surprises. Songs by 2 exiled Geordies about heroes…and legendary games. On Tyneside or in the far corners of the globe this will bring good cheer.

“an affectionate and nostalgic tribute…rather than the usual ‘football song’ fare…an excellent piece of work.” TYNE TALK

by The Exiles

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…And 50,000 In The Stands

Diverse eclectic mix of pop, folk, rock, rap ,ska and disco songs for Newcastle United fans. Moments in the history of Newcastle United, ranging from the pre-war days of the legendary Hughie Gallacher to the present.

by The Exiles

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Run, Geordie, Run

Two songs written and recorded especially to support ‘Run Geordie Run’ lad, Mark Allison, as he ran 3100 miles across the USA in 100 days during the Summer of 2011.

All profits made are in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice and The Children’s Foundation.

by The Exiles

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Great Stuff – The Songs of Paul “Lolly” Lawton

Listen to his words, feel the music and lose yourself for just a little while.

 

On July 15, 2005, we learned of the tragic death of our beloved friend Paul “Lolly” Lawton. The loss was unexpected, and although the days and months that followed Lolly’s passing have at times been unbearably sad, there is always a memory of Lolly that comes to mind to lift our hearts and offer us strength.

 

To have known Lolly was to adore him. He was a genuine, compassionate and spiritual person whose love of life was contagious. He stopped at nothing to make people feel uniquely special and to bring laughter to each day. What was most remarkable about Lolly was his ability to balance his time amongst the things that mattered most to him. He was a loyal supporter of the Everton Football Club (Go Blues!), a committed contributor to a variety of charities and children’s sponsorship programs, an accomplished drummer and percussionist, a devoted member of his faith, a best friend to so many, and a loving son, brother and uncle. It wasn’t until after Lolly passed away that we realised just how much he managed to fit into each day. For this we give thanks to Lolly’s malfunctioning “off-button”.

 

When we discovered the mini disc containing the songs recorded on this CD, we were once again amazed by our Lolly. We had enthusiastically followed the success of our friend, the drummer, but uncovering his talents as a songwriter has been one of the most poignant gifts he has left us. Through music, Lolly’s greatest passion, he has proven the everlasting nature of love, which lives on and continues to grow even when a body’s journey has ended.

 

Our fortune is that we will forever have this imprint of Lolly’s powerful soul. His deep connection to God and his guiding energy are embodied in the music he wrote. Our hope is that these songs offer lightness, joy and the courage to pursue any dream imaginable to all that hear them.

 

Each of the musicians appearing on this CD were dear friends to Lolly, people he admired, respected and felt privileged to play with. We’ve called it “Great Stuff” in memory of the name Lolly gave to the countless compilations of tunes he would spend hours and days preparing for his friends and family.

 

As Lolly would have wanted, take the time to listen to his words, feel the music and lose yourself for just a little while.

 

by the Friends of Paul “Lolly” Lawton

 

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