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Fundraising campaign for Tim Smith…

Dear friends,

We would like to let you know about a fundraising campaign to help Tim Smith, of Cardiacs, with specialist healthcare costs. Nearly 10 years ago he suffered a cardiac arrest that left him unable to move or speak and a condition called dystonia, but his mind is as sharp as ever. Funding shortfalls and bureaucracy have seen his rehabilitation grind to a halt….

Even the smallest donation will help and please do share news of this campaign if you can. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/timsmith?utm_id=108&utm_term=V5j9KPB5k

As you may know William D Drake was a member of Cardiacs and in Sea Nymphs with Tim Smith. Tim also produced the ‘William D Drake’ album.


Pitter patter of Briny Hooves…

During Mr Drake’s annual inspection of the attics, he came upon the long missing box of Briny Hooves CD’s. These last remaining copies go on sale on Bandcamp today, and a small number available to buy at the next William D Drake concert on 26th November 2017

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Briny Hooves reviews:

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***Peoples Day FREE festival show tomorrow***

24 hours to go until William D Drake and his band grace the Big Top Stage (5.30pm) at Peoples Day free festival in SE London. A rare full band show!

‘Peoples Day’. Mountsfield Park. London SE6 1AN

more info: www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/peoples-day


‘Peoples Day’ festival reminder!

Less than 2 weeks until ‘Peoples Day’ FREE festival in Lewisham, South East London. Look how happy Mr Drake is to be one of the the headliners!


People’s Day, Mountsfield Park, London. July 8th

Hurrah, the first full band William D Drake concert of this year! They are one of the headliners at ‘Peoples Day’ festival in Mountsfield Park, SE London, on Saturday 8th July. It’s an annual FREE festival attracting 25,000 people, with music on six stages, international food, refreshment tents, children’s activities, craft, sports, fun fair…

Mr Drake and his band are greatly looking forward to playing lots of very jolly songs on The Big Top stage, in the late afternoon ….. following a day of merry larks and a scrumptious picnic!

 

17.30 – 18.15 The Big Top Stage

Saturday 8th July 2017. 12.00-20.00

Admission – FREE

Mountsfield Park. Brownhill Road. London SE6 1AN

Nearest rail stations Catford Bridge, Catford, Hither Green and lots of bus routes. (Parking near the festival is very difficult on the day)

 

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Gig reminder…. Leatherhead on Wednesday 22nd March

A reminder about the rather special show at The Old Chapel, St Johns School Leatherhead on Wednesday 22nd March. Accompanied by Miss Baigent on clarinet, Mr William D Drake will regale with exquisite music from his albums and from Sea Nymphs. A rare performance from Arch Garrison, should not be missed, and Mr Stephen EvEns will play tunes from his recent ‘Bonjour Poulet’ album (recently heard on BBC 6 Music -Tom Robinson, Stuart Maconie, Gideon Coe…)… more info here

The Old Chapel, St. Johns School, Epsom Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8SP
Doors 7:30pm
Tickets £10 on the door

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Gig reminder – Greenwich tomorrow

William D Drake is playing at The Prince of Greenwich in Greenwich London tomorrow night (admission FREE). He will be accompanied by Miss Nicola Baigent on clarinet and also Mr James Larcombe with his hurdy-gurdy. (more info)

Friday 17th March 2017 – On stage:8pm

The Prince of Greenwich, 72 Royal Hill, Greenwich, London. SE10 8RT

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Gig reminders…

A busy week for Mr William D Drake – tomorrow (9th March) he’s performing at the celebrations for the release of Mr Stephen EvEns first album ‘Bonjour Poulet’ at The Windmill, Brixton.  … Then jumping into the car for shows in Preston on Saturday 11th and Gateshead on Sunday 12th (also featuring Stephen EvEns).

These are intimate solo shows, Mr Drake will be singing a rousing selection of tunes from the William D Drake/Sea Nymphs repertoire – you are invited to gather around the piano for a jolly sing-a-long to a few of the old favourites.

Thursday 9th March – The Windmill, Brixton, London. Tickets £3 on the door only

Saturday 11th March – The Ferret, Preston.FREE

Sunday 12th March – The Prohibition Bar, Gateshead. Tickets £5 advance tickets available

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William D Drake Flummery, rare CD’s and vinyl now on Bandcamp…

During some rummaging and tidying in Mr Drake’s stock cupboard, we discovered a couple of boxes of rare CD’s – the first album William D Drake and the single Melancholy World, plus the vinyl 7″ Earthy Shrine. These treasures can be purchased from the William D Drake Bandcamp shop in the Flummery & Whatnots section.

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‘Grand Christmas Prize Draw’ the The Forge…

Be sure to pick up your FREE ‘GRAND CHRISTMAS PRIZE DRAW TICKETS’ when you arrive at THE FORGE (London) gig on THURSDAY evening!!!!

Prizes include – ‘Revere Reach’ artwork print canvas (30x30cm), mugs, totes…..plus intriguing and special items Mr Drake is gifting to you. With thanks to The Consultant for his artistic and expert modeling.

 

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1st December 2016 – The Forge – (near Camden tube) London. Tickets £12 adv/£15 on door. WeGotTicketsThe Forge

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7 days until The Forge, London show…

A week today, William Drakes and his full band take to the stage in London for the first time in two and a half years! A fun festive evening; practice your moves for the Dancing Competition, fingers crossed for the prize draw… and find perfect Christmas presents at the Flummery & Whatnots table with William D Drake records, t-shirts, bags, mugs.

Be sure to arrive early in the evening, to see a singing dancing Mr Gilchrist performing songs from his forthcoming album…..before taking his seat at the drums of the William D Drake band later.

Thursday 1st December 2016. The Forge, Camden, London

Tickets can be purchased from  We Got Tickets  and The Forge – £12  – Tickets £15 on the door

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Gigs reminder!

William D Drake and his band of so called friends are looking forward to an evening of revelry and song at The Continental in Preston this Friday 18th November 2016!

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Tickets: £12 advance and £14 on the door (over 16’s only). Buy advance tickets in person from The Continental or Action Records (46 Church Street, Preston. PR1 3DH) and a range of online ticket outlets including SEE tickets.

The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston. PR1 8JP. Tel: 01772 499 425. Website: www.newcontinental.net

 

… and just 16 days until Mr Drake and the band take to the stage on Thursday 1st December, at The Forge in Camden London.

Tickets: £12 from The Forge & We Got Tickets  (Both have £1.20 booking fee)

Flummery Shop with William D Drake CD’s, vinyl, t-shirts etc will be at both shows.

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Pre-order The Sea Nymphs complete recordings from tonight…

The complete recordings of The Sea Nymphs will be released on Friday 4th November 2016.

Pre-order your copies of On The Dry Land and Sea Nymphs from 22.00 hrs Friday 16th September 2016 at Cardiacs.net

Elegant tee shirts bearing the striking album artwork, may also be pre-ordered at Cardiacs.net , for shipment on November 4th.

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Sea Nymphs ‘lost album’ release…

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We joyfully announce, the fabled ‘lost’ second Sea Nymphs album, written and recorded by Mr Tim Smith, Mr William D Drake and Mrs Sarah Squid-Smith (circa 1992), and titled ‘On The Dry Land’, will be available to pre-order on 16th September 2016 at cardiacs.net .

Their eponymous first album ‘Sea Nymphs’ is to be re-released, pre-order on 16th September 2016 cardiacs.net .

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New Flummery and Whatnots

Visit Flummery & Whatnots on the website (+ Bandcamp) for NEW ‘Cardinal Red’ t-shirts emblazoned with a buttercup yellow ‘WILLIAM D DRAKE’ logo. Also NEW to the shop ‘Petrol Blue’ tote bags similarly adorned with a bright yellow ‘WILLIAM D DRAKE’ logo.

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Eppyfest reminder…

William D Drake and his band are headlining Eppyfest – Stroud, Gloucestershire, in just two weeks… get hold of your tickets here.

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‘Transplant’ Music Night. Salisbury Arts Centre 26/06/2016

A SPECIAL NIGHT OF MUSIC SET IN AN INDOOR LANDSCAPE OF ART, TREES AND FLOWERS AT THE ‘TRANSPLANT’ EXHIBITION.
William D Drake will play his piano and sing a few pretty ditties among the flowers and trees.

Sunday 26th June 2016. Doors 7.15pm

Emily Jones 7.30 – 7.50pm
NSRO 8pm – 9pm
William D Drake 9.15 – 9.45pm
Redbus Noface 10.00 – 10.30pm

Tickets £18/£16. This is an intimate event with limited tickets. Please buy you ticket in advance and arrive early to enjoy this unique event.

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

 


Mini-tour Italy

William D Drake, Italian mini tour :

19 February 2016- ARCI TOM Mantova (Mantua) arcitom.it Piazza Tom Benetollo 1, Mantova 46010.

20 February – ARCI METRICUBI Venezia (Venice)

21 February – PLANET Roma (Rome) planetliveclub.com Doors 20.00 tickets €15 Planet Live Club. Via del Commercio, 36, 00154 RomaPL36 – Roma
Tel. +39 06 57 47 826 +39 331 7605752


“Distant Buzzing” tops 10,000 views!

The “Distant Buzzing” video (by Ashley Jones) has topped 10,000 views on Youtube. Big thanks to everyone involved.

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William D Drake logo t-shirts back in stock…

Hurrah! Large and X Large t-shirts are now back in stock on Bandcamp.

£18 +p&p sizes Medium, Large, X Large

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Byte.fm (Germany) featuring ‘Revere Reach’. Tonight!

Tonight, Marko Pauli’s “Atmocity” show on webradio  byte.fm  (Germany – Hamburg) will feature William D Drake’s new album Revere Reach; ‘loose lyric-translations into German’ are promised.

Programme starts  23.00 local time (22.00 GMT). Follow link below and click Livestream on top bar.

https://byte.fm/sendungen/atmocity/2015-07-20/william-d-drake-geehrtes-ergreifen/

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Brighton, Komedia in three days….

Three days to go until Mr Drake and his band grace the stage of the Komedia, Brighton, showcasing songs from his glorious new album ‘Revere Reach’.  Buy tickets here.

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***Don’t forget, Radio 6 session tonight!!!***

Tune in to Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music 7-9pm tonight, to hear William D Drake and his marvelous band performing tracks from the new album, live on the programme.

This afternoon another song will be recorded at the BBC, which will be aired on Gideon Coe’s programme, which follows Mr Riley’s, between 9pm and midnight.

If you should happen to miss the programmes (or would like to listen to them again and again), it will be available on iplayer for a month.


‘Be Here Steryear’ – music film release

To mark the release of William D Drake’s magnificent new album  Revere Reach a new music film, of one of the most beautiful tracks  from the album, Be Here Steryear’  is available to view on Vimeo  from today. The film is made by Andy Joule Films who previously produced a music film for ‘Me Fish Bring’ from the Rising of the Lights album.

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‘Be Here Steryear’ by William D Drake from his 2015 album ‘Revere Reach’.

Words & Music – William D Drake.

William D. Drake – Voice box, piano & sheltone. Andrea Parker – Voice box and glockenspiel. James Larcombe – Dulcitone and voice box. Richard Larcombe – Guitars and voice box. Nicola Baigent – Clarinet & flute. Jon Bastable – Bass

Recorded and engineered by Ben Davies
Mixed by Gaz Williams and Chris Powell
Mastered by Denis Blackham @ Skye Mastering

Filmed on location in Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu & Alba Iulia, Romania and London.

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