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Title: Owl Service Return
Post by: Chris on October 27, 2013, 02:39:53 PM
Mike Harding tweeted yesterday...

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26/10/2013 22:14
Cracking new CD from The Owl Service here in the studio when I got back from Ireland - lots of lovely music.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2013, 03:26:55 PM
It's great news...and this is the first date they're playing, I think.

http://www.talkawhile.co.uk/yabbse/index.php?topic=41183.msg641367#msg641367

Here's the poster (pre Owl Service announcement)

http://www.talkawhile.co.uk/yabbse/index.php?topic=41183.msg638665#msg638665


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on August 01, 2014, 07:55:57 PM
Just posted on Facebook:

The Owl Service is recruiting...
With a new album project looming we're looking for musicians to become a permanent part of our little collective. We rehearse irregularly in Leigh-on-sea (near Southend, Essex) and we mostly only play shows in the south east of England a few times a year. If you play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums/percussion, strings, brass, woodwind, squeezeboxes (or anything else interesting), and you're not offended by the idea of fusing traditional British folksong with doom-rock, psychedelia and 'kosmische synth musik' then feel free to get in touch.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Angela on September 28, 2014, 08:02:22 PM
The Owl Service shall be playing at The Merge Festival, on the Riverside Stage by the Millennium Bridge, London on Saturday 4th October at 12 midday.

For those of you who know him, Dennis shall be playing with them.

 http://mergefestival.co.uk/merge-events-2014/2014/10/4/riverside-stage-4th-october


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Chris on September 28, 2014, 08:04:43 PM
Typical! I'm in Taunton until 5..... Grrr


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Angela on September 28, 2014, 08:06:28 PM
That's a shame, I was relying on you for some decent photos!


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: JJ (Joanna) on September 28, 2014, 08:23:32 PM

The Owl Service shall be playing at The Merge Festival, on the Riverside Stage by the Millennium Bridge, London on Saturday 4th October at 12 midday.

For those of you who know him, Dennis shall be playing with them.

 http://mergefestival.co.uk/merge-events-2014/2014/10/4/riverside-stage-4th-october


Fantastic news! Good luck Dennis. xx  [;-)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Dad Volt on September 28, 2014, 09:38:16 PM

The Owl Service shall be playing at The Merge Festival, on the Riverside Stage by the Millennium Bridge, London on Saturday 4th October at 12 midday.

For those of you who know him, Dennis shall be playing with them.

 http://mergefestival.co.uk/merge-events-2014/2014/10/4/riverside-stage-4th-october

Wow, that is fantastic!


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: DaviD J (was geriatrix) on September 29, 2014, 11:01:50 AM
The Merge Festival music event on 4th Oct sounds really interesting. Can't find any ticket info though. Does anyone know if this is free, or if not, how to get tickets?


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Jim on September 29, 2014, 11:17:50 AM

The Owl Service shall be playing at The Merge Festival, on the Riverside Stage by the Millennium Bridge, London on Saturday 4th October at 12 midday.

For those of you who know him, Dennis shall be playing with them.

 http://mergefestival.co.uk/merge-events-2014/2014/10/4/riverside-stage-4th-october

what is he doing with the owl service? playing guitar? drums? bagpipes? exotic dancing?


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Angela on September 29, 2014, 09:57:10 PM
Its a free event, I hope. I don't want to pay to see him!! Ha ha!  

Thanks Jim, I have this awful vision in my head of Dennis exotic dancing, but he will be playing guitar and I believe it shall be an acoustic set.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Angela on September 29, 2014, 10:01:06 PM
Says here that most events are free.

http://mergefestival.co.uk/about/


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Angela on October 04, 2014, 09:13:50 PM
Sadly the event was cancelled about an hour before it was due to start because of the rain.  We made the best of the day by having a pint of Youngs and wandered around being tourists in the rain.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Tasha on October 05, 2014, 12:27:24 PM

Sadly the event was cancelled about an hour before it was due to start because of the rain.  We made the best of the day by having a pint of Youngs and wandered around being tourists in the rain.

Thats so sad we had brilliant sunshine here so i hoped it would be same for you....


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 26, 2014, 06:18:34 PM
Next London gig is this lovely looking all-dayer South of the river.

Looking forward to it :-)

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Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Angela on October 26, 2014, 10:48:55 PM
and the latest EP

https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/three-inverted-nines-songs-for-halloween-2014


Dennis is playing on it.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2014, 06:54:44 AM

and the latest EP

https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/three-inverted-nines-songs-for-halloween-2014


Dennis is playing on it.


Fab.  The one track (Sistinas) currently available for streaming is truly outstanding (if rather atypical)
http://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/three-inverted-nines-songs-for-halloween-2014


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Chris on October 27, 2014, 09:50:13 AM

Next London gig is this lovely looking all-dayer South of the river.


In January? I don't think that place has any heating....


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2014, 10:00:15 AM


Next London gig is this lovely looking all-dayer South of the river.


In January? I don't think that place has any heating....


I'll bring a coat.  And dance.  Or something....  :)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Anne Dunn on October 27, 2014, 10:30:02 AM
I wonder if Nancy will stay around. She's coming back from Canada for the Bob Copper celebration the previous weekend.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 27, 2014, 12:42:06 PM

I wonder if Nancy will stay around.


Finger's crossed  :)  Wish I could make both events, but I can't and I'm arguably more musically attuned to the latter anyway.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 28, 2014, 08:36:28 AM
Just for the record (and because it hasn't been made explicit on the advertising to date I don't think) I checked with Steven and the gig will be wrapped up by 7pm...


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Anne Dunn on October 28, 2014, 08:52:42 AM
Now that makes it very appealing - easier to get home  :)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Chris on October 28, 2014, 09:06:13 AM
Indeed, the poster does say "An afternoon of....", so I guess we ought to have worked that out. Could still be jolly chilly.....


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Greg E on October 31, 2014, 07:50:25 PM
The EP is available to download today at any price you choose (including free).

I think its only available like this today, given its Halloween and all that.

http://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/three-inverted-nines-songs-for-halloween-2014


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 31, 2014, 08:44:35 PM
I really like this ep.  Sistinas is the real gem (by a country mile), Come Back gets close, but it's all enjoyable.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: mickf on November 01, 2014, 10:47:20 AM
The Owl Service have completely passed me by until now. I've just downloaded the latest CD. Excellent. I love discovering new stuff. :)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on November 11, 2014, 08:29:46 PM
There's a tiny second pressing of the ep if anybody wants it on disc: https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/three-inverted-nines-halloween-2014-second-pressing


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on February 02, 2015, 08:20:10 PM
Well I really enjoyed the Alan Lomax show, although in truth it was a bonkers venue for a show in January.  I bailed out before Plinth.  Never has a bus seemed so welcome.  A truly great venue for a June gig.  Outstanding performances all round but special mentions to Nancy Wallace and Long Pike Hollow.  Nothing I didn't like although I don't think the Lost Harbours set quite worked.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on February 06, 2015, 09:21:54 PM
And the band are looking for subscribers to support the production of their new album.  More details here:

https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/subscribe


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on February 11, 2015, 01:27:35 AM
Owl Service have posted a couple of Nancy Wallace songs from the Lomax show on their Facebook page.  Lovely stuff, though she looks absolutely frozen.
https://www.facebook.com/thepatternbeneaththeplough

You can also listen to (and buy) Owl Service’s gig cd.  Quite a change of direction
https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/jean-22-46


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on July 01, 2015, 09:16:17 PM
They're looking for a drummer.  From FB:

We're looking ahead to possibly playing some shows once the new record is finished, so we'd like to recruit a drummer. Ideally you'll be into Brendan Canty, Britt Walford and Todd Trainer, although that's not essential. Perhaps you'll also like the idea of taking traditional English folksong and doing something different/unique with it, but again that's not essential. What is essential is that you're a nice guy/gal, are a solid player, not afraid to take risks, and able to rehearse somewhere between East London and Southend on a weekly basis.
If you fancy it get in touch. Or if you know anyone who might be interested tell them to get in touch.
Thank you,
Steven Owl


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Tasha on July 02, 2015, 10:34:53 AM
I wish that they would have Bill Caddick back. he lives near me and I asked him once why he wasn't back with them. They've never asked me he said. :(


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on July 02, 2015, 11:11:52 AM

I wish that they would have Bill Caddick back. he lives near me and I asked him once why he wasn't back with them. They've never asked me he said. :(


I imagine the rehearsing between East London and Southend bit probably explains that!


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: MikeB (Mike) on July 02, 2015, 11:59:50 AM

I wish that they would have Bill Caddick back. he lives near me and I asked him once why he wasn't back with them. They've never asked me he said. :(


Shurely some mistake? Are you thinking of the Home Service rather than the Owl Service?


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on July 02, 2015, 12:07:18 PM


I wish that they would have Bill Caddick back. he lives near me and I asked him once why he wasn't back with them. They've never asked me he said. :(


Shurely some mistake? Are you thinking of the Home Service rather than the Owl Service?


That probably explains it even more...  ;)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Tasha on July 02, 2015, 01:49:28 PM


I wish that they would have Bill Caddick back. he lives near me and I asked him once why he wasn't back with them. They've never asked me he said. :(


Shurely some mistake? Are you thinking of the Home Service rather than the Owl Service?

durrr yes LOL


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Nick on July 02, 2015, 05:05:58 PM
The world needs a collaboration, called The Home Owl Service.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 14, 2015, 05:47:20 PM
The new CD's out soon...but if you want a lovely vinyl copy you best pledge pretty soon...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theowlservice/his-pride-no-spear-no-friend-vinyl-pressing


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: DaviD J (was geriatrix) on October 15, 2015, 09:19:56 PM
Gorgeous 40+ track collection here http://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/collected-tracks

Digital download - name your price - well worth getting!


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on August 31, 2016, 12:46:20 PM
Well, they may be dead and buried but Jo has a new album out... https://jolepine.bandcamp.com/releases


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: dog-nap (Ian) on August 31, 2016, 07:35:28 PM
Thanks, David.  Sounds nice.  I'll check out the other tracks when the album is released, in a couple of weeks.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on May 05, 2020, 03:24:05 PM
If any Owl Service fans have a few gaps in their collection, member Jo Lepine is selling a few spare CDs on Facebook....(I assume you'll have to like her/message her etc.)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on October 19, 2020, 12:37:55 PM
And Steven has now put up (almost) everything including a rather tasty new comp of hard to find stuff on Bandcamp https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Jules Gray on October 19, 2020, 12:40:14 PM

And Steven has now put up (almost) everything including a rather tasty new comp of hard to find stuff on Bandcamp https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/


Thanks.  Will check it out.

Jules


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on December 09, 2020, 08:13:09 AM
Steven seems to have picked up his guitar again, albeit briefly perhaps, in order to reactivate Greanvine with Diana.

https://vimeo.com/473964190?fbclid=IwAR0BX7gCVjaHbsQxqrgXHB0WKtRGYrk4Aq4w9VwN8zpk7p4KOGrGSSopCGo

They've also reissued all of their earlier releases in a physical format.

https://greanvine.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR0JieUGr276iLgo2fC5DBWH1DbzEeMpCm4cCZYxNkgM9V4nuBLPJmtTWtk


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on December 23, 2020, 09:15:16 AM
And new Greanvine (seasonal) material.  It's very good  :)

https://greanvine.bandcamp.com/album/hanged-with-gold-so-red?fbclid=IwAR2Z8Hx60TpHqPrI5vqqeDlsxVHHav6SLx-vq8YnbcUOa2Ja-ROZMDKiJos


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Ian_ on December 23, 2020, 03:24:21 PM

 Thank you David  :)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on March 06, 2021, 08:45:22 AM
And now...they're officially back (Take 3).  Whoop, and indeed, whoop...

https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/rise-up-rise-up

Got their own new FB page too if that's your thang

https://www.facebook.com/theowlserviceband/


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Ian_ on March 08, 2021, 11:26:11 AM

 Thank you again David  ;D


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on June 06, 2021, 07:21:49 PM
It's out now  :) https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/rise-up-rise-up?from=fanpub_fb_merch


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: David Gladwin on June 07, 2021, 10:46:24 AM

It's out now  :) https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/rise-up-rise-up?from=fanpub_fb_merch
Got mine on order!


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on September 15, 2021, 03:42:06 PM
There's a new compilation of hard to find material available on disc...
https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/?fbclid=IwAR22dvrOn4i9_8qDQ5c-Re2tT2Uvw9uKzxV6jIO5tl-MS2bVaXdsL0wuYao

Steven says they won't be playing live (although several of them are backing Diana on the belated launch for her solo album) in Oct https://www.facebook.com/events/547933379544572/?ref=newsfeed


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Ian_ on September 15, 2021, 06:03:22 PM

 Thank you David. I remember buying the first 'Wake the vaulted echo' e.p. about fifteen years ago  :o


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on September 15, 2021, 06:26:38 PM


 Thank you David. I remember buying the first 'Wake the vaulted echo' e.p. about fifteen years ago  :o


I think I came across them around 2008/9... I've never understood how they're not big (well, at least Trembling Bells 'big').


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Greg E on September 16, 2021, 12:21:29 PM
They are far and away my favourite 'new' "Electric-Folk" band of the last 20 years. Gutted that they couldn't have been bigger.

Although I quite enjoy some of the attempts of newer British "folk Rock" bands they never quite hit the mark. The format feels a little dated, which in the hands of Steeleye/Fairport etc feels right - and is still great at times ('Dodgy Bastards' album  O0 ) but for some reason newer bands can't quite push the envelope enough. I do keep listening to bands like Traad Arr but they are hit and miss, and drag a bit sometimes. Maybe they are trying to be a bit too serious?

Anyway, I digress, I put Owl Service in the 'post Electric-Folk' bracket(not folk rock) and it still sounds contemporary, new and progressive.


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on September 16, 2021, 12:39:06 PM

They are far and away my favourite 'new' "Electric-Folk" band of the last 20 years. Gutted that they couldn't have been bigger.

Although I quite enjoy some of the attempts of newer British "folk Rock" bands they never quite hit the mark. The format feels a little dated, which in the hands of Steeleye/Fairport etc feels right - and is still great at times ('Dodgy Bastards' album  O0 ) but for some reason newer bands can't quite push the envelope enough. I do keep listening to bands like Traad Arr but they are hit and miss, and drag a bit sometimes. Maybe they are trying to be a bit too serious?

Anyway, I digress, I put Owl Service in the 'post Electric-Folk' bracket(not folk rock) and it still sounds contemporary, new and progressive.


Steven walked away because the response to His Pride No Spear No Friend which really pushed the envelope was so well, to be honest, almost non existent.  Listen to She Moves Through the Fair on the new ep...I mean who needs another folk-rock version of that...there are so many around, and a couple of definitives.  So, why?  But Steven does something very interesting with it...I think.  I love them unconditionally.  Even when they don't quite succeed on some material, they go down fighting....  :)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Greg E on September 16, 2021, 12:44:34 PM


They are far and away my favourite 'new' "Electric-Folk" band of the last 20 years. Gutted that they couldn't have been bigger.

Although I quite enjoy some of the attempts of newer British "folk Rock" bands they never quite hit the mark. The format feels a little dated, which in the hands of Steeleye/Fairport etc feels right - and is still great at times ('Dodgy Bastards' album  O0 ) but for some reason newer bands can't quite push the envelope enough. I do keep listening to bands like Traad Arr but they are hit and miss, and drag a bit sometimes. Maybe they are trying to be a bit too serious?

Anyway, I digress, I put Owl Service in the 'post Electric-Folk' bracket(not folk rock) and it still sounds contemporary, new and progressive.


Steven walked away because the response to His Pride No Spear No Friend which really pushed the envelope was so well, to be honest, almost non existent.  Listen to She Moves Through the Fair on the new ep...I mean who needs another folk-rock version of that...there are so many around, and a couple of definitives.  So, why?  But Steven does something very interesting with it...I think.  I love them unconditionally.  Even when they don't quite succeed on some material, they go down fighting....  :)


Oh I completely agree, they are head and shoulders above all other 'folk rock' offerings over the last 20 years. I guess I was suggesting that I think Owl Service works because it is electric-folk rather than folk-rock, but maybe the distinction is just in my head, I am not good at putting it into words..!!  ;D


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on September 16, 2021, 12:53:04 PM

Oh I completely agree, they are head and shoulders above all other 'folk rock' offerings over the last 20 years. I guess I was suggesting that I think Owl Service works because it is electric-folk rather than folk-rock, but maybe the distinction is just in my head, I am not good at putting it into words..!!  ;D


I definitely wasn't arguing  :)  I too find the old school folk rock of Trad Arr, Galley Beggar and the rest very hit and miss.  The last straight version of the genre that really interested me were the Albion Band 2.0.  Magpie Arc have intrigued me though....


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Greg E on September 16, 2021, 01:00:47 PM


Oh I completely agree, they are head and shoulders above all other 'folk rock' offerings over the last 20 years. I guess I was suggesting that I think Owl Service works because it is electric-folk rather than folk-rock, but maybe the distinction is just in my head, I am not good at putting it into words..!!  ;D


I definitely wasn't arguing  :)  I too find the old school folk rock of Trad Arr, Galley Beggar and the rest very hit and miss.  The last straight version of the genre that really interested me were the Albion Band 2.0.  Magpie Arc have intrigued me though....


I thought the Albion Band 2.0 EP was good but I was a little disappointed with the album. I will try Magpie Arc.

I should add that another band I love in this genre (just about) for me is 'The Changing Room'. Although all original songs they sound amazing and are almost perfect 'new' traditional songs. Tanya Brittain is a brilliant songwriter. Sadly another band that seems to have fallen by the wayside with solo projects taking over (mainly by Sam Kelly)


Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: Greg E on October 06, 2021, 08:39:48 PM
Bob Johnson very rarely did anything outside Steeleye. But just before he joined in 1972 he sang and played on guitar on the Roger Nicholson album 'Nonsuch for Dulcimer', it was just the two of them.

The whole album is brilliant, I'm sure many of you have heard it, but, one track in particular (ironically I don't think it has the dulcimer, but rather Roger on guitar and Bob on an electric guitar - I think) always reminds me of The Owl Service, to the extent that you can imagine it being recorded by them now. I also can't recall such a contemporary sounding folk track from the early 70's. It never ceases to amaze me, talk about ageless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_aaTbGBMTk



Title: Re: Owl Service Return
Post by: davidmjs on November 21, 2021, 04:16:54 PM
An essential purchase.  I've almost certainly got everything on here but even I can't refuse this tasty compilation...

https://theowlservice.bandcamp.com/album/swearing-on-the-horns?from=fanpub_fb_pr