Items filtered by date: March 2016

Music, camera, action!

They arrived in that order, the various elements of our Red House Work cottage-industry, starting with composing and recording songs, followed by making moving pictures to tell the tales. The music was always there. The impetus for making the videos came from the fact that we were writing songs in English in a part of Spain where not many people could understand a word. Pictures speak for themselves.

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Lifting the Lid on some old tricks

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The CD is ready at last and I’m really happy with it. There are the three songs: Time Goes, New Red Hat and Pandora’s Box recorded at Jorge Muñoz Cobo's Circo Perrotti studio and a further six songs: Somewhere Else, Tit for Tat, Manipulador, Fragile, Self Inanity and Strange Times recorded in the red house and mastered by Jorge. Why a CD? Seems to be a common question nowadays. Even my Dad has put all his music into the clouds and got rid of his CDs. Well, after all the time and effort and money put into these recordings, I wanted something tangible, something concrete that I could hold in my hands. I still buy CDs, I like to study the artwork, read the cover notes, perform the ritual of putting the disc in the machine and listening to the album as it was meant to be played: the order and dynamics of the songs as originally intended and not some Spotified collection of music shuffled randomly according to some algorithm written by some spotified geek in California. With our CD you get the full package: songs, balances and artwork (brilliantly designed by Maggie and Colin) and not just a few megabytes sitting in your hard drive, a group of ones and zeroes to go along with all the other ones and zeroes. I think you can teach an old dog some new tricks (and we are a bunch of old dogs) but sometimes the old dog still prefers his old tricks. When I first started recording in the late ‘80s, you finished up with a cassette or vinyl, then later CDs, and I still have all those, albeit stuffed in a box collecting dust and spider webs. The point is that I do still have them and if my computer packs up tomorrow I’ll still have them.

So we have our CD and we’re flogging it for Є10.00 or £8.00 and it will be money well spent. If you haven’t been pestered by one of us to buy one you probably will be soon but if not you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll sort you out. These songs won’t be available for download so if you want to hear them you’ll have to remember some old tricks and figure out how to play a CD. Of course we aren’t complete dinosaurs and we have learnt a couple of new tricks so, as a taster, you can listen to Pandora’s Box right here right now. GR

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Blogmeister tunes in with head and heart

David Mainwood is a man with something to say. That’s not always a recommendation to anyone to listen – plenty of people just like the sound of their own voices - but in this case it is: David Mainwood is a man with something to say that is actually worth listening to. A teacher by profession, he is known to swap the metaphorical mortarboard for a perky little trilby-esque number and take on the persona of a music pundit, one who knows his stuff. He not only knows what he likes but he’s also interested in analysing why he likes it – how the different instruments work and weave together in combinations which sometimes make his spirits soar, his emotions erupt. It’s a fruitful combination. He gets it all down in his music blog, which is well respected by his many followers, revered by some.

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Out on the pull but just getting stuffed

Braggadocio and machismo, those two swaggering traits that young men-about-town seem driven to exhibit in front of any female prey, are generally just all about impressing their own mates. It’s sad, really. Why any bloke would think that the nudge-nudge-wink-wink approach is the way to a woman’s heart, let alone into her knickers, is beyond belief. Standing there with a pint or ten in hand, making lecherous asides in clever-dick stage whispers, is not the way to cop off. It seems to start with looking at pictures of tits when they’re in school but unfortunately some guys never grow beyond the fifth-form mentality. Boobies one and all, titter titter titter.

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Geoff Rowe: Vocals and guitar

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School choirs and orchestras, church choirs, the piano, violin, guitar: as a kid, most days of the week, I trotted off reluctantly to some lesson or practice. Somewhere along the line (the whens, wheres and whys I’ve forgotten) I found myself in the recording studio as part of some singing group or other recording music for the soundtrack of a UK TV series called: The Jewel in the Crown and on the theme tune to a kids TV programme called Why Don’t You?.

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Maggie Lett: Piano

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I’m the matriarch of the band by virtue of age rather than virtue, though I do write many of the lyrics and we do practise in my house: also I’m rather bolshie and opinionated and I have red hair.

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Colin Lyne: Bass

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I was born in Exeter but spent my first six years in Half Moon, a quaint set of houses on the road to the even quainter village of Newton St. Cyres, a few miles from the capital of Devon. The first song I remember, perhaps on account of where I lived, was Moon River by Andy Williams. When I hear that song today I'm right back there holding my bottle of Corona and thinking how sad the words were and wondering what a "Huckleberry Friend" could be.

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In My Own Dream: Butterfield Blues Band

It wasn’t the Revolutionary Guards or the Morality Police checking my headgear that stopped me in my tracks one night in Tehran, it was the Butterfield Blues Band.

It was one of those rare but precious occasions when you hear a track, a song, a piece of music that you’ve never heard before, and you just have to stop and listen. On rarer but even more precious occasions, the effect on you is so powerful that you get totally lost in the sounds, lost to the point of being oblivious to whatever else is going on around you. This was my ultimate such moment, miles away from here in both time and space, and it turned out that the title of the track couldn’t have been more apt: In My Own Dream..

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Of Bukowski’s and birthing pains: 1

Tuesday, 10:30 pm

Looking over the bar at the same old faces, each one sat on their own, each one lost in their thoughts or in the music playing: O Brother Where Art Thou?, quite apt really. The churning swoosh of the dishwasher coming from the kitchen, the clatter of plates being stacked, the metallic clink of cutlery being sorted and deposited into the box, ready for wrapping the next day. Looking over the bar at the same old faces. Faces I had never seen a year before but now familiar characters playing their own parts in this scene. I’m playing my part, Maggie’s playing hers, just the two of us left working after another desperately quiet night. Looking over the bar at the same old faces, sometimes I wonder at how we arrived at this place.

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Miguel Méndez Menéndez: Guitar

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Fue a los 8 o 9 años. Una casete de Judas Priest me hizo alucinar con la guitarra. Ante tal variedad de sonidos, pensaba que debía haber dos tipos de guitarras. Una para los riffs graves, poderosos y otra brillante y afilada, ideal para los solos. No conseguía decidirme por cual era mi favorita. ¡Tardaría años en saber que no hacía falta decidir!

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Red House Work is the body of music, songs and videos written and produced by the band, Red House, based in Pinzales, Gijón. Here we also give you a flavour of our cultural and musical interests and those of others. Contact us on: redhousepostbox@gmail.com

Red House Work es el conjunto de la música, las canciones y los vídeos escritos y producidos por el grupo Red House, con base en el pueblo de Pinzales, Gijón. En esta web os ofrecemos también una muestra de nuestros gustos culturales y musicales y los de otra gente afín a nuestro proyecto. Podéis contactar con nosotros a través de:redhousepostbox@gmail.com