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Wednesday 19 April 2017

Summertyme News: Edgar Jones & The New Joneses Join The Sundowners @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

Edgar William Jones, also known as Edgar Summertyme, is an English singer-songwriter and musician who was originally the bass player and singer-songwriter for the Stairs and has since formed and fronted the Isrites, The Big Kids, Edgar Jones & the Joneses and Free Peace. 

Jones has also played as a session musician for several artists including Ian McCulloch, Paul Weller, Saint Etienne and Ocean Colour Scene.

Now the veritable Godfather of Scouse-Psych brings to Brighton Edgar Jones & The New Joneses, a supertight collective of musicians playing soul, blues, jazz and ska.

A regular mainstay of the Liverpool scene, for over twenty years, Edgar has returned (from illness) in 2017 with a fresh new record. The Song of Day and Night.  

Already being lauded by those lucky enough to hear it as his best work since 2005's seminal Soothing Music for Stray Cats, touted by Noel Gallagher as his favourite album that year - "It bent my head man." 

Edgar Jones - Best Thing

Drawing influence from his big love of 60's stateside soul music labels both North and South. Edgar was first introduced to the Liverpool scene as Ian McCulloch's (Echo and the Bunnymen) bassist aged only eighteen, leaving to form his own group the much loved scouse psychedelic group the Stairs whose debut LP Mexican R"n'B is now a rare and  collectable item. 

Joining Edgar's band will be The Sundowners, a Liverpool five-piece who are on the cusp of releasing Cut The Master, the keenly anticipated follow up to their lauded debut.

An assembly of rare, unconventional musical minds gathered for the band"s recording sessions at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool, placing a multitude of hands on the production tiller, resulting in a fascinatingly, multi-directional record. 

Collaborators led by the band included James Skelly and Rich Turvey (The Coral, She Drew The Gun, Blossoms) and part-musical archaeologist, part-sonic alchemist, 

Andy Votel, with the latter not only co-producing two tracks, but curating/penning a series of curious, cinematic interludes that weave between each track. 

Edgar Jones & The New Joneses & The Sundowners at Sticky Mikes, Brighton, on 3rd May 2017. CLICK HERE for tickets.

by: Mike Cobley


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Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

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