WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS now also available as digital only release

Since its release on 29th June WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS has been available on CD from Record Collector and Rare & Racy in Sheffield and through our online shop.

Working with our partners at the Sheffield based AWAL digital distribution, the LP is now available in digital-only formats across many platforms including iTunes, Amazon and others.

Obviously we would encourage you to buy the  CD package from our website shop (in conjunction with Bandcamp).  The CD includes a beautifully presented gatefold card case with original artwork by Mark Conway.  Your order also includes immediate download of the 12-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Should you wish to purchase a digital-only version of the LP you can do so below.

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The Janskys at Tramlines 2013


Following last Friday’s successful WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS LP launch gig at Shakespeares, The Janskys will be playing a series of stripped back acoustic gigs across this Tramlines weekend:

Thursday 18th July 9.30pm, The Museum, Orchard Square

Saturday 20th July 2pm, The Old House, Devonshire Street

Sunday 21st July 3.45pm, Outside Stage at Henry’s car park

The Janskys Tramlines 2012 - photo Gerard Morgan

The Janskys at Tramlines 2012 Old House (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Looks very much like it’s going to be another scorcher this weekend so a perfect time to take a trip to Sheffield, soak up some rays and enjoy the wonderful live music on offer across the city. We hope to see some of you good people down there.

Also, just a reminder that if you’ve not yet procured your copy of WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS it’s available to buy from:

Our online shop https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire Street S3 7SG www.rareandracy.co.uk

Record Collector, 233-235 Fulwood Road S10 3BA http://recordcollectorsheffield.co.uk/


When Silence Spoke…. an evening with The Janskys

Well, the evening finally arrived – The Janskys launch gig for WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July 2013….  And what a memorable night it was.

As expected the evening got off to a wonderful start with a spellbinding set by Rhys Bethell accompanying himself on the Spanish guitar made for him by his partner Rosie’s father.  A beautiful instrument beautifully played.  The crowd were held captive to this young man’s unassuming delivery of incredibly intricate vocal and guitar melodies including Fey Jane with vocal accompaniment from Every Animal on Earth’s Laura Thompson and the tribute to his late step father Nigel West, Carnac.

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Rhys Bethell (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

After a refuelling break and a chance to breathe outside of the sultry muggy conditions of the upstairs sweat box gig room the crowd reconvened for the main set by The Janskys.

On probably the hottest night of the year so far the set opened with the sounds of thunder and rain from the LP opener After The Flood as both the track and the live band swelled into life.

Having been largely absent from the live scene for the last couple of years with the exception of the occasional show here and there, this was a chance to see the band back firing on all cylinders kicking into hi octane versions of songs from the new LP including the lead track Tell Me, Head In The Sand and Better Day.

With the set dedicated to producer and friend Colin Bradley, it was then down to singer and acoustic guitarist Pat Donoghue to lead the band through the evening, feeding off the love in the room to engage the crowd with relaxed heartfelt words from the stage.  The Janskys’ line up also featured Damian Sackett on vocals and electric guitar, Liam Rice on drums and Stu Owen on bass.  The obvious absence of original bass player and founder member Nick Davies prompted Pat to say a few words addressing the fact that Nick had left the band while mentioning his important role on the new album and wishing him all the best for the future.

The Janskys onstage at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Mid-set saw a welcome guest appearance from Howard Holmes reprising his rousing harmonica part on Motion Sickness.

As well as playing newer non album tracks Sinking Ship and Collective Alchemy Pat & Damian also revisited The Janskys’ eponymous 2009 mini LP performing an acoustic version of I Can’t Hear Anything.

Another mellower offering was the atmospheric That Way, with additional waves of sound and percussion – taken direct from Colin Bradley’s wonderfully recorded production work and featuring LP drummer Jon Grove – augmenting the band’s live sound.

With no easy access backstage at the end of the set and the crowd being somewhat raucous, the band went straight into the encore starting with Howard rejoining them for a cover of Band Of HorsesIs There A Ghost before which Pat took the opportunity to introduce the band and thank the audience.  The evening was rounded off with a suitably epic Brocco Bank.

The evening then continued in the relative cool of Shakespeares’ beer garden with banter into to the early hours.

The Janskys and Sawayaka Sheffield wish to thank everyone who made the evening so memorable.  Special thanks goes to our partners, families and close friends without whose love and support we would have never reached this point.


Next stop Tramlines….


Talking of which, The Janskys will be playing a series of stripped back acoustic gigs across this Tramlines weekend.

Thursday 18th July 9pm, The Museum, Orchard Square

Saturday 20th July 2pm, The Old House, Devonshire Street

Sunday 21st July 3.45pm, Outside Stage at Henry’s car park

Looks very much like it’s going to be another scorcher this weekend so a perfect time to take a trip to Sheffield, soak up some rays and enjoy the wonderful live music on offer across the city. We hope to see some of you good people down there.


Also, just a reminder that if you’ve not yet procured your copy of WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS it’s available to buy from:

Our online shop https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire Street S3 7SG www.rareandracy.co.uk

Record Collector, 233-235 Fulwood Road S10 3BA http://recordcollectorsheffield.co.uk/


Preview of When Silence Speaks launch gig – Sheffield Telegraph & The Star

It’s good to see our local press getting behind its local artists.  Sister papers the Sheffield Telegraph & The Star are today both carrying a preview of tomorrow night’s  launch gig by The Janskys at Shakespeares



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After 2 years recording and mixing, and the last couple of months promoting the release of the new LP WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS, The Janskys will be playing their hometown launch gig tomorrow night to celebrate! The gig will feature a full band line up and promises to be a great evening.

We hope you can make it along….

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The Janskys
‘When Silence Speaks’ album launch at
SHAKESPEARES, Gibraltar Street, Sheffield S3 8UB
Friday 12th July
Doors 8pm
Special guest Rhys Bethell
Tickets:£4 Advance Ticket/£9 CD&Ticket
£5 entry on the door


New Radio Broadcast of Janskys track Sat 6th July

Tomorrow morning Mog will be broadcasting his regular Saturday morning radio show ‘Standing In The Shadows Of Lev’ on Manchester’s community radio station Allfm.org.

As part of the show he will feature a track from WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS  by The Janskys.

Other tracks will include Alela Diane, The New Mendicants, Jake Mattison, Olympian, Tom Waits, Scud Mountain Boys, Calexico, Nancy Elizabeth, Hunx And His Punx and Booker T.

Available in the Manchester area on 96.9 fm, online or via Tunein or Allfm apps.




New Review (NOW THEN Magazine)

With preparations well under way for the launch gig for When Silence Speaks at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July, we are pleased to share another review of The Janskys‘ new album.


This time the review comes from NOW THEN magazine, a local publication run by Opus Independents.

Read the review here (scroll down page once linked through):


More info on Opus Independents:

“Opus Independents is a Sheffield based not-for-profit social enterprise which publishes a monthly free magazine called Now Then, operates a promotions, distribution and poster service and runs a variety of live spoken word workshops and events called WordLife. We also run regular music events and festival stages as Opus Presents in several venues around Sheffield UK.

We are a collective of individuals who are committed to creating and sustaining socially beneficial arts projects. We operate in a cooperative structure, sharing project ideas, workloads, and skill sets. We recognise that our society is increasingly apathetic, increasingly a mono culture of corporate consumerism and increasingly the cause not the symptom of disenchantment and poor quality of life.

We are committed to supporting local independent traders, charities, community groups, social enterprise and local government. We believe that it is these groups and organisations which not only give each community a uniqueness of character, but also allow a community to support its own agendas local economy and residents.”




Thank You – Release Day Event

We’d just like to say a big thanks to Alan and Joe at Rare & Racy for hosting a lovely When Silence Speaks album playback event at their shop last Saturday, they made The Janskys and their guests feel very welcome.  Also many thanks to those of you who made it down to Rare & Racy to have a sneak preview of the LP as it was released for general sale.

The afternoon started off with Pat and Damian playing a short acoustic set ahead of the CD being played back with beer, juice and a selection of sweets laid on for guests.

Pat & Damian at Rare & Racy 29th June 2013.         Photo by Richard Bolam

Amongst the surroundings of books and artworks the afternoon had the very relaxed feel of a literary or art exhibition launch, all very civilized.  Both the acoustic set and playback went down well, CDs were sold and the raffle for the LP sized canvas print of Mark Conway’s original artwork began.  The raffle will be drawn at the main launch event at Shakespeares on Friday 12th July.

In relation to this we are pleased to announce that Rhys Bethell will be the band’s special guest at Shakespeares. Tickets are available from Rare & Racy and also from wegottickets here: