I’m pleased to announce that Phil Caffrey will be joining our bevy of guest vocalists. Phil and I go back quite a ways. From the days when I used him and his brothers, Peter and Paul: The Wallsend Beach Boys as backing vocalists on all my productions at Impulse studios, through a deal with Phonogram records, with the legendary Gus Dudgeon Producing, to playing keyboards in the band he and his brothers formed, The Lions Share. (I don’t know why people keep asking me to play keyboards, I play like a bag of spanners). We even tried to turn him into a Rock God with a recording we made at Amazon Studios in Liverpool. I came across that recording again when I compiled the limited edition “Songs with Smithy Vol2”. George Lamb was in that band and I then had Phil and George join the backing vocalists for my 1987 Eurovision entry.
So you see there is a broad range of material in our history. The most recent thing we did was the album “Sleepless Nights” by Caffrey, Morrison, Thompson. Dear old Tommy Morrison persuaded me to dig out all the demos we cut in the 90’s and this is the result. You can download the tracks or just listen in Bandcamp (see below). The album features “One of A Kind” and “The Last Teardrop” both record by Elkie Brooks on her Pearls iii album, the former a single in Germany, the latter a single in the UK and Europe. Phil sings the originals and they’re well worth a listen.