The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican's 7th studio album was written between the release of Sat'day Neet Fever in 2013 and early 2014, and was recorded over a four month period between the relentless touring.
It is the first BS/VD album that had been completely 'gigged' prior to recording it, and so we were able to see which songs were 'keepers' from crowd responses to them.
We had some special guests returning into the Doonican Discs studio: long-time friend of the band Richard Kitson (who has previously collaborated on 'Wath-On-Dearne Blues' and 'Wath-On-Dearne (Do They Know It's Christmas)' came down and added a jaw-dropping rawk electric geetar solo on Track 6, and Delmar Doonican (who played on The Big 7" B-Side 'Ace Of Spades') returned with his banjo in hand to add some twang to the track. The crowd at a festival at Harefield Hall also make an appearance on this track (the recording took place whilst we recorded the live set 'It'll Be Reight' if you want to hear the true story behind the song).
The band celebrate their 8th year in the summer of 2014 and with seven albums and countless live efforts in the discography we have no intention of slowing the pace.
released May 25, 2014
Vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, 5-string banjo, bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjolele, piano, keyboards, harmonica, melodica, xylophone, wazoogle, percussion and owt else.
Piano accordion, spoken vocal on ‘Road To Somewheer’
12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, ukulele
with special guests...
Banjo on ‘Whole Lotta Rosé’
Lead electric guitar on ‘Whole Lotta Rosé’
Recorded and produced by Scott Doonican between January 9th - April 19th 2014
Big shout-outs to:
Amanda, Kay & Hannah, all of the ‘Doonitics’ (you know who you are),
Delmar Doonican, Richard Kitson, Björn Doonicanson, Terry & Jo Brookes, Folkus, Dr. Chris Sammon for the lyrics to ‘The Bar Of The Old No. 7’, Pocketful O’ Nowt, Simon Friend, Steph Shaw, John Bownas, Graham Ibbeson, The Lancashire Hotpots, Eliza Carthy, Maartin Allcock, Graham Oliver, Mike Harding, Hugh Whitaker,
Den Duffy for making Scott & Andy‘s fabulous custom ukuleles, the crowd at Harefest at Harefield Hall for the live cheers & chants on ‘Whole Lotta Rosé’, and last, but certainly not least, all Doonifans everywhere... without you we’re nowt!
This album is dedicated to the memory of Stuart Di Tanna.
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