NEW ALBUM: ‘THE BASTARD’S TIN’, EVOKES MEMORIES OF RONNIE LANE’S GYPSY YEARS
Singer/songwriter, Des Horsfall had his eureka moment in 2008 when he first heard the LP ‘Anymore For Anymore’ by the late great Ronnie Lane and his Slim Chance band.
This was the kind of music that Des had always dreamed of making.
This was the the kind of music that touched your very soul.
More importantly, this was the kind of music that made you feel glad to be alive.
However, Horsfall was puzzled by the fact that so few people were aware of this music, or even who Ronnie Lane was, and what he had achieved? More bewildering to Des was the realisation that all three Slim Chance albums were now out of print and had not been available for anyone to buy for years.
Horsfall was determined to right this wrong and started out on a mission to take this music back to the people. He wanted his audience to feel the same way that he did when he listened to the rustic rock and roll that Ronnie Lane had played on ‘Anymore For Anymore’.
Des began his mission by recording the first album of his Lane inspired Kuschty Rye Trilogy.
For this he managed to enlist the help of three Slim Chancers (Benny Gallagher, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson). The record, entitled ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’, consisted of his own songs together with covers of the traditional ‘Careless Love’ as well as a fresh take on Ronnie Lane’s song, ‘The Poacher’.
‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’ was critically well received when it was released on Horsfall’s own label in the Spring of 2011:
Maverick magazine gave it five stars.
Brian Robbins from Relix Magazine in the USA said,
“Nothing has touched my heart like this album”.
“Deep Joy” (Record Collector).
Pete Townshend of The Who called it a KILLER! record.
Horsfall then spent the next 3 years successfully touring the UK and Europe. He performed in a number of small intimate venues, with his flexible Kuschty Rye Band, to support the record and spread the word about Ronnie Lane.
Now Des is back with the second instalment of his Kuschty Rye Trilogy.
It’s called ‘The Bastard’s Tin’ and he’s brought along a couple more of Ronnie Lane’s compadres for the ride.
Pete Townshend wrote the music, plays guitar and sings a joint vocal with Des on the album’s leading track, ‘Chameleon’. Kate Lane (Ronnie’s second wife and also his muse) had given Des her lyrics for the song after hearing ‘The Good Gentleman’s Tonic’, ‘Chameleon’ is a devotional love letter from Kate to Ronnie. It was written following their separation, after he was diagnosed with the early symptoms of MS. An intimate insight into the life they spent together can be found on her commentary which introduces the songs in the second half of the album.
‘The Bastard’s Tin’ charts the course of a single day. It starts at dawn with an excerpt of Ronnie and Kate singing ‘Single Saddle’ from the second Slim Chance LP. This leads into ‘Chameleon’ after which Horsfall proceeds through the rest of the morning part of the record performing 6 of his own compositions.
These songs reflect on life’s realities in a number of ways: From the value of friendships on ‘I Know A Little Bit, to disappointment on ‘Richmond Green’ and ‘That’s Not On’. Then the heartbreak of having to deal with a loved one’s addictions on the tracks; ‘Anyway’ and ‘Whisky On Your Breath’. The album reaches its mid-day point with the realisation that time is marching on with the touching and sensitive, ‘Further Down The Line’. Afternoon is heralded by the singing of a skylark and the short instrumental, ‘Katie’s Jig’. Then Kate Lane takes up the story by introducing the next sequence of songs. Her anecdotes relate to a period of time, often referred to as Ronnie and Kate’s “Gypsy Years”. These events surrounded Ronnie’s decision to leave his band, The Faces when their singer Rod Stewart, was starting his rise to fame and fortune.
The sequence commences with a Ronnified version of Townshend’s song, ‘Going Mobile’ (from the classic Who album, ‘Who’s Next’) which is followed by Horsfall’s ‘Whistle To Blow’. A couple of songs (‘Stone’ and ‘Debris’) follow from Ronnie Lane’s time with The Faces. Kate’s song, ‘Tin & Tambourine’ is next and the album’s day ends with a rousing version of Ronnie’s swansong for The Faces, ‘Ooh La La’. In the evening, everyone gathers around the kitchen table to sing Ronnie and Kate’s favourite Leadbelly tune, ‘Goodnight Irene’.
Then up the Wooden Hill To Bedfordshire.
It’s the end of a perfect day.
All contained in ‘The Bastard’s Tin’.
For more information contact Graham Haigh, Creative Consortium on 0161 877 2356 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org