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Today should have been Jo Cox’s 42nd birthday.  In remembrance we can help causes close to her heart:  Jo Cox

Below are the three causes the fund will be supporting:

The Royal Voluntary Service, to support volunteers helping combat loneliness in Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.

HOPE not hate, who seek to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities across Britain.

The White Helmets: volunteer search and rescue workers in Syria. Unarmed and neutral, these heroes have saved more than 51,000 lives from under the rubble and bring hope to the region.

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In a world that sometimes seems hostile and hopeless, so full of cynicism and bile, surely it is better to reach out to each other across nations to build a better place for us all, based on respect, dignity and co-operation? We will be voting REMAIN tomorrow.

Hens’ Teeth & The Lancastrian Pedaller Frog

  • Hens’ teeth
  • Rocking horse poo
  • Affordable housing in London
  • Trevor Brooking heading the winning goal in a FA Cup final
  • The Tories actually caring about the most vulnerable in our society
  • Piers Morgan turning out to be a decent human being
  • Time slowing down as you get older
  • Peace, love and understanding across the globe
  • Ordering a meal in an Indian restaurant and refusing the poppadoms and pickle tray
  • The Janskys playing a gig

Unlikely things indeed….

…. wait a second, no no sorry the Tories really don’t care. But hang on a minute – a couple of those items on the above list may actually be possible…..

It has been pointed out that West Ham did in fact beat Arsenal 1-0 in the 1980 FA Cup Final with (Sir) Trevor Brooking indeed scoring the winning goal with an extremely uncharacteristic header! Happy days, hazy memories of youth.  Evidence your honour: westhamsweetvictory

Mmmm, so what’s the other possibility from the list….  WTF – The Janskys are playing a gig!

The lost chord

The lost chord

Pat and Damian have collected their guitars from Miss Havisham’s house and dusted them down, and, after buying a copy of Bert Weedon’s ‘Play in a Day‘ they are pretty sure they both now know two of the three chords that most of their own tunes contain.  Whether it’s the same two chords we’ll have to wait and see.

Getting back on stage is surely like getting back on your bike, although the mental and physical scars from Damian’s childhood crash off his Noddy-car coloured bicycle still give him nightmares.

wheels of terror

wheels of terror

However, these scars are not as bad as the night tremors he has suffered since casting eyes upon Pat in full lurid green cycling lycra looking like some lesser spotted Lancastrian pedaller frog.

Anyway, the lads are happy to announce that they will be doing a wee slot at Wagon Wheel Media’s Tramlines event on Sunday 26th July 2015 at Shakespeares.  The Janskys will be onstage at about 3.30pm for a rare 30 minute performance.  A full listing for the event can be found here: Wagonwheelmediatramlines2015 .  This Tramlines fringe event is free and will feature a whole host of great acts across two stages.

Hope to see you there.

JB, July 2015

With 2014 nearly over silence finally speaks…..

Apologies for the lack of communication but 2014 has been a rather quiet year in the land of The Janskys…..

As reality has bitten, work commitments have meant the guys have rarely been in the same postcode to get together and work on new material – even finding time to rehearse for gigs has proved difficult.  So, in terms of a public presence, for now, The Janskys are currently hibernating….

But, rather than just leaving Sawayaka Sheffield sitting there silent as The Janskys slumber, we may occasionally post some random ramblings on music and other things we find inspiring and of interest.

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It just leaves us to wish you and yours a relaxing Christmas and all the best for 2015.

 

Sawayaka Sheffield
December 2014

The Janskys go to University…

Press Conference? Huh? by The Janskys?

It was Friday 13th December 2013 when The Janskys found themselves about to start their first ever press conference sitting in a room at the University of Huddersfield facing a group of Music Journalism students….  Tick, tick, tick, gulp, trickle of sweat.

Wind back a good six months to the manic days of trying to promote The Janskys new LP ‘When Silence Speaks’ to press, radio & online.  Pat and Damian were regularly hunched and huddled around Pat’s kitchen table launching emails into the ether and stuffing CDs into envelopes.  One such targeted journalist was Dave Simpson of The Guardian.  Regularly reading Dave’s articles in The Guardian’s Friday Film and Music section and having met him the previous year at a music conference in Leeds, Damian thought that he may be interested in the band’s new offering.  Sending the CD to The Guardian’s main address for Dave’s attention was always a gamble.  Nothing was heard back.  Ah well.

Close to the LP’s release a track off the album was played by Shed Seven’s Rick Witter on York’s Minster FM and, while listening in, the band heard that Dave Simpson was to be a guest on Rick’s show the following week.  Damian asked Rick to mention to Dave that the band were trying to contact him…..  If you don’t ask you don’t get….

Result!  Rick was able to get Dave’s non work email off him and passed it on.  So, the band blurbed an email over to Dave and waited.

Well, when Dave did get in touch the band’s integrity flew out the window and fantastical dreams of guitar shaped swimming pools began to formulate while anticipating the ensuing Guardian feature on The Janskys and LP review.  A reality check soon occurred when reading down Dave’s email…..  He could not write about the band in The Guardian…  Hopes dashed then, better throw away the letter of resignation to their day jobs.  It did transpire though, that, as well as writing for The Guardian, Dave Simpson was also a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield and as such was happy to offer to have the band in to be interviewed by some of his Music Journalism students.  Sounds like a bit of fun… ok….  He’d be in touch in the autumn term to arrange.

Pat, Damian and producer Colin Bradley were by now fast forwarding to hibernation mode, after the frenzied activity around the launch of the LP, when Dave contacted Sawayaka Sheffield in the late autumn to pin down a date for the ‘Press Conference…’  Huh? Press Conference?  Thought it was going to be an interview with a few students not a public inquisition?  Colin and Damian were seen packing bags to run to the hills, talking in public was never their strong point – Colin always peering from behind his laptop and mixing desk in the seclusion of the studio and Damian always seen lurking at Pat’s side at gigs only engaging with the microphone during song.  Knocking Colin and Damian’s heads together Pat said the bruises represented positive thoughts and they should use them as symbols of self belief.  A sales manager by day, public speaking is like….. erm, speaking for Pat, and he believed it would be fun and a new experience.  Right-o, let’s do it then.

The date was fixed for Friday 13th (Dec), uh oh this could be ominous, and the trio met up with Dave at the Uni before being fed to the lions.  Dave explained he would lead the Q&A and step in if the students’ questions dried up.  He also dropped the bombshell that the event would be recorded, but purely as an aide memoire for the students who were to write up an article based on the forthcoming grilling.

Over the next 45 minutes Dave steered the group of students through the Q&A.  Rather like the members of the band, some of the students were more confident than others. They threw a range of questions from ‘influences’, ‘the process of recording’, ‘collaborations’ and ‘the music scene in Sheffield’.  Pat gamely held court, with Colin somehow getting a Stockhausen reference into proceedings and Damian just about managing to control his beetroot head blushing.  The students did seem to engage with the scenario and Dave added depth by qualifying certain references that the band mentioned.  The lucky student who asked the best question was given a copy of ‘When Silence Speaks’ .

Looking back it can be said it was a fun, different and slightly surreal experience and we at Sawayaka Sheffield wait with interest to read any of the students outcomes should they be made public.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and his students for being gentle with the band.

 

Other news in brief:

  • The lads had a great time playing at The Greystones on Fri 24th January with an audience who were amazingly quiet during performance and showed a great appreciation of the show.  The night was a real highlight in Pat and Damian’s live work together.
  • Finally, Pat and Damian have been demoing some new material (some of which has been road tested live in various ways).  They are hoping to record again with Colin their producer later in the spring.

Happy New Year BTW (just snuck in on the last day of January so still vaguely relevant!)

Sawayaka Sheffield News

Live News

Continuing gigging as a duo, with occasional guests, The Janskys are happy to announce a few new dates for the forthcoming months.

First up is a slot next Thursday, 5th December, at the Pocket Music night at Sheffield’s Red Deer.  Music starts at about 8.30pm and the lads will be performing at about 9.30pm.  Free Entry.

The Janskys (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Friday 24th January 2014 sees the band return to The Greystones in Sheffield with a show supporting local singer songwriter Julian Jones appearing with his full band.  Julian and his band produce a lush mixture of pop, indie and country.  This gig is the first time The Janskys have played at The Greystones since early 2012 when they supported Pete Williams of Dexys.

After that the next gig currently booked is on Thursday 27th March and sees the band head to pastures new playing their first ever Manchester show with a slot at the Fallow Cafe promoted by Sideways Saloon.  The lads are very much looking forward to this jaunt across the hills.

We are also currently in discussions to try and secure dates for the band in Leeds and Derby.

More details can be found here:  www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/live-shows

 

Other News

As well as receiving a great critical response to When Silence Speaks, (examples of press quotes can be found here:  www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk), we have also being getting great feedback regarding the artwork of the LP – pictured below for any of you who haven’t seen it yet ;-).

The Janskys’ LP ‘When Silence Speaks’ – Artwork by Mark Conway

As a result we are looking into ways of helping to curate a new exhibition of work by the artist Mark Conway.  Discussions are at a very early stage but we are hopefully looking at late spring/early summer next year.  Watch this (art)space…

October Update – One in, One out

The Janskys, Shakespeares, 16th Oct 2013 (original photo by Craig Allen)

 

Well, October has turned into somewhat of a topsy turvy kind of a month.

An extra gig added at short notice and a long planned appearance cancelled at even shorter notice.

In recent months we have been in contact Sheffield based promoters Wagon Wheel Media and a couple of weeks ago they got in touch to offer The Janskys a wonderful support opportunity at Shakespeares in Sheffield playing with touring American acts Eef Barzelay of indie Americana band Clem Snide and Chris Otepka of The Heligoats.

The evening of Wednesday 16th October turned into a great night with Pat and Damian chuffed to be on the same bill as such talented understated song smiths as Eef and Chris.  Intimate performances in front of an appreciative audience.  Wonderful.

Next morning Damian was struck down with a cough and cold which took the wind out of his sails and the voice out of his throat.  Let’s blame those Americans picking up and passing on autumnal cold bugs as they wend their way around the British Isles ;-).   Anyway, hoping things would improve by Sunday 20th October for the scheduled Oxjam performance which was booked months ago, The Janskys decided on the day itself to cancel as things had not improved and their current set depends more than ever on the interplay of vocals between Pat and Damian.   Sure the old man’s on the mend now….

 

More News soon….  wishing you all well.

September Update – New Gig / New LP Review

With the last hurrah of summer squeezed out it’s time to look forward to the turning colours of autumn.   Working hard at their studio HQ, The Janskys are currently writing new material and are hoping to play a selection of shows between now and the end of the year.  After a great night at The Green Room at the start of the month as part of Sheffield Sound’s 1st Anniversary celebrations the band will be appearing live again in October.

On Sunday 20th October Pat and Damian will be playing a set as part of Oxjam Steel City’s all day Takeover event.  Full details can be found here: https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/live-shows/

The Janskys live at Sheffield Sound’s 1st Anniversary celebrations – The Green Room 4th Sept 2013 (photo by Gerard Morgan)

 

Also, the slow burn of the recently released LP WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS continues with another review surfacing, this time in the printed pages of R2 Magazine.  The publication comes out every two months and the review can be found in the September/October issue.

Details of the review can be found here: https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/reviews/r2-rock-n-reel-septemberoctober-2013-volume-2-issue-41/

For those of you still to pick up a copy of the LP you can do so here: https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

Sawayaka Sheffield and The Janskys really appreciate your continued support and hope to clink a pint glass with you at some point down the line.

All The Best

 

Janskys’ drummer in London-Paris charity bike ride

Live is where they really come into their own, and they look thoroughly humbled to be onstage playing their carefully crafted songs in a manner that was tighter than Bradley Wiggins shorts.

From TOAST, issue 40, live review of The Janskys.

On closer inspection the comment linking The Janskys to cycling royalty Sir Bradley Wiggins is more appropriate than you’d think.  It is well known amongst the band’s inner circles that singer Pat is a keen cyclist having completed the coast to coast (C2C) cross Pennine trail last year and already completing two Triathlons this year.  Producer Colin has also been known to head out into the countryside on a two wheeled vehicle with no motor racking up many miles for…   fun?

Now, it turns out Liam, the band’s drummer,  has been picking up the cycling bug too building up his calves and thighs on the quiet and will be undertaking an epic London to Paris charity bike ride on 4th-8th September.2013-05-24 12.25.13

Here’s Liam to explain:
I will cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.  They are UK based charity that provide infomation, research education and support for people, families and friends affected by MS.  I work as a Multilple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist in Sheffield and have first hand experience of this autoimmune disease that affects some 100, 000 people in the UK. 

For more information contact www.mstrust.org.uk

I have never in my life tried anything like this before and it’s something I have to do not only for myself but for people with MS.  Please donate what you can as I ‘haul my ass’ across France “.

If you’d like to sponsor Liam please do so here:
uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/liamrice

Liam will be swopping the drummer's stool for a bike saddle for 4 days - OUCH! (photo by Kitty)

Liam will be swopping the drummer’s stool for a bike saddle for 4 days – OUCH! (photo by Kitty)

Another part of Liam’s fundraising efforts is an evening of live soul, blues and Motown on Friday 16th August at the Cross Scyths Pub www.crossscythes.co.uk, under the guise of Dee & The Myelinations
featuring Moony and Kitty from Liam’s other band Speed For Lovers and Stu from The Sharpbeats (& recently seen playing bass for The Janskys) and guests.  So get on down to get on down!

deeandthemyelinations

We wish Liam all the best in his amazing efforts for a fantastic cause.  All we ask is that he keeps the lycra for the saddle and not the drummer’s stool…. Seriously, Pat doesn’t need any encouragement to introduce the stretchy rather unflattering fabric into The Janskys stage wear!!

Addendum: With regards to cycling and not wanting to be left out, Damian has revealed that he watched some of the cycling on TV at last year’s Olympics and that his house is on the proposed route when the Tour de France wends its way through Yorkshire in 2014.

New Live Review & more photos from launch gig

Following the success of last month’s LP launch gig for WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS by The Janskys at Shakespeares, we thought we’d share a few more of Gerard Morgan’s photographs of the evening to tie in with the publication of the August issue of TOAST magazine which features a review of the night in question.
The Janskys L-R: Liam, Pat, Stu, Damian  (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys L-R: Liam, Pat, Stu, Damian (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Rhys Bethell accompanied by Laura Thompson (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Rhys Bethell accompanied by Laura Thompson (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

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

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

Since the launch gig our good friend and special guest on the night, Rhys Bethell,  has moved to Newcastle on his next big adventure and we wish him and Rosie all the best further up country.

The free issue 40 of TOAST Magazine is widely available throughout Sheffield.  The online version of the review can be read here:
http://www.toastmagazine.net/reviews/live/the-janskys-the-shakespeare-12713/

Currently the band is taking a few weeks off after a hectic few months. Pat has headed off to Cornwall for a spot of surfing, Damian will be heading to the Green Man Festival and Liam is preparing for his bike trek from London to Paris on 4th September in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust (more about this in our next blog).

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.

When Silence Speaks - The Janskys

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