Cold Flame have always been an exciting live act. Not surprisingly press coverage and venue reaction to the band's concert performances have given massive thumbs up approval and further enhanced their reputation. Here are several quotes taken from a variety of sources during the last couple of years proving the band's worth in the field of rock and blues music
SPORTS IN PERFECT HARMONY Press release review September 2004
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
The album begins with a version of the Judy Garland tune which owes more than a passing nod to the version recorded more recently by Eva Cassidy.It is amazing to realise that when school pupils Jeni Caldwell and James Fay originally recorded this last year ,they were both only thirteen years old .Their talent is awesome .Originally recorded at home on the Fayze 2 mobile this version has been mixed like all the other material at Glossop's Shipwreck Studios .
COUNT ME OUT AGAIN
A bouncy up tempo tune with a jazzy blues feel which features fourteen year old singer and pianist Joan Carr as well as Cold Flame flautist Ben Daglish who happens to be a bit older .This song is about friendships not always working out and the consequences if that happens yet somehow the piece manages to remain musically and vocally optimistic .
THE SEVEN SEAS
The title track from the last album shortened considerably from its original eight and a half minutes length to a more manageable five mins for this project yet it loses none of its power .Jeni gets a real opportunity to shine on this moving piece and there is an excellent vocal chorus harmony with James Fay who readers may know as being part of young Hadfield band Fayze 2 .The tune champions the life of the deep sea fisherman who risks life and limb even today to make a living and feed the family . The coast line around the Cherbourg peninsula in Normandy , France inspired much of the imagery .Even today there are still many working ports , the seas remain treacherous as do the many submerged rocks . Sadly all too often crews make a one way trip . In September 2003 a four man crew sailing from Portbail a small seaport approximately twenty miles from Cherbourg floundered off the Alderney coast and sank with the loss of all on board including the youngest member of the party - just nineteen and his first time .The Seven Seas is dedicated to the memory of this ill fated crew whilst also recognising the bravery of those who continue to ply their trade in this manner .
Cold Flame do the 'diddly-diddly' .For most of us a helping hand can prove very useful and if you are a believer in guardian angels , then this tune may ring some bells . We are joined by our good friend Dara Decogan fresh from the Halle Orchestra and his trusted and highly expensive violins . Lead vocalist Joan Carr and Cold Flame drummer Dave Slater in the meantime trade vocal parts giving almost a child like lullaby feel to the song which is very much in the Irish celtic mode....a happy bouncy tune to dance the night away.
Simple little acoustic tune with a catchy chorus and a haunting and evocative 3 part harmony flute riff thanks to the SPH flute ensemble . A song all about childhood memories which vocalist Jeni Caldwell captures extremely well .Very fitting that in this new version [originally recorded for last year's THE SEVEN SEAS album.] that the song features children taking lead parts throughout especially in the vocal parts both solo and chorus .
THE HUNTSMANS DAUGHTER
The final tune on the album is an opportunity for the band to shine as an ensemble. This instrumental piece was only written in May but has already been played live as part of the band's renowned and highly rated Jethro Tull tribute show. Featuring Ben playing some superb whistle this piece is reminiscent of English folk music at its best -reminds one of Fairport Convention or maybe the Albion Band. Again as with the rest of the material ,the tune has a haunting feel to it . (Glossop Chronicle press release review September 2004)
''You can hear the music of prog/folk rock legends Jethro
Tull tomorrow night when leading tribute band COLD FLAME arrive in town to play
Hartlepool's premier venue - The Studio.The gig by the four piece Derbyshire
based celtic rock band promises to be a very visual one as the band has a dynamic
stage presence.They blend elements of folk,new age,blues and jazz as well as
stomping heavy rock. The gig is being recorded for a possible live album.Tickets
are selling well priced £5.The music starts around 8.45pm on what promises
to be a good
gig. TEL.01429 42440 for further details.'' (Newcastle Gazette 18th July 2003)
''Awesome as descibed...The four piece celtic rockers
played a great crossover blend of musical styles covering everything from folk,new
age,jazz and blues through to whole hearted stomping heavy rock making
them the leading Jethro Tull tribute band in theNorth.Watch this space they will be back.''(The Studio, Hartlepool July 2003)
''Many of you I know are already familiar with the excellent band COLD FLAME,but those of you who are not
would do well to check them out when they play a few special dates this summer.Not a Tull tribute band as
such,they do however include several Tull songs in their otherwise original set.Grabbing the horns by the
bull they are about to play a few gigs playing nothing but Tull music-should be good.More info and list of
their non-Tull gigs at www.cold-flame.co.uk If a trip abroad to see Tull seems a bit extreme you can always fall back on the Jethro Tull tribute bands..as mentioned earlier COLD FLAME are out and about spreading the word soon.'' (A New Day July 2003 issue 80)
The Tull Connection ....an extension of the highly rated north west
band COLD FLAME complete with extra
members including an Ian Anderson sound and look alike frontman!Songs covered included Cold Feet,Living in
the Past,Broadsword and God resy ye merry gentlemen.This was the first Tull tribute show at The
Limelight.Eagerly awaited,the band did not disappoint. (The Limelight Club, Crewe, August 2003)
''We were all hoping for an enjoyable show at The Limelight in Crewe
but we got a lot more than that.The
standard of musician ship in all four corners was very high.'' (Dave Shepherd,BCB Radio Bradford, August 2003)
''I heard you guys did a great show at The Witchwood on Sunday.Keep
up the good work.If you ever make it to
the States....let me know.I would like to see your act.'' (Vern, Jethro Tull Ring, August 2003)
"I don't know if the following band have been mentioned
in A NEW DAY...I'm talking about COLD FLAME.I came across them at a charity
gig at The Witchwood venue in Ashton under Lyne and they were excellent.They
did Dharma for one,Bouree and a raucous rendition of Loco breath plus a couple
of their own songs.Based in Glossop Derbyshire,I recommend them highly.Cheers,
Mark." EDITORS NOTE:"Yes Mark,I have heard them and they are indeed
excellent.I'll try to get more information on them in a future issue.DR.
(A New Day magazine July 2002)
"Blues rock of a high calibre indeed. A good crowd was entertained with musical excellence and more feeling than you could shake a stick at. Brilliant night....." (Nick Whittaker 'Loud and Proud' the Macclesfield Music Scene)
"This band deserve an audience .... give them a listen. If your taste is for good time rock and blues music then Cold Flame fit the bill." (Glossop Chronicle - staff reporter July 2001)
"Cold Flame on current form are just about the hottest band around .... maintaining a blistering pace in their marathon two hour performance which included old favourates like John Mayall's 'Checking up on my baby' and the self written tunes 'Need you by my side' and 'Snowy mountain'." (Mike Domakin - High Peak Music Critic)
"One of the top blues band on the local circuit today .... Cold Flame have blazed a trail throughout the North West armed with a collection of self composed songs." (Tameside AdvertiserJuly 2001)
"Glossop's premier band make a welcome and long overdue return .... Blues rockers Cold Flame delighted the crowds during Glossop Carninival Weekend. They have become an institution on the area's local music scene." (High Peak Courier July 2001)
"Cold Flame are well accomplished musicians who have performed many of the top North West venues. One of the more popular live acts around." (The Limelight Club, Crewe Spring 2001)
"One of the North's most well respected live bands, Cold Flame play a great cross over blend of blues, rock and jazz." (The Fishpond, Matlock Bath Spring 2001)
"This four piece play top rock 'n' blues." (The Witchwood, Ashton-under-lyne)
"Cold Flame's return to the Blues Club, Glossop during July was undoubtedly special .... a hot night of electric and texas blues." (Blues Club, Glossop)
"Cold Flame have been one of the best things to come out of Glossop in the last few years." (Glossop Chronicle September 2000)
"The band are now back with a vengeance with the release of their new album Stormcloud, a collection of top rock and blues tunes." (Buxton Advertiser December 1999)
"Cold Flame .... playing to an enthusiastic audience .... the high spot was Red House Blues, the band settling into a comfortable, earthy, slow groove and prompting Dan Hall into his best solo of the night." (Chris Lee, Manchester Evening News). To read the full Manchester Evening News article, click here.
"On the evidence of recent gigs in Huddersfield,this four piece
band from Glossop in Derbyshire are going to be something special.Catch them
while you can."
(Pulse Magazine March 2002)
"Cold Flame have got to be one of the best bands I have promoted
in years and I put on over 150 bands a year.I should know.Absolutely mind blowing.Real
professionals and a great bunch of lads."
(Neil Commer,Yorkshire rock promoter March 2002)
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