The Barne Society – Livestream 28.12.2015



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Final copies of ‘Summer Rain’ LP available now!

We now have copies of our LP release, Summer Rain, released by the the wonderful Pretty Olivia Records, for sale on our Bancamp page. There are probably less than 50 left of the original pressing. So we advise anyone who never bought a copy from Pretty Olivia Records to do it now because these won’t last long.

Here are a few words from those more qualified than us to tell you what the record is like:

“The most remarkable thing about it, apart from the quality of the songwriting, the savvy instrumentation the close-to-you harmony vocals is the sheer consistency of the twelve cuts included on Summer Rain.” Michael S. Clark1320Radio

“This is classic, vintage pop at its best, steeped in the homespun, piano-centric tradition of Emitt Rhodes and early Todd Rundgren. And OK let’s be honest: the early solo works of Paul McCartney and Wings too. For anyone who wished that Macca had coaxed one more “McCartney”, “Ram”, or “Wild Life” out before embracing the slicker sounds that the seventies studio had to offer, this one goes out to you.” Nathan FordThe Active Listener

You can purchase your very own copy of the Summer Rain 12″ vinyl here:

Summer Rain LP

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Two New Cassette Releases

Over the last couple of weeks, The Barne Society have released solo albums of Wellgreen stalwarts Marco Rea & Stu Kidd.

Marco’s ‘Wallpaper Music’ has come in with some top critical acclaim with tracks played by Roddy Hart on his BBC Scotland radio show.

‘Hotchpotch’ is on pre-release order now in our shop with Stu cherrypicking the best of his 2 albums and 3 ep’s culminating in the perfect introduction to his work as a solo artist.

Both albums are available to buy on Limited Edition cassette format here:

a2422552191_10 Wallpaper Music & Hotchpotch

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The Wellgreen – Summer Rain LP

This release might seem like it has come out of nowhere but it’s the result of a lot of hard work that started over a year ago. We were approached by some really amazing guys asking if we would be interested in releasing a record together. And we jumped at the chance.

Genuinely delighted to have teamed up with Pretty Olivia Records to release ‘Summer Rain’ on 12″ vinyl. The LP itself is part compilation of ‘Wellgreens’, ‘Grin And Bear It’ and part new songs that we’ve never released before.

And with this being our first full vinyl release, we’re all chuffed to add it to our own collections!

We will be selling our copies at our live shows (we have some penciled dates to sort very soon) so if you wish to purchase a copy right now, you can do by visiting the Pretty Olivia Records shop: CLICK HERE

Summer Rain LP


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***New Release & New Gig News***

So we have some new release & new gig news. We love both pieces of news more than we love all of the chocolate the Easter bunny could possibly afford!

Release news: This has been a bit of an open secret recently. Everyone knows but scared to mention anything. The Wellgreen & The Barne Society have found a new best pal & collaborator, Spanish record label Pretty Olivia Records. Together we will be releasing a special Wellgreen LP that will include new songs (and some old ones). The test pressing arrived in Valencia yesterday & it’s safe to say that everyone got a wee touch excited. Release dates & artwork for the new record, titled ‘Summer Rain’, will follow over the coming weeks.

Gig news: A band highlight last year was playing both stages at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival. So we’re mega chuffed to confirm that we’ll be playing again this year on Saturday 16th May & Sunday 17th May. You can find the full line up here: Liverpool IPO 2015

Here’s the beautiful test pressing that we can’t wait to hear:

The Wellgreen - Summer Rain test pressing

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The Barne Kitchen Podcast – Episode 2

Episode 2 of The Barne Kitchen Podcast is once again hosted by Blair McLaughlan, label manager of The Barne Society. Some great music from the likes of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Cream & also an exclusive play of the new single from Doctor Cosmo’s Tape Lab.

The episode is dedicated to Jack Bruce, the Scottish musician & bass player with Cream who sadly passed away on Saturday 25th October.

Download Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab single ‘Lobster Man’ here:

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The Barne Kitchen Podcast

Have a listen to the pilot episode of The Barne Kitchen Podcast, hosted by label manager Blair McLaughlan. This week’s show features tracks from Stevie Jackson, Linden, Lewis Wilson plus plenty more.

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New Release News!

The Barne Society are delighted to announce the release of the debut EP of Emma Kullander.

‘Unveiled’ was recorded in The Barne Studio & written by Emma, has incorporated the help of some familiar Barne faces with Elin Ronja Blomberg, Brian Docherty, Jim McGoldrick, Stuart Kidd & Marco Rea all playing on the recordings.

You can pre-order your copy of the limited edition & specially handcrafted CD from this link: Emma Kullander – Unveiled

Emma Kullander - Unveiled

Officially released on 15th November 2014.


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Cassette Store Day – Strand Mixtape

Last month, Blair & Marco compiled a special mixtape for our good friends at Strand Records in Stoke. The record shop which opened in November 2013 has become a quick favourite of The Barne Society. So much so in fact that you can buy ALL releases from the label in their shop. Go give them a visit sometime soon. You can find ‘em on Facebook here: Strand Records – Facebook

Strand Records

Strand Records

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Norrie McCulloch – Old Lovers Junkyard

Old Lovers Junkyard is the debut album, on The Barne Society label, of Scottish singer songwriter Norrie McCulloch. The songs have influences of country and folk music from the 60’s/70’s such as The Band/John Martyn and also a more modern alt-country sound of acts such as Uncle Tupelo, whose album March 16th-20th 1992 McCulloch cites as being a defining influence on his musical style, along with earlier artists such as Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons.

McCulloch brought together friends and frequent collaborators to contribute to the recording including multi-instrumentalist Dave McGowan of Teenage Fanclub/Lightships, guitarist Angus Braid and harmony duo Marco Rea and Stuart Kidd of The Wellgreen. The result is an album of tasteful subtleties: warm harmonies, pure sounding acoustics and sparkling steel guitars played over songs that introduce themselves like old acquaintances.

Though much of Old Lovers Junkyard was recorded using a full ensemble, McCulloch’s live sets are often performed in an acoustic solo or duo mode alongside Braid and/or McGowan with backing of national steel guitar, mandolin and double bass. Songs such as Helen and the closing track on the album Still Looking For You which calls to mind Harvest era Neil Young were recorded entirely live and depict McCulloch’s natural and stripped down approach beautifully.

You can grab yourself a copy of ‘Old Lovers Junkyard’ here: 

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