Greetings one and all and welcome back to another year in the life of Cold Flame. Having taken a lengthy Christmas and New Year break the band have now reconvened to work on studio and live material as we prepare for the months ahead. As usual there have been some slight modifications to the website generally and our webmeister Wal has sorted out some great photos taken by resident band photographer Stuart Steele taken from the band's recent winter '04 Tull tribute shows. Check out the About and Live sections to see just how gorgeous we all looked .A big thank you goes out to the Glossop community who have supported the release of the 'Sports in Perfect Harmony' cd raising well over £2500 for St.Philip Howard School. See you all soon....somewhere down the end of your road.
THE NEW BOY
After several months of discussion Cold Flame have decided to expand their line up. Our good friend and multi instrumentalist Davyd Simpson, has agreed to join the band primarily as the keyboard player in our Jethro Tull tribute shows. Davyd, who lives just down the road, will perhaps already be familiar to some having appeared as a guest musician on a couple of our Autumn shows. Further back in time Davyd was a regular on the Tameside folk scene and at one stage even ran his own folk club.During this period Davyd moonlighted occassionally with a couple of local rock bands.These days when not working for the govt. Davyd spends his time writing and recording his own compositions in his 16 track home studio. Add to this a healthy sense of humour ,a full head of hair and a lover of Tull music.....Make Davyd welcome as and when you see him on stage possibly wearing a vanilla white ice cream suit. Check out the message board as we have just given Davyd his own thread ie mates are able to tell the world just how our newest member ticks! In the meantime Simon having finally completed his studies at Stafford University has now entered the real world ie. the world of work and consequently due to new time constraints will be sharing guitar duties with the ever faithful Dave Conner.
THE GIG GUIDE
Flame fans will be pleased to know that new dates for 2005 are now being booked or negotiated even as we speak. Check out the gig guide for further details.Our first performance of the new year will be at one of our fave venues - The Cheshire Cheese in Buxton on Saturday Feb. 12th. Look forward to seeing lots of familiar as well as new faces at one of Derbyshire's premier venues. For more details talk to us on the night.
The support slot with Uriah Heep at Manchester's Academy a couple of months ago was a great success.It was tremendous to play alongside one of the all time British rock legends and to be appreciated by so many Heep fans particularly as our set consisted of material taken from our last two studio albums.The only real downer was the difficulty we had on the night of advertising our merchandise though email and message board feedback as well as ample use of the website shop shows we must have got something right ! Check out the official Uriah Heep website for further top coverage of the gig. Meantime for those of you who were not there here are some pics taken by Heep fans Adrian and Elaine.
A NEW DAY RECORDS
As announced during the Autumn, Cold Flame have just been signed up by A New Day Records.Unfortunately there has been a delay in sorting new pressings out but I am reliably informed by N.D.R. that sooner rather than later, this will be sorted. The national independant record company which specialises in contemporary rock, blues and folk music has an impressive client base which includes Martin Barre, Mick Abrahams,Martin Allcock,Clive Bunker,Steve Howe, Nine below Zero,Jackie Lynton,Vicky Clayton,The Mechanics.... to name but a few living legends . We are certainly in the company of great musicians and songwriters. Under the distribution deal our studio effort from 2003, The Seven Seas, will be the first Cold Flame album to be distributed nationally under the New Day Records banner. Meantime check out the record company website which you will find on our links page. More details soon.
COLD FLAME NEW ALBUMS
As previously mentioned in the Autumn, there are plans this year to rerelease both of Patrick's solo albums from the 1990's with bonus tracks,some of which feature other members of Cold Flame. More details soon. Additionally for all you Tull fans out there, there are recordings of our Tull tribute shows from both 2003 and 2004 that we are currently considering as viable live albums safely locked away in the vaults at Shipwreck Studios just itching to see the light of day. In 2002 the band released the studio album 'Still Burning the Blues' - a collection of new,unreleased and alternative studio recordings made over the previous five years. It seems that we are probably in the same position again in that we have a bunch of new and unreleased studio material which collectively we will look to release as a new album sometime this year under the working title 'Still Burning the Blues Vol. 2'. Watch this space.
Best wishes go out to Chapel en le Frith YR.11 schoolgirl Janet O'Toole and her musical friends who will be performing their version of Rollback from the Sports in Perfect Harmony album as part of a G.C.S.E. submission this summer.We wish Janet and her friends all the best and thank her for her excellent taste in music.
Funny who you bump into when enjoying the craic at Cropredy as you can see from the following two photo's taken at last year's annual Fairport bash in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside.Patrick sans beard snapped with Tull bassist Jonathon Noyce as well as New Day Records guru David Rees - note David's elder brother in the background and what the hell is that that David is carressing gently in his hands ?
Cold Flame Feb 2005
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