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Liverpool Sound and Vision : Roger Pugh Album Review

Many thanks to Ian Hall for his complimentary review of Roger Pugh’s new album. The original review can be found here.

Roger Pugh, A Colourful Journey. Album Review.

roger pughLiverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

The combination of the concept album and your own life story is an intriguing proposition to contemplate setting down on paper and recording for future generations to study and hopefully enjoy; it is the big stage and great work of literature in which you are truly the subject, the musical autobiography in which the songs flow with a charming pulse and dynamic purpose and one in which your words are more important than those assigned to you by third party preaching.

It is a concept that is captured with tremendous effect and musical belief by Roger Pugh and his latest album A Colourful Journey, a trip down the conscious memory lane and the possible revealing of undisclosed recollections, for this committed member of the English Folk music scene,  this is life, a sentence turned to the musical endeavour, the delivery of words in which we all pass through but which only the observant understand the connections made are to be lauded and those lost to the ether just as vigorously defended.

Not quite making up the cast of thousands, but in many ways more endearing than any film that uses such methods of employment, the album relishes in the talent of musicians such as Greg Tempest, Roger Wilson and Matt Donaldson and the vocal expressions of Tonia Sorrell, Andy Griffiths, Pete Morton and Carole Palmer and it is one that makes tracks such as The Busker, Down at the Billet on Boxing Day, the superb The Day Before The Hanging, Run With the Moonlight, Trouble With Fred and Witches Flight such a fascinating and pleasurable listen.

Following on from the impressive 2009 album A Minstrel’s Tale, this is the story of a solitary individual, one bound with grace to the music, one to whom living is the point of existence and all that is bound up within it. We all have the responsibility, the duty to our souls to make life A Colourful Journey, unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, or even our own sense of apathy and possible rejection, we don’t achieve the possible; it is then to the likes of Roger Pugh that we hold aloft and praise and we should do so openly, for A Colourful Journey is the essence of all we ask for, and it is essential listening to those who view this world as beautiful.

A stunning album, A Colourful Journey is a masterful piece of music recording.

Ian D. Hall

Press Release – New Album From Roger Pugh

 

Artist – Roger Pughroger pugh

Title – A COLOURFUL JOURNEY

Label – Oblong Records OBLCD079

For immediate release

 

Roger Pugh is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and mandola player. He has performed as a solo act and as a member of many bands over the years, including The Stoned Cherries, who he is currently a member of. Roger has been a stalwart of the English Folk Scene for a number of years now. His roles within it include, performing musician, entertainer, M.C. and events organiser. He has also toured Germany on many occasions, either as solo act, or with Chris Conway and Austria with Urban Folk, alongside Roger Wilson and Simon Edwards.

In 2009, Roger wrote a folk opera called A Minstrel’s Tale, which was a collection of his songs and tunes which told a bawdy tale and was presented in the same way as classical opera, yet the music was performed by a band of folk musicians and the singing was set in traditional English folk style and the performers were folk singers, who included Pete Morton as the main character, Roger played the part of the minstrel. It was staged in Leicester Cathedral to a packed audience of over two hundred people, where it was very enthusiastically received.

roger pughRoger’s fourth and newly released solo CD is entitled A Colourful Journey, the word solo is to be taken lightly, as there are sixteen other brilliant musicians featured, including Pete Morton, Roger Wilson, Chris Conway and Carole Palmer. This is a concept album, which envelopes Roger’s journey through life so far and includes the first cover song Roger has recorded, which was a hit the year he was born. He has tweaked the lyrics a touch in order to describe some aspects of an annual event which he organises. Topics range through various aspects of his life, culminating in his predicted death, due to happen, sometime in the distant future and maps out his desired funeral arrangements. Another song delivers words of advice to his sons Sam who was thirteen at the time of writing. Sam is featured on one of the tracks, where he plays a djembe solo. Also featured is his daughter Stan, who is the drummer in one of Leicester’s premier bands Ash Mammal. Other themes featured are busking where Roger cut his teeth and which served as a very fine apprenticeship, his love for his partner Diane, a story gleaned whilst on holiday in Ulster, another annual event that takes place close to Roger’s former home land of Southend-On-Sea, a song composed for a production of Robin Hood, where Roger played the part of Alan A’Dale and a couple of tunes and a song from the opera, fore mentioned.

Although essentially a folk musician, Roger’s music is flavoured with other genres of music both modern and ancient, such as reggae, eastern European, accapella , Irish traditional, rockabilly and sixties and seventies prog. rock.

The album took three years to record, taking in four different studios, the main one, being Greg’s Music room in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.

For more information and the latest tour dates, please visit roger-pugh.co.uk

For all media enquiries, please contact
James Soars 01536 720245/07758781032 Email. james@jameshsoars.com

Roger Pugh 2018 Gig List – Updated April 2018

  • Fri 13th April,Resident singer and m.c. – Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Hotel,Bromyard,7.30
  • Sat 14th April,The Black Horse,Braunstone Gate,Leicester,9.00
  • Fri 11th May resident singer and compere – Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre,Bromyard,7.30.
  • Mon 4th June – Brimfield Folk Club,Brimfield Village Hall,8.00
  • Fri 8th June – Resident singer and compere – Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre,Bromyard,7.30
  • Fri 13th July – resident singer and compere,Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre,Bromyard,7.30
  • Fri 20th Jul -The Black Horse,Braunstone Gate,Leicester,9.00
  • fri 10th August – resident singer and m.c.,Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre,Bromyard,7.30
  • Thurs 30th August -Loughborough acoustic music club,Fennel St Club.8.30
  • Fri 14th September- Resident singer and compere – Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre,Bromyard,7.30
  • Fri 12th October Resident singer and compere – Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre Bromyard,7.30.
  • Sat 13th Oct,The Criterion,Leicester,3.00
  • Fri 19th Oct – The Black Horse,Braunstone Gate,Leicester – 9.00
  • Fri 9th Nov – Resident singer and compere – Folk In The Foyer,Conquest Theatre,Bromyard
  • Fri 14th December,resident singer and compere –  Folk In The Foyer,Bromyard,7.30

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The Stoned Cherries – Latest Press Release

The Stoned Cherries

“ Infectious, sparky mix of trad and modern from Hereford and Worcester – based four-piece (whistles, mandos, guitar, bass), unafraid to have a good time but with thoughtful arrangements and strong studio presence”  fRoots Magazine

“I receive a lot of CDs but I have to say that this is amongst the most authentic and enjoyable to date”

Trevor Krueger, Saint FM

There’s enough energy here to rival a power station, delivered with bite and verve, these songs range through folk influences from the British Isles, over to Ireland and across the pond to the USA. Sometimes thoughtful, perhaps occasionally wistful, ‘Baked in a Pie’ is rich with touches of acerbic observation and certainly not devoid of mockery.” FolkWords

The Stoned Cherries are a folk band with a twist. Their material is a mix of original songs, traditional tunes and the occasional cover. The band is rooted in traditional and modern folk genres from England, Ireland, North America and the Caribbean, but 60s and 70s prog-rock influences can also surface in some of their material. Their lyrics are carefully crafted, while stage shows are full of energy and have a touch of Tabasco about them. The Cherries create a close relationship with audiences and have a relaxed line in banter and humour.

BAKED IN A PIE is their debut album release, recorded at the Cobnash Studios in Herefordshire, and features 14 tracks, a mix of traditional and original tunes and songs, one of which Witches Flight is now the signature tune for the Saint FM Folk Show.

They are : Aly May from near Bromyard, Herefordshire – whistles and backing vocals; Dave Evans from Knightwick, Worcestershire –  acoustic and electric guitars,  mandolin, lead and backing vocals; Matt Donaldson from Clun, Shropshire – bass guitar, foot drum, acoustic guitar, piano accordion and backing vocals; Roger Pugh  from Bromyard – acoustic guitar,  mandola, spoons, lead and backing vocals. Dave and Roger write the songs and original tunes.

The band has been together for about three years in their current line-up. Past bookings have included Fishguard Folk Festival, The Green Man Festival Clun, Ford Fest near Market Drayton, Worcester Music Festival, England’s Gate Beer Festival, The Globe at Hay-On-Wye and many village halls, folk clubs and pubs in Powys, Cardiganshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Worcestershire, Leicestershire and beyond. Going forward, with the release of BAKED IN A PIE, more dates and festival appearances are currently being booked.

Very much enjoyed the Stoned Cherries at Hereford Live – good to hear that you’re live, local and original which are the boxes we like to tick!!”  BBC Hereford and Worcs

For more information and the latest tour dates, please visit

http://www.dgand2.wix.com/thestonedcherries

For all media enquiries, please contact James Soars 01536 720245/07758781032

Email.  james@jameshsoars.com