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Brief Encounters With Famous People

October 14th, 2013

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A sweet reminsence about Toyah in “Brief Encounters With Famous People” at Vloggerheads.

My Mum’s hobby was knitting. She was an absolute EXPERT at hand-knitting Arran sweaters.

One day in the late 80’s, I got a call on my carphone (yeah – I had one of those – I thought I was the Dog’s Bollocks) telling me I should come over for tea – there was someone famous that was coming over she wanted me to meet.

Turns out that one of Mum’s friends worked in the music business and she was having sweaters knitted to give as special gifts to her clients. One of her clients was Toyah Willcox (yeah – I know – lots of you won’t even know who she was!) – and Toyah was so impressed, she wanted to meet the knitter and order some special sweaters.

That was a surreal evening – Toyah was at the house for about 2 hours chatting with Mum about patterns and wool.  I just sat transfixed. She was absolutely beautiful in real life – nothing like her stage persona at all.

Mum knitted special-order Arran sweaters for Toyah Willcox and her friends from 1987 right up until her death in 2003. I always told her that they were rich and famous and she wasn’t charging them enough! :-)

• Visit the blog at Vloggerheads.

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Uncut: King Crimson New Line Up/Tour

September 26th, 2013

uncut13aNot strictly Toyah news but she is mentioned in the article, as is fellow Human Bill Rieflin.

King Crimson unveil new-line up and 2014 tour plans

Robert Fripp has unveiled a new incarnation of King Crimson.

Speaking to Uncut, Fripp said: “King Crimson is returning to active service. We are on-call to be ready for a live performance on September 1, 2014. Seven members. Four English, three American. Three drummers. It’s a different configuration of King Crimson than before. Some are familiar names, maybe more than others.”

This line-up – the 8th in the band’s history – will be Fripp, Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk.

• Continue reading at Uncut.

Bass Night with Phil Spalding

August 9th, 2013

Phil Spalding is playing a Bass Night at Absolute Music’s new superstore in Bournemouth on Wednesday 4th September. Phil says: “Join me for an evening of punchy basslines, behind-the-scenes secrets from my colourful career and tips on how to record your bass parts in one take… no drop-ins and no edits!”

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BBC Midlands: Toyah Signs CRB Petition

July 16th, 2013

bbcmid13aToyah has lent her support to CRB Midlands – The Campaign for Regional Broadcasting Midlands – Promoting the Midlands as a place to make TV, radio and film!

They say: “As a publicly funded organisation the BBC is obligated to reflect the importance of our region. The Midlands needs the support of the BBC but it should also be recognised that the BBC needs the support of the 10 million people who live in this region.”

Toyah said: “Birmingham has incredible talent and culture. We need the BBC to be able to express this to the world. As a city Birmingham is the friendliest place I know and it deserves to be a media centre of excellence.”

• View the CRB Midlands petition page at Change.org.

Jelly: Troubadour, Wizard, The Queen And The Machine

June 8th, 2013

Jelly have just released their debut album, the wonderfully titled ‘Troubadour, Wizard, The Queen And The Machine’. Jelly, of course, includes singer Stevie Bray in ther line-up, formerly the original drummer in Toyah.

Read a short review of the album at Soundtrack4Life: “Now, this is what you call a debut album! Eleven slices of superb rock and roll“.

Tracklist: 1. Say Hello, 2. Car Crash Movie, 3. Kill Me, Thrill Me, 4. The Note, 5. Something’s Killing Me, 6. Best Of Us Yet, 7. Maybe I’m Stupid, 8. Hush Now, 9. Alice In Paris, 10. Get Outta Jail, 11. Miss Behaviour.

The album is currently available by contacting the band via their Facebook page. As you can see the artwork for the album is also excellent.

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Zooberon: Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds

June 4th, 2013

We recently posted about Zooberon, who are promoting new, up-and-coming and unsigned bands and singers in Brighton. Zooberon is run by a long time Toyah fan and the name is a direct tribute to Toyah and her live music career.

There’s now another Toyah link. Zooberon have an amazing new band playing at their music night this Friday at The Seven Stars in Brighton. The gig is headlined by Loose Lips, is free entry and begins at 8pm. Not to be missed if you are in or around Brighton.

The Toyah link? Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Red’s drummer is none other than Chris Wong, Toyah’s guitarist for the best part of the last decade, and a member of The Humans.

The Live Music Zooberon > The Sound Of Brighton > Friday 7th June > 8-11pm
The Seven Stars, 21 Ship Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AD

• Further info on Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds at their official website and Facebook page.

The Perfect Sphere…

May 25th, 2013

A Toyah fan and supporter of many years is promoting unsigned bands with gigs in Brighton, and also paying tribute to Toyah’s impressive 35 year live career with the name of the nights.

Calling them The Live Music Zooberon and Zooberon Calling!, fans of Toyah and IEYA will no doubt identify the link immediately.

Numerous unsigned bands and up-and-coming singer/songwriters are already gaining followings thanks to Zooberon and the music nights are quickly becoming the place to check out great new music in and around Brighton.

V&A: David Bowie Is

April 26th, 2013

The artist Toyah continually cites as her greatest influence, including in a radio interview which aired just yesterday, David Bowie is the subject of an amazing exhibition, David Bowie Is, currently running at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Jelly: New Website

March 17th, 2013

Jelly, the band fronted by former Toyah drummer Stevie Bray, have just launched their new website.

There’s a band bio, pix, store, videos, tracks and dates. The band have a number of live dates coming up in the next couple of months.

• Visit the website. Check out all of Dreamscape’s Jelly news here.

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Woman’s Own: Win Tickets For Hormonal Housewives Tour

March 11th, 2013

We’ve teamed up with Target Live to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets for the Hormonal Housewives tour – 5 prizes to be won!

• Enter at Woman’s Own. Competition closes at 23.59 on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

Hazel O’Connor/Lene Lovich: UK Tours

February 23rd, 2013

Two of Toyah’s contemporaries are currently touring the UK; Hazel O’Connor and Lene Lovich, and this is the latter’s first tour here with a full band for around 20 years.

Lene is playing UK dates until May, with the first taking place in Leicester last weekend, and is also included in the Rebellion Festival line-up in August. There are also other European dates.

Hazel is on the road with the Breaking Glass Barefoot Tour, as well as a couple of other non-tour dates, through until June. Hazel will also be playing the Rebellion Festival.

‘Breaking Glass Barefoot’ is also the name of Hazel’s new autobiography, and Toyah receives a mention in the book.

• Visit the Official Lene Lovich website and the Official Hazel O’Connor website for more info on the tours. (Thanks to Stephen Bennett Troake)

Jelly: A Hint Of The Troubador

February 23rd, 2013

Check out Jelly at Facebook.

Steve Bray’s band have new gigs, new music and much more coming in 2013. As well as a steadily growing fanbase who appreciate great tunes.

There are regular updates to the Facebook page and loads of great band photos.

• Go on… everyone loves Jelly. (veggie jelly for me ;)) Browse our previous Jelly news posts here.

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Jelly: Passionate Tunes with Sinister Undertones…

June 22nd, 2012

with a pop punk sensibility infused with a hint of the troubador.

A one off advertisment from Switzerland, fused with a once only look at the classified ads….

The synchronicity of these events put our hero`s Mickey Howard, Stevie Bray and Vera Wild into the same frame for the first time.. All from ex name bands and all hungry to get playing live,

As players they gelled well, already having more than an albums worth of material written, they looked forward to getting the band together and seeing the songs come to life…

Jelly are: Stevie Bray, Mickey Howard, Vera Wild and Martin Drees. Their influences include: Bowie, Ian Hunter, Neil Young,  Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lords of the New Church, Kinks, Small Faces, Beatles, Buzzcocks, Led Zeppelin and Django Reinhardt.

• View more info on Jelly at Music Up and Facebook.

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