‘ 3 Bucket Jones – I think you did it in the right order’ …Peter Gabriel
‘You can emerge at any age, its all about what comes out of the speakers.’ …Tom Robinson
The evolution of 3 Bucket Jones started at a song writing retreat at Monnow Valley Studio in Sept 2013. The first song of the first album was written on the first day they met. Gitika Partington, Andy McCrorie -Shand and Garry Hughes – deciding then and there to make an album. Two albums down the line, written recorded and produced by Andy, Garry and Gitika -mixed by Liam Ross, the collective is continually evolving . Garry is now away – happily working in his preferred environment and time scale on his next his Bombay Dub Orchestra album and currently promoting his first album with the Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society. Andy and Gitika have taken the Buckets on the road with the help of glorious guitarist Bruce Knapp, a multitude of singers and 5 members of the Tredegar Town Band to form the 3 Bucket Jones supergroup -the next chapter in the collective’s story. The music, lately described as Bjork, Kate Bush meets Sgt Pepper – acoustic folk, smart pop – with radio tracks segued next to Dave Gilmore, Kate Bush and Antony and the Johnsons, can be heard here, on the website, Bandcamp, Soundcloud , Spotify, iTunes etc. They also have 5 videos to watch. They have just finished their first UK tour with the help of guitarist Bruce Knapp, 5 members of the world class Tredegar Town Band and over 300 singers from across the land. Their second album “Take These Ghosts” was released on 8th July 2016,
The collective continues to change… the core members being –
Gitika Partington – singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, composer and vocalist. She made her first record at the age of 6 with the Partington Family Singers and has been making music full time ever since – too many bands to mention. She also leads 2 large community choirs, a kids choir and writes and arranges music for voice and instrumental ensembles. Gitika has 4 acapella books published by OUP and Novello. She has twice taught the whole audience of the Royal Albert Hall a song, and has taught over 3000 kids music in Inner London Schools. She believes, as do Radio 2 folk awards, that it is never ever too late to shine brightly over the horizon. She is a massive Count Arthur Strong fan and great assistant chef in the studio. Her personal gitikapartington youtube channel has had over half a million hits.
Andy McCrorie-Shand – multi instrumentalist, arranger, producer and composer of music for film and tv – particularly for children, including the music for Rosie & Jim, The Twirlywoos and the Teletubbies – a national treasure- no less. Andy has a large collection of things with 4 strings. He was a founder member of the Prog-Rock band, Druid, (produced by Whispering Bob Harris), and worked with all sorts of musicians including Curved Air, Steve Howe, Leo Sayer & Sarah Brightman. He has spent several years helping emerging artists get a first foot on the ladder, such as Jack Garratt and The Staves – Jack just sent Andy his new album , it’s great! Andy is the best washer upper in the studio.
THE OTHER PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS
Garry Hughes – composer, producer, sound designer & owner of a large collection of vintage analogue synths. In the past has worked with Trevor Horn, Bjork and SAW ( you have to be certain age to know what that is). He is also the founder of the Bombay Dub Orchestra (BDO) an electronica/orchestral project whose albums have reached the #1 spot on iTunes World Music charts around the globe, as well as on leading US radio station KCRW. His newest project is the Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society with Harvey Jones in New York is on the move – they have recently mixed a track for the Silver Lake Chorus’ new remix album. His secret superpower ( not secret anymore) is that he is an excellent chef. If he invites you to a studio at meal times, don’t hesitate – say yes!
Bruce Knapp – Guitarist, Ukulele, Dobro Mandoline. Full -time professional musician. Bruce has over 30 years of experience playing around Britain and the rest of the world. He have played with numerous Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Folk and ‘World’ music bands. Bruce is a key player in the 3 Bucket Jones live journey and can wash-up under pressure ( a pre-requisite)
The Tredegar Town Band members joined 3 Bucket Jones on their second album and on their tour
and will hopefully be spending more time playing with them both recording and live in the future.
Singers in Every Town
– so far members of community choirs from London, Bristol, Brighton and Sheffield have sung backing vocals with the 3 Bucket Jones live show. There were over 300 singers on this tour from many choirs including- The Bishopsgate Singers, The Tubthumping Chorus (London) The Gasworks Choir ( Bristol) Outaloud ( Sheffield) Hullaballo ( Brighton).