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Princes In The Park

19 Nov

© Fiona Campbell

Fans of Tudor-folk will want to hop on down to Camley Street Natural Park in North London next month, to celebrate the forthcoming release of the long-awaited debut album from Princes In The Tower.

The traditional trio, featuring Antony ElvinWill Summers and Michael Tyack (former collaborators via Tyack’s band Circulus), have been performing across the capital and beyond over the last few years, and their album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower was recorded throughout 2012 and 2013.

Late last year, TVO exclusively premièred a track from the record, on our limited edition In Holoserica Cepa EP.

Now the album is about to get its proper release, details of which we will bring you as soon as they’re completely confirmed, and to celebrate, the band will be heading up three hours of musical celebration at the nature reserve not too far from King’s Cross St Pancras, on Sunday 8th December.

The event promises to be a sterling lunchtime with, in Elvin’s words, “some other very marginal and interesting bands”, and will run from noon until 3pm.  For more details, keep an eye on the Princes In The Tower Facebook page.

You can still hear a preview of the track Stingo – second track featured – via our EP sampler, saved for posterity below.

Hunderbafta

29 Apr

© Baby Cow Productions / Sky Atlantic

Hunderby collected another award last night at the Bafta Television Craft Awards.

The period comedy from the mind of Julia Davis aired its first series on Sky Atlantic last year, and became an instant critical darling and audience favourite – which is no small surprise when you consider how many TVO links it features!

Co-written by Barunka O’Shaughnessy, the series starred Davis alongside Rufus Jones, Kevin Eldon, Alex McQueen, Alex Roach, Rebecca Staton and How Not To Live Your Life star Daneil Lawrence Taylor.

It was also narrated by Julian Barratt and featured cameo appearances by Princes In The Tower too, as well as being produced by the wonderful folk at Baby Cow Productions.

The show is set to return in the unspecified future for a second run, and last night picked up yet another gong: the award for “Writer – Comedy”.

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No photographs of the team have been released by Bafta, sadly, though Kevin Eldon was on hand to present the award for “Photography – Factual” to Steve Robinson for Amish: A Secret Life.

Rhys Thomas was also nominated as Breakthrough Talent for his stunning documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender, but unfortunately lost out to the rather talented Tim Whitnall (former star of CITV classic Mike & Angelo!) who wrote a docudrama which also featured Mercury – Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story. Rhys can console himself, however, with the news that his documentary has also been nominated this week for the Rose D’or, which will be held in Brussells on May 30th.

Hunderby and The Great Pretender are both available to buy now from The Velvet Onion Amazon Store.

EXCLUSIVE: In Holoserica Cepa – A Gift From The Velvet Onion

25 Dec

© The Velvet Onion

Yes, it’s Christmas time, and as another year draws to a close, The Velvet Onion has not one, but two presents for you.

Our annual TVO Calendar has sadly been delayed a little, but will be here for your perusal before 2012 runs out of gas.  We’ve been working round the clock the last few days to ensure it’s up to scratch, and reaches you before the end of the month, and we think you’ll love what we’ve come up with, so stay peeled over the festive season for that!

The other present… well that’s arguably more special.  We’ve called upon some of our more musical friends in the realm of the Onion, to provide a very special eight-track EP you can download completely free!

Just visit our Soundcloud page to get all eight tracks, featuring the likes of James Cook, Sue Denim, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn-Hall, Rich Fulcher, Richard Glover, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Holly Jane Shears, Waen Shepherd, William Summers, Gareth Tunley, Michael Tyack and Tony Way.

But hurry, because the files will only be available until SUNDAY JANUARY 6th, before being taken down forever.  For a full tracklisting, and a flashy swanky player loaded with all eight songs, see below.

TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection.  You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this – a most merry of holiday seasons to you all. We love ya.

TRACKS1

01. Secret Wolf – GARY LE STRANGE

Taken from the long deleted third Gary Le Strange album, Beef Scarecrow, this song has only previously been made available at Waen Shepherd’s live shows many moons ago.  Stay tuned for the full reissue of his GLS albums over the next twelve months, with the first, Polaroid Suitcase available now.

02. Stingo – PRINCES IN THE TOWER

Originally a spin-off from folk legends Circulus, the magnificent Princes In The Tower have become an almighty Tudor force in their own right.  This track is taken from the forthcoming debut album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be available soon…

03. Midnight, The Stars And You – RICHARD GLOVER & STEPHEN EVANS

Described by Evans as a ‘short and daft’ version of the 1930s classic (forever immortalised in The Shining), this is a previously unreleased recording from the Splendid duo…

04. The Self Machine – JAMES COOK

Taken from James’ wonderful debut solo album, Arts And Sciences, this track sees the former Nemo frontman on typically fine form.  The album is available now.

TRACKS2

05.  Song Of A Wayfarer – WILLIAM SUMMERS

Recorded live at St John the Divine Church in Richmond upon Thames back in July, this is an exclusive, haunting live recording from the multi-instrumentalist.

06. Unicorn – DEADDOGINBLACKBAG

The first new DeadDogInBlackBag song for a long, long time, this is a complete and utter exclusive from the electropop duo.

07. Another Rainy Day – SUE DENIM

A 60s influenced b-side from Sue’s recent Bicycle single, this track acts a taster for her delightfully summery debut solo album, Sue And The Unicorn, which is available now.

08. This Christmastime [2012 Mix] – ANTONY ELVIN, ALICE LOWE & FRIENDS

Originally recorded for Alice LoweJacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Film of the same name back in 2010, this fresh mix from its producer and co-writer Antony Elvin features a host of TVO stars – Gareth Tunley, Shelley Longworth, Waen Shepherd, Tony Way and Rich Fulcher – spreading an important message for the festive season.

Princes Of The Renaissance

11 Dec

Tudor folk trio Princes In The Tower made an appearance on London based traditional music station Renaissance 104.4FM last week, and their appearance can now be shared beyond the boundaries of South Bank.

© Edward Lloyd

The three-piece, comprising Michael TyackAntony Elvin and William Summers, were on typically joyous form – fresh from their appearance in Hunderby and their performances in support of Elvin’s score for the new adaptation of The Prince And The Pauper we told you about recently.

You can hear the full broadcast below, and those of you who can’t get enough of this lute, flute and crumhorn induced frivolity can rejoice in the fact that the trio are currently putting the finishing touches on their album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be released forthwith. Stay peeled for more info!

Bath, Catford & The Princes

4 Sep

© Suelan

Psychedelic Tudor rock trio Princes In The Tower are to make the most of the first weekend of October, with appearances in Bath and Catford.

Fresh from their cameo in Hunderby, the delightful Antony ElvinWill Summers and Michael Tyackwill bring their whimsical melodies to The Old Crown in Weston, Bath on October 6th – as part of celebrations for the pub’s 300th anniversary.  Elvin has promised the band is “going to party like it’s erm 1712!” – so get on down there and join in the fun.

The following day, October 7th, the trio will be returning to Catford Broadway Market to entertain shoppers with their folk-flavoured delights once again.  For more details, keep an eye on the market’s Facebook page, where you can see pictures of their appearance last weekend.

Get Classical – Tonight!

5 Jul

© Edward Lloyd

Michael Tyack, of Princes in the Tower and Circulus fame, is appearing in Get Classical tonight in Camden, at the Constitution Pub, 42 St Pancras Way, NW1 0QT.

The show features “a great line up of superstars from London’s early music scene”, who will be improvising and inventing new tunes for old instruments.

It will be a night out with a difference so why not pop along, if you’re in the area?

The show starts at 7pm and finishes at 11pm.

For more information head over to the Facebook Event Page.

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