Hi, folks! Just a quick update to let you know that we’re returning to the Rising Sun in Ickford on October 23rd 2021!
We had a great time with Dean and Ali and crew during our last visit, and this time we’ll be taking Matt along to play cajon. We were outside last time, but it was one of the last nice days of the summer and so this time, we’ll be playing inside.
The music kicks off at 2 PM and we’re going to be on relatively early because Dane has to be back to work at the arts centre in the evening. There are also a bunch of other fantastic acts on the bill, so be sure to come along if you’re in the area!
Organised by Dean Butler, it features a cracking line-up of musicians, many of whom we know from the Open Micsolate Facebook group. Acts include Wendy Grace, Simon Gregory, Andrew Hogger and Kimberley Williams.
Unfortunately, our good friend Nick Atkinson had to pull out, and so we agreed to play a duo set in his slot at three PM ish. We hope to see lots of you there!
Hi, folks! Just a quick update today to let you know that we’ve got a gig coming up.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been invited back to The Phoenix Bar in High Wycombe to perform an acoustic set as part of their series of acoustic sessions.
We’ve played there a few times in the past, including a notable gig in December 2020 that was the last chance we got to play together for six months or so, and we were also there back in July for one of the last shows that our friend Sam Pritchard organised before sadly passing away.
And so we’re excited to be heading back on the evening of October 13th, and we hope that you’ll come and join us. We’ve got plenty of great tunes planned including a few fan favourites, a bunch of originals and some covers that we haven’t performed for a while, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
We’re super proud of this album, especially because we recorded the bulk of it during COVID lockdowns with Dave recording in the Ilk Shed and Dane recording in his living room. We think it came together nicely!
The album also features Rik Cunningham on guitar in Rock City, as well as additional vocals by Amanda de Grey and Clarissa James. The photo was taken by Andrei Spiridon at our spiritual home, Wycombe Arts Centre.
Yes, you read that right – we’ve finally caved and signed up to Instagram!
We shoot a lot of videos of our performances and so IGTV gives us another place to share those, and it’s also nice to share occasional behind-the-scenes updates from our live shows. Posting them from our personal accounts just doesn’t cut it.
So if you’re on Instagram and you’d like to give us a follow, be sure to check out @TheIlkstagram for more. We do our best to return the favour by following as many musicians and music-related accounts as we can!
In other news, we’ve also been carrying out some updates to our website and social media profiles, so feel free to have a look around and to see what you can see. We look forward to seeing you at a gig sometime soon!
Hello hello! Just something short and sweet today – we wanted to let you know that we’re now on SoundCloud and you can follow us here to listen to music as and when it’s released.
We’ve even uploaded a couple of unreleased tracks from our upcoming album, so be sure to check out Watch the Planet Die and Rock City (featuring Rik Cunningham) while you’re there. Both tracks were mixed by Maidenhead’s Steve Smith.
Let us know if you use SoundCloud yourself and we’ll do our best to check out your page. We’ll also be keeping an eye on who’s following us and following back where we can!
In the meantime, you can follow us for further updates on Facebook and YouTube, and you can check out some of our music on Spotify. We’ll see you soon!
Hi, folks! Dane here. We figured it was about time we updated the website to reflect the fact that our brand new EP, Depression and Mediocrity, is out now!
Because we’re a little bit old school, it’s currently out solely as a limited edition run of 100 CDs. A digital version will follow at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled for that too.
The CDs are available for a fiver and feature three songs by me and three songs by Dave, with additional vocals from Amanda de Gray and Clarissa James on The Same Sun Shines On Everyone. Thanks also to Mark Page and Simon Falconer for the photos and Siddhartha Ramaswarmy for the mastering.
Chat to me or Dave at an open mic or other event to ask for a CD and we’ll be more than happy to help out. Thanks as always for your support and we hope to see you at a show sometime soon!
It’s still early days at the moment, but you can already check out some of our music and some videos of our performances. We’ll also be updating the site with live dates and other news, so be sure to check back often for more.