Slightly later than planned but better late than never, welcome to another year in the life of Cold Flame as a live and recording band. Winter cobwebs have just about been swept away and the band are now well and truly active with lots of new projects both live and in the recording studio.
In the first part of 2010, Cold Flame are again set to perform regular rock and blues shows with some acoustic soirees thrown in mainly around the North of England and the Midlands with an emphasis on the band's original material with some selected classic rock/blues covers thrown in for good measure. During February Tim and Rob are touring England wearing traditional Indian outfits playing some major concert hall venues with an Indian classical music thirty piece ensemble Raga Jyoti complete with members of the Halle Orchestra Youth in settings like The Lowry in Salford and The Fairfield Halls in Croyden. Additional details can be found on Tim's myspace site which you will find linked on the Cold Flame profile page. Later in the year some members of the band will again be involved very briefly in big band function mayhem in their alter egos Big Chas and the Business. Meanwhile expect guest appearances from our flute toting friends Vicky Martin and Mark Parkinson on selected gigs during the next few months as the band maintain their commitment to performing music by Jethro Tull. Coincidently Jethro Tull will be touring the UK during March as part of their latest world tour that also takes in mainland Europe, North America and Canada with yet further dates to be confirmed for later in the year. Check out www.jethrotull.com for further details. Additional to those concerts already confirmed for the Flame in 2010, there are several other ideas/offers including festival appearances for the band currently being considered. Cold Flame are currently in discussions with promoters regarding further work in Europe and beyond though, as with all things in the music business, this is subject to the current economic climate, time slot availability and good old lady luck. Given the band's commitment to bringing their music to all corners this is as good an opportunity as any to highlight the band's interest in considering offers of work from all corners. Cold Flame can be booked for all manner of engagements and performances - public or private. Contact the band direct on myspace or alternatively by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In July 2009 the chaps spent some time recording at The Shed Studios in Romiley Cheshire. This resulted in a mini album/EP of five studio recordings being released just before Christmas 2009 featuring Patrick, Rob and Paul. Full details on this release can now be found in the Albums section of this website where details of Rob's solo album 'In Arms of the September Sun' which was also released last year can also be found. Further information can also be found on the Cold Flame Shop page which has been revamped and updated this month. During the last twelve months, the band have been beset by various difficulties mainly of an electrical/technological nature which have ended up with recording plans being shelved on a number of occasions at our main recording base - Shipwreck Studios in Glossop. However following the repair of some essential equipment, the chaps are now working with trusty engineer Paul Walster recording new electric and acoustic material - we will keep everyone informed on these recording projects as time goes by. Current thinking is that there will be new releases of both an electric and an acoustic studio album within the next twelve months which will feature all the current members of the band with some additional contributions from other guest musicians.
In recent years a number of Radio Stations in the North of England have supported the music of Cold Flame. Time to repay the favour and pass on details on the fine work that some of our radio friends have been doing on a daily/weekly basis. High Peak Radio has hosted several live sessions by the band over the last few years. They do an excellent job of highlighting arts and community events in the north of Derbyshire. You can tune in daily on 106.4 FM in Buxton and Glossop, 103.3 FM in the mid-High Peak and the Hope Valley, and 106.6 FM from the studios Recently the band were contacted by Jonathan Taylor - singer/songwriter and broadcaster based in Bradford who works for Drystone Radio and runs a weekly all acoustic show The Devils Train. We had the pleasure of meeting up with Jonathan last summer when performing at the Vienna Folk Festival. Jonathan recorded interviews and music during the course of the festival for an hour long radio special some of which can be heard on the acoustic myspace site. This programme features an interview with the band as well as several tracks recorded as background to other material. To find out more about Jonathon and his radio work log on to http://www.myspace.com/jonathantaylorbulgaria or check out Drystone Radio 106.7 fm Monday 6.00 pm: live feed: www.drystoneradio.com. Repeated on Phoenix 96.7 fm Listen worldwide on live feed: www.phoenixfm.co.uk Mondays at 11.00 pm. Roy Wetton is based near Mansfield and is involved with local community radio. He presents a weekly internet show at 7pm UK time every Thursday on Millside Hospital radio in Mansfield. Check out www.millsideradio.co.uk as well as Ashfield Community Radio. This is a top weekly programme running on a Thursday night with Roy demonstrating his fine taste in music. For more details about Roy's work log on to his website at ww.myspace.com/roywetton Chorley FM are very active in promoting live music from around the north west particularly from an acoustic perspective. DJ James Blatchley and his team run weekly programmes featuring the best in folk and acoustic music. A couple of years ago Cold Flame did an hour long special for Chorley FM which comprised interviews and live music. Check out the following site for more info www.myspace.com/jamieblatchley
Whilst both Cold Flame's acoustic and electric myspace sites are updated almost daily by the Flame crew, the overview remains the domain of the band's dot com site and our webmasters Vision Internet who have this month completed a number of changes to the site which brings things right up to date and even easier to follow. The importance of maintaining all three Flame websites is an essential part in keeping everyone informed about the band and this is something that is valued very highly. Lots of recent updates on all three sites have helped to bring band concerns right up to date. A suitable time therefore to highlight the important work being done on a regular basis by band crew members and Vision Internet in ensuring that things remain ship shape through the year. Well done chaps. Whilst recognising that band photos come under website maintenance, it is then appropriate to highlight the number of completely new and extensive photo albums that have been created on both myspace sites which cover the last decade of the band's history up to December 2009 and the sell-out show at The Partington Theatre in Glossop, Derbyshire - the band's home town Xmas special. There are some excellent live shots therein and we are very grateful for the enthusiasm shown over the last few years by our friendly and supportive photographers... Paul Carter, Stuart Steele, Peter Gates, Angus Leckie and Ray Hattrell.
Finally, Cold Flame would like to wish everyone good health and happiness throughout this year and would like to thank all friends and fans for their continued support for Flame music. After all without an audience things would feel rather dull. For all band enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be seeing you...Cold Flame Feb 2010.
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