Skinny Lister

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Skinny Lister
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Skinny Lister in Wiesbaden, Germany 2013
Background information
Origin Greenwich, London, England
Genres Folk punk
Years active 2009 (2009)-present
Labels Imperial Music, Sunday Best Recordings, Side One Dummy, Uncle Owen
Website www.skinnylister.com
Members Daniel Heptinstall (2009 - present)
Lorna Thomas (2009 - present)
Maxwell Thomas (2009 - present)
Michael Camino (2012 - present)
Andy "Slim" Black (2013 - present)
Thom Mills (2014-present)
Past members Dan Gray (2009 - 2012)
Sam Brace (2009 - 2013)
Dave Neale(2013 - 2014)

Skinny Lister is a six piece British folk band, based in London performing mostly original compositions. Started in 2009, The band were a five piece until October 2013 when they added a drummer. They are signed to Sunday Best Recordings in UK,[1] Side One Dummy Records in USA.[2] and Uncle Owen Records in Japan.[3] They are managed by Paul Carey of The Music Management[4] and are signed to an investment deal with Imperial Music.[5]

Origins[edit]

The band were formed in London in 2009, after Dan Heptinstall from Bridlington, Sam 'Mule' Brace from Hastings, and Max Thomas from Leicestershire met in folk clubs in Greenwich. They were joined by Max's sister Lorna and bass player Dan Gray from Newcastle. Dan Gray left the band in the summer of 2012 and was replaced with Michael Camino from Hawaii, USA. In the spring of 2013 Sam Brace left the band and was replaced by Andy "Slim" Black. In the Autumn of 2013 the band expanded to a six piece with the addition of drummer Dave.[6]

The band name is taken from the nickname of a someone Dan Heptinstall was at school with.

Early years and first album - 2009-2013[edit]

During their first year they put three tracks on iTunes - Plough & Orion, December, and The Kite Song.

During 2010 the band put out a two CD only EP's: 'Grand Union EP'[7] which was recorded on a canal boat as they toured down the Grand Union Canal network and the 'Homemade Tour EP' [8] recorded at friends and family residences as the band toured their hometowns.

In 2011, the band played more festivals than anyone else in UK and were officially crowned 'Hardest Working Band in UK' by PRS [9] and less officially by The Evening Standard[10]

Skinny Lister appeared at SXSW beginning of 2012[11] and then staged a short tour of the USA in April. During this time they auditioned for Side One Dummy records and Kevin Lyman in Los Angeles, California in the record label's car park and were immediately offered a place on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.[12] The band signed up and appeared playing three times a day much to audience delight and critical acclaim, the Rolling Stone highlighting the band in a review of the tour[13] On return from the USA the band scheduled a number of dates in Germany including Haldern Pop Festival and Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg,[14] and a UK tour in October to coincide with the release of double AA side single, Forty Pound Wedding and Seventeen Summers. Before the band left for the States, they appeared on Terry Wogan's Sunday morning BBC Radio 2 show[15]

In 2013, Skinny Lister started the year with a tour of Germany [16] in January and then immediately flew to the USA to join Flogging Molly [17] on the first half of ther annual Green17 Tour. The band will also be appearing at SXSW 2013 [18] and played Coachella[19] as well as a number of other major festivals internationally in summer 2013.

Skinny Lister have played a number of music festivals including Glastonbury,[20] Leeds,[21] Isle of Wight,[22] Latitude,[23] Bestival, Camp Bestival, Kendal Calling,[24] Secret Garden Party,[25] Vintage Festival,[26] Friends Of Mine Festival,[27] Festinho,[28] Festibelly,[29] Playgroup,[30] Summer Sundae,[31] Beautiful Days,[32] Leave Me Here Festival,[33] Summer Jam,[34] Leigh Folk Festival,[35] Winterwell[36] Moseley Folk Festival,[37] and End Of The Road Festival.[38]

Their debut album 'Forge & Flagon' was released in June 2012 in the UK and Europe[1] January 2013 in the USA [2] and July 2013 in Japan.[39]

Line up changes and Second Album - 2012-14[edit]

During 2012 and 2013 Skinny Lister went through a number of line up changes. At the end of August 2012 Dan Grey left and was replaced by Michael Camino who the band had met on the Vans Warped Tour.

In April 2013 Sam 'Mule' Brace left the band and was replaced by Andy 'Slim' Black who made his debut with the band at South by South West in Texas.

In the autumn of 2013, the band expanded to a six piece by adding Dave Neale on drums. This six piece line up toured Britain and Germany in the autumn of 2013 before going into the studio to record the bands second album.

Skinny Lister's second album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in December 2013 and is expected to be released in early 2015.

It was produced by Ted Hutt.[40]

The band began 2014 with a tour of the USA supporting Dropkick Murphy's and a tour of the UK supporting Boy George. They then toured the USA and played a number of UK festivals during the summer.

Drummer Dave Neal left to concentrate on another project and suggested his replacement Thom Mills. Thom made his debut on the Boy George Tour, but Dave chose the last night of that tour as his final gig with the band.

Personnel[edit]

The band was originally a five piece, expanding to a six piece in the Autumn of 2013

Current members[edit]

Former Members[edit]

  • Sam "Mule" Brace: guitar, concertina, vocals (2009-2013)
  • Dan Grey: double bass, vocals (2009-2012)
  • Dave Neale - drums (2013–2014)

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Roger Wilson: Violin. Roger plays most of the fiddle parts on the Forge and Flagon album, and occasionally plays live with the band on British tours and festivals
  • Rosco Wuestewald: Drum, mandolin. Rosco regularly guests with the band in the USA.
  • Holly Cook: plays penny whistle on the Forge and Flagon album, and occasionally guests with the band on stage.
  • Kathryn Tickell: Plays Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle on the track "Seventeen Summers" on the Forge and Flagon album.
  • Iain Wilson: Plays fiddle on "Plough and Orion" and "Colours" on the Forge and Flagon album
  • Hezi Yechiel: Percussion on "Trawlerman" and "Colours" on the Forge and Flagon album

The Skinny Sisters[edit]

The Skinny Sisters are a group of women who sometimes appear with the band as dancers. There are usually between four and six of them, although membership is not constant, and they wear similar cotton print dresses to those worn by Lorna and dance both on-stage and in the audience. Their dancing is not choreographed, but is free form and, when not on stage, mostly takes the form of linkng arms with audience members and swinging them round. The Skinny Sisters also appear in some of the band's videos.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  1. "If The Gaff Don't Let Us Down"
  2. "John Kanaka"
  3. "Rollin' Over"
  4. "Trawlerman"
  5. "Peregrine Fly"
  6. "Seventeen Summers"
  7. "Wild As The Wind Blows"
  8. "Forty Pound Wedding"
  9. "Kite Song"
  10. "Polkas (Jenny Lind / Girl In A Blue Dress)"
  11. "Plough & Orion"
  12. "Colours"
  13. "Bonny Away" (iTunes Exclusive)

Singles[edit]

  • Plough & Orion (2009)
  • December (2009)
  • Kite Song (2010)
  • Plough & Orion / If The Gaff Don't Let Us Down (2012)
  • Colours / Rollin' Over (2012)

EPs[edit]

  • On These Rotten Streets My Best Days Have Been Spent EP (2014)
  1. "John Kanaka (Live)"
  2. "Rollin Over (Live)"
  3. "Merry Old Dance"
  4. "Poor Old Horse"
  5. "Peregrine Fly (Live)"
  • Forty Pound Wedding EP (2012)
  1. "Forty Pound Wedding"
  2. "Seventeen Summers"
  3. "Colours (Psychemagic Mix)"
  4. "Plough and Orion (Sunday Best Mix)"
  • Grand Union EP (2010)
  1. "Rollin' Over"
  2. "Peregrine Fly"
  3. "South Australia"
  4. "Plough & Orion"
  5. "Poor Old Horse"
  • Home Made Tour EP (2010)
  1. "William Harker"
  2. "John Kanaka"
  3. "Trawler Man"
  4. "Kite Song"
  5. "Keep Yer Feet Still Greordie Hinny"
  6. "Farewell To Devon/Tattoo Tale"
  7. "Bye Bye Roseanna"

Videos[edit]

Several Music videos have been made for Skinny Lister songs.

  • "If the Gaff Don't Let us Down" - This begins with the band on a beach in winter where they strip down to swimming costumes and swim in the sea before running through the streets of Hastings before finally going into a pub and playing the remainder of the song to an audience, including the Skinny Sisters, who dance and sing along.
  • "Plough and Orion" - This features the band preparing a meal on a trig point at the top of some moorland as a surprise for two recently engaged friends of the band, who are led there by a series of treasure hunt type clues. Towards the end of the video the couple have arrived at the hill top and are eating their candle lit meal while the band Serenade them with the remainder of the song.
  • "Rolling Over" - This features four Land Rovers (one of which contains the band) performing a Maypole dance.
  • "Colours" - This begins with the band and friends (including the Skinny Sisters) boarding a coach and follows the coach's journey through London and out into the countryside. During this journey we see the band singing part of the song at the back of the coach while the other passengers watch. When the coach reaches its destination, an airfield, the band draw lots which Lorna loses. She then changes into a flight suit and crash helmet and is seen to perform a wing walk while the coach passengers watch and applaud
  • "Seventeen Summers" - Arguably the most conventional video to date, this begins with Dan walking into shot at the end of a narrow alleyway where he begins to sing and play the song, joined by the rest of the band and guest musicians as they walk through the streets of Soho before eventually arriving in a square where the Skinny Sisters and others are waltzing in the street.
  • "Forty Pound Wedding" - This has the band performing the song inside their Land Rover where they are joined by Roger Wilson (playing the fiddle), George Thomas (Max and Lorna's father, and the composer of the original song) playing a tin whistle, and finally the Skinny Sisters. The band then perform the final chorus on the roof of the LandRover after dark, illuminated by the headlights of a semi circle of other Land Rovers.

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