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YOU CAN STOP WORRYING: WE’RE BACK!

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The Punch House Band at Jurnets Bar, photo by Al Pulford Photography

Long Time No See

Ahoy there all you Punch House Bandinistas! I know, you haven’t heard from us for a while but it’s been for good and cogent reasons many of which we will share with you now. In the almost deranged ramble that follows you’ll find out about some of the stuff we’ve been doing, the gigs and plans we have for the rest of this year and what it is was that kept us relatively quiet for the last couple of months.

Wass Bin Gooen Orn Then?

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“Jet Set” George McKay wrestles his Bull Fiddle

Since last we communicated the Punch House Band has scattered it’s dark, folky liveshow pixie dust over quite a few events including a party night for Thurne Regatta, a gig in Chapelfield Gardens for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Jurnets, The Fisher Theatre in Bungay, A LARP event near Dereham and a disused factory in Norwich. Particularly memorable was our appearance at the excellent Reindeer Public House where we wound up our winter tour in front of a packed house. We also found ourselves in role of House Band for another Crude Apache production, namely their 25th Anniversary Event at the Shoe Factory in May which was a blast.

We’ve also been working on some new songs, mostly originals leavened with one or two covers of folk standards, and these are gradually finding their way into the set. two that have already become firm favourites are “Whiskey Johnny” (sometimes known as “Whiskey Is The Life Of Man”) which is a fine and lively sea shanty, and “Cold East Anglian Skies”, a dark folk-horror song by Leighton.

What Is There To Look Forward To?

Head Out Not Home

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Publicity flyer for our “Head Out Not Home” gig featuring a picture of the band reacting to a fan who has just told them they might not be able to make it 🙂

The months ahead are already looking busy. We are delighted to be a part of Norwich City Council’s Head Out Not Home this year. This takes the form of and outdoor gig on Norwich’s Riverside area which will take place in the late afternoon and early evening of

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Cajon Man Jason Thompson in the act of physical crate abuse

Thursday 11th July. The long range weather forecast is very promising and this will be fine way to spend a summer evening with sets at five o’clock, ten past six and twenty past seven. In fact, if you wanted to make a bit of a Punch House Band themed weekend of it you might want to come and see Leighton and Tim in Stuff Of Dreams Theatre Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at The Plantation Gardens in Norwich on Friday 12th or at Nicholas Everitt Park in Lowestoft on Saturday 20th. You could round your weekend off by seeing them in the same company’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at Gothic House in Pulham Market on the Sunday afternoon.

Gigs

We also have gigs coming up at The Locks Inn, Geldeston on August 3rd and The Golden Star in Norwich on August 31st plus loads of other shows between now and the end of the year details of which you can find on our gigs page. We will also be playing in the New Year at The Golden Star if you’re the kind of person who is already planning your festive season; watch this space for more details.

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Publicity flyer for our August gig at the Golden Star. See above regarding the picture of the band

Recording

PHB Big sky booklet frontOur CD, Songs From The Big Sky, is selling well at gigs and we’re planning to record a full album later in the year, our biggest problemraw material being the huge option anxiety which kicks in when we start considering which of our many excellent songs we should record. If you have any favourites drop us a line either here or on our twitter or Facebook pages and let us know. Until then, if youb want to hear some of Tim’s demo recordings for the Punch House Band and other projects check out his album Raw Material on his bandcamp page.

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Our association with Norwich’s Crude Apache Theatre Company goes back to before the band was formed. The original idea for the band grew out of a CA show, we were heavily involved in their 25th anniversary show back in May and we provided the musical accompaniment for last year’s “At the Turning of the Tide”. The exiting news is that this last play is being revised and extended for an indoor theatrical production at Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre early next year. Again, watch this space for more details.

Pictures of The Punch House Band at Crude AThe Good Old End Of Days Music Hall by Sean Owen http://www.reflectivearts.co.uk

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So Why Have We Been a Bit Quiet Recently?

So why has it all been a bit quiet over the last few months? One of the main reasons is that theatrical things have monopolised both Leighton and Tim’s lives, specifically work with The Stuff Of Dreams Theatre Company. April and May were largely taken up for Tim with touring the show he co-wrote with Cordelia Spence, the company’s artistic director, called “An Honest Gentleman. We’ve mentioned it in previous blogs so we won’t go on about it here except to say that if, by some dreadful oversight you missed it there are plans to tour it in Autumn 2020. Following on almost directly from this Tim and Leighton started work on SoD’s summer tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” which has been going very well indeed.

So there you have it; good stuff done and good stuff on the way. We look forward to seeing you at one of our gigs. See ya!

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The Punch House Band at Jurnets Bar, photo by Al Pulford Photography

Yet More Gossip From The Punch House Bar

First off we should start by wishing you a happy new year. We’re quite excited by the prospect of all that 2018 has to offer in terms of Punch House Business and general shenanigans and we hope that you’re similarly animated about all the new year holds for you. Before we start going on about our plans for the next twelve months we should bring you up to date with stuff that has already happened.

THE FREEMASONS’ ARMS

The Punch House Band finished 2017 with a return gig at the Freemasons’ Arms in Norwich. As before we had a top night in this entirely excellent pub which has gained PHB “home venue” status. This is a proper public house, one which serves good beer, has a proper “local” feel to it and has no truck with any trendy nonsense of any sort.  Thanks for having us Liz and Chris and we look forward seeing you again in 2018.

RECORDED EVIDENCE!

We mentioned previously that we’ve been recording and now we are delighted to tell you that just before Christmas Mr Bond of Seaplane Studios saw to it that a plainly wrapped parcel containing an unmarked spool of tape was delivered to a prearranged dead-drop. Having taken possession of the package we brought it back to the Punch House, gleefully unwrapped it in a manner not unlike small children with a long-anticipated Christmas present, and now we are the proud owners of our first official recordings! There are six tracks in all, Bedlam Boys, A Box in a Hole in the Ground, The Ghost of Allan Smethurst, The Bricks of Burston, Big Sky in the East and Back to the Dirt, and our debut EP will be available in the very near future. In the mean time here’s a taster.

OTHER NEWS

We’re in the process of booking gigs for 2018, although we won’t be doing much before March because sadly Richard “Banjo” Brook has broken his wrist! As well as being horribly painful (even for a tough norther like him) it make the whole business of playing the banjo a bit inconvenient.

The Punch House Band is now fully twitter-capable; tweet/follow us @PunchHouseBand

We also have a reverbnation page which you can find here: THe Punch House Band Reverbnation page

In the studio

In early summer, on a very hot Sunday afternoon, we locked ourselves in the studio with engineer Chris Bond, to record four or five songs. We’re in the process of adding vocal lines, harmonies, and instrumental solos to the tracks, with the aim of releasing them later in the year. Do keep an eye out for these. On initial playback they sound pretty good (to us anyway–maybe that’s why we all look so happy below)!

Punch House in studion 2017