Surprise release – ‘4 x 4 x 1‘ – The first in a series of covers EPs
Here we have it… I’ve been collaborating with my good friend and bandmate Gary Pennick, through the wonders of technology, and we’ve been busy. Plans to do a covers project began before Christmas, while Gaz and myself were on a pub crawl around York. We thought we could have some fun recording songs we love and settled on the style of country rock. Not for purists by any means though, more for fans of rock n’ roll with a country twang. The lockdown has given us the time to get it off the ground, with this first EP, ‘4 x 4 x 1’ – 4 songs by 4 different artists.
As things progressed, we realised we needed to get a few more people involved who could work remotely, to do the songs justice. We reached out and got some incredibly talented musicians on board. The lineup on this EP features myself on acoustic guitar, upright bass, harmonica and vocals, Gaz on acoustic/electric guitars and backing vocals, Simon Hanson on drums, Barnaby Southgate on piano and accordion, Aaron Connelly on piano and organ, plus my brother Phil Cassidy on mandolin.
‘4 x 4 x 1’ is available on Bandcamp now, a fantastic platform for supporting independent artists during this difficult time, as you can pay more for the release if you wish. Today in particular, they are waving their revenue share, so please support any bands you love on there if you can.
I’m also putting the finishing touches to my other lockdown project, ‘The Isolation Tapes‘, a 10 track acoustic record of new original songs which you can pre-order now on digital, CD and with exclusive hand painted Lyric Art (just a few remaining).
Anyway, we hope this helps kill the quarantine blues for a little while…
Enjoy and stay safe. Cheers MJC x