New Live Date: The Rising Sun, Ickford, October 23rd 2021

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!

You can find out more about the event on its Facebook page or in the flyer above. In the meantime, be sure to follow The Ilk on Facebook and Instagram and to check out our music on Bandcamp and Spotify. We’ll see you soon!

New Gig Alert: Rising Sun in Ickford

Hi, folks! Okay, okay, it’s a little bit last minute, but we wanted to let you know that we’ve been asked to step in to play a set at the Rising Sun in Ickford this Saturday.

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!

You can find out more about the event in the poster above or on the Facebook page, and you can also follow the Ilk on Facebook and Instagram while you’re at it. Our new album, 12 Step Programme, is also out on Spotify.

We’re Returning to The Phoenix on October 13th!

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.

You can find out more about the gig on the Facebook event page, and be sure to follow The Ilk and the Phoenix while you’re at it. You can also follow the Ilk on Instagram. We’ll see you at a show sometime soon!

12 Step Programme is Out Now!

Hello everyone! Just a quick update today to let you know that our new album, 12 Step Programme is out now!

It’s available as both a physical CD and a digital download via Bandcamp, and you can also stream it for free on Spotify or pick it up at one of our gigs.

  1. Watch the Planet Die
  2. C U Next Tuesday
  3. The Vampire Song
  4. Sober
  5. Present Past Imperfect
  6. Gloves and Sunglasses
  7. Since I Fell for You
  8. Rock City
  9. Where Did the Good Times Go?
  10. I’ll Be Mad if You’ll Be Boring
  11. Burly Chassis (In the Heat of the Night)
  12. Lean Down On Me

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.

So if you haven’t already, be sure to check out 12 Step Programme and to let us know what you think!

We’re Now On Instagram!

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!

The Ilk is on SoundCloud!

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!

Depression and Mediocrity is out now!

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!

Welcome to TheIlk.co.uk!

It’s go time! With our first single already out on Spotify, Amazon and other major platforms and with the launch of our debut EP just around the corner, we thought it was about time to create ourselves a website.

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.

Of course, you can also check out our about page and our bios (click here for Dave and click here for Dane), and you can follow us on Facebook and YouTube for further updates. If that’s still not enough, why not get in touch with us to find out more? We’re even available for bookings!

Until next time, thanks for visiting our website and we’ll see you soon.