Discography 2018-02-06T04:09:11+00:00

Go Blue

The songs on Go Blue are a mix of old and new, but all are previously unrecorded. They’d been biding their time in a large pile of demos in varying degrees of roughness. We’ll leave it to you and the critics to describe the musical style but the official description here at Big City is ‘extremely varied’.

Out of the Green

A collection of six traditional and four contemporary folk songs from England, Ireland and Scotland featuring acoustic guitar, vocals, fiddle, accordion, bodhran, mandola,’cello, bass, harmonium and hammered dulcimer. There’s everything here from rousing drinking songs, to murder ballads; from sad laments to wickedly amusing folk tales. “Out of the Green came out of the blue really. After ten years of thinking about songs to record, it took ten minutes to make up my mind, ten days to record it all and ten weeks to get the record out!”

Into The Red

This recording features Geoffrey Kelly (Spirit of the West, Paperboys), Shona Le Mottee (Lord of the Dance, Paperboys, Fear of Drinking), Amy Stephen (Mad Pudding, Jou Tou), Tom Neville (Fear of Drinking, James Keelaghan), Jennie Bice (Prydwen, Fear of Drinking) and James Ong (Spygirl).

“His strong personal voice, with commitments to themes of importance, speaks in the same vein as James Keelaghan, Eileen McGann and David Francey, while Tim’s sense of humour stands comparison with that of The Arrogant Worms.”

In Black & White

“Recorded live, it captures the energy, cheeky wit, musicality, fun and devil-may-care attitude which is typical of a Readman performance…it’s a party!” Scene Magazine, London

by Tim Readman and Fear Of Drinking. (This recording features Allison Russell (Po’ Girl / Birds of Chicago)

One Morning When I Went To Work…

Fear of Drinking was formed with Gerard Kerr in Vancouver around 1989. We played for fun at a few parties and discovered we both had songs from our respective homelands (North East of England and New Zealand’s South Island) that we enjoyed playing together…mainly folk songs about coal, sheep and love gone bad. The duo expanded with the addition of Jane Gowan on accordion and vocals, to round out our acoustic guitars and vocals.

by Fear Of Drinking

It Could Happen To You

“7 days are in the week, except when love goes bad like when you’re away hunting deer and your loved one leaves you and the station but love blossoms in the Irish sunshine until the black future without coal looms; you emigrate only to die in a lonely desert and here comes those drunken hordes but you escape the storm and discover that after all it is our faithful fans that keep coming back.”

by Fear Of Drinking.

Get On With It!

After much deliberation and experimentation we realized the only way to do this album was to get on with it. Recorded live to DAT in Tim’s living room, in spite of lawnmowers, weedeaters, stop-sign runners, boom cars & Harleys. The legend was born!

by Fear Of Drinking

Blue Suburban Skies

These eight songs celebrate moments treasured by every Beatles fan. They will strike a chord with Beatlemaniacs everywhere! Splendid time, guaranteed!

by Newcastle Road

Celebrate The Beatles

Celebrate The Beatles is a 3 song mini CD by Newcastle Road. The songs are all original Tim Readman/Alan Millen compositions performed by Tim and Bill Buckingham in the style of the Fab Four. They have garnered critical praise and airplay especially in the UK. Celebrate The Beatles and Wander Along take the listener on a musical journey to the Beatles’ hometown and also acknowledge Liverpool’s annual Beatle Week Festival.

Christmas with The Beatles is for everyone who ever looked forward to getting a Beatles album from Santa. Also featured are all 3 tracks without any lead vocals, so that you can learn the words and then grab your sister’s hairbrush and sing along in front of your bedroom mirror until your little heart is content! You’ll find, on reflection, that it is a very good way to spend an evening at home. Or even at someone else’s.

by Newcastle Road

Under The Influence

The third and final incarnation of this project is a true concept album of 14 original songs by, for and about fans of The Beatles.

by Newcastle Road

All Over The Map

Brit Pop meets Americana in Canada. Acoustic rock, electric folk, rootsy pop, acoustic and electric guitars, accordions, banjo, mandolins, bass, percussion and tons of vocal harmonies.

by The Eventually Brothers

…At St James’ Park

17 tracks spanning a century of Newcastle United history in a wide variety of styles (pop, rock, folk, dance etc.etc.) that commemorate various memorable moments and personalities, all viewed through the eyes of lifelong fans.

The Exiles

The First Eleven

North East English Folk Music with a few surprises. Songs by 2 exiled Geordies about heroes…and legendary games. On Tyneside or in the far corners of the globe this will bring good cheer.

“an affectionate and nostalgic tribute…rather than the usual ‘football song’ fare…an excellent piece of work.” TYNE TALK

by The Exiles

…And 50,000 In The Stands

Diverse eclectic mix of pop, folk, rock, rap ,ska and disco songs for Newcastle United fans. Moments in the history of Newcastle United, ranging from the pre-war days of the legendary Hughie Gallacher to the present.

by The Exiles

Run, Geordie, Run

Two songs written and recorded especially to support ‘Run Geordie Run’ lad, Mark Allison, as he ran 3100 miles across the USA in 100 days during the Summer of 2011.

All profits made are in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice and The Children’s Foundation.

by The Exiles

Great Stuff – The Songs of Paul “Lolly” Lawton

Listen to his words, feel the music and lose yourself for just a little while.

On July 15, 2005, we learned of the tragic death of our beloved friend Paul “Lolly” Lawton. The loss was unexpected, and although the days and months that followed Lolly’s passing have at times been unbearably sad, there is always a memory of Lolly that comes to mind to lift our hearts and offer us strength.

To have known Lolly was to adore him. He was a genuine, compassionate and spiritual person whose love of life was contagious. He stopped at nothing to make people feel uniquely special and to bring laughter to each day. What was most remarkable about Lolly was his ability to balance his time amongst the things that mattered most to him. He was a loyal supporter of the Everton Football Club (Go Blues!), a committed contributor to a variety of charities and children’s sponsorship programs, an accomplished drummer and percussionist, a devoted member of his faith, a best friend to so many, and a loving son, brother and uncle. It wasn’t until after Lolly passed away that we realised just how much he managed to fit into each day. For this we give thanks to Lolly’s malfunctioning “off-button”.

When we discovered the mini disc containing the songs recorded on this CD, we were once again amazed by our Lolly. We had enthusiastically followed the success of our friend, the drummer, but uncovering his talents as a songwriter has been one of the most poignant gifts he has left us. Through music, Lolly’s greatest passion, he has proven the everlasting nature of love, which lives on and continues to grow even when a body’s journey has ended.

Our fortune is that we will forever have this imprint of Lolly’s powerful soul. His deep connection to God and his guiding energy are embodied in the music he wrote. Our hope is that these songs offer lightness, joy and the courage to pursue any dream imaginable to all that hear them.

Each of the musicians appearing on this CD were dear friends to Lolly, people he admired, respected and felt privileged to play with. We’ve called it “Great Stuff” in memory of the name Lolly gave to the countless compilations of tunes he would spend hours and days preparing for his friends and family.

As Lolly would have wanted, take the time to listen to his words, feel the music and lose yourself for just a little while.

by the Friends of Paul “Lolly” Lawton