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As we reflect on a successful summer of festivals we are now very much gearing up for the autumn tour intended to promote the new album.  Facebook followers will have already seen the band photo from “The Ghost In Our House and Other Stories”. Our original plan was for a late autumn release but this has slipped back somewhat. Aside from the physical manufacture of the CDs we need to plan for press, radio and other promotional deadlines to maximise the impact of the album and it won’t be possible to organise everything with Christmas looming large on the horizon.  Instead we have decided to release the album early in the new year.

We can understand the sense of disappointment some of you might have felt on digesting that news but do not despair.  We wouldn’t want to leave everyone hungry for new material until then so just to tide you over until the album arrives we will be issuing a special 4 track EP to promote the "Ghost in Our House Tour”.  "The Ghost EP" will feature two tracks from the new album, the suitably haunting title track and "The Baker's Daughter", as well as another song, "Nobody Knows", which was recorded for the album but didn't make the final cut. The other track will be a live version of "Rosanna's Song", recorded at Clitheroe earlier this year. So wracked with guilt are we, because the album won't be out,  that we will be giving the EP away at the merchandise stall on the forthcoming tour!  It will be FREE  (on a strict one copy per person basis) to anyone who signs up to our mailing list at a show.  If you can't get to a show you will be able to order a copy from the web site shop, though there will be a small charge.  We will also consider making it available as a download at some point in the future, especially if we run out of CDs! Orders are already coming in for the EP via the web shop but we will only be sending them out next week when they arrive at Merry Hell HQ.

Taking our initial inspiration from the eerie rooms and deserted corridors in the partially occupied former court building where John has his new studio, we have been shooting a new video for the title track over the last few months. This in turn also triggered ideas for the tasteful Edwardian look of the cover, designed by Julian Watts at Joolz Design, as was "The Ghost EP" cover.  Julian has also updated the web site but a full redesign is coming soon.

A special mention must go to Neil who, after laying his fiddle aside, has been heavily involved in the project adding his skills as a photographer, cameraman and video editor to the proceedings and we are sure you will agree, the results are stunning!  A variety of carefully chosen locations were used but the old courts proved to be ideally suited to the concept and we were able to do most of the filming there. At the end of the shoot I got to experience the spooky old court corridors below ground level acting as ‘spotlight operator’ as Neil filmed Virginia wandering the shadowy passages in her guise as the sinister woman in black in the video.  What you won't see is me slipping down some steps and nearly breaking my neck filming as I followed the duo down the passageways, maybe that's one for the out takes? We hope the song and video are going to make a real impact so get sharing and spread the word. Click on the band to go to the video.

Those of you who have been following Damian’s “Armistice Pals” Project will be aware that the project has been given the support of none other than Peggy Seeger who has contributed to the new version of “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” as well as allowing late brother, Pete’s voice to be added to the song. As you can imagine this is a real coup for the project.  John spent many an hour beavering away to make sure all the participants were singing in time and that the final version of the song works with all the different voices.  We think you’ll be impressed with the result which can now be downloaded now from the Folkcast Bandcamp web site. We are hoping that the track will be of interest to radio and TV the nearer we get to the release date! There will be a CD single and limited edition 7” single released on 9th November which will also feature a new version of "Emerald Green" Click the Pals logo to go to the video and see just who is singing and playing what and when they are doing it.

THE MILLER, LONDON - Thursday 23rd October
STOCKSBRIDGE - THE PEGGY TUB - Saturday 25th October
KEIGHLEY - THE EXCHANGE - Wednesday 29th October
ST HELENS , THE CITADEL - Saturday 1st November
(Fancy Dress Optional)
 We hope that everyone is enjoying - and sharing - the new video.   We are really looking forward to the tour and to airing some of the new material which we played at our two most recent shows in Derby and Lancaster .  Tickets are selling well for our return to The Miller in London so don't leave it too long if you are planning to go. Thankfully we don't have to contend with a tube strike this time so we hope those of you who couldn't make it last time will be there. Please form an orderly queue if you are signing the mailing list to claim you free Ghost EP!  Wait, there's more!  Everyone attending the Miller gig will be entered into a raffle to win two tickets for our support slot to "The Men They Couldn't Hang" when they play the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on 4th April next year.  The annual Merry Helloween show at St Helens Citadel is always a bit special and this year will be no exception.  Not only do we have Ray Cooper, formerly of the Oysterband, as our special guest but the band are looking to include some songs which haven't been played for quite a while. Again not long to go so please get your tickets sooner rather than later.  See you on the tour.
Jonah (For Merry Hell)
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