Woolly Wolstenholme and Maestoso - Archive News
18th September, 2006
1980 MÆSTOSO ALBUM REISSUED
Eclectic Discs will be releasing a new CD of Woolly's 1980 album, Maestoso, on November 6th. The CD will come with the original LP artwork, an eight-page booklet and four bonus tracks recorded live in Vienna in 1982 - "Too Much, Too Loud, Too Late", "Even The Night", "Tonight Could Be The Night" and "Has To Be A Reason". The existing CD of Maestoso on the Brimstone label (without the bonus tracks) will still be available for a while at a reduced price.
CHAT LIVE TO WOOLLY!
Woolly and ourselves will be online in the BJH web site chat room tomorrow night, Thursday, September 8th, from 20.00 UK time. Log on to www.bjharvest.co.uk/chat.htm to talk direct to Woolly about the forthcoming album, "Grim", his work with John Lees or anything else you care to discuss ...
15th June, 2006
ON TOUR WITH JOHN LEES' BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST!
Apologies for the lack of updates recently, but Woolly has not been idle. Since the release of Grim in October last year, Woolly has been busy writing new material, and by now there is enough for another Mæstoso studio album.
However, Woolly will also be working with John Lees' version of Barclay James Harvest, including the first full UK tour by any members of BJH since 1992.
Dates confirmed thus far are:
- OCT 30 MILTON KEYNES The Stables Theatre
- OCT 31 MILTON KEYNES The Stables Theatre
- NOV 01 NEWCASTLE Journal Tyne Theatre
- NOV 02 EDINBURGH Queens Hall
- NOV 03 MANCHESTER Academy
- NOV 04 LEEDS City Varieties Theatre
- NOV 05 LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
- NOV 07 FALMOUTH Princess Pavilion
- NOV 08 BRISTOL Academy
- NOV 09 NORWICH UEA
- NOV 10 WORTHING Assembly Hall
- NOV 11 COLCHESTER Arts Centre
- NOV 12 WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall ]
Expect songs from throughout BJH's 30-year history. Support comes from Caravan's singer/songwriter Jim Leverton and multi-instrumentalist Geoffrey Richardson.
Woolly Wolstenholme's Mæstoso have almost completed their new studio album, Grim, which is expected to be released on Eclectic Discs in September. The line-up of all-new songs is likely to include:-
- Love Is ..
- A Lark
- Hebden Bridge
- Musical? The Musical
- Marsch Parodie
- A Scene From A London Flat
- Location, Location, Location
- That's The Price You Pay
- A Funny Kind Of Blue
- Harp And Carp
The latest updates from Woolly and the band can be found in the Studio Log (SLOG) on this site.
NINE MONKEYS RECAPTURED, BUT MANY STILL AT LARGE!
Three of the ten prizes up for grabs with Fiddling Meanly have now been claimed, and the lucky winners are:-
- Mark Davies, Wales
- Philippe Plazenet, France
- Tim Kracht, Germany
That leaves seven more either unclaimed or not yet sent out, as the prize-winning stickers are distributed at random amongst our stocks - even we don't know which ones they're in! Check your copy carefully, or order now to be in with a chance of one of these exclusive, unavailable elsewhere, never to be repeated [you're repeating yourself - Ed] ...
LOOK FOR THE THREE BRASS MONKEYS!
Look for the three brass monkeys and win a lucky bag! Some of you lot are in for a treat because, casually salted through the club run of 500 Fiddling Meanlies will be ten numbered tokens that can be exchanged for a pile of interesting stuff. Containing all manner of things, much of which has never, isn't, and probably won't be commercially available blah blah blah ... This is in addition to the lovingly and personally hand-signed autographed (with a pen) CDs ordered before the official release date of February 21st.
Free balloon with every (it's beginning to sound like a children's party).
TRACK LISTING FOR LIVE CD
We now have the tracklisting for the Fiddling Meanly live CD, due out on February 21st:-
"Abendrot" and "Big Organ End" (!) are variations on an instrumental piece which have been recorded especially for this album. For more information see the Fiddling Meanly page.
NEW STUDIO ALBUM UNDERWAY
Work began on the new Mæstoso studio album on October 22nd at Steve Broomhead's home studio. You can follow the band's progress with our exclusive web studio log (SLOG) page.
EXCLUSIVE LIVE CD
The WWWebsite is proud to announce an exclusive live CD of highlights from the concert by Woolly Wolstenholme's Mæstoso at London's Mean Fiddler on May 12th, 2004. This album will not be available in shops or any other mail-order outlets, but will be a strictly limited edition available solely through this site. The tracklisting will be finalised soon, but will definitely include stunning versions of Barclay James Harvest classics such as "Early Morning", "Poor Wages" and "The Poet"/"After The Day", plus Mæstoso favourites such as "The Will To Fly" and "Sunday Bells". Fiddling Meanly will be released as stricly limited edition in February 2005.
LONDON CONCERT WITH CARAVAN
Woolly and the Maestoso band will perform their second live concert on 27th November at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Although they will be supporting Caravan, they will still play at least a one hour set. Tickets are available now from the Bloomsbury Theatre web site at www.thebloomsbury.com or by telephone from the box office on 020 7388 8822.
ONE DROP IN A DRY WORLD
One Drop In A Dry World is Woolly Wolstenholme's first all-new album since 1980! The CD, released by Eclectic Records on May 17th, features Woolly and the Mæstoso band (Steve Broomhead, Craig Fletcher and Kevin Whitehead) on top form, with a powerful set of dramatic music in Woolly's inimitable style.
For a limited period, the CD came with a bonus disc of more new songs and alternative versions, but this version is now completely sold out.
Woolly himself has designed these new T-shirts, based on the Black Box artwork, which are only available from us. Fly the flag!
BLACK BOX RECOVERED
Before Woolly's new studio album hits the streets at the end of April, the rare 1982 recordings from the "Black Box" sessions are available once again. With the Songs From The Black Box CD long deleted, it seemed a good time to revisit that material, with some changes and additions to the original line-up.
The new CD, entitled Black Box Recovered, was released by Eclectic Records on February 16th, and includes all of the songs from the 1982 sessions which appeared on the Songs From CD (although "Deceivers All" is a different version, which originally appeared on a compilation called Rime Of The Ancient Sampler - The Mellotron Album). In addition there are nine bonus tracks, including original demos for songs from the 1980 Maestoso album, a previously unreleased song from the 1982 sessions and some live material from an audience recording of a 1982 Mæstoso concert in Vienna. Last, but not least, there's a demo of a brand new song, "Bootham Park Elegy". Full track listing is as follows:
Previously unreleased bonus tracks:
STEVE BROOMHEAD'S A DAD AGAIN!
Many congratulations to Steve and Sharon, who have just had a baby daughter called Ruby, a sister for Kip. Steve will now be able to get a good night's sleep only by going out on the road again with Woolly!
NEW SOUND CLIP
Here's a two and three quarter minute excerpt of a rough monitor mix of a track from Woolly's new studio album:
WOOLLY AND THE FASHIONISTAS
Woolly recently 'guested' on the show music for the Italian Fashion House Fendi. Fendi is a long established House, most famous for luxurious furs and leather, but now also full collections. The show music - for their Autumn/Winter 2004 collection fashion show - was being put together by Paul Fryer, who is a Leeds-born London based musician and published poet. He wanted the Mellotron sound and a bit of madness and thought of Woolly! The music was recorded in a studio in Hoxton, London, and a lot of fun was had by all.
"BLOOD AND BONES" ON CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE
The October 2004 issue of Classic Rock magazine features a cover-mounted CD called Out There, which includes Mæstoso's "Blood And Bones", one of the standout tracks from the new album, One Drop In A Dry World. The magazine will be in UK newsagents in mid-September, and the CD also includes tracks from Caravan, Nektar, Asia, IQ, Spock's Beard and others.
MAN WINS THING!
Pictured right is lucky winner Dennis Wilkinson, being presented with the very bell used on "Explorers", together with a genuine original reproduction certificate of authenticity.
Unfortunately Sooty had a prior engagement, so Dennis was presented with his raffle prize by some dodgy-looking bloke in trainers.
The award ceremony took place at the prestigious Woodall Motorway Services Open-Air Conference Centre near Sheffield.