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Charity Single – Ginger Wildheart & Ryan Hamilton

Today sees the release of brand new charity single F**k You Brain, a collaboration between Ginger Wildheart and Ryan Hamilton.

You can purchase the 3 song download directly from roundrecords.bandcamp.com, and all proceeds made from sales of the single will be donated to The Samaritans, a very deserving charity, particularly around this time of year.

Ginger explains:

“Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost killed me a week ago.

My depression wants me dead. So far I’m winning on weight advantage, but the battle is never over.

This is a very vulnerable time of year for sufferers of mental health issues, and suicide sees a marked increase over Christmas and New Year. So the help provided by The Samaritans is invaluable, especially over this period.
Please help us in helping someone this year.

Obviously severe depression is not seasonal, but the reminder that you yourself are ‘not doing so bad’ is reinforced over this Festive holiday. If you have a healthy family, loved ones who are safe, a warm home, a job and a hot meal staring at you at some point, then you are doing better than many people this Xmas.

To simply say ‘thank you’ for what you have, please donate for those suffering from suicidal thoughts, struggling with depression/anxiety, or for those helping such a person through this holiday period.

Our suggestion is £5.00, but if you’re doing okay this year then please add a little. The people involved in this single all gave their time for free, and we’ll even be dropping a ‘thank you’ donation into the box. Let’s do this selflessly and with love.

I’d like to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to make sure that this single happens in time to help. My warm thanks extend to every one of you for helping save someone’s life this Christmas.

Gx”

The single was co-written with Ryan Hamilton, who has this to say about the collaboration:

“Ginger and I have both been very vocal about our struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues like these deserve much more attention, and respect, than they get.

After we wrote ‘F**k You, Brain’ we weren’t quite sure what to do with it. Ginger had the idea to use it as a charity single, and asked if I was ok with that. I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough.

I hope everyone enjoys the new music and fun collaboration. I also sincerely hope we can raise a good deal of money to raise awareness, and do some good, for an issue very important to us.”

Givvi Flynn, whom many of you will know from Ginger’s solo band outings as well as performing vocal duties with The Dowling Poole, lent her talents to the single as well. She offers these words:

“When Ginger asked me if I’d like to get involved with this single, it was a no-brainer. My own mental health requires daily management (as does that of many friends and colleagues) so I fully appreciate how dark some days can be – why wouldn’t I want to do something which might help those suffering similarly?

I hope the song raises money and awareness for a great cause, it was a pleasure to be part of such a positive, rewarding venture.”

Emily Ewing, who also provided backing vocals for the track, has this to say:

“It has been a real honour to have my vocals feature on this track. The song has such an important message. One that speaks to me personally as well.

My anxiety is an on-going battle, some days are certainly worse than others. There are times when I can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. Panic attacks have also played a major role in my life. As a society we need to stop saying ‘Get over it’, ‘You have nothing to be sad about’. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there or happening. It’s hard to pretend everything is fine when it’s not.

I hope this song raises awareness and lets anyone going through a hard time with mental illness know you are brave to face it every day and you not alone!!!”

Please dig deep and support The Samaritans this Christmas, by downloading the single (which is accompanied by 2 extra tracks) from roundrecords.bandcamp.com.

Every penny made from this will be given to The Samaritans, and will help those who need a little extra help over the Christmas and New Year period.

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 2 Leicester & Day 3 Leeds

LEICESTER, Musician – 13th July – Day 2
LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club – 14th July – Day 3

Copyright Lynsey Markinson 2016

Ginger & Danny backstage in Leeds
Photo by Lynsey Markinson

With first day gremlins out of the way, the second show, in Leicester, went ahead without even the slightest a hint of a hitch. Guitars maintained their tuning, ear-pieces stayed firmly in place and the audience, once again, proved to be the most warm and well voiced bunch that a chap could ever hope for. The Musician is rammed and I finally get to see Massive Wagons and Ryan Hamilton doing their thing, and receiving a heroes welcome in the bargain. It’s warming stuff indeed.

The Musician is an amazing venue, once again sporting numerous paintings with musical luminaries sharing wall space. Lemmy is hanging out with Richard Thompson in one area, while John Peel and David Bowie enjoy a spot elsewhere. After the brisk removal from yesterday’s venue, we opt for a swift exit once the show is done, vacating through the cheering crowd and into the comfort of the bus.
I’m drained and fairly winded after a 90 minute set in similar conditions to a pizza oven, and decide to lay in my bunk until the bus fills with people. I won’t wake up until 3pm the next day. Holy shit. Guess I needed the sleep, huh?

Ryan and his band are sharing the bus from this point in. I didn’t even see them to greet the first night of their stay, so it’s a welcome relief to have them sharing the dressing room the next day in Leeds.

And what a show this turned out to be. Complete with backstage tattooing by the lovely Chris Jenko, who tattooed my Dolly Parton tattoo a while ago. It is fitting that his next work should be directly below Dolly’s signature, and depicts a scene of Newcastle Bridge and the Tyne below, in Chris’s distinct artistic style. It’s only fitting that I tattoo him in return, whereupon I give him the quickest tattoo he’s ever seen or had done. He is visibly relieved.

Copyright Chris Jenko 2016

Ginger’s new tattoo

Copyright Chris Jenko 2016

Chris’s new tattoo!

The Main Grains are opening the bill tonight, and it’s a joy to hang out with Danny again, having briefly made our peace at Camden Rocks earlier in the year.

My little boy, Taylor, is here too, and will be staying on the bus for the next few days. What a circus for an 8 year old boy to hitch a ride with. I’m getting a contact buzz just living vicariously through him, as he helps all three bands sell swag at the merchandesk (a word I made up onstage in Leicester, completely by accident). He also makes a small mint by employing a swear-jar scheme around The Main Grains, who – credit to them – pay him a pound for ever swear word he hears them say. He’d have made less money charging the bands a pound for every note they play.

Getting to watch the bands from backstage in the legendary Brudenell (Chris Catalyst’s favourite venue in the world, and with good reason) is a pleasure. The Main Grains play to a rapturous reception by the packed out venue, while Ryan Hamilton enjoys mass sing-a-longs from the crowd.

It’s my first time ever playing this amazing venue, and I hope to come back many times to come. A great onstage sound, and a very animated crowd see us playing a very comfortable set. We seem to have found our swagger three shows in, and are playing like a band who have been playing for decades, not just three shows!

Gx

The Ginger Wildheart Band is still out on tour for the following remaining shows:

– Mon 18th July, Manchester Deaf Institute (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Tue 19th July, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Wed 20th July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Thu 21st July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and The Main Grains)
– Fri 22nd July, London Brooklyn Bowl (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Hey! Hello!)

Tickets for all shows are available from thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 1 Bristol

BRISTOL, Exchange – Tues 12th July – Day 1

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Ginger Wildheart Band – Photo by Danny Biggane

First date of the headline tour. Well, we’ve been on the bus all weekend with two Hey! Hello! festival gigs done and dusted, but this is the big drag, so I thought I’d start keeping a diary.

I always regret ever starting these things, but I’ve heard that people like reading them, so it seems fitting to keep a log of all happenings on this tour. And in the best tradition of first show gremlins there was plenty happening at Bristol.

I’d been anticipating this one, seeing as someone apparently painted over an original Banksy last week. I love Bristol, but this would be the first time in a long while I haven’t made a traditional pilgrimage to see the two Banksy pieces round the corner to Bristol Academy.

With a dressing room about 5 times the size of the Academy, the Exchange is a very cool little venue that suits the ambitions of this tour perfectly. A little set up that packs a big punch, the walls of the Exchange carry gorgeous artwork that greets you on arrival. Pity they seemed so keen to kick us out after the show, cleaning the dressing room around Conny and I as we sat still dripping from the show and asking if we were ready to leave. Great venue, then, but not such a great welcome. Made me long for the days when aftershow celebrations, in places like Dudley JBs, were legendary affairs that often overshadowed the show itself.
Hey, it’s the first show in so maybe the receptions will get a little more genial as we go?

First show glitches plagued the set, naturally, as the in-ear gizmo I’m using insisted on jumping out of my ear under the extreme humidity of the stage. I mean, I’m admittedly a sweaty bastard when I play, but surely these headphone contraptions are designed for that? Whatever the reason, this rubbery little fucker hung like a limp penis unable to fully penetrate my ear-hole. I will persevere with it though. The times it has worked properly has made singing an absolute pleasure. I will make this stubborn little squid my bitch.

Then there’s the guitars. I’ve been using these two brand new BC Rich guitars all week without any trouble. Tonight, in front of a packed venue, the pick ups decided to unscrew themselves and stick to the strings, rendering any attempt at a guitar solo a clipped apology of barely audible notes. The next day Dunc will tear them apart, gaffer down the supernaturally unscrewed loose parts, and get these things in a playable condition for the next day’s gig. I guess humidity really does fuck with things in a way that no amount of rehearsals can prepare for. But we will not be thwarted. These guitars will be transformed into cyber guerrilla bastards ready for decibel destruction and heat assault. Just watch us. You will not beat us, BC Rich.

Copyright Ellie Inman 2016

Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – Photo by Ellie Inman

Great to meet Ryan Hamilton, finally. We’ve become web buddies so meeting in the flesh was a good way of making our bromance slightly less creepy. His band are lovely too. As are Massive Wagons. Brilliant bands to be touring with, and I’m sure lifelong friendships will be cemented by this tour.

And the crowd. Fuck. I’ve spent the last 8 months in recording studios, and I clear forgot how this music thing unites the players and the audience. I’ve missed this in ways that I was utterly unaware of. I want to walk round the room thanking everyone until I lose my voice. Which wouldn’t be a good idea, mostly for the audiences to come who would like me to arrive at their town with a voice in tow.
So I’ll thank everyone in silent gratitude, while I’m pummelling their eardrums with music. Thank you for buying tickets to come see the shows on this tour. I wanted to take a big rock show into little venues. That’s where the concept came from, and that’s how pretty much all my activity begins. I get an idea and I try to act on it. And the audience are the beautiful bastards that make this happen. We’ll play our arses off on this tour, because they people there deserve nothing less.

Which brings me finally onto the band and crew. Our moveable team of miscreants, all trundling from one town to the next in our mobile hotel the HMS Wildheart.

Conny, Toshi and Denzel smashed it last night, and for first night performances this was on another league. It’s hard to believe that this band have never played live together, the onstage chemistry is so genuine. And our crew work tirelessly to make this happen every night. Fucking Gods to a man.

I’ll go now, before I turn this message into metaphorical papier-mâché.

Hey Ho Iko
Gx

The Ginger Wildheart Band is still out on tour for the following remaining shows:

– Mon 18th July, Manchester Deaf Institute (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Tue 19th July, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Wed 20th July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Thu 21st July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and The Main Grains)
– Fri 22nd July, London Brooklyn Bowl (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Hey! Hello!)

Tickets for all shows are available from thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings