After an extended period of 'radio silence', we have an update from Wynntown - we have a new drummer! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Simon Walker for all his hard work and for his commitment in the drumstool over the last couple of years but, with a new record in the making, it felt like the right time for a change and we're delighted to announce that Brendan O'Brien has joined the fold.
Brendan also drums in The Sunshine Delay alongside our bassist Dave, so they already speak the same 'language'. The mutual understanding they have and the way they work together is so natural, instinctive, and refreshing to behold. Good times!
So, over the past few weeks, it's been our job to teach this particular old dog (haha) a few new tricks in terms of familiarising him with our unique (and, some might say, 'pernickety') approach to playing our back catalogue and knocking new songs into shape. We're delighted to say that the band is sounding fantastic! Better than ever.
It's also been a while since we updated you on plans for the next Marshals album, but we've been extremely busy in Wynntown HQ and we now have the lion's (or should that be bear's?) share of 6 new songs recorded - with a view to an album release (title TBC) on Blue Rose Records in the spring of 2020.
It's been something of a whirlwind year - dominated by ongoing political chaos and news of fallen idols - and we've been tackling the writing and recording for album #4 with a renewed sense of vigour and a desire to make the best Marshals' album to date. Working with Ali Petrie has allowed the keys to really lead on some of the new songs, but you'll still find the same pop hooks, harmonies, duelling guitars, and thought-provoking lyrics that you've become accustomed to over the years.
We all know how frustrating it can be when you're waiting for new music to be released by a band you like, but we're all over the moon with the current state of affairs as we listen to the latest 'rough' mixes of the tunes that will, ultimately, be thrown into the hat for contention on 'Wynntown 4'. We're in a very good place, musically speaking, right now. To put things in context, we're about halfway through at the moment and working as hard as we can to keep on track.
We've dusted off old songs and honed new ideas. Some creations have fallen by the wayside and others have been resurrected. Some of these tunes have been played live, others will have to wait until our next round of gigs to get an airing - but we're incredibly proud of the results so far.
Our aim from the start was to make this the very best Wynntown Marshals' album to date, and we're confident right now that the tunes we've got 'in the can' so far WILL help us do just that. Of the tunes we've tracked so far, you'll find songs simply made for singing along to - like the Tom Petty-esque janglefest of "Learn To Lose" and the loose, epic, guitar-driven groove of "Treat Me Right" sitting alongside the maudlin, contemplative "Keys Found in Snow". "The Pocket" is this album's story song, set during the battle for Stalingrad, and "New Millennium" is a fist-pumping, heartland rocker that subconsciously channels our old pals Sons of Bill at their most anthemic.
We're so excited about playing these songs live that we've put together a short run of dates later in the year so you can come along to one of our shows, say "Hello" to Brendan, and get a sneak preview of how the album is coming along so far!
We kick off this wee tour with our first hometown headline show in 18 months or more with a gig at Sneaky Pete's on Thursday 5th December. Tickets can be bought from our webstore, as well as from Tickets Scotland's outlet on Edinburgh's Rose Street, or from their online portal here. Historically, we have always played the glorious Voodoo Rooms Ballroom for our hometown headline shows, but we wanted to do something a little different and more 'intimate' for this one. So, with Sneaky Pete's being significantly smaller than the Voodoo Rooms, tickets WILL go fast for this one! So please don't dilly-dally and then end up missing out.
The following night (Friday 6th December), we head deep down into the borders of South Lanarkshire with a special rural show at Crawford Hall, a little south of Biggar. Tickets for this show can be picked up from WeGotTickets.
Then, the following weekend, we make the long road-trip up to the north-east of Scotland where we kick things off on Friday 13th December with a return visit to The Holly Tree in beautiful Dinnet. For those of you who have been following the Marshals for many a moon, you might recognise this name as it was the location for our (long since sold out) limited edition "Live at the Holly Tree" EP, which we put out in 2011. Again, tickets can be bought from our webstore and also by emailing Keith's dad Phil at email@example.com.
We round off our wee winter tour on Saturday 14th December with a return trip to a venue in which we played one of our favourite shows of last year. We will help Martin Raitt celebrate another busy and successful year by playing Almost Blue Promotion's last show of 2019 at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen. Tickets for this one are on sale from SeeTickets.
We hope to see some of you at one (or more) of these shows. More information on support acts and stage times etc. will appear here, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter feed over the next few months. So keep an eye out...
Keith, Iain, Dave, Ali, and Brendan xo
We've got a busy summer ahead with a few new shows just having been announced.
First of all, we're thrilled to announce that we will be playing at Haddstock Festival in Haddington (East Lothian) on Saturday 16th June. There are still a few more details to be ironed out before tickets go on sale, but one thing we CAN confirm is that the amazing Miracle Glass Company are also on the bill that night. This one is already shaping up to be a cracker! Ticket and full line-up to follow asap.
Then, a week later (Saturday 23rd June), we're really excited to have been invited over to the beautiful west coast of Scotland to participate in the very first Arisaig Americana Festival. Curated by Mairi Orr - a wonderful singer-songwriter in her own right - the evening bill in the Astley Hall also features our very good friends Emily and Graham, aka The Jellyman's Daughter. This show will also be a pretty special one because Keith, Dave and Iain will be performing as a trio for the very first time, with the promise of an all-too-rare Wynntown outing for Iain's trusty old Dekley pedal steel! Ticket info to follow.
Finally, we have been asked by our good friend David Mouat over at Lonesome Highway to open for the legendary Texan singer-songwriter Kelly Willis and her band at the Voodoo Rooms on Sunday 29th July. Dave is a HUGE fan of Kelly's, so he is even more excited than the rest of us! Tickets have just gone on sale at TicketWeb, as well as from Tickets Scotland, See Tickets and the Queen's Hall Box Office. Come along to this one. It'll be a belter!
Lastly, around 23 minutes of highlights from our Quay Sessions set at BBC Scotland are currently available to view on the BBC iPlayer here. This footage will only remain until Wednesday 4th April, so you better catch it soon.
In the meantime, have a great Easter break!
Keith, Iain, David, Simon, and Ali xo
We're delighted to announce that we have been invited in to BBC Scotland at Pacific Quay in Glasgow to record a set for The Quay Sessions on Wednesday 21st February. It is an absolute honour and a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Justin Currie, Texas, Blue Rose Code, Jesse Malin, The Charlatans, Fatherson, and all of those other fantastic artists who've recorded sessions there in the last year or two. Also on the bill with us on the 21st is fabulous Scottish singer-songwriter, Yvonne Lyon.
The show, presented by Roddy Hart, is recorded live from 7:30pm on Wednesday 21st February. Edited highlights will then be broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland at 9pm the following evening (Thursday 22nd February). Our set will also be filmed and some video footage will appear on the BBC iPlayer. When that starts to appear, we'll post links on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on our website.
We will be playing a 40-45 minute set in front of a live studio audience. And YOU can be part of things too! Tickets are only available by application via an online ballot on the BBC's website. Click here to enter the ballot and please note that there are only 2 'tickets' available per application. You'll need to be quick off the mark though as the ballot closes at 4pm on Thursday 15th February.
A few days after our trip to the BBC, we head north to the beautiful, picturesque village of Lintrathen, a little north of Dundee. We will play two 45-minute sets in the intimate setting of the Lodge at Lochside. The show is already a sellout, which is a fantastic way to start our gigging adventures for 2018!
Following that, on Monday 5th March, we're off up to Perth to play the beautiful new Joan Knight Studio within the Perth Theatre complex. Although we're opening things up there, the show is billed more along the lines of a ‘double-header' with local blues veterans Wang Dang Delta closing the night. So, we're playing a longer set than you'd usually associate with the first band on a bill.
We will then take a couple of months off from live appearances in order to concentrate our efforts on pulling more new material together as we really want to forge ahead with making a new studio album.
After our wee 'writing break', on Friday 8th June, we'll be making our way up to Aberdeen to play The Blue Lamp. Thanks to Martin Raitt at Almost Blue Promotions for inviting us up there. Tickets are already selling fast,so we'd strongly recommend that you pick yours up asap.
NB: All ticket links and venue information are on our Shows page.
We are all also really excited to tell you that we'll be joined on Hammond, piano, and Rhodes at the aforementioned shows (Quay Sessions, Lintrathen, Perth, and Aberdeen) by our dear friend Ali Petrie. That name might be familiar to some of you who have followed the Marshals since our earliest days as Ali played all the keyboard parts on our debut album, "Westerner", and also joined us for the official Album Launch show at Cabaret Voltaire.
The band is sounding really great right now, especially with Ali there. It's a good time to be a Marshal. Lots of positive things happening.
We have also been invited down to Warehouse Recording Co. in Harrogate to record an 'Under The Apple Tree Session' for the legendary Whispering Bob Harris on Friday 29th June 2018. We'll record and film 3 live songs in the afternoon and then play a full live set in the fantastic venue attached to the studio complex at Warehouse on Wetherby Road, where Bob will introduce us and the other 2 acts on to the stage. We are still waiting on confirmation on who those other acts will be. Once we have that information, we'll post it in the usual places and share ticket links.
To say we're excited about this one is an understatement. We were really fortunate to be invited down to London to record a BBC Radio 2 session with Bob back when "Westerner" was first released, so it'll be great to catch up with him again and hear his wonderful stories.
There are a couple of other shows and festival appearances being lined up for the summer, but we are not quite at the '100% confirmed' stage just yet. So watch this space for that news filtering through over the next few weeks.
Please spread the word about our upcoming gigs and radio appearances, and pay regular visits to our website, Twitter feed, and Facebook page to keep abreast of all the goings-on in Wynntown.
Thanks (as always) for your support,
Keith, Iain, Simon, and Dave xo
As you will be aware from our announcement 6 weeks ago, Richie decided to leave the band at very short notice ahead of our shows in Aberdeenshire and our trip to Germany. Fortunately, our good friend Andy Barbour agreed to step in at short notice to cover the gigs. And he did a spectacular job too!
However, now we're home and planning the next album and some gigs for 2018, we're currently looking for a permanent replacement on keyboards - chiefly playing piano, Hammond and Rhodes parts.
We're looking for someone with passion, drive and an ear for melody. A tasteful player who doesn't want to stomp all over the tunes and vocals. Think Benmont Tench. That kinda thing.
Signed to German label Blue Rose Records, we've released 3 studio albums and regularly gig around the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. Our influences are varied, but include Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Weakerthans, Teenage Fanclub, The Jayhawks, and Neil Young.
We have our own rehearsal space and, as you'd expect, professional gear (authentic-sounding Hammond and piano) and attitude is absolutely essential. We have high standards and a reputation to uphold. Haha. Own transport is preferred but not a deal-breaker.
If you think you might fit the bill or might know someone who lives in and around central Scotland who would be (a) interested and (b) up to the job, please contact us on wynntown [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk
Please spread the word.
Keith, Iain, Dave and Simon xo
So, given the numerous line-up changes the band has undergone over the last decade, we all hoped that we'd somehow manage to make it through our anniversary year without yet another one! But, alas, it was not to be...
On Tuesday morning, Richie handed in his Marshals' badge with immediate effect and asked me to share this with you all:
"I've had four great years as a Marshal, and have managed to achieve things musically that I've only dreamed of, and met some of the most amazing people from many corners of the world - some of whom have had a massive impact on my life. Changes in my life mean that I can no longer provide the same level of commitment to the cause that I once did and, as weird as it may feel not being 'stuck in the corner, like a stamp on a postcard' on the stage with these guys, the time is right to make the change.
To Iain, Keith, Simon, Dave, Murdo, Kenny and Andrew, to all those who came and made every show a warm, friendly pleasure, and for that one guy that shouted for "Idaho" to be played that one time, radio, press and anyone who took the time to care, I thank you all. Such warmth can be a rarity these days, I'll cherish it all forever.
Peace and love to you all
With gigs in Ballater and Stonehaven looming a few days after this shock announcement, we had to quickly re-group to see how we could get through the weekend. Keith and myself have played Marshals' shows without keys before (a similar last-minute change in Richie's work commitments led to us playing 3 of our 5 Kilkenny Roots shows without him in 2016), so we knew we'd 'muddle through' and be ok. But Dave and Simon have only been in the band for less than a year, so this was potentially more 'discomforting' for them.
However, I think I can speak confidently on Keith's behalf when I say that Dave and Simon coped admirably under the circumstances and we turned in great performances over the 2 nights. Yes, something was obviously 'missing' from the live sound many of you will be familiar with but we got through it all - mainly by me turning my amp up! Resilience is the watchword 'round these parts!
Meanwhile, in the background over the last 6 days, we've been doing a lot of groundwork to look at a plan whereby we can round off our 10th Anniversary "After All These Years" tour with the full keyboard-enhanced sound for which we have become known over the last 3 albums and numerous gigs.
We are delighted to announce, therefore, that we'll be accompanied for our shows in Wesel, Heilbronn, Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr, and Pitlochry by Andy Barbour on keyboards. Andy is a former member of the wonderful Holy Ghosts and plays with Safehouse, amongst others. He comes highly recommended and, after our first rehearsal with him last night, we can say that it's all sounding great so far. He has a big task ahead of him with 20+ tunes to learn. But it's sounding really good at such an early stage. So we're feeling as positive as we can be at this moment in time.
We don't know yet how things are going to pan out longer term at this stage. It's still early days. Our priority right now is to help Andy familiarise himself with our back catalogue in order to get the band sounding as good as we can in time for our first show in Wesel. And things are definitely moving in the right direction.
In the meantime, we all want to wish Richie the best of luck in whatever he does next. We've had some great times and will miss his energy, enthusiasm, and (sometimes terrible!) tourbus playlist! Haha.
The positive outcome is that there WILL be more Haribo Fizzy Seaworld for the rest of the occupants of the van as we drive through Germany next month though. Every cloud 'n' that...
Onwards and upwards...
Keith, Iain, Dave, and Simon xo
Well well... aren't you lot just wonderful?! in only a couple of hours since we posted a wee teaser of some new merch 'concepts' Iain has been working on, you've shown a much greater appetite for these new shirt and hoodie designs than any of us anticipated.
So, it gives us great pleasure to have now opened a pre-order campaign over on our webstore.
We plan on making a LIMITED number of additional t-shirts for sale at our 10th Anniversary shows in Scotland and Germany, but the hoodies will NOT be on sale at gigs or on our website after the initial order has been placed. We're sorry but they are simply too expensive to print and we simply cannot afford to have a big box of unsold ones with the costs of making a new studio album in our plans for late 2017/early 2018.
So, here's the important thing... to meet our printers' So we say goodbye to an old friend 3-week turnaround in order to have the shirts available to sell at the Voodoo Rooms and the Hug and Pint shows, we need to place our order in the next 3 or 4 days.
So, we are TOTALLY relying on YOU lovely people to place your orders asap and to share this post with your friends and family.
T-shirts (priced £15 excluding P&P) can be pre-ordered here
Hooded Sweatshirts (the over-the-head style, priced at £25) can be ordered here
And, last but not least), zip-up hooded sweatshirts can be pre-ordered from here
Please note that the hoodies will NOT have a backprint.
We hope to be able to ship the advance orders towards the end of August.
And don't forget that you can still pre-order our forthcoming 10th anniversary celebration album (either on CD or digital download formats) from our webstore too.
Thanks in advance! xo
As regular visitors here will know, 2017 is a very special year for the Marshals. Having originally formed in 2007, we mark a decade of making music together by releasing a compilation album entitled “After All These Years” on Friday 1st September 2017.
Primarily a retrospective look back at some of the recorded highlights of the past ten years, the 16-track collection also includes some rarities, some 'fan favourites' from our back catalogue, and 3 new, exclusive, previously unreleased tracks to help set the scene for the next chapter.
We set out to make this album be a celebratory look back at some of our recorded highlights and have it serve both as a comprehensive and (hopefully) enjoyable 'introduction to...' as well as a massive 'thank you' to everyone who has supported us, encouraged us, and helped us get to where we are today.
"After All These Years" will be available in a limited edition CD digipack and digital download from Friday 1st September 2017 on our own Wynntown Recordings label via Proper Music Distribution in the UK, with our very good friends at Blue Rose Records coordinating the release across the rest of mainland Europe.
You can place your order for a UK version of the album online NOW over at our webstore with physical CD copies available for pre-order at £8.99 (excluding P&P) and hi-res digital download is priced at only £6.99 for the complete album. With the running time clocking in at just a few seconds under 79 minutes, we hope that you'll all agree that this represents a LOT of music for your hard-earned money.
If you want your CD signed (at no additional cost), please leave us a wee note when placing your order.
Also, as a 'thank you' for ordering in advance, we will give you an immediate, free bonus download of one of the 'outtakes' from our initial shortlist for the compilation - an exclusive live version of "Two's Company" recorded during our appearance at Festival-Am-See in Norderstedt (Germany) on 6th June 2015.
Please remember that we endeavour, where possible, to ensure that the band's own website is the cheapest place to purchase your Marshals' music and merchandise, and this release is no exception. There are no 'middlemen' making any money from our web sales. Every penny we make there goes straight back in to funding our tour expenses, rehearsal room rent, studio time, CD replication, t-shirt printing, and so on.
So, shop local... ;o)
Click here to see a wee clip of one of the exclusive new tracks "Odessa" to whet your appetite. Hats off to Richie for his sterling work with the video.
Please share the news with your friends.
So, with both our debut 6-track EP and our first full-length album "Westerner" now sold out and both titles effectively 'deleted' from our back catalogue, we hatched a plan that would somehow allow us to both cast our eyes back fondly in celebration of our past AND look forward to the future with our new line-up.
With the wonderful support we have in mainland Europe (thanks mainly to Edgar and the Blue Rose Records family), we couldn't forego a trip to celebrate a decade together with our friends in Germany either!
Our final show of 2017 (at the time of writing) will take place at McKay's Hotel in the gorgeous highland town of Pitlochry on Saturday 28th October. Visit the March Into Pitlochry website for more information on that show over the coming weeks.
Keith and I had a great time at Celtic Music Radio yesterday afternoon wshen we popped in for a session and brief chat with the legendary Mike Ritchie.
Well, it's Celtic Connections time up here in Scotland, and that means that everyone's attention switches to Glasgow for the next two weeks or so as the cream of the world's musicians descend upon the city.
We are delighted to announce that Keith and I will be appearing on Celtic Music Radio from 3pm tomorrow (Sunday 22nd January) to perform a handful of songs from our back catalogue for a "Celtic Connections Special".
As well as playing a few tunes, Keith and I will be chatting to DJ Mike Ritchie - a long-time fan and avid supporter of the band.
Tune in by visiting Celtic Music Radio's website and clicking on the "Listen Live" icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Alternatively, if you live in the Glasgow area, you can tune in to 95FM on a traditional 'wireless'.
Well, happy new year one and all!
Certainly, based on the outcome of various elections/referenda and the humungous amount of celebrities who passed away, 2016 seemed to be a bit of a sh1tty year for most of us. Also, things didn't end so well in Wynntown as 2016 saw us somehow manage to 'misplace' our entire rhythm section of Murdoch (bass) and Kenny (drums).
So, we thought we'd try and lift everyone's spirits as we begin a new year...
In addition to having recently appointed a great new drummer (Simon Walker), we are delighted to announce that we have also secured the services of the wonderful David McKee on bass and backing vocals!
For those of you based in and around the central belt, Dave should be a 'well-kent face'. He is a founder member of the wonderful Edinburgh-based Americana/powerpop band The Sunshine Delay - a band who, coincidentally, also feature original Marshals' lead guitar demon, Iain Barbour, as well as Dave's 'other half', Paula.
Dave came along to our studio for a wee jam a week or two before Christmas and slotted in effortlessly. Dave is a fantastic, musical bassist and shares a lot of musical influences with us. He is also a bloody lovely bloke too. So we have lucked out on this one!
We are all totally amazed at how quickly we have managed to get ourselves back up to having a full complement of Marshals in the wake of Murdo's surprise departure and Kenny's decision to hand his badge in earlier in the year.
Keith, Richie and myself are all really excited to be starting the new year with Simon and Dave onboard and we will commence work on some new material at the start of the week. We also hope to have some gig news to share in the next week or two.
In the meantime, all the best for 2017 and please join us in welcoming Dave aboard HMS Wynntown...
It is with heavy hearts that we bring you some more sad news...
Our bass-playing, songwriting colleague of 6 years, Murdoch MacLeod, has decided to hand in his Marshals' badge.
It came as a huge surprise to us all this morning but there was no dramatic name-calling or vase-throwing!
Eloquent as ever, and over a couple of messages, Murdoch simply said to us:
"I'm sorry it was so sudden but, after a lot of soul-searching, I just thought it best to let you know immediately.
It was brilliant and I'm deeply proud of the band and you guys. It has been an honour and a privilege and a pleasure to have had the chance to play in the Marshals with you all. There's a great new drummer on board, so get a new bass player soon.
Upwards and onwards, brothers.
Love you, Murdo."
Obviously, with Simon (Walker - drums) having just joined the band in the wake of Kenny's departure and now Murdo leaving, it might appear to some of you that the band is at some kind of critical crossroads in its history.
However, the four of us are feeling remarkably positive. We are just about to embark upon making the next album and that is always an exciting time in Wynntown. We are really driven to make a great new record.
Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves and wallowing in self-pity, let us celebrate the 6 years that one of my best friends was in the band with us. With Murdoch on board, there was never a dull moment! That's for sure!
We all wish Murdoch all the best of luck in whatever he does next.
If anyone out there is interested (or knows of anyone who might be) in the vacant bass slot, please PM us here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As our departing friend said, "Upwards and onwards..."
Iain, Keith, Richie, and Simon xo
"Well, that didn't take you guys long, did it?!", we hear you say.
As you all know, the wonderful Kenny McCabe recently played his final gig with the band - as we helped Kevin Morris celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Glasgow Americana festival with a headline show at the Hug & Pint.
As sad as it was to see Kenny go after 4 years in the band, we were all 100% committed to finding a suitable replacement to fill the drumstool as quickly as possible. And we have done just that!
Please welcome Simon Walker to the band!
We all (sorta) knew Simon from a few years back as we used to share a rehearsal room with one of his previous bands (The Last September) and, bizarrely, Kenny actually used Simon's Pearl kit when he auditioned with us in that room in the summer of 2012, after our original drummer Keith Jones handed his badge in! Small world, huh?
Simon has also played with well-respected Scottish songsmith, Aaron Wright, and brings a wealth of experience, 'chops', musicality, and backing vocals in to the fold, and we are delighted to have him on board.
Our very dear friend (and producer) Andrew Taylor (from Dropkick) will play with us this Friday when we open for the legendary Wishbone Ash.
After that, we will get together with Simon and hatch some plans for the year ahead. Those plans will DEFINITELY include putting a new album together and some gigs.
Until then, show Simon some lovin'...
Keith, Iain, Murdoch, and Richie xo
We don't often talk about things outside of Wynntown on this page, but there's something pretty special going on in our 'hometown' of Edinburgh next week.
One of the Marshals' first ever gigs took place down in Tingewick in Buckinghamshire and featured the original 4-piece line-up that recorded our debut EP - Keith Benzie on vocals and acoustic, Iain Barbour on lead guitar, Simon Ritson on bass, and Keith Jones on drums/BVs. That night, the band opened up for one of our biggest influences - the inimitable Richmond Fontaine.
As most of you may have heard, Willy Vlautin and the guys are visiting these shores for the last ever time over the next few weeks, and another of our good friends - the wonderful Peter Bruntnell - is opening up on all the dates.
As if this wasn't exciting enough for fans who love alt.country/Americana/whatever, I (Iain) am delighted to announce that I'll also be sitting in with Pete and playing some pedal steel at the show at The Caves in Edinburgh next week - Tuesday 18th October to be precise.
I recently sat in with Peter and his band at his 13th Note gig in Glasgow after Keith and I had opened the night with a stripped-back duo set, and it was a real privilege. I am a BIG fan of his. We both are.
Also on the bill at The Caves on Tuesday is American singer-songwriter, Jerry Joseph.
I can tell you with some confidence that the show has VERY nearly sold out! So, if you haven't got tickets yet, go and remedy that now by clicking here.
See you there. Come and say "Hi".
P.S. Just a wee reminder to contact us directly if you are interested in buying one of a very limited quantity of specially-priced tickets for the upcoming show with Wishbone Ash at the Jam House in Edinburgh on Friday 28th October. You can message us directly via the Contact page, or through our Facebook or Twitter accounts
Our next headline show will be at The Hug & Pint in Glasgow on Friday 7th October, where we'll help Kevin Morris of The Fallen Angels Club celebrate the 10th anniversary of Glasgow Americana festival.
We are delighted to have the wonderful Kenny McCabe (temporarily) back on board for this show but it WILL be the last time he takes a bow as a "Wynntown Marshal". So, please come along and give him a rousing send-off and help us show our appreciation for the 3+ plus years of hard work, effort, passion and commitment he has shown during that time.
Support comes from the mighty First Charge of the Light Brigade, who'll be opening the night in their duo format.
The Hug & Pint is an intimate venue - significantly smaller than Stereo, where we played our last Glasgow headline show. So this WILL sell out! So, please get your tickets here asap.
Further details of the festival programme can be found here.
Furthermore, after sitting on this news for what seems like forever, we can now officially announce that The Marshals will also be opening for rock legends Wishbone Ash!
The show takes place at The Jam House in Edinburgh on Friday 28th October 2016.
This is a very special gig for Iain especially as he has been a huge fan of "The Ash" since he was about 11 (true story), when his brother returned home from University with a few of their albums. Furthermore, Wishbone Ash at Ayr Pavilion in 1984 was his second ever gig. The current line-up of Wishbone Ash is (genuinely) unbelievable. Great songs, great vocal harmonies, superlative guitar work, and just pure class.
Some people might be surprised to find a band commonly referred to as an 'Americana' band opening for WA. But listen closely to those harmony guitar parts that have perpetuated every Marshals' release - from "You Can Have My Heart" through "Tide" to "There Was A Time" and "Moby Doll"... The clues and influences have been there for the keen-eared ones amongst you.
It's gonna be a great night - as well as ourselves, the wonderful Doris Brendel and local legends Safehouse are also on the bill.
If anyone is interested in going, a limited number of specially-priced tickets can be bought directly from the band too.
Keith, Iain, Murdoch, Richie, and Kenny xo
So, once again, we apologise for the length of time between news updates from Wynntown. Can you believe it's been nearly a year?! Anyway, we have lots to share right now.
We've got some good news and some bad news. Let's start off with the positive stuff first...
After a relatively quiet start to 2016, things now really start to heat up for us. We have a bundle of shows coming up between now and the middle of June.
Firstly, we play Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms with our good friends Dropkick and Andy Tucker this Friday (22nd April). Dropkick have just released their wonderful new album "Balance The Light" and it's been getting great reviews all over Europe, and was Roddy Hart's 'Album of Note' on BBC Radio Scotland last week. In recognition of their new album launch, Dropkick will share 'headline' status with us for this gig and will play a full-length set. Also, after a wee while away from releasing music, Andy Tucker will kick the evening off with songs from his brand new EP 'Superfluous Hokum' and he'll be accompanied by Kat Healy. Tickets are still available here with a few being held back for sale at the door. Get there early as we have a lot of great music to pack in on the night.
Then, next weekend, we head off to Ireland to play the world-renowned Kilkenny Roots Festival. We played there in 2008 and 2009 and have been desperately trying to get back on to the bill for the last 6 years or more - such is the demand for places at this amazing event! There are some amazing bands appearing this year and we cannot wait to get there to meet our old friends and (hopefully) make some new ones too! It'll be lovely (but a tad bittersweet) to catch up with Willy, Dan, and Sean from Richmond Fontaine again as they are taking their final bow on life together as a band at Roots 2016. As for us? Well, we will be playing FIVE shows in a 48-hour period! The good news is that entry is absolutely free at each one! The online version of the 2016 festival programme can be found here, and details of our shows can be located here.
Then we will be home for a month or so before heading back over to Germany for a clutch of dates.
We kick off our short run of German appearances with a headline show at the wonderful Music Star in Norderstedt (north Hamburg) on Thursday 9th June, and we round things off in Oberhausen on Saturday 11th June at the inaugural Static Roots Festival, where we will be joined by an illustrious cast of Daniel Romano, Leeroy Stagger, Malojian, John Blek and the Rats, and The Midnight Union Band.
Sandwiched in between these two great gigs is a double-bill show in Heilbronn on Friday 10th June with Stacie Collins and her incredible band. What makes this show extra special is that we will be celebrating the birthday of our label boss (Edgar Heckmann) at the spiritual home of Blue Rose Records - the Red River Saloon! This show WILL sell out, so advance purchase is absolutely essential. Click here to pick one up. This will be a fantastic night. That is guaranteed!
But, now, we leave you with some sad news...
As excited as all us Marshals are about our forthcoming gigs, our performances will be tinged with some sadness. After almost 4 years in Wynntown, our drummer Kenny McCabe has decided to hand in his Marshals' badge after this upcoming run of shows.
Kenny joined the band in the summer of 2012 after Keith, Murdoch and myself had endured a difficult 12-18 months when we all collectively nearly threw in the towel. But for Kenny's energy, enthusiasm, and speed at helping us transform rough sketches of songs in to fully-realised arrangements, I doubt that we'd have made it through that period intact. Together we created 'The Long Haul' and attracted the interest of Blue Rose Records in 2013. With a new, vibrant, enthusiastic drummer and label on board, we made HUGE leaps forward in terms of profile and 'artistic output'. Then the momentum of that and all the shows we played together helped carry us forward and led to the creation and release of 'The End of the Golden Age' in 2015.
We have yet to meet a single soul who believes that the current line-up of the band is not the strongest or most consistent since the band's formation in 2007.So, it is with VERY heavy hearts that we have to pass on this sad news to you all. As well as being a fabulous drummer, Kenny is really easy-going, immensely reliable, and does a lot of carrying gear and driving stuff about that nobody knows about. He works hard to keep the Marshals 'engine' ticking over. He'll be sorely missed.
But we want Kenny to go out with a BIG bang! So please come along to some of these final Kenny-fied gigs and encourage your friends and fellow music-lovers to come along to give The Boy McCabe the rollicking send-off that he so richly deserves.
On the upside, we ARE continuing to work away on new material and already have 2 brand new songs in the can for our next album (with our producer Andrew Taylor from Dropkick occupying the drumstool on these new recordings).So, don't fear... As devastating as it will be to lose Kenny, The Marshals are NOT breaking up. There WILL be a new album out in 2017.
In the meantime, if you know any versatile and able drummers who might be eager/stupid enough to want to join a band of curmudgeonly, opinionated, middle-aged windbags who play a humongously unhip style of music, please get in touch with us.
Iain, Keith, Murdoch, Richie, and (probably) for the last time) Kenny xo
So, the new album is out now and we're so proud and excited about our new release that we wanted to remind you of the exciting packages that are available for you right now...
- Immediate Download of "The End Of The Golden Age" in the file format of your choice, from .mp3 to various lossless formats [£7.00]
- CD of "The End Of The Golden Age" in a digipack featuring the fabulous Tom Gauld Artwork [£10.00 plus P&P]
- 180g Vinyl LP of "The End Of The Golden Age" featuring a full gatefold sleeve of the fabulous Tom Gauld Artwork [£16.50 plus P&P]
We are also offering two exclusive 'bundles' featuring a high quality, limited edition [1 of only 50 in the whole world]] signed print of the album artwork by Tom Gauld
- CD of "The End Of The Golden Age" and a limited edition print [£35.00 plus P&P]
- 180g Vinyl LP of "The End Of The Golden Age" and a limited edition print [£40.00 plus P&P]
All these, and more, can be purchased over at www.thewynntownmarshals.com/shop
We're taking our Americana gospel out and about and, for those in the Edinburgh area, we're playing an acoustic in-store at Coda Music on the Mound on Friday 22nd May, starting at 5pm. So join us for music, snacks and beers. We'll even sign your new album for you! We're nice like that...
For those further afield, we begin our next European tour adventure on 28th May and you can find your closest city on our "Shows" page.
We then come back (hopefully brimming with confidence!) for our official Edinburgh launch show at the Ballroom in the Voodoo Rooms on Friday 12th June. Tickets are already selling fast and you can get yours at Ripping Records' website.
Thanks again for your incredible support so far. We're looking forward to seeing many of you over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, here's a wee video of the making of "The End Of The Golden Age" to give you a taster of the songs and the process behind it here
Keith, Iain, Murdo, Kenny and Richie xo
It's been a while since you were last updated. I know some/most of you have kept up with the goings on in Wynntown HQ by the wonderful means of our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Well, we've been working away feverishly to bring you a brand spanking new 10-track album, just in time for the summer months. And now it's time to let our 'babies' fly from the nest...
The new album entitled 'The End Of The Golden Age' will be officially released via our wonderful label, Blue Rose Records, throughout Europe from May 8th, but you have a chance to pre-order yours today...and we have some interesting limited edition packages for you to choose from!
We've been extremely fortunate to have the renowned illustrator Tom Gauld (Guardian, New Yorker) to have designed bespoke cover art, which we adore!
Tom has also very kindly allowed us to make available a limited edition run of just fifty (50) 15.7" x 8.7" (398 x 220mm for all you metric enthusiasts) prints, and he will sign and number these. These strictly limited prints are only available as bundles - either with a CD or Vinyl copy of the album. Due to advance demand for these, we strongly advise you not to sit back and wait to buy one at our merch table when we hit the road next month. The only way to guarantee securing one of these beautiful pieces of original art is to pre-order one asap.
Also as another first for the Wynntown Marshals, we're delighted to be releasing the album on 180g vinyl with a spectacular gatefold sleeve - again depicting the fabulous Tom Gauld cover art...(a wee word of warning though, due to a minor delay at the pressing plant, the Vinyl will not be shipped until mid May)
All these are available for you to pre-order over at our Bandcamp webstore and with EVERY pre-order you'll get an instant download of 'Red Clay Hill' to enjoy straight away.
In addition to the new album, we also have a new Twitter account, so if Twitter is your social media channel of choice, why not follow us on @wynntownhq
The album has already been well received by those select few who have heard advance promo copies. The first official review (from those lovely folks over at Blabber 'n' Smoke) gushed with praise and said "While The Long Haul portrayed a band triumphant in the face of adversity, here they are riding a wave of popular acclaim and success.." Which is nice....
We want to leave you with some diary entries, as we are embarking on another headline tour of Germany and Holland towards the end of May, full details can be obtained here.
For those of you closer to home we'll be having our official Album Launch gig on Friday 12 June at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms. Having sold out the intimate Speakeasy on 3 previous occasions, this time we will be headlining the larger Ballroom with our special guests and very dear friends Dropkick (featuring Andrew Taylor - producer of the last two Marshals' albums) opening the show. Tickets are selling well already, and you can get yours here
Finally, you know us kind folks here at Wynntown HQ don't like to leave you empty-handed so, as a taster of things to come, please click here to watch the video for 'Red Clay Hill" the lead track to the new album. The track features the gorgeous guest vocals of our good friend Hannah Elton-Wall from the Redlands Palamino Co.
We hope you enjoy it, and if so, remember you can pre-order your copy of the album today.
Thanks everyone for your support and patience, and stay tuned for more regular updates
Keith, Iain, Murdoch, Kenny, and Richie xo
At this time of the year most folks normally start winding down and huddling around the fire in preparation for those cold winter nights... but NOT if you are a Marshal! If anything, things are about to get even more hectic than usual as we approach Christmas. "So, what's 'the goss'?", I hear you ask...
Our 'lead story' is that Keith is currently on 'paternity leave' as his wife Fiona gave birth to a beautiful little boy on Saturday 21st September! Welcome to Wynntown, little Lyall Benzie!
In other news, we are currently scheduling European dates for April 2014, and have also confirmed a few Scottish gigs between now and the end of the year.
Even more exciting than that though is the fact that we've been invited to play in Hannover, Germany at the Blue Rose Records Christmas Party at the famous Blues Garage on Saturday 7th December. Also on the bill are Hardpan, Ad Vanderveen, and Shurman. More details abnout all our forthcoming shows can be found here.
As you will know from our last news update, we recently signed to Blue Rose Records, who have licensed "The Long Haul" for a full European release. The album came out in Germany on 20th September, and the initial reception from critics and music fans has been amazing! We were blown away by the reviews from elsewhere and it seems that the Germans have really taken the album to their hearts too... So far, at least!
As an extension of the Blue Rose Records deal and in a ‘first' for Marshals' fans, Blue Rose have made "The Long Haul" available on vinyl through a MAIL ORDER ONLY exclusive on their website! Better still, each custom LP is a unique copy, done ‘by request' only, and you will have your name pressed on to the LP label! Blue Rose use high quality, 180g vinyl and, since the running time of "The Long Haul" is around 50 minutes, the vinyl edition is a 3-sided, 2-LP set. Nice, huh?
This one-off, collectible format will only set you back €24,90 plus postage and packing costs. Full details are available on the Blue Rose website (select our name from the foot of the list of our fellow Blue Rose artists down the left-hand side and click on the "2-LP Personal Vinyl" option from the menu).
For those new to the party, you can enjoy a Blue Rose-themed video sampler for "The Long Haul" here.
In July, a few days before "The Long Haul" was released in Europe, we recorded an interview for Andrew Moir's "This Is The Show" podcast. All five of the band were present and we talked about a whole load of stuff - the creative process from writing to recording; the line-up changes and the impact this had on the band and the direction the new album took; the future; recording vs. playing live; and so on. The interview wound up with Keith and Iain performing a lovely, exclusive, stripped-down duo version of "Curtain Call", and you can hear the whole show here.
A few days later, we all trooped down to the beautiful setting of Cramond on the Firth of Forth to shoot a video for "Tide". In true Scottish style, despite it being officially ‘summer', the weather was typically (cough) ‘uninviting', but the grey skies, the shivering band members, and the charcoal waves crashing off the rocks around us and lapping at our feet seemed somehow more apt for the mood of the song. Anyhow, here is the finished article for your visual ‘pleasure'.
We are delighted to announce that The Wynntown Marshals are now part of the Blue Rose Records family!
We have agreed a licensing deal for "The Long Haul" to receive an official release through Blue Rose Records in Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland!
The aim is to have the album in the shops by September 2013 (or as close as possible, dependent upon distributors' schedules in each territory).
This is great news and we'd like to thank each and every one of you for all your support you've given the band over the last 6 years or so. We wouldn't be here without an audience!
Also, notable mentions must go out to:
- Edgar Heckmann at Blue Rose for showing faith in the Marshals
- our dear friend Dietmar Leibecke for his tireless (and unpaid - we're Scottish remember!) work for us in Europe
- our booking agent Karen Proeme (who might become even busier now!)
- our fantastic PR team of Hans Broere, Jim Soars and Bob Buchan who have put in a ton of hard work since 2009
We now join a label whose list of past and present releases reads like a 'who's who' of the Americana, alt.country, and roots scene - Band of Heathens, Leeroy Stagger, Boz Scaggs, Sons of Bill, Bottle Rockets, June Carter Cash... and now US!
Have a beer on us tonight! ;o)
Onwards and upwards...
Well, the time has finally come... Some of you will probably have taken part in the build-up to today, and now is your first chance to own the next chapter in The Wynntown Marshals' history.
As well as today seeing the live debut of our new line-up where we will premiere a sizeable chunk of tracks from our forthcoming album "The Long Haul", you can also pre-order your copy from today AND receive a hefty discount to boot! If you sign up to our mailing list now (see the top right-hand corner of this page), we'll send you an email containing a discount code entitling you to a 15% reduction on pre-orders!
To keep you going, you'll also get an instant download of "Low Country Comedown" to take away and enjoy whilst you wait until the release date when the remaining tracks will be emailed to you or, if you're a lover of all things 'physical' (and who isn't?), we haven't forgotten about you. The 15% discount also applies to orders of the actual CD as well as the download. But hurry if you want one... they're limited stock!
As you'll already have noticed, today also sees the launch of our new-look website where you can see upcoming tour dates, listen to ALL Wynntown Marshals' releases (old and new), keep up to date with the latest news, and view our gallery of pictures and videos...
Speaking of videos, as a teaser we shot a video for "Low Country Comedown" and you can see it by clicking here.
Enjoy the site, enjoy the songs, and happy shopping.
See you out there