For session work click here, from Heather Findlay, Bryan Josh, Iain, and more.
Heather got a baby called Harlan ;-) They and their father are doing it well ;-)
In the last Io-Pages, number 83, you can read a nice with Bryan Josh (in Dutch). Part I & Part II, a big thank you to
October 2008. Mostly Autumn supports the Bad Shepperds:
Following on from Uriah Heep, Jethro Tull and Bryan Adams , the latest in the long list of established celebrities who have discovered Mostly Autumn and invited the band to join them on tour is none other than Adrian Edmondson .
The Bad Shepherds is the exciting new collaboration conceived by Adrian featuring Maartin Allcock from Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull , Troy Donockley renowned for his work with Mostly Autumn ,Maddy Prior, Midge Ure , Nightwish and others plus rising Irish music star violinist Eimear Bradley .
The Bad Shepherds revisit punk era classics and add arrangements inspired by traditional folk music . The effect is stunning as new wave anthems from The Jam , The Clash , Kraftwerk , The Stranglers , Squeeze ,The Sex Pistols and others are approached from an acoustic/ Celtic standpoint .
"Following the kind invitation from Adrian Edmondson, we are extremely pleased to announce that we will be joining the Bad Shepherds for a number of dates from this autumn.
This will be a chance for you to see a different slant on Mostly Autumn.
On this tour we will be performing a number of songs with Olivia Sparnenn standing in for Heather, (who will obviously be indisposed at this time, but getting ready to join us for the full line up concerts) and various other members of the band in a more semi acoustic setting.
We are very much looking forward to this tour, and the chance to perform songs in a different light to many new faces and hopefully some of you as well.
Hope to see you out there, let's have some fun!
Hi folks, it is again my duty to inform you of some happy and sad changes in the Mostly Autumn line up.
The sad bit.... Angela Gordon has left us to concentrate her time on being a dedicated mother and we wish her all the best and thank her for her tremendous dedication to the band over the last ten years. See her statement Below.
Chris Johnson has also decided to leave for various reasons (see statement below) although you may see him occasionally filling in on the live front. We thank him for his beautiful contributions to the Mostly autumn family. See his statement below.
We would also like to thank Andy Jennings for stepping in for the last tour, unfortunately due to commitments he is unable to commit to the next tour.
The happy bit.....
We are extremely pleased to announce the welcome return of... Liam Davison on guitars. Iain Jennings on keyboards (Barring the occasional gig due to former commitments). Anne Marie Helder on keyboards, guitars, vocals and flute.
We would also like to welcome on board a fantastic new drummer by the name of
Henry Bourn who is playing on the album as we speak.
Nothing stays the same but ROLL ON THE BIG SOUND.
After much soul-searching I have decided that the time has come to bow-out of Mostly Autumn.
I offer my heartfelt thanks to the Mostly Autumn family, especially Bryan, Heather, Jean and Suzi, and to the fans whose support has been overwhelming, who have all made the last 10 years a fantastic adventure.
It was my intention to return to touring after the birth of my daughter, Scarlett but I could never have anticipated how my feelings would change. Although there are several reasons, ultimately, performing locally over the last few weeks has made me realise that being away from Scarlett to tour further afield is out of the question at this time.
I will however continue to perform locally, both solo and with the York ensemble, Garland Of Flutes, and have firm plans to record my debut album in September of this year.
Mostly Autumn will always be very close to my heart and I have wonderful memories to take with me into the next chapter of my life.
Love and best wishes
This was a very hard decision to make; I was really excited about recording the new Mostly Autumn album but the desire to do my own record has always been there and it just wasn’t going away. The encouragement and support of Bryan and Heather has opened up new avenues in my song writing and finally given me the confidence go forward on my own.
It feels like the right time; my personal circumstances enable me to commit a lot of time this year to a solo album. To remain so creatively focused on Mostly Autumn would have been spreading myself too thinly, and MA isn’t the kind of band where you can give less than 100%. This is going to be a key album for MA and they’re playing some of the biggest shows of their career in the next 12 months, I’d feel like I’d be letting down myself, the band and, most of all, the fans if I was going into this with my attention elsewhere.
I’m hoping to record my new record in breaks from touring with Fish. Most of the songs are written already, I’m grabbing studio time wherever I can to get the demos recorded, and the emerging album already has me very excited!
I’m documenting the whole process on my website
www.chris-johnson.info. There’s already a couple of rough mixes up there and I’ll be posting new songs as they’re recorded. I’m actually hoping that all sorts of stuff will find its way onto the site – new demos, live recordings, concert footage, remixes and one-mic-in-the-middle-of-the-room jams. Also, by committing to showing the entire process online everyone will know if I slack off!
I feel privileged to have been part of the Mostly Autumn world and shared so many emotions and positive experiences with the band, everyone behind the scenes, and of course the fans. It really does break my heart not to be involved in Glass Shadows but if I don’t do my own thing now I’m not sure I ever will.
I honestly hope to remain part of the Mostly Autumn family and that we may work together again in some form or other somewhere down the line.
Well, after a few months with our heads elsewhere I can say that it is very refreshing to get back into the world of Mostly Autumn and we are all very much looking forward to playing live for you again.
The line up for the forthcoming shows will include Anne Marie Helder who will have the baton passed to her from Angela who as you know is going to be a mother very soon.
Angela will be present for the next two shows and we all wish her the very, very best.
We will officially start working on writing a new album later this month which is to be released in spring and are looking at the possibility of doing an in depth video diary of the whole process, from the very start to the very end of delivering a record, there will be an official statement in the next ten days on this.
To promote the album we will tour from late April into May, all dates will be listed very soon.
See you soon,
Roger Newport, a dear friend of the Mostlies, joined them on several gigs in the last week before Christmas.
Roger is a gifted guitarist and a Mostly Autumn fan since he was born.
The special Edition of Heart Full Of sky is out and shipped now; 12-12-06!
The regular eidtion will be in the stores in February!!!
News 26th of May: Bryan & Liam are involved with a review of
On an Island, see
With members from Pendragon, The Reasoning, Magenta and others....
Mostly Autumn did an excellent gig at the Open Air Festival in St.Goarshausen 28
July 2006! That's the famous Loreley gig.
News: Iain Jennings has left Mostly Autumn!
Read more here. Ben "Thunder" Matthews took over the keyboard duties, in Mexico. Ben played with the Mostlies at
The Astoria, so we can hear his tasteful guitar playing at the New album "Storms Over London
Town". He also helped with the producing of "Storms Over Still Water". Read more about him at
this page. Chris Johnson will be on keyboards at the U.K. gigs. Chris is a dear friend of
the Mostlies and is a sound engineer. He did helped out Mostly Autumn at their launch party
in London last year. And he was joining Olivia as support act of Mostly Autumn.
So good to have you back on board Chris!
Breathing Space is his breathtaking album!!!
Liam Davison, the guitarist of Mostly Autumn, is working on a solo album too!
Fish sung "Kayleigh" &
"Just Good Friends" with Heather at a "friends" gig in York December 23 2005!
Ben Thunder Matthews played keyboards on the gig in Mexico, March the 9th. The gig was very successful and
the band has made some new fans.
Chris Johnson takes over the keyboard duties at the current tour. Chris worked with the Mostly Autumn last year.
He is a sound engineer.
He also did the support act with Olivia Sparman (who sings now with Mostly Autumn and was also the lead singer
in Iain Jennings band).
Set list of the first gig of their tour (in Glasgow, 23 March) was:
Last Climb / Broken Glass / Dark Before Dawn / Answer The Question / Evergreen / Heartlife / Out of The Inn / Shindig / Black Rain / Never The Rainbow / Just Good Friends & Lucky
( featuring Fish ) / Carpe Diem / Heroes Never Die.
Worked on a double DVD of the Story of
Pink Floyd (June 2004). Movies, live shots, promo films, reviews of each album, with an beautiful
booklet, so as we are used too (Mostly Autumn at the Grand Opera and Astoria). Produced by
Bob Carruthers. See for more details the
Pink Floyd page.
The same happend with Genesis -Inside the Music DVD.
These DVD's can be ordered at
and Marc Atkinson who are members of this group appears on the DVD/Cd The Story so Far,
Marc & Gina appeared on their new remastered Anthology album.
Gina Dootson is currently doing some solo-stuf.
Gina Dootson. IAIN played with her before he joined Mostly Autumn. Gina plays sings also at Marc
Atkinsons band Gabriel (See above).
This is what she wrote early November 2005:
Just thought I'd let you know about some great news. I wrote a dance song
with a DJ from York called Steve Helstrip (aka The Thrillseekers) called "By
Your Side".... and its taking off. It's in Pete Tong's Top 10 and he's
played it on his Essential Selection show on the last 3 Friday nights. Pete
Tong also interviewed Paul van Dyk (recently voted world number 1 DJ of
2005) and asked him live on Radio 1 what his favourite track of the moment
was and Paul van Dyk said "By Your Side" by The Thrillseekers feat. Gina
Dootson"!!!!!!!! It is getting regular play on Galaxy fm and is starting to
spread. The single is due for release in February 2006. I know its quite
different from my usual stuff, but I think you'll agree that it could well
open some major music industry doors for me.
I'm booked in the studio with the band in early December to start recording
lots of new songs... can't wait.
Julia is a strong storyteller gifted with a beautiful voice.
June 2002 - BBCi review on the
'Strung Out' acoustic competition,
York View BBC article
She has a beautiful voice, the gorgeous
"Only You" meant they well deserved their third place.
May 2002 - Heather Findlay,
Mostly Autumn No
storyteller with enough empathy to understand the world
twice over could match the gritty realism of a girl
who's been to the bottom and, like cream, risen to the
top with a pocket full of treasure that is
If only stones could speak by The Bollenberg Experience, see John BoBo Bollenberg ('02). Excpected to be released, summer
Gueststars; Rick Wakeman, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Roine Stolt (Flower Kings,
Transatlantic, Kaipa), William Kopecky, Par Lindh, Bjorn Johansson and a 16-piece choir.
Heather can be heard on three tracks whilst she also plays whistle and bodhran on one track.
Bryan has recorded guitar also on three tracks and has also sung on one of the songs which
Heather has always been open to working with other artists, both live and on record. She made several live appearances throughout 2002 with Damien Wilson
and then in 2003 Arjen Lucassen invited her to sing and collaborate with him on his Ayreon release “The Human Equation”. This album featured a
multitude of singers, each playing a different part in Lucassen’s tale of a road accident victim whose emotions battle amongst themselves within him while he is
in a coma in hospital. Heather’s part was that of “Love” and was one that perfectly suited the warmth of her voice. However, it is the tracks “Day Eleven: Love” and
“Day Thirteen: Sign” that are her standout contributions. The former features Heather singing in an uncharacteristic yet spookily Kate Bush-like
style while the latter song has her singing with a far more familiar, warm, soft romantic quality to her voice. Arjen’s faith in Heather’s abilities
was further endorsed by him asking her to write to the lyrics for both of these songs, something he rarely trusts to others.
Heather also sang on, and wrote the words for “August Fire”, an acoustic track that was originally recorded for (but eventually wasn’t included on) “The Human Equation” and was released on Ayreon’s single “Come Back To Me” in 2005.
Heather still found time to make a couple more guest
appearances, the first with Uriah Heep at their Magician’s
Birthday Party (sharing lead vocals on “Love In Silence” and then joining in on backing vocals on “Lady In Black”) and the second with
John Wetton at the Mean Fiddler.
She likes to make some art for the Mostly Autumn sleeves. An her illustration for the
song “Hanging Tree” of Ritchie Blackmore, was included in the
sleeve of “The Fires at Midnight”.
You can buy and see her artwork at this sot.
The albums that feature Heathers voice include:
Let it Ride - Shed Seven, (vocals on "In a hole”)
Ascension – Gabriel,
Delicate Flame of Desire - Karnataka, John BoBo Bollenberg ('02),
Julia Jenkins - Shine, see above, Arjen Lucassen (2004) (With an interview).
She is also the co-writer and singer of the song "August Fire", recorded by Iain at the Bat Cave.
She also plays bodran on this track. The song was released on the
single "Come Back To Me" of Ayreon ('05).
Uriah Heep DVD or SCAD release from teh annual Magician's Birthday Party.
Ascension – Gabriel,
Julia Jenkins - Shine, see above, John BoBo Bollenberg ('02).
Apperently he's doing a guitar solo on Gina Dootsons (with The Thrillseekers) new single called
"By Your Side" ('05).
Bryan mentioned that he had small plans for a solo album, just like Heather.
White Noise the new project fronted by former Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow front man
and featuring Bryan Josh on Guitar.
Keeping up the Rainbow connection the White Noise project features members of Mostly Autumn
including Iain Jennings, Liam Davison and of course Blackmore protégé Josh.
Morpheus Rising are a hard rock band from the UK withe the following members.
Andy Smith (Mostly Autumn) - bass
Pul Gibbons (Ex Bogus Brothers) - Drums
Pete Harwood (Marillions Guitar tech for the last 4 years) - Guitar
Simon Wight (Composer or TV and Radio) - Vocals
Daymo Sweeting - (Teacher and session player) - Guitar
Our influences consist of the usual new wave of british heavy metal bands such and Saxon, Maiden with the gothic edge of the cult thrown in for good measure.
We released our album "Let the Sleeper awake in December last year followed by an extensive UK tour in January 2012.
we are completely independent and self funded. Have our record label and fully self funded.
Please find a link to our video 'Lord of the North""