Studio album #6 saw ALL CHANGE for the band. Very shortly before the release of album #5, Bjorn joined the band's ranks, making us a four-piece for the first time. Then later that same year, Alan #1 left, to be replaced by his brother Alan #2 (this is a long story, which is explained on our website!).
The majority of the songs on The Tarn Machine were written in the period between January and April 2015 during a time of great turmoil. During this period the new line-up of The Bar-Steward Sons were forced to take time-out from live shows after Scott's partner, Amanda, had to undergo surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer.
The album was originally released in early 2015, but with the benefit of hindsight, we felt that we could significantly improve on the production of the album, and so in late 2019, during the 'Leap of Faith' Project, we roped long-standing sound guru Joel Howe back in to mix and master new renditions of the original tracks. On some of them we went back to the original tracks (stripping out rough sounding bits, fixing bits and adding totally new bits to add texture), and in some cases it was back to the drawing board to just start from scratch with long-established tracks to improve them.
We hope that people enjoy revisiting the tracks as much as we did, and to anyone new to them, you will also get the original versions as bonus tracks as they were as 'demo versions' too so that you can compare them and see how they evolved over the years.
released June 1, 2015
Scott Doonican: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, banjulele, bass guitar, piano, stylophone, body percussion, drum programming
Bjorn Doonicansson: banjo, mandolin, fiddle
Alan Doonican #2: piano accordion, piano, keyboards, xylophone
with special guests on The Devil Went Darn To Barnsley:
Maartin Allcock - electric guitar, baritone guitar, bass, synths
Eliza Carthy - fiddle, backing vocals
Mike Harding - The Devil
Graham Oliver - electric guitar
Matt Townsend - drums
Mojo Doonican - bass on Big Coffee Brand and Frisky In The Jar
All songs recorded by Scott Doonican at Moon-On-A-Stick Studios, West Barnsley
Except The Devil Went Darn To Barnsley - produced by Maartin Allcock at Squiggle Studios, Harlech, Wales
Hailing from Barnsley, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are Britain's hardest working comedy band. Having played over
1,000 anarchic live shows to date, they are instantly recognisable for their immaculate hair and their stylish dress-sense. The have been critically acclaimed to be the UK festival scene's undisputed Kings of Parody....more
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I'm sat in our van, in a layby in the Midlands awaiting the exuberant excitement tomorrow... This is where it's at!
Love and Light and Laughter to all that made this little slice of magic whilst supporting mental health. Myself, the universe and many others thank you.
I don't wanna go home - good job I live in a van 😁 Stella O'Farrell
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Album #5 & Gaz has really upped his game on this one (with the help of some friends). This album has a huge new (wider) sound for Gaz & the album really sounds better than anything he's done. Aleutia Shannon