Thank You for the Music

Just want to thank all the people who helped make the tour so special. Bruce Knapp of course on guitar, mandolin and dobro!!! To many people to thank but we can start with, the sound engineers, Fester Duncan and  the venue people, Ali Orbaum, Wendy Sergeant , Val Regan and Kirsty Martin for saying yes  – rallying singers to come and join us – Thank you to Fiona, Stacey, Caroline, Angie, Maureen in Sheffield, Dave Julia, Tom, Fran, Wendy Liz and Sian Jane Pearl, and Reuben Tourettes for supporting so beautifully  in Monmouth and Lesley for singing. The Bishopsgate Singers and Tubthumping Chorus and Gregory in London. The Sing for Water Scratch choir, Roaring Troman and Barley Rye Choir ( plus mum) in Bristol. Hullabaloo, Kate Su and Em in Brighton. Sean, Brendan, Allyn, Kerry and Matt from the Tredegar Town band for gigs in Monmouth and Bristol. Matt for helping Paul with Sound in Monmouth at the last minute and Bob Karper for filming in London Bristol and Monmouth. Sheena for squeezebox in London. Shula  and Elizabeth for camera holding. Siggy for helping with merchandise and travelling games in the  car in the middle of the night. Everyone who came to  watch and listen. All forgotten people will be added as the brain comes back after more sleep….
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3 Bucket Jones – Croydon Radio 11th March 2016

We are going again and are playing 6 songs live for broadcast on Friday 11th at 7pm on Jason Ross ‘Bound in Music’. we did the show in October 2014.. IMG_2842 - Version 2wow how time flies!

If you missed the last live radio show with Jason you can hear it through this link and its the third click on the page! The studio is now bigger so I will be able to fit my massive keyboard in..watch out there are recorders and kazzoos, guitars with 4 strings and six strings and keyboards and only 4 hands!

3 Bucket Jones, Kate Bush, Dave Gilmour

We had a good radio week for an  broken-band ( !) band . ON Sunday night on Severn FM  we  heard Dave Gilmore  ‘In any Tongue’ segueway into the 3 Bucket Jones’ track  ‘Gravity ‘  which will be on the impending second album. On Friday night on Croydon Radio  we heard a track from 3 Bucket Jones’ first album,  ‘Mended’ segueway  into Kate Bush’s  ‘This Woman’s Work’…A nice link…. three of Unknown-4us?

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A Real Celebrity

Tonight we are on Severn Fm.. On the Mystery Train.vA brilliant show overseen by Alex Huskisson – a track I should say between 10pm and midnight…Never might we be real celebrity like The Count..but just to be brushing shoulders in the super furry highway that is the internet firmament . Who knows. Some of his celebrity may rub off on us.count arthur strong

Have a sneek listen to one of the tracks from the new album starring the Tredegar Town Band

Count Arthur Strong and 3 Bucket Jones

Trombone+Girl+tst We are on Severn Fcount arthur strongM again tonight and C.A.S retweeted one of my tweets. countarthurstrongHere he is in Monnow Valley Recording studio with me – on my t-shirt- the legend that is Count Arthur Strong.
I hear he plays the trombone, so if the Tredegar Town Band need a deputy I shall see if he will oblige.  Imagine what that would do for our profile. I wonder if he would be in our next video…I shall ask…Probably will not have time, what with him being such a doyen of light entertainment and all. …if he is to busy I shall ask the lady with the lovely hat.

The Tredegar Town Band Come to Visit

About 2 weeks ago, we were listening to one of the tracks for the new album and Gitika wistfully remarked how she would love to hear a Brass band at the end. Well one thing lead to another and two weeks later an octet from the magnificent Tredegar Town Band arrived at Monnow valley and played on sections of 4 of the track for album number 2. Snippets of video of the band in the studio conducted by Gitika….when the album is released you will be able to name those tunes ! A really exciting session day. 

Severn FM Radio – 3 Bucket Jones

Alex Huskisson presents a great radio show on Severn FM  on a Sunday Night called Mystery Train and the last 2 sunday nights has played tracks of ours, last week it was our new track ‘Love Called You Home’ and this week an acapella cover of Dylan’s “Make You Feel my Love’. The show this Sunday 24th may was a Bob Dylan Birthday special so were on the bill with some fantastic Bob Dylan track s and some amazing cover that included Diana Krall, Patti Smith, Jimmy Hendrix Roxy Music to name but a few…what an honour. Here are the links and the track lists for both shows if you fancy catching up!

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Album Number 2 – ‘Love Called You Home’

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So we went back to Monnow Valey Valley Studios for the last three days of March and wrote and recorded 4 new songs. One is a melancholic lullaby about letting go of a dying parent. The title was inspired by a Peggy Seeger song, Love Call Me Home, at the moment the working title for this song is ‘Love Called You Home’. Would love you to have a listen.

Return to Monnow Valley Studio

Hi! This is Official Guest Blogger Curtis ElVidge. I’m the assistant engineer at Monnow Valley Studio, the place where 3 Bucket Jones began, and the place they’re at right now, writing and recording. I’m here to give you the lowdown on what Gitika, Andy and Garry are up to.

The Author and the Artists at Work
The Author and the Artists at Work

The band have been in the studio since sunday, composing and recording together all day every day. In the first four days they have written five songs almost entirely from scratch, ranging from unfinished ambient sketches to victorian horror movie themes – all via psychedelic folk of course.

I’ve been impressed by the variety of instruments they’ve taken with them as well – a lot of which fall in the “cruel and unusual” category. We’ve got electronic tampuras, fretted violins and a hurdy-gurdy. Even better is they actually know how to play them. Garry also has an impressive set of software synths and it’s great to see a band so rooted in folk so happy with the electronics.

But that’s far from the only trick Garry has up his sleeves. The guy is also a pretty fearsome chef, with my highlight being the local sausage and parma ham toad-in-the-hole. A fresh twist on an old classic!

Hard @ Work
Hard @ Work
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Garry & Andy

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned tomorrow –

because tomorrow is suit day down at the studio!

3 Bucket Jones ..Live Radio Podcast

If you missed the live radio spot here is the link for the podcast. PODCAST LINK CLICK HERE

Andy and I really enjoyed the programme…squeezed into the small but perfectly formed Croydon Radio studio with DJ Jason Ross who was warm and relaxed. We played 6 songs, 4 from the album ( tracks 1, 2, 7 , 8 ) and two new tracks . Jason played the last track of the album. Bring it on Radio 6 and 2!IMG_2842 - Version 2

THE 3 BUCKET JONES SHOP – the latest news

31st August is the one year anniversary of 3 Bucket Jones meeting as a writing team at a BASCA songwriting retreat!  It is the one year anniversary of the first track of the album ‘Goodbye to Forever’ to be written.

So here we are, a year later owning a  cyber song shop full of wares. At the moment, it feels a bit like the equivalent of a stall at the local farmers’ market, but it is open all hours. Yesterday Gitika sat in the shop all day eating ginger nuts and swigging Yorkshire tea, and the first and last customer did not arrive until 11pm! This was great,better than no customers at all, but Gitika may have to start a little sideline, like knitting cup cakes, or reading vintage telephone directories. Every faith that trade will pick up when people start spreading the word!shop

THE SONG THAT STARTED IT ALL

 

We met, we wrote and recorded the first version of this song almost as strangers in one day of a songwriters’ retreat run by BASCA at Monnow Valley Recording Studio, near Monmouth Wales, and  in the next 24 hours  decided to form a band and  make an album, which is so  nearly done.

This is the first track on the album, as it was the first one we wrote together.

3 Bucket Jones

 

Hallo and welcome to the world that is 3 Bucket Jones. We met at a songwriting retreat organised by BASCA at the end of August 2013…wrote one song together and knew we had more…We have created an album of 10 songs and there are so many more waiting in the wings already. It is nearly June 2014 and the album is being mastered and pressed, and the Cd cover is being designed as we speak.  P1120700