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

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.

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 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.

Rhys 8

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….

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

Telegraph

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/what-s-on/music/music-matters-not-tight-jeans-1-5843186

The Star Black

http://www.thestar.co.uk/what-s-on/gigs-music/music-matters-not-tight-jeans-1-5843186

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.

NowThen

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):

http://nowthenmagazine.com/issue-64/albums/

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.”

http://opusindependents.com

http://nowthenmagazine.com

YOU CAN BUY TICKETS HERE FOR THE JANSKYS 12th JULY LAUNCH GIG: