Welcome Back and Happy New Year to all our friends. Having taken a proper Christmas break for once, it is now business as usual at Cold Flame HQ..
Tour dates 2013
All the latest confirmed concerts and festival dates booked for Cold Flame including Jethro Tull tribute shows and The Rob Barnes Band are now posted on the new 2013 gig guide here on the official website. In addition Cold Flame dates have now also been posted on a number of regional and national gig guides including Ents 24 where you can also find a potted history of the band, photos and several mp3's of the band's original music. Further dates will be posted as new bookings are confirmed. Following the success of last year's Cold Flame Jethro Tull tribute concerts, the band are pleased to announce further tribute shows for this year featuring the band's five piece tribute line up. Material performed will include many Tull favourites as well as a number of lesser known tunes and stage antics. Rehearsals are currently ongoing in preparation for these shows - the first of which is on Saturday January 26th at The Moses Gate music venue, Bolton in Lancashire. Check out the venue website for further details www.mosesgate.co.uk
Subscribers to the international Jethro Tull fanzine A NEW DAY will be interested to learn that Cold Flame will be featured in the next edition of the magazine to be printed early Spring. Additional information relating to all Cold Flame gigs can be found on the band's face book and twitter pages whilst information relating specifically to the band's links with Jethro Tull can be found at jethrotull.proboards.com
This month Cold Flame are pleased to announce that they are teaming up with north west recording studios Stage Side Productions based in Rochdale who will be recording an entire live concert for possible future album release. The recording company who are based in Rochdale offer quality state of the art 32 track mobile and studio recording, production and editing and can be reached at www.stage-side.co.uk. Having worked with the experienced team, the band are happy to recommend Stage Side Promotions to anyone thinking of capturing their live or studio sound. More news on this project soon.
Christmas Concert Dec 2012
Just before the festive break, Cold Flame performed a Christmas acoustic concert in Glossop, Derbyshire. The event was organised to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society. As a result of the band's efforts, £335 was raised in the fight to find a lasting cure for dementia. The band would like to take this opportunity in thanking their home town fans and friends for their support and generosity in making the night both an enjoyable and successful finale to the year.
In the words of a famous supermarket chain 'every little helps'. For many years, the band has received support and occasional airplay on a number of local radio stations most especially High Peak Radio, Mansfield Radio and Chorley FM. During the last few weeks however, several regional English radio stations have also 'discovered the band' and as a result, the band has enjoyed considerable radio coverage of their original music leading to much positive feedback both from DJ's and punters alike. These radio stations have included Radio Trent and Radio South Wales. Band leader Patrick even did a twenty minute phone interview with DJ Dan James on Radio South Wales just before Christmas. BBC Radio Leeds are now set to feature the band's acoustic music as part of their folk coverage having given rave reviews for the most recent Flame studio release 'The Acoustic Collection'.
Band marketing has undergone a revamp and it has been decided to reduce prices for all Cold Flame products currently available from the band as from January 2013. Albums, posters etc are all available - see the new Shop page here on the website.
Band photos and You Tube
Having amassed some cracking photos during the last few months of the band both live on stage as well as on location on the Derbyshire moors, the website gallery has now been completely updated. The band face book pages which are now being run by our good friend James Peters has also provided an opportunity for new photos of the various band line ups and gigs to be displayed for all to see. Praise and thanks are due to a number of photographers who have captured the band in vatrious guises during the last few months including Amanda Carter, Peter Gates, John Samuel and Mike Prendergast. The band would also like to thank Colin and Val Shaw for their tremendous support throughout last year and their contribution to Cold Flame You Tube moments. Surfing You Tube will certainly provide many opportunities to check out audience vids of Cold Flame and The Rob Barnes Band in live action.
Janus - Remastered Gravedigger Album
As many of you will know Cold Flame band member Keith Bonthrone was an original member of Janus the prog rock band who signed with Harvest in the early 1970's and recorded the album Gravedigger in 1972. The album went gold and for a number of years Janus performed across Europe releasing a couple of further studio albums before hanging up their boots. Several brief reappearances have been made by the band over the years including a short period in 1997 with the Cold Flame rhythm section of Keith and Patrick together with guitarist and main man Colin Orr, singers Paul Phoenix and Natalie Brown, guitarist Paul May, keyboard player Chas Duncan [Cold Flame's keys player on the Stormcloud album] Dean Houston on sax and cello player Sandy Bartei. Work in the studio was enough to create a brand new album, "Agnus Dei 2000", which was picked up by a major European label, Arcade Music, who released it in November 1998, with genuine support through TV advertising and a first class video for the title track from the album. This album sold in the thousands, and was released in countries as diverse as Taiwan and Portugal. A single from this album made the Canadian charts. EMI acquired the original master tapes last year and this has now led to the official release of a brand new remastered version of the Gravedigger album with additional bonus tracks. As a testament of the band's niche in prog rock circles, Record Collector magazine has a big feature on Janus and the remastered album in this month.s edition.
2013 sees Cold Flame enter its twenty ninth year as a live and studio act. This is no mean achievement in the often fickle world that we live in today and despite many hiccups along the way the band are still burning the blues. It is therefore perhaps a poignant time to reflect on the good times we have had over the years as purveyors of quality rocking blues, folk rock and acoustic music. It is also perhaps a time to reflect on absent friends and musicians alike who we have had the good fortune to meet along the way. Finally where would we be without an audience. Cold Flame would like to take this opportunity of thanking friends and fans alike who continue to show an interest in the band and the music. Do keep in touch with all band news here at www.coldflame.com as well as on the band's face book and twitter pages.
Be seeing you... Cold Flame January 2013.
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