‘You can emerge at any age, its all about what comes out of the speakers.’ …Tom Robinson
‘ 3 Bucket Jones – I think you did it in the right order‘ …Peter Gabriel (shame he was talking about living in the city or the provinces and not about the music, but I can dream..the thing was he did talk to me’.. Gitika)
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 . They decided then and there to make an album. THREE albums down the line, the first 2 written recorded and produced by Andy, Garry and Gitika – mixed by Liam Ross, the newest without Garry – 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 second 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. Their first UK tour in 2016 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, and have release 12 singles- one a month since March 2017 which was released as album number three on 25th May 2018.
The collective continues to change… the core members being –
Gitika Partington – Singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, community choir leader composer and vocalist. She made her first record at the age of 6 with the ‘Partington Family Singers’ Mum, Dad, Brother ( who is now a member of the Roaring Tromen..cool sea shanty group) and Sister and has been making music full-time ever since – too many bad bands to mention, too many rejections to be reminded of.SO many glorious moments when she said ‘take me now! life can’t get any better than this!’ Poverty and Richness of spirit run deep in the family DNA – as does emphysema and PTSD ( both her granddads died at the age she is now – Coal Miners and WW1 survivors and her Dad, a magnificent singer had TB and spent his first 10 years in a sanatorium keeping all the other kid’s spirits up). Gitika leads 3 large non-audition community choirs in London, an inner city primary school choir and writes and arranges music for voice and instrumental ensembles. Gitika has 4 acapella books published by OUP and Novello and has acapella arrangements on new website choircommunity.net 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 . Her personal gitikapartington youtube channel of videos of her community choirs and videos for kids has had over half a million hits. She has never had any laurels to sit on and has been on the coal face of the music world all her life. She works really hard and is a single handedly responsible for the websites, the designs, the distribution, the videos, the social media and often the recording and is obviously really bossy ! ( women yawn)
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 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 spent several years helping emerging artists get a first foot on the ladder such as Jack Garratt and The Staves when life was a bit more fruitful and there were apples to spare – as Andy is one of the loveliest, kindest people on the planet – but that was then. Now we are back to recording in the bedrooms…..Great places to be. Don’t let anyone tell you that size is everything. Great music can happen in very small spaces too.
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. 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 the second album 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 has been 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 shows. 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).
Listen to us on BBC6 or on the podcast thanks to the championing work of Mr Tom Robinson LISTEN HERE