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Nick Duffy

Nick Duffy (born Nicholas John Duffy on 24 June 1956 in Birmingham, England) is a musician, artist, illustrator, and filmmaker.

Nick is the elder brother of singer/songwriter Stephen Duffy. They are both co-founders of the folk-pop group The Lilac Time. Nick is a multi-instrumentalist, and has been a frequent contributor to Stephen’s solo recordings. He also plays in other musical projects and has released solo recordings.

Artistic career
In addition to making music, Nick has long worked as an illustrator and has pursued a variety of artistic endeavors. Before Stephen released his first album The Ups And Downs in 1985, the brothers formed their own design office called “DUFFY and DUFFY”. For the album’s preview release, they had an exhibition of about 80 paintings, drawings, photographs, and video. Duffy studied art at Fazeley Street Department of Foundation Studies and Experimental Art and then Portsmouth Polytechnic Department of Fine Art, Lion Terrace.

The Lilac Time
Main article: The Lilac Time
In 1986, Nick and Stephen formed The Lilac Time along with his friend, Michael Weston. Since their formation, the Lilac Time have gone through various line-up changes with the Duffy brothers as mainstays. In the band, Nick plays banjo, violin and accordion among other instruments. He also contributes songwriting and has done production work on their recordings. The band’s sporadic activity and recording output have intertwined with Stephen’s solo and songwriting career.

Nick is featured in The Lilac Time documentary film “Memory & Desire” by Douglas Arrowsmith which was slated to be released in 2009.

Other musical projects
In 1989, Nick formed Bait after The Lilac Time’s idea for a double album was rejected by their label Fontana. The Lilac Time ended up making Paradise Circus and the remaining material was released under “Bait.” In the 1990s, Nick had made a solo recording, Original Super Mango, under the name “Eagle Ombina.” He later formed Zsa Zsa Zsa, who released a self-titled EP. Nick’s new album Sapphire Stylus was released in December 2009 on Bogus Frontage.

Personal life
He lives with his family in Cornwall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Duffy
http://nickduffy.co.uk/?page_id=1146
https://nickduffy.bandcamp.com

Angeline Morrison

Originally from Quinton, now relocated to Cornwall, Angeline Morris is a solo artist and the voice of Ambassadors of Sorrow and is currently recording with Nick Duffy.

Solo albums:
Are You Ready Cat? Freestyle Records 2013

The Rowan Amber Mill, Angeline Morrison – Silent Night Songs For A Cold Winter’s Evening Miller Sounds / Owl Textures 2014

Singles & EPs
NPB* Featuring Angeline Morrison – Plastic Love ‎Catchy Go-Go Records 2001

The Feeling Sublime

Ambassadors of Sorrow
There is No Ending 2011

Easterly 2009

The Nervous Kind

This is part one of the Nervous Kind Story 1979-82 sent in by Paul Comaskey.

The Nervous Kind came together in late 1979.

They were:  Gregg Nicholls   = lead guitar ,and backing vocals
                   Owen Comaskey= lead vocal and rhythm guitar
                    Paul Comaskey = Drums
                    Maurice Wolfe    = Bass 

Formed by Gregg Nicholls , who at the time owned the coolest cloths shop in Oasis Birmingham called Route 66, and by Owen Comaskey who was the lead singer with the short lived mod band The Townies .

It was watching The Townies gig at the Golden Eagle which prompted us all to do something better . Gregg approached Owen ,Owen invited me (Paul Comaskey) and Maurice Wolfe came on board to play bass . We were all regular “shoppers ‘ at Route 66. So the band was born . Gregg and Owen wrote most of the songs.
We played our first show at The Star Club on Essex Street supporting local band Dance. Steve Gibbons was at that show and invited us to open for him as JB’s Dudley .So the Nervous Kind were off and running .Our first demo was recorded in Erdington we have no copies of that . Our next demo was recorded with Bob Lamb 
Screaming Rita and Help from us which lead to us being offered a deal with Graduate Records , who at the time were the label UB40 were on. We recorded a single for them called Five to Monday (unreleased)It was now 1981. We played regularly at The Cedar Club and headlined many times at The Holy City Zoo. Toured with The Beat , and played with UB40 and Dexy’s . After the deal with Graduate fell through we struggled to find a label .We continued playing locally and recorded a BBC session for Kid Jensen (I think) produced by the late great Dale Griffin (Mott The Hoople)By 1982 we were floundering and Gregg left to go live in NYC. We replaced him with Paul Adams from the Hawks 
Maurice left shortly afterwards and we replaced him Simon Colley from The Hawks .By now Owen was the main songwriter. The new line up recorded a demo at Pete Kings studio and we were preparing to 
to start play out again, when Owen quit and moved to NYC to write with Gregg .

Enter Matthew Edwards…
 
Owen and Gregg lived in NYC for about 18 months returning to Birmingham late in 1984 . They had written an albums worth of songs and were ready to put The Nervous Kind back together. 
 
While they were away, Paul Comaskey,  Simon Colley and Paul Adams had joined forces with Matthew Edwards and became Sommerville. They signed to Virgin TEN where ironically their stable mate was Stephen (TinTin) Duffy that is another tale that should be told?  
 

While Sommerville were writing and recording there album, Paul Comaskey rejoined the Nervous Kind. 

The Nervous Kind (2) were now in search of a bass player, Maurice Wolfe had made the smart move to take a break from music and go teach in Montserrat!! Mick Llyod had just left Felt and he played bass for a short while .Ultimately after open auditions they recruited Bill Stair from the Bristol bands Art Objects and Blue Airplane, the new line up was set and began gigging mostly in London and recording while preparing to return to NYC.

This track England Swings was written in NYC by Gregg in 1984 recorded with the London Philharmonic a demo session for CBS. 1985.

Moving the band to NYC in 1986  turned out to be harder than any of us thought. Obtaining visa’s and a place to live and work was not easy even back then. When the dust had settled in early 87 , Gregg was in London getting married and starting a solo career. Owen Paul and Bill were living in Manhattan and had recruited two new members. Dave Houtson (a scouser) who played guitar on some early demo’s but ultimately was replaced  by Mark Spencer on lead guitar.

Mark was with us until 1990, and went on to play with The Blood Oranges, Lisa Loeb, Freddy Johnson,  SunVolt and Jay Farrar and many others. MJ Mynarski a piano player and composer joined to play keyboards also with us until 1990. He moved to LA in the mid 90’s to compose music for film and has a successful career to this day working in TV and film .

The Nervous Kind played the New York circuit for a few years with some success, and recorded with some up and coming engineers back then namely Tim Hatfield now at Cowboy Technical Services and Tony Maserati now at Mirrorball.

Towards the end of 1990 it was clear  The Nervous Kind had run it’s course. We made the tough decision to call it a day .
Bill Stair stayed in New York and became a hard working successful session player, sadly he and his darling wife Doreen died in a tragic car accident down in Oaxaca just 18 months ago and are greatly missed by us all.

 
Owen and I moved to San Francisco with our families . I stayed there for many years playing with as many different bands as possible . 
 
There are lots of albums out there with me playing drums on them . 
The Hairdressers, The Sunshine Club, Richard Buckner, and my personal favorite The Music Lovers, which reunited me with my dear friend from Birmingham Matthew Edwards.  
 

I now live in Maine I write and record at home, there are four solo albums of mine out there on Bandcamp and soundcloud. I also still write songs for film and TV with MJ Mynarski available on iTunes and youtube. 

Owen moved back to New York where he managed a club on the lower Eastside for many years called Arlene Grocery , famous for his HeavyMetal / PunkRock Karaoke. 
He developed and produced a short lived TV show for VH1 called “album covers ” which had new bands covering albums that had most influenced them a great show and idea that someone else will do again I’m sure.

 
That idea lead to Owen forming The Major Tom’s in New York . Now he is back living in Birmingham you can catch The Major Tom’s (UK) at least once or twice a year and the famous Hare and Hounds Kings Heath .
 
So there you have it an abbreviated history of The Nervous Kind the story of  four lads from Erdington Birmingham who took the world by storm . 
 
You just don’t know it ….yet .

Midland Beat

Influential magazine chronicling the Brum Beat era in the 1960’s

Full copy of Midland Beat No 1, October 1963 featuring John Lennon, two Brum Cavern Clubs, The Midlands Jazz Scene, Brum Beat

Full copy of Midland Beat No 3, December 1963 featuring George Harrison, Jazz at the Town Hall, Tut Tut, Astronauts in Germany and The Ian Campbell Folk Group

Full copy of Midland Beat No 4, January 1964 featuring The Shadows, Ringo Starr, all girl group The Orchids, adverts for the TWO Brum Cavern/Kavern clubs and a racist cartoon!

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Wilsons Arms Disco

Disco held at the Wilsons Arms in Knowle in the mid to -late 1960s

Cry of the Innocent

Post punk band featuring:
Pavlos Tsouvallaris – Guitar
Martin Chaplain – Synths
Lee Jones – Vocals
Simon Pay – Bass
Steve Smith – Drums

Released Susans Story E.P. in 1983 on Pagan. Recorded at Phil Savage’s Outlaw Studio.
Tracks: Susans Story / The Haunting / Still,Forever

Susans Story

The Haunting

Still,Forever

 

Jacobites

The Jacobites were formed in Birmingham in 1982 by Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth, following the breakup of their respective previous bands, the Swell Maps and the Subterranean Hawks.
The two had met in early 1980, with an initial live performance together in May 1982 under the name Six Hip Princes, but it was not until 1984, after Sudden had already issued two solo releases, that the duo adopted the name Jacobites (after the rebel movement to restore the Stuart line to the British thrones) and completed the lineup by adding Nikki’s brother Epic Soundtracks, also formerly of the Swell Maps, and bassist Mark Lemon. The Jacobites were a more traditional, song-oriented outfit than the Swell Maps had been. Sudden and Kusworth were both strongly influenced by The Faces, Bob Dylan, glam rock, and, most vitally, The Rolling Stones — their open worship of the group (Kusworth’s entire body of work would later be described as “A tear-stained meeting of Johnny Thunders’ ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory’, the Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’, and Neil Young’s ‘Down by the River’ wrapped in scarves, bound up in leather pants, and shrouded by cigarette smoke”, while Sudden called the Stones “the best band there has ever been” and was working on a Ronnie Wood bio at the time of his death), combined with their velvet-and-scarves style of dressing and their girls-and-drugs style of living, made for a natural comparison with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The group released a string of albums and EPs between 1984 and 1985, garnering increasing critical interest, a certain appreciation in the British underground, and great popularity in Germany, but also began shedding its original members in the latter year — Soundtracks to Crime & the City Solution, Kusworth to a well-regarded but ill-remembered solo career.

With the breakup of the songwriting team at its heart, the Jacobites became little more than a name for the shifting backing unit Sudden used for his solo career. An American compilation was released in 1986 after the band’s boozy, weary-eyed brand of romantic songwriting gained the devoted support of the similarly-minded Paul Westerberg, and another comp followed in 1988, but the group would not exist again in meaningful form until 1993, when Sudden and Kusworth rejoined forces to recreate the Jacobites with a new lineup that featured Glenn Tranter on guitar, Carl Eugene Picôt on bass, and Mark Williams on drums: all friends from Birmingham. A series of obscure releases followed throughout the mid-1990s, doted upon by the band’s cult following, particularly in mainland Europe, but otherwise generally ignored. After God Save Us Poor Sinners appeared in 1998, the Jacobites remained silent while Sudden and Kusworth continued their solo careers. With Sudden’s death in 2006, the band is now permanently defunct.

Discography
Studio Albums
Jacobites (1984)
Robespierre’s Velvet Basement (1985)
Howling Good Times (1994)
Old Scarlett (1995)
God Save Us Poor Sinners (1998) (2 releases with different track lists on Glitterhouse and Bomp! Records)

Compilation Albums
Lost In A Sea Of Scarves (Rarities Collection) (1985)
The Ragged School (1986)
Fortune Of Fame (Big Hits & Broken Biscuits) (1988)
Fortune Of Fame (Big Hits & Stereo Landings) (1988)
Heart Of Hearts (The Spanish Album) (Rarities Collection) (1995, Spain)
Hawks Get Religion (1996)

Live Albums
Kiss Of Life (Recorded live in Hanover in 1995, limited edition) (1995)

Singles
Shame For The Angels 7″ / 12″ (1984)
Pin Your Heart 12″ (1985)
When The Rain Comes 7″ / 12″ (1986)
Don’t You Ever Leave Me CD (1993)
Can’t You See? CD (1995)
Over & Over 7″ (1997)
Teenage Christmas 7″ (1998)
The Otter Song 7″ (2011)

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