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NOMINATED FOR.. “BEST GROUP” & “BEST LIVE ACT” BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS 2011 Home Service was originally formed from the creative nucleus of the Albion Band line-up that produced the classic “Rise Up Like the Sun” album, singer and songwriter John Tams feeling the need to explore more contemporary themes in his writing and its musical interpretation. Songs like “Walk my Way”, “Alright Jack” and “Sorrow” were anthemic observations on the unfairness of Thatcherite Britain and its social inequalities. The crushing irony is that they sound as potent now as they did then, thereby making this band’s work as relevant as ever. Home Service was also born out of a desire to work with a brass section, an idea which emerged when trumpet player Howard Evans joined the Albion Band to work on Bill Bryden’s original production of “Lark Rise” at the National Theatre. During its relatively short life in the mid-eighties, Home Service produced three albums (all still available from Fledg’ling Records), headlined at major festivals including Cambridge, Cropredy and Dranouter. They toured extensively, but were probably seen and heard by the greatest number of people when they provided music for the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of “The Mysteries”. This epic trilogy adapted by poet Tony Harrison, ran for many years at the National and Lyceum Theatres, was filmed for television and reprised for the Millennium Celebrations. One of the band’s three albums is derived from the music for this production. The third album, “Alright Jack”, as well as featuring some of John Tams’ most socially aware songs, also boasts one of the band’s finest achievements, their reworking of composer Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy” orchestral suite. Here, the band re-interpret the work, imagining how Grainger may have presented it decades later, using the instruments, technology and rock rhythm section of a new musical era. The reunion of this classic band is due to the recent discovery of some previously unheard (let alone unreleased) live recordings made by their former sound engineer. These recordings, made at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1986, exhibit a power and commitment that was never fully captured in the studio, so a live album release immediately became inevitable. With an album to promote in 2011, live performances were the obvious next step. So, with everyone truly inspired by the might of these recorded performances, Home Service is once again back in business. Having enjoyed a dozen major gigs, their reformation has proved to be a thoroughly resounding success, receiving ecstatic ovations from audiences, old and new alike. Their new live album outsold all other titles on sale at the 2011 Cropredy Festival. Spring 2012 will see them on the road with a short tour, followed again by the festival season. Home Service is: John Tams – Lead Vocal, Guitar Graeme Taylor – Electric Guitar, Vocals Steve King – Keyboards, Vocals Jon Davie – Bass Guitar, Vocals Michael Gregory - Drums Paul Archibald – Trumpet, Flugel Horn Roger Williams - Trombones Andy Findon – Reeds HOME SERVICE LIVE 1986 fRoots Critics Poll Top 5 Archive Releases of the Year 2011 available from Fledg’ling Records, Fled 3085 “Jonathan Davie & Michael Gregory lay down an immovable foundation; the brass section play like the Devil’s own pit band; Graeme Taylor’s guitar can strip paint, Steve King conjures a whole orchestra from his keyboards, and John Tams’s vocal smoulders and roars” ***** R2 “Moving Anglo roots rocks forward by light years…keen spokesmen for a generation of the dispossessed…expect this to be in the ‘Best of 2011’…make it the soundtrack of your summer” fRoots “The very mightiest of sounds that could grace any stage, with nothing remotely comparable in the folk-rock arena in terms of maximum visceral and emotional impact…a totally essential purchase: no argument” Net Rhythms “Blistering..truculent folk-rock” ***** The Financial Times