FEBRUARY FELICITATIONS!

Big City Productions is situated within the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

New Eventually Brothers Album 

The Ancient Art of Weaving is the title of the new Eventually Brothers album, which is scheduled for release on April 1st 2021. The cover art features a detail from Sea Bed, a sculpture by Peter Achurch. It’s a stunning piece, woven with marine rope and string collected at the shoreline, and mounted on an armature made from a steel-spring mattress. There’s a photo of it below. Peter did the artwork for the first two Eventually Brothers albums and we are delighted he is on board again for this one. 

The songs on the album are each based in a month of the year starting in January and ending in December. They are:

2020 Vision

Valentine’s Day

Wartime Memory

April Showers Revisited

The Darling Buds of May

Gemini Twins

Perfect Day

The Ghost of the Departed

September

All Hallows’ Eve 

I Remember That Day 

December

The album was produced and arranged by Tim Readman and Andy Cooke – who perform and record together as Chronolord.

CHRONOLORD ALBUM NEWS

Speaking of Chronolord, Tim and Andy have written 11 new songs for their second album which will be out sometime in 2021. It is being produced remotely using cloud storage and computing services from our respective bases in Baltimore MD and Vancouver BC. There’s no title for the album yet but we can guarantee there’s some sci-fi, some prog rock, lots of guitars and one or two surprises. If you want to read the most recent reviews of the first album The Cuckoo Gene and catch up on news then you can do that here.

Spacetime, the Chronolord Newsletter, February 2021 edition is out now. Check it out and sign up for future editions here.

 

VANCOUVER STORIES OF THE 2020 PANDEMIC

The episode of the documentary film series Standing Tall: Vancouver Stories of the 2020 Pandemic, featuring Tim and entitled The Heart I Sent to You, has been officially selected for the latest edition of the New York Tri-State International Film Festival.  

It has also been officially selected for screening at the Toronto International Women’s Film Festival!  

If you haven’t seen it yet you can watch the video here.

 

FAREWELL TO PENGUIN EGGS

As we reported last time, Canada’s folk-roots music magazine Penguin Eggs has published its final edition. Vancouver radio DJ Steve Edge did a fine show of “Music inspired by the final issue of Canadian folk / roots magazine Penguin Eggs, which has been an invaluable source of inspiration to this show for the past 23 years. Lots of new releases by artists I’d never heard of until this issue came out last month. Also lots of selections from their Critics Poll winners, and music by the artists interviewed in the magazine. It will be much missed. Big thanks to Roddy Campbell (Penguin Eggs founder and editor) and Tim Readman (Vancouver musician and Penguin Eggs reviewer) for sending me some of the music to play on the show.” A podcast of this show can be found here.  

The travelling musicians union, Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians said in their newsletter, “Canada’s only folk-focused magazine, Penguin Eggs, has printed its final issue. For the last 23 years, editor/owner Roddy Campbell has produced a world-class magazine that included news and opinion of music centred on Canada but including the music from around the world that has resonated through our country. The final issue includes reviews, interviews and articles about Ian Anderson, Eliza Gilkyson, Pharis and Jason Romero, Elvis Costello, and local 1000 member, Old Man Luedeke. Sad to see such an eclectic magazine go but Roddy can retire knowing that we are richer for his work.”

ELECTRIC WAVE INSPECTION BUREAU

EWIB is one of Chronolord Andy Cooke’s musical projects. Do They Have Tunes? is described by EWIB ‘Chief Inspector’ Andy as classic British 80s electronic new wave meets modern American alternative rock/pop, with a few wub-wub bass lines thrown in for good measure. With 11 tracks clocking in at a little over 40 minutes it is a non-stop run through the catchiest electronic pop tunes. You can hear it here.

The album was recorded and produced by Andy Cooke in Baltimore, MD with guest vocals from Kate O’Connor in an online collaboration. The majority of the album’s instrumentation was programmed using Korg’s new Gadget iPad app and represents a showcase of its diverse range of instruments. EWIB consists of the following members:

Andy Cooke (programmer, producer)

Kate O’Conner (guest vocals)

Website: http://ewib.bandcamp.com

Twitter: @WaveInspector

Facebook: www.facebook.com/waveinspection

VIN GARBUTT HONOURED

BBC Radio Tees announced that the late, great Vin Garbutt has been added to the new edition of The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. The Oxford DNB is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. The Dictionary offers concise, up-to-date biographies written by named, specialist authors. It is overseen by academic editors at Oxford University, UK, and published by Oxford University Press.We are sure that Vin would have been amazed and delighted. We’re proud of our old pal and so glad he is continuing to receive the recognition he so richly deserves.

 

THE MERSEY SOUND

This original song from the album Under the Influence by Newcastle Road tells the story of a Beatles fan heading for The Cavern after a hard day’s work in the days before the band became world famous. It’s set in late 1962/early 1963. The video features illustrations by artist Sandra Ford. Sandra’s uncle backed the Beatles on drums three times in 1960. Alan Millen wrote the lyrics. You can watch it here.

 

THE FRONT PAGE

We were delighted that our spies in Carlisle in the UK county of Cumbria got in touch with news of a new book about The Front Page, a legendary music venue in that fair city. The author, Martin Lawson, ran the club for years and booked Tim’s 80s band Watt Government several times, as well as featuring them on BBC North East where he worked as a journalist and producer. It was great to be back in touch with Martin and renew our acquaintance. You can find out more about the book ‘Live at the Front Page’ here.