Welcome everyone to the latest news from the band and there is lots of it. For starters....Cold Flame are about to release a new group studio album, whilst work has already started in laying down backing tracks for yet another new album featuring the current line up which will be an ongoing project as new material is completed over the next few months. The release of the latest album coincides with a month of dates during July seeing the band performing the music of Jethro Tull underlining Cold Flame's status as the premier Tull tribute band in the north of England. Anyone who has seen Cold Flame either in their electric or acoustic formats over the last two months will agree that the band are in tip top musical and visual form receiving rave reviews from punters and promoters whilst getting positive press and radio slot coverage.
Blink and you will miss the coverage in the latest edition of Classic Rock mag. We are getting good coverage on local radio as well so do stay tuned.
NEW STUDIO ALBUM RELEASED - JULY 1ST!!!!
Following recent work at Shipwreck Studios in Glossop, Cold Flame are set to release an all new 13 track studio album on Saturday July 1st. Entitled STILL BURNING THE BLUES VOL.2 , this album is a brand new compilation of previously unreleased original tunes and new recordings of older Flame material. This material has been recorded over the last four years and mastered collectively at Shipwreck Studios in Glossop with the help of trusty sound engineer Paul Walster during the last six weeks. Featuring the current Cold Flame line up together with our occasional guitarist Simon Dowling, violin wizard Paul Newland of CFA fame and guest appearances from two familiar chaps - drummer Keith Bonthrone as well as flambuoyant flautist/ singer Ben Daglish. Musically whilst several musical genres are covered, the material is mainly electric blues and acoustic folk rock in style. As with all previous Flame album releases, the cover has been designed by local artist Julian Homer. A more detailed account on the new album can be found in the Albums section of the band website. Meanwhile the first 100 copies of the new album will come complete with a special incentive to Flame and Jethro Tull fans alike in the form of some interesting studio and live bonus material.You can get hold of the album through the website shop, at all Flame gigs or by emailing email@example.com All live dates during July will be used to promote the new album as well.
JETHRO TULL TRIBUTE SHOWS IN JULY
An open invitation to Jethro Tull fans everywhere in England and further afield. During July Cold Flame will be playing a number of Tull tribute shows in the north of England and the Midlands.These shows will feature a brand new stage show of Tull music lasting approx. two and a quarter hours duration part of which was premiered in Italy back in December 2005. A lot of thought, time and rehearsal has been undertaken over the last couple of months so to Jethro Tull fans everywhere come along and support our celebration to the chaps this month. Further details re start times, directions etc can be accessed through the updated Flame gig guide - check it out! As with previous Tull tribute shows expect some interesting surprises and brand new stage wear. The band will be performing further Tull tribute shows this Autumn and would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in showcasing the band.
EARL STERNDALE FESTIVAL
On Saturday July 22 Cold Flame headline the Earl Sterndale Music Festival near Buxton in Derbyshire. Alongside the band who will be performing with surprise guest musicians, there are several other support acts including our very own Cold Flame Acoustic plus Blanco Jack, Some Blokes, The Unknowns and Catch 22. The event itself, as in previous years, is being held in the picturesque High Peak district of Earl Sterndale, just south of Buxton, and in addition to the music and liquid refreshment there will be children's entertainment, displays as well as hot and cold food available throughout the day making it a cracking day out for the family. The event is also being recorded by the organisers with a view to a future dvd and / or cd release later in the year. The festival begins at 2.00pm and will last till midnight.CFA are scheduled to perform around 4.30pm with Cold Flame planned for 6.00pm. For directions to the festival take the A515 from Buxton for approx 2 miles then turn right onto the B5053 Longnor road. Earl Sterndale is on the right approx 2 miles along this road.
COLD FLAME ACOUSTIC
Work has just begun on recording tracks for a Cold Flame Acoustic studio album. This is being recorded by the band on the Cold Flame mobile equipment. No release date is planned as yet. Meanwhile Cold Flame Acoustic are available for all manner of private functions with weddings a speciality. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THE WEBSITE/ MESSAGE BOARD
There have been some additions to the site since the last News page. Check out in particular the latest pictures from Italy in the Gallery section. We now have some excellent new live pics of the band taken on our webmasters very expensive camera so hopefully these will soon appear on the site.Additionally there are some live and casual pics of CFA awaiting website inclusion asap. We have also just updated the gig guide yet again - keep checking this page as there is big interest from a number of north west promoters in booking the band later in the year. Davyd has been busy working on an alternative to the now defunct message board and has now set up a myspace account which can be accessed at www.myspace.com/coldflameuk whilst messages can be posted at blog.myspace.com/coldflameuk
BIG CHAS & THE BUSINESS
Alter ego time....Ever wondered what Cold Flame would sound like with a four piece brass section.Why not come along to the Glove Works Wine Bar, George Street, Glossop on Sunday JULY 16 and all will be revealed as members of Cold Flame once more belt out blues and soul classics with a vindaloo rock and mega brass twist. Within the four piece brass line up are two musicians who have appeared on Cold Flame albums in the past namely trumpeter Johnny P and manic trombone player Gerald Bostock. Additionally our very own webmaster Pete McDonald will be playing drums for a good part of the gig. The band will be on stage from 4.00pm ish performing two one hour sets. Admission is free but you are advised to arrive early as the popularity of this occasional line up is huge as those who packed the April show will testify. Expect a couple of blues tracks from the new CF album complete with brass parts to make an appearance.
Northernbands have just redesigned a new band shop for us which you can check out on the band home page.This is now up and running so don't hesitate to make good use of it by spending your hard earned wonga on Cold Flame product including the brand new album.
For many years now we have enthused about Fairport Convention's annual reunion festival in the little village of Cropredy in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside. For further details of this year's August weekend bash check out the Fairport link on our links page.
Be seeing you......Ben Rossington and Cold Flame JULY 2006