We’re excited about a new Mockingbirds’ project that we’re calling ‘Songs From Where We Are’. New songs and stories from around where we live and life as we see it. We’ll be doing regular updates on this page so keep an eye out for more info as the project develops. Now where’s that pen ……..
Here’s the songbook for our Topic gig. We’re really looking forward to our on-line gig at the Topic Folk Club on Thursday 27th May at 8.00 p.m. It will be streamed via The Topic Facebook page and available on YouTube later. In case you want to join in and sing or play while you’re listening – here’s a songbook we’ve created for the event. There are a couple of our favourites plus some new songs about people and places in Yorkshire – Haworth, Hull, Whitby, Malham Cove and Keighley all get a mention.
How are you all doing in these tricky times? Me and Cath are separated by a virus and a couple of thousand miles at the moment so we’re song-writing remotely. Ideas are flying backwards and forwards across the airwaves while we stay safe. Hope to see you all before too long. Stay well x
Another busy Mockingbirds week that’s mostly been about polishing up our newest songs and getting ready for our gig on Saturday at The Lemon Tree with our friends, Six Days. Very much looking forward to that. It’s a fund raiser for Dementia Friendly Keighley so great fun and hopefully raising much needed funds for a good cause. We’ve had a day in the studio too. We’ve been recording some new songs and reworking some old ones so we’ve got them to listen to and work with while we’re in different parts of the world over the next few weeks. Next week we’re playing an opening set for our lovely friend Edwina Hayes (at the Lemon Tree 5th March). Happy days!
Well last week was quite a week. Started with a lovely gig at Bingley First Monday Folk at Chip n Ern, then packing in rehearsal time ready for the weekend and the always enjoyable music while you dine session at The Lemon Tree Cafe on Thursday evening. Friday it was Hellifield Village Hall, which was an absolute joy. Saturday we had an all day song-writing workshop with the fabulous Boo Hewerdine. it was a wonderfully friendly, engaging and productive day – two new Mockingbirds songs!! It was so good to have time to focus. We really enjoyed being in a room full of such talent and hearing the songs other people at the workshop had written – all different and all inspiring. Saturday evening we opened for Boo H at the Lemon Tree and he kindly lent us his song ‘Dragonflies’ which we love singing. Boo, as always, was fantastic – great songs, wry humour and so very generous with his talent. Great to see Mark Dennis get his guitar out and play a song with Boo. Excellent stuff! Sunday was special. Me and Cath aka Mockingbirds had a day with Boo to work through our recently written songs and re-work some older ones. Just a joy from beginning to end. Thanks Boo. On to the next chapter!
We’ve been busy adding events to our website and facebook page. Lots coming up so please take a look at our listings below. Big news for us is opening for Boo Hewerdine on February 8th at the Lemon Tree Cafe and Bistro after a week of gigs at Chip n Ern in Bingley, Hellifield Village Hall in North Yorkshire and the ambinet music session at the Lemon Tree in Keighley. New songs and new instruments in the set now so we’re looking forward to a busy week.
We’ve recently been running a series of workshops for people who want to build up their confidence with singing. The workshops have been a great success and it’s been wonderful to hear people, who always had the voices but not necessarily the confidence, singing out and singing fabulous harmonies. We hope to run more workshops in the Autumn.
Yes folks it’s that wonderful time of year and we’ve got copies of our CD ‘Christmas Like We Do’ available again. Once again we’ll be fund raising for Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank. Last year we raised a fabulous £850. Let’s hope we can add to that this year. CDs are £5 and you can still download from Bandcamp.
We had a great time at The Castle in Bradford. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us. We signed our poster and we’re on the wall with all the other acts who have performed there over the years. Looking forward to playing there again next year.
Thanks to all the lovely and generous people who bought our ‘Christmas Like We Do’ CD and made donations. Because of your generosity we were able to hand over £850 to the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank in the week before Christmas 2016.
“Christmas Like We Do!” – available now!! Our CD of festive songs in aid of Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank is available for £5 from Lemon Tree Cafe & Bistro, Keighley; Cobbles and Clay Cafe, Haworth; Oates and Wiles, Haworth; Hawksby’s, Haworth; The Studio, Haworth; Beat It Music, Baildon and is also available to download from Bandcamp. The official launch date is 15th November – just in time for you all to buy copies to give to your nearest and dearest for Christmas and help us raise funds to support families in crisis.
Here’s some of feedback we’ve had so far:
Mockingbirds you were great, the CD is lovely, thank you
Congrats to The Mockingbirds for a brilliant performance tonight, love the cd too
I listened to the CD on the way home from HUG. Beautiful songs. I love it!
Rocking and then some, really enjoyable night and great CD