NEWS

You can't stop the march of progress...

Spurred on by communications with various ex-band members and their subsequent input into the site, we have created a "news" page, allowing us to show you at a glance any news or recent site updates.

Latest news articles:

MADE GLORIOUS NOW AVAILABLE FROM BANDCAMP

Posted 21st January 2015   |   Permalink
The March Violets' Made Glorious album is now available to buy in digital format from Bandcamp:

https://marchviolets.bandcamp.com/album/made-glorious-2

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PLEDGE UPDATE: NEW CLASSIC T-SHIRT DESIGN UP

Posted 26th September 2014   |   Permalink
Hi there,

If you remember the Religious As Hell EP, our very first (Merciful) Release back in the day, you might like this new t-shirt. It features the big Violet that was also used on the cover of the Natural History LP.

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This is the second in the series of limited t-shirts featuring classic Violets artwork. The first, Crow Baby, is sold out.

So if you want one of these, please pre-order from the new Merch shop at http://www.Bilgerat.co.uk. Or if you go to the Violets Facebook page you can actually order direct from the ‘Shop’ on the page.

They are available only by pre-order for roughly the next couple of weeks, then it is on to the next classic design and that’s it. Sizes from S to XXXL, Ladies S to XL and Longsleeves are available. If you want a Hoody for the cold weather let me know.

I’ve been having an Autumn sort out and the new Bilgerat store also has a fair old bunch of the last of the back catalogue t-shirts up for grabs…. many of them just in the odd sizes and often the last one. So feel free to peruse the designs and see if there is one in your size.

http://www.Bilgerat.co.uk

Cheers
Si xxxx

LONG TIME NO SPEAKY

Posted 29th July 2014   |   Permalink
The Violets have been doing a few gigs over in the States, which were lots of fun, and are now looking forward to playing at Alt-Fest on the 17th August….. you can get a 10% discount on tickets by using the code theMARCHviolets. All details on the website…. http://www.marchviolets.com

Also, I have just begun a new series of t-shirts based on my artwork over the years. Kind of retro. There will be various groovy stuff from old posters and record sleeves and stuff you never got to see! The first one is based on the CROW BABY cover.

If you want one in your size you can pre-order it in the next week or so from http://uberviolet.co.uk/violets%20more%20stuff.htm

After that I will be printing them and you will have to take pot luck, and I’ll be on to the next design.

Please tell your friends!

Cheers & see you at Alt-Fest

Si

INTO THE SUN TOUR - WEST COAST JUNE 2014

Posted 19th May 2014   |   Permalink
June 21 Saturday - Seattle - El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109, United States / +1 206-381-3094
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/226677944197922/
http://www.elcorazonseattle.com
Tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/perfo ... zonseattle

June 22 Sunday - Portland - Church Of Hive @ Star Theater
13 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 / +1 503-248-4700
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/503169466453893/
http://www.startheaterportland.com / http://churchofhive.com
Tickets: TBA

June 25 Wednesday - San Francisco - DNA Lounge (Death Guild Presents)
375 Eleventh Street · San Francisco CA · 94103 / +1 415-626-1409
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/635165943227922/
https://www.dnalounge.com / http://www.deathguild.com
Tickets: TBA

June 27 Friday - Las Vegas - Scarlet @ LVCS
425 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 / +1 702-382-3531
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/641708209244392/
http://www.lvcountrysaloon.net / https://www.facebook.com/scarletgothlv
Tickets: TBA

June 28 - Saturday - San Diego - Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104 . +1 619-255-7224
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/741702865850990/
http://www.sodabarmusic.com
Tickets: https://casbah.frontgatetickets.com/eve ... 9twlffz4d5

June 29 - Sunday - Los Angeles - Part Time Punks @ The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 / +1 213-413-8200
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/527363257386074/
http://www.theecho.com / http://parttimepunks.com
Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/500773

UP FOR AN AWARD

Posted 13th February 2014   |   Permalink
Quite complimentary, Made Glorious, the album you made possible, is up for an award on terrarelicta.com.

If you fancy giving us a vote please head over. Let’s see if we can give Black Sabbath a kicking! Who’d have thought it!

Vote for us:
http://terrarelicta.com/index.php/home/ ... the-finals

Many Thanks xxxx

SOME APRIL GIGS

Posted 27th January 2014   |   Permalink
We are doing a few gigs in April this year and thought we would let you know in case you fancied saying hello.

5th April – Fulford Arms – YORK UK
10th April – Poppodium Nieuwe NOR – HEERLEN HOLLAND
12th April – Resurrection – KAISERSLAUTEN GERMANY
26th April – Convergence – CHICAGO USA

We are also playing Alt-Fest in August

Cheers
xxxx MVs

A PAT ON THE BACK

Posted 10th October 2013   |   Permalink
You guys are indeed rather lovely, and today should be feeling the warm glow from giving to good causes. At the very start of this record breaking saga of a pledge we picked 3 charities to donate to…

Think Local … Cloth Cat Music Charity in Leeds, which does excellent work teaching all aspects of music (including how great it is just to get involved) in an effort to improve people’s lives. With most of their funding being stopped over the last 3 years every donation really counts….
http://www.clothcatleeds.org.uk

Think Global … Friends of The Earth. And in this time of ridiculous greed, our planet certainly needs all the friends she can get.
http://www.foe.co.uk

Think Ahead … Macmillan Cancer Support. A charity particularly close to our hearts, and one that most families rely on at some point in their lives.
http://www.macmillan.org.uk

And the rather nice folks at Pledge Music are right now sending off some well-needed cheques to these organisations. And it is your money! So give yourself a pat on the back and modestly tell your friends you do a bit of work for charidee. And thank you.
xxxx

FINAL CALL OF THE SERAPHIM

Posted 06th October 2013   |   Permalink
Greetings.

There are 3 more days to order the Seraphim t-shirts guaranteed in your size. Especially relevant if you fancy Ladies sizes, Kids sizes, and Hoodies. You can pick up at gigs for a major discount.

The band will be starting the print run on the 10th October, to ensure shirts are ready for the first gigs on the Made Glorious tour... Hebden Bridge Trades Club on Saturday the 26th October and Preston Continental on Sunday 27th (with Flesh For Lulu, The Inca Babies and John Hyatt from The Three Johns).

All the info on this, and the tour, and the lyrics to the album are available on the new official Violets website at www.marchviolets.com

NEW MERCH AVAILABLE TO BUY

Posted 25th September 2013   |   Permalink
For anyone who missed the pledge (shame on you!), fear not! The new Made Glorious CD is now available to buy online. Also available is a splendid new Violets t-shirt design: Seraphim.

Buy your goodies online here:
http://marchviolets.co.uk/merchandise/

If you're going to one of the upcoming gigs you can save yourself the postage by arranging to collect in person:
http://marchviolets.co.uk/merchandise/m ... llect.html

Note: please only use the 'collect' option if you are absolutely and definitely going to one of the gigs listed. Check the purchase options for CDs and for tees before purchase. If in doubt, please use the 'buy online' option and the band will ship your swag out to you ASAP.

Lovely.

A RATHER SPECIAL GIG

Posted 19th August 2013   |   Permalink
The March violets are pleased to announce A Rather Special Gig

Double Headline Show
The March Violets / Chameleons Vox
+ special guests Witch Hunt
Saturday 23rd November
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Tickets are £15 and include a free aftershow party.

Buy tickets now

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LOOK LIVELY

Posted 30th July 2013   |   Permalink
Made Glorious Tour 2013

As you know, we always like to make our live shows into events… something a bit special. And this tour is no exception:

Saturday 26th October. We are proud to be playing the Ted Hughes Festival in Hebden Bridge, at a rather gorgeous venue, the Trades Club. Rosie will be there the day before doing some poetical stuff.

Sunday 27th October. We have always claimed that John Peel changed our lives, among with many others. We did 3 Peel Sessions. So it is rather satisfying to play a tribute to him during John Peel Week, at The Continental in Preston, along with some fellow Peelite friends: Flesh For Lulu, John Hyatt from the Three Johns, and The Inca Babies. Quite a line up!

Friday 1st November. We will be no doubt getting dressed up for something… tell you later ;)

Sunday 3rd November. We will be playing a nice little venue in Whitby, the Coliseum. An earlyish start, sometime after the footie and finishing early so you can head up to Nostalgia.

Sunday 10th November. A visit to the lovely city of Newcastle, Trillians. First gig here since the early 80’s!

Friday 22nd November. Back to Islington London for a bit of a do at the O2 Academy 2.

Saturday 23rd November. Leeds. Home for a Final Purple Party at the wonderful Brudenell Social Club.

We will be confirming more gigs shortly and letting you know some more of the special guests.

All info for the tour and links to separate events/tickets/web pages will be on the Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/37993705 ... 762108899/

We will also keep you updated on Pledge.

Hope to see you at some of the gigs

Cheers
MVs xxxx

PS. We are thinking of offering pledgers a very very limited ‘multipass’, a laminate with your pic which gets you in to all of the above confirmed gigs plus any others we arrange. And a t-shirt. And a sexy tour poster. Anyone interested give us a shout. x

PLEDGE UPDATE

Posted 16th July 2013   |   Permalink
Thank you all for your patience whilst we’ve been working on getting all the pledges fulfilled. Because it’s such a long time since we started this pledge and a lot of people have moved house since then, I’ve been emailing everybody to check addresses before sending stuff out. However, there are still quite a number of people who have not replied.

If you have NOT pledged on a “Special Pack” and have not heard from me/received anything in the post, please check your email. I have re-emailed all the non-respondents in the last few days, so there should be something dated the 11th or 12th of July. If you can’t find my email, please send me an email on pledgeshirts@marchviolets.com

If you have pledged on a “Special Pack”, we’d like to thank you for your continued patience. They are nearly ready now, and I’ve already emailed some of you to check addresses. Thank you to those of you have responded. If you haven’t already had an email, please look out for one over the next week or so.

Many thanks,
Jo

SPECIAL PACKERS

Posted 10th July 2013   |   Permalink
Greetings.

To those of you who pledged for Special Packs + other things. We realise it’s a bit frustrating to see other people get stuff while still waiting for yours, but don’t worry, it is coming!

Also coming soon… we have pencilled in some live stuff for October/November and will be announcing dates in a few days.

Can we also ask those of you ‘non special packers’ who are still waiting for stuff to check your back emails for anything from us (search Violets or MarchViolets) as a few of you have not replied to Jo’s address verification emails. Go back at least as far as April.

Cheers
MVs
xxxx

PLEDGE UPDATE - ITS IN THE POST!

Posted 10th June 2013   |   Permalink
Purple greetings.
Pledge Stuff is being posted out.
Some of you will already have received it.
Please be patient, there’s a lot to work through and we want to get it right.
Many thanks Lovely People
MVs
xxxx

EUROGLITCH - LOSE THE K, DO AN E

Posted 15th May 2013   |   Permalink
Who Knew?

If the CD was being pressed in the UK (as assumed) “Made in the UK” would be legally required on the discs.

But, apparently the French Pressing Plants take a dim view of the Phrase ‘Made in the UK’ when they eventually spot it. To the point of halting the process altogether and demanding artwork changes, really f**king slowly.

So, back in the redeal, with Discs “Made in the EU”, your CDs should be ready to send out just after the next interminable business-unfriendly Bank Holiday.

My Apologies for sounding slightly grumpy.
Si

INCOMING!!

Posted 05th April 2013   |   Permalink
Exciting!

So, the plan, such as it is:

We will be uploading the Album to Pledge Music today (Friday) they will get in touch and let you know when it will be available and how to download it. So check your emails.

We are planning on having a Facebook listening party on Sunday 7th April, at 7pm till 9pm GMT, to give those of you in other time zones the chance to also participate.

Still working out the best way of doing it but basically the band will be online to chat for those 2 hours, we will let you know which page/event to head to as soon as we do. Either way the info will be on all the Violets Facebook pages.

We will make the album download available to you either tonight or Saturday rather than waiting till Sunday. This gives you plenty of time to download it and maybe burn it onto CD or whatever audio system you use. It also gives those of you who prefer to listen to an album a few times before commenting the chance to do just that.

If you want to wait until Sunday to hear it in a virgin state so we get your initial reactions that is up to you, but can you wait till then? We think not ;)

And naturally, the listening party isn’t compulsory, we won’t be offended if you don’t turn up. We just hope you like the album.

Anyway, a massive and heartfelt thank you for your patience in waiting for this album. It has been a hell of a struggle to get here, we couldn’t have done it without your support.

And through the trials and tribulations this album has grown into what is in effect a double LP. 16 tracks. And while we think it flows rather well as an album, it is a long player, so definitely have some refreshments ready on Sunday.

We will be getting the CDs pressed as soon as possible, and then the mighty task of boxing stuff up and posting it out, please bear with us, we will do it as soon as we can.

In Antici………………………………………pation
xxxx
Si

More later

SHORT AND STICKY

Posted 18th March 2013   |   Permalink
Greetings and grunge.

Hi there, still wrestling with Man Flu, it’s a cracker and likes me so much it doesn’t seem to want to go, and funnily enough the antibiotics are not proving particularly effective. Quite debilitating, and messy, and murder on the sinuses. My apologies for the further delay.

Anyway, have pretty much finished I think (bit hard to judge with this flu, but hopeful). Assuming that the Mastering engineer doesn’t find anything else that needs serious tweaking, and can fit a 16 track session in this week, (and we are happy with it!) we should be on course for a listening party this month. The general consensus is definitely leaning towards a Sunday, so that is what we will aim for.

Now have to compile the Bonus Disc :)

On other matters, we are looking at trying to get some dates together this year, so any suggestions welcome.

Cheers
xxxx
Si

ADDRESSES ETC

Posted 08th March 2013   |   Permalink
Could any of you lovely pledgers who have changed address and NOT told the equally lovely people at Pledge Music, please tell them your new address.

Jo has been getting in touch with some of you to double check from our end before posting stuff into the void, but it would be very useful if you could keep Pledge Music up to date too…. Ta muchly.

The Album is still in the mastering process, but sounding good. I’ve had to revisit some mixes and have a look at the 550hz frequency which was flagged up by the Mastering Engineer, which interestingly (or not) is a C#5.

And thank you to those who have given us feedback about the listening party… We are definitely going to do it. Main suggestions for timing are mid week evening or Sunday.
Please have a think about this and let us know what you reckon would be best.
What time should we start on say a Wednesday?
What time should we start on a Sunday?

The Album lasts over 70 minutes total, so with some time allowed for general mucking about, leisurely chatting and frenzied typing of opinions I think the whole party will last about 90 minutes to a couple of hours.

By the way, we do realise that some people (especially the more oldschool of us) prefer to listen to an album on their own without the distraction of other people butting in. That is ok too, this party isn’t compulsory :)

And finally, many many thanks to those of you who got onboard and bought tickets at Alt-Fest… They have done about £24,000 in 3 days, and the truly bargain basement tickets are flying out. It’s going to be a fantastic festival, and we are proud to be part of it. If you haven’t checked it out yet it is here:
http://www.alt-fest.com

Please do give us some feedback on the party times
xxxx
Si

LISTENING PARTY?

Posted 06th March 2013   |   Permalink
Hi everyone.

Am still going through this final mixing/mastering process. Stuff is sounding pretty damn good, though there are the inevitable little things to sort out, and I tend to forget that even mastering engineers do other things than just the Violets. :)

However, as soon as the Final Masters are tweaked and approved and ready, we will want to upload them to you.

An idea that we had was to have a kind of listening party where we (the band members and you) could all simultaneously listen to the new Album and chat about it online. The obvious places are Facebook and Twitter. It involves setting a day and a time… I am thinking a (UK) weekday evening might be best, the Album is over 70 minutes long, so allowing a couple of hours seems about right.

But what do you think to the idea? Any suggestions? Please let us know, Ta.

On another matter, I also wanted to let you know about the Launch of the Alt-Fest 2014.

We are headlining one of the stages, along with Fields of The Nephilim, VNV Nation, Front 242 etc etc and more to come. I know it’s a long time away… Aug 2014, but there are some very cheap bargain tickets on offer RIGHT NOW (£55 for a ticket!) and they are going fast. So please head over to the site at www.alt-fest.com or https://www.facebook.com/AlternativeFes ... fref=tsand check it out, and get involved.

Cheers
Si

IN THE LOOP AND A T-SHIRT PIC

Posted 18th February 2013   |   Permalink
Hi and hello, lovely pop-pickers.

Thanking you again for your purple patience.

Keeping you in the loop.

Some of the tracks are off to be mastered. A re-record of an instrument and final tweaks to do on the last couple. If it all goes OK I think we will be sending your stuff out (rather aptly) in early March. If we can get it out sooner we will.

As I said before, if it was going on Vinyl this would be a double LP. If there is enough interest we might eventually press that platter, I’d certainly love to hold some Violets Vinyl again!

And…

Violets Special CD Pack Exclusive T-Shirt design

Here is the T-shirt design Exclusively for the Special Pack Pledgers. After lots of feedback about most of you wanting A:The Name, B:The Logo and C: Not too Big designs on t-shirts, I decided to redo the ever popular wings design, and also thought it was time to put some purple on a shirt. Ain’t it pretty? :)

Anyway, I will be printing a few extra to cover mistakes/postal thievery etc, so, if you fancy one, after we have made sure everyone who pledged for the Special CD Pack has got one, the remainder will be available for £15 including postage on a first come first served basis… The list starts now…. email me at: postman@marchviolets.com with the size you require and if there are any left we will work down the list. I’m not making any more of this design and there will only be a few left over so get your name in quick if you want one.

More Soon
Cheers
Si & The Violets
xxxx

PRE-XMAS BULLETIN

Posted 05th December 2012   |   Permalink
Firstly, can we invite you to check out Rosie’s new website. If you didn’t know Rosie is about to have her first Novel properly released next year. There is lots of fascinating stuff, about the Violets and the many other things Rosie gets up to… proving that we do have lives beyond the band!

http://www.rosiegarland.com

Secondly, in regard to the Album, it is still in final production and nearing completion! I have been beavering away and am finally getting there.

I can only continue to apologise for the delay, it wasn’t anticipated, wanted or welcomed, and I really appreciate your patience and understanding, especially the fact that you aren’t hassling me. It means a lot. Someday I’ll write my own book about the stuff that happened during this period.

Finally, we also thank those of you who have responded to Jo’s emails, saying that you are happy to wait for the whole of the stuff you have pledged for so we can post it at once. We have been posting out some of the pledge items and have more to go out this week.

xxxx
Si

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

PLEDGE UPDATE 15/10/2012

Posted 15th October 2012   |   Permalink
Hi there everyone.

Just keeping you in the loop and thanking you for your patience.

I am hard at it with the final mixes. Nearly there now.

Jo is working her way through the list checking we have your current addresses. Some stuff has gone out. There's a lot of you, please be patient, we want to make sure it gets to you, and this isn't our full time job :)

xxxx
Si.

P.S. Many thanks to those of you with multiple pledges who have said you are happy to wait and get everything together, really saves us postage costs :)

LAST CALL FOR THE PLEDGE!

Posted 17th September 2012   |   Permalink
ONE DAY LEFT to Pledge and pre-order the Violets Album.

Pledge closes at midnight GMT on Tuesday 18th September 2012.

LAST ORDERS PLEASE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! DING DING

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

END OF PLEDGE

Posted 03rd September 2012   |   Permalink
Hi there,

We will no longer be taking pledges after Tuesday the 18th September.

So if there are any things you still want to pledge for, that is the deadline.

We know this has been a long and convoluted process. We thank you for your patience and general loveliness. Someday we will tell the tale of all the stuff that has got in the way, it's quite a saga and still ongoing, but for the moment we once again thank you for your forbearance.

Some of you will have received stuff already, other stuff is on the way, and as soon as the Album is in our hands we will be sending them out.

xxxx
MVs

PS. Some folks have kind of upgraded to the special pack CD, apparently you can too if you contact the lovely folk at Pledge Music.
And if you have changed your address please let them know.
x

More details >

MARCH VIOLETS NEW ALL-AMERICAN FACEBOOK PAGE

Posted 27th June 2012   |   Permalink
We'd love to be able to come and do some shows for our US fans and here is the place to help make it happen. The first step is to gauge potential interest and have a specific place to share band related news and postings.

http://www.facebook.com/TheMarchVioletsAmerica

If you live in the USA please like this page and share it on to all your American friends...

xxxx The March Violets

LOUDER THAN WAR REVIEW THE VIOLETS' MANCHESTER GIG

Posted 27th June 2012   |   Permalink
There's a great review of the Violets' recent Manchester gig over on the Louder Than War blog:

http://louderthanwar.com/march-violets- ... ve-review/

Thanks, Brother John.

WHITE LABEL 001 - TOKYO FLOW / DANDELION KING

Posted 04th May 2012   |   Permalink
Greetings from The Radiant Lodge.

We decided we ought to show you a bit of what we've been up to. We also wanted to put a mix out that might get a bit of dance floor play, before we do some gigs in June.

Pledgers can download the new double A-sided white label single by logging in here:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... ates/10461

Here's the artwork:
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The A-side is an old school drum-machine mix of a track called Tokyo Flow. A version will be on the LP. Please excuse my rubbish Japanese.

The Double-A side is a loaded ReMix of Dandelion King by Mark Gemini Thwaite, guitarist for Peter Murphy, The Mission, and much much more. And a very nice chap and good friend he is too. He has a website at http://www.markthwaite.com/ where you can check out the stuff he has been up to.

This Remix is a taste of the tracks (by some of our friends) we'll be putting on the Bonus CD that comes with the Special Pack CD.

We hope you like these tracks and please PLAY them to friends rather than handing them out, unless of course your friend is a DJ! In which case please do so or send them the link. In fact please feel free to chase up any DJs you think might like the White Label and ask them. Be our agents, be industrious, be obsessive! But be polite too please. Surprise us with your prolific purple love, we want our songs (that you helped bring about) to be spread far and wide.

Pledgers can download it here:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... ates/10461

Any DJs who wish to be on our mailing list for future white labels should get in touch at djs@marchviolets.com

Thanks Muchly

Play Loud Play Purple

Si
xxxx

A PICTURE OF YOU

Posted 10th April 2012   |   Permalink
Hi Pop-pickers

Can those of you who have pledged for either a Special Pack CD or a Signed Poster with your picture on it (which you get in the Special Pack) please send us your pictures.

Jpeg format, and preferably portrait in a standard 4 high 3 across ratio. Doesn't matter too much what size, but try not to go over 4meg or so.

Attach them to an email and send it to mypic@marchviolets.com

Cheers
MVs
xxxx


PS. Can't remember what you pledged? Go here and login to view your pledge details: https://www.pledgemusic.com/pledges

NEW ALBUM PROJECT UPDATE

Posted 31st March 2012   |   Permalink
As you may have gathered we are beginning to wind up the pledge, and in the next weeks will be ending most of the exclusives. Thank you for you patience and support. If you (or any of your friends) wish to pledge for anything (else), please do it soon.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

Also, for those of you who pledged for the poster with your pic on it or the Special Pack (which includes the poster), we need your pic!

We will be getting the size, format and an email address for this sorted in the next few days, so if you could have a think which pic you want to use and stay tuned.....

And finally, we are gearing up to do a few live events in June. These are currently only in the UK, and for those of you in the vicinity it would be lovely to see you. The concerts are:

Birmingham - Eddies - 8/6/12
Manchester - Academy - 9/6/12
Glasgow - Classic Grand - 10/6/12
London - O2 Academy Islington - 16/6/12

We will be announcing guests and giving these a bit of a push in the following weeks. If you can spread the word we would appreciate it.

XXXX
March Violets

HAPPY PURPLE VALENTINE'S DAY

Posted 14th February 2012   |   Permalink
Valentine greetings and hugs from us!

And Si is off for a bit of a jaunt with the Sisters. At the end of that, he is getting together with Tom in Athens (Georgia) to finish the recording of the LP (in the same room for once). Upon return to the UK the LP will be mixed, mastered and pressed.

As soon as we have the finished article we will make it available to download and get it off to you along with any other stuff you pledged for. We will also be sending out any other pledges during this period and doing a bit of video stuff, including those of you who kindly pledged to be in them. And please let us know which t-shirt design you want.

We are very aware that this LP really has turned into the Violets difficult first Album. Lots of unforeseen crises and that's-life-things cropped up and got in the way. We could give you the list but it's a bit boring and we'd rather give you our thanks for being patient. It is rather incredible to have support from people like you, and a little humbling.

So hang in there, we have a clutch of (we think) great songs that will soon be unleashed upon a largely complacent and unsuspecting world, and that is down to your good selves!

Don't forget to come and see us live this Summer if you can, we don't get out much and need the company.

xxxx
MVs

LIFE IN JUNE...

Posted 13th February 2012   |   Permalink
Violetnewsflash

We decided we will be treading some boards this year. But as usual only a few rare appearances: We Don't Get Out Much

Hope to see you there...

Birmingham - Eddies - Friday 8th June 2012
Manchester - Academy - Saturday 9th June 2012
Glasgow - Classic Grand - Sunday 10th June 2012
London - O2 Academy Islington - Saturday 16th June 2012

Tickets available shortly from:
http://www.flagpromotions.com
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk

xxxx
MVs

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NEW PURPLE VIDEO

Posted 11th October 2011   |   Permalink
There's a new video available for Dandelion King available over on the Pledge site.

It's been assembled by Craig Duncan using live footage from the 2010 London Academy gig. Maybe you are in it?

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... dates/6837

The video is an exclusive update for pledgers only, so you'll need to sign in or pledge to access it.

MVs xxxx

WHERE WERE YOU? LEEDS MUSIC HISTORY EXHIBITION

Posted 15th August 2011   |   Permalink
We understand the following exhibition, which is currently on in Leeds, has several items of interest belonging to The March Violets, The Sisters of Mercy and Salvation, in addition to lots more bits and bobs from other Leeds bands.

Go see it while you can!

Where Were You? Leeds Music History Exhibition
Leeds Town Hall Crypt (downstairs, under the Hall, enter via the side entrance)

Preview: Thursday 11th August 2011 5pm to 7pm with performance from Gary Stewart

Exhibition opening times: Friday 12th August 2011 to Saturday 27th August 2011. 9am to 5pm every day except Sundays.

Fundraiser gig Friday 19th August at the Brudenell Social Club, all Leeds bands including covers of Leeds songs. Featuring members of Pale Saints, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Three Johns and other familiar faces from the Leeds scene.

This exhibition celebrates the music culture of Leeds through a unique collection of memorabilia, records, programmes, posters, t-shirts, instruments, awards and artworks that tell some of the stories of the Leeds music scene over the last sixty years. It's been put together in true DIY spirit that fans of the Leeds scene will recognise, and aims to make some noise about the great music that is made and played in Leeds. We have been overwhelmed at the generosity of fans, promoters and musicians that have sent their memorabilia from the far flung corners of the globe - there are some real treasures here. Come and have a look and share your memories of great Leeds bands, gigs and venues. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this collection of stuff - don't miss it!

Website:
http://www.leedsmusichistory.org

Facebook event for the exhibition:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155393497873302

Facebook event for the fundraiser gig:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=261413050536465

Article on Leeds Music Scene:
http://www.leedsmusicscene.net/article/15138/

THANK YOU

Posted 05th August 2011   |   Permalink
Just wanted to say thank you to those of you who came along to some of the dates we played last month. It was lovely to put faces to some of the names.

Now it is back to working on the LP, and creating a classic!

Cheers xxxx
The March Violets

LOVE WILL KILL YOU - AVAILABLE TO BUY

Posted 02nd August 2011   |   Permalink
The new "Love Will Kill You" EP is now available to buy via our good friends at MusicNonStop.co.uk for the princely sum of five and half english pounds.

http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/product-v ... ctid=24635

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BUY NOW

More info about the new Love Will Kill You EP

LOVE WILL KILL YOU - AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD

Posted 20th July 2011   |   Permalink
The new "Love Will Kill You" EP is now available to download for free via the PledgeMusic site

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... dates/5430

More info about the new Love Will Kill You EP

VIOLETS VOTED "RECORD OF THE WEEK" ON BBC 6 MUSIC

Posted 18th July 2011   |   Permalink
The March Violets' "Love Will Kill You" EP is record of the week on BBC 6 Music's breakfast show this morning. You can listen to it via iPlayer here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b012mz53
Approximately 48 minutes in.

Huge thanks to Andrew Collins!
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LIVE IN GLASGOW

Posted 14th July 2011   |   Permalink
The March Violets - live in Glasgow

The Classic Grand
18 Jamaica Street
Glasgow
G1 4QD ( Map )

Saturday 16th July 2011 - Doors at 19:00

The last of the Little Punk Gigs
And yes... Fifteen Quid really does get you in to see The March Violets and the rather fabulous Luxury Stranger
plus a Badge
plus a Violets T-Shirt in a size of your choosing
plus an Aftershow Party

Also, we have discovered a large haul of Violets shirts from the crypt! INCLUDING A LOT OF GIRLY FIT SIZE SHIRTS..... will be bringing these to Glasgow and they will be available as an alternative to the tour shirt for those of you who have already been dedicated enough to come to the other gigs and already have one. They will be on sale too, so if you can't make it but have a friend going.......

LOVE WILL KILL YOU

Posted 05th June 2011   |   Permalink
Here's the artwork for the new EP and T-shirt.

We love it.

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More info about the new Love Will Kill You EP

LEEDS - AFTERSHOW PARTY HAS MOVED TO THE LIBRARY PUB

Posted 02nd June 2011   |   Permalink
Here is a quick update from the band about the Leeds aftershow party:

"Rather than keep the aftershow at the Cockpit as we had originally planned we have decided to team up with the lovely people at Flock, one of Leeds finer and darker nights, to enable us to bring you a more private and groovy party with much better music, and more importantly with pub prices.

So, after the show, go diagonally across the square and get on a number 6 bus from J3 stand at the bus depot at Albion street, which will drop you directly outside The Library Pub just after the University. Easy! Or walk up to Albion Street and get a 1, 28 or 95, they go every 5 minutes. Someone will show you the way if you don't know, make a new friend!"

The gig itself remains at the Cockpit, doors at 7pm sharp.

Get there early to make sure you see the first ever show by "The Partly Faithful" featuring Ed Banshee (ex of Screaming Banshee Aircrew) on vocals. History in the making! Followed of course by the fantastic Mr Simon Hinkler, and then the MVs themselves.

See you at the gig - it's going to be a good one!

More information:
Flock - 10pm - 2am
The Library
229 Woodhouse Lane
Leeds
LS2 3AP
[Map]

LAST CALL FOR THE LEEDS GIG ON SATURDAY

Posted 01st June 2011   |   Permalink
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Tickets are 15 quid

You get into a rocking gig with the Violets
- plus Very Special Guest Rock God Simon Hinkler
- plus Ed Banshee's new combo Partly Faithful's debut display
- an Aftershow Party with DJs and booze and everything
- a Violets T-shirt in the Size of your choice
- a Badge of limitedness

Tickets are 15 quid!

Tickets available from http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/themarchviolets.htm, Jumbo Records and Crash Records in Leeds, and probably the Cockpit.

on sale NOW

Age restriction 14+
Early Start, Bands off by 10.15, then party or home... your choice.
Conveniently...
Right Next to Leeds Train Station
Swinegate
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 4AG
0113 244 1573

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214093788602467

ANOTHER PURPLE TRACK IS WINKING AT THE BRIM

Posted 26th May 2011   |   Permalink
Yes indeedy, prepare your lovely selves for yet more Violet mayhem...

In contrast to the rather suave "Dandelion King", "A Little Punk Thing" is a somewhat rude and raucous comment on the state of things now and then.

Audio downloads of "A Little Punk Thing" and "Dandelion King" are currently available to pledgers:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... dates/4736

In the meantime, here's a brief reminder that you can still pledge towards the fund:

The ongoing pledge

We're not just offering the CD or a download. There will be stuff that goes along with it, stuff that makes it more special than if it was picked up on fileshare, or streamed online. And don't forget, as a pledger you automatically get the download of the Album anyway, and you'll know that the money is going to contribute to us being able to continue making music.

We'll also be donating a percentage of the Pledge to three charities.

Think Global: Friends of The Earth, for we surely are.

Think Local: Cloth Cat, Leeds Music Charity, helping people improve their lives through music.

And finally, think ahead: the Macmillan Cancer Trust, from a survivor and her friends.

Thanks for reading and we'll see you very soon. Play Loud, Pledge Purple!

The March Violets
xx

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... ts#project

VIOLETS VIDEO NORWICH GIG

Posted 25th May 2011   |   Permalink
Yep, we have arranged with a video company to do an HD video of this little shindig, so if you want to be in it... get a ticket, and actually, if you have already said you are coming and not bought yours yet, it's about time you did!

xxxx
MVs

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March Violets Live in Norwich
Location: Arkwrights social club
Time: Monday, 06 June 2011 19:0

DANDELION KING VIDEO

Posted 23rd May 2011   |   Permalink
Hi there,

If you remember we had a weird little "gigeo" last year where we filmed a video for the track "Dandelion King" and then did a gig, in a large old church.

Those who actually bravely turned up in the Scary November Snow will remember that the gig involved a bit of Psydwr, blowing up the PA, and accompanying Si to the bar while it was fixed. In other words, a memorable and typically Violets style happening.

We gave the track to pledgers a while ago, and have finally got the video that goes with it. So here it is. We hope you enjoy it. Especially if you are one of the "ghosts" in it, apologies to those who didn't make it to the finished cut, we'll try and get some out-takes up to show you in your full plumage!

We are sticking it on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFE2-XNk ... ideo_title

but you can also see it at the excellent http://www.AshTV.co.uk who made it.
http://www.ashtv.co.uk/ashtv/?id=51

Please spread it about.
xxxx
The March Violets

SO.. FREE STUFF.. ANYONE FANCY A VIDEO?

Posted 18th May 2011   |   Permalink
We should shortly be banging out a rather Glorious Video to you lovely Pledgerers... In which we stroll around in the court of the Dandelion King...

Stay tuned!

xxxx
Si Rosie Tom and wickle Jo

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... dates/4606

SI DENBIGH WRITING FOR THE ALTERNATIVE COMMUNITY

Posted 12th May 2011   |   Permalink
The Violets' Si Denbigh is now writing for new alt.goth online magazine The Alternative Community.

You can read Si's "intro" piece by following the link below, where he remembers what it was to be a punk (back when the identity wasn't being sold off-the-peg, at least not by anyone other than Malcolm McClaren), briefly wonders where all the real rebels have gone, and finally concludes he could just be in the right place to connect with kindred freaks once more.

http://thealternativecommunity.com/my/1 ... ith-thumbs

Looking forward to reading more of his writings/ramblings in future.

NEW SONG: ROAD OF BONES

Posted 12th May 2011   |   Permalink
The first of the new batch of songs is now available for download for those of you who pledged towards the album.

Road Of Bones
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... ts/updates

We're pleased to announce it is a groover. Yes indeed.

You can read the lyrics here

5 TRACK EP TO ACT AS ALBUM TASTER...

Posted 10th May 2011   |   Permalink
We are releasing a 5 track EP called 'Love Will Kill You' in June.

We will be releasing the tracks to March Violets Pledgers for free over the next few weeks, and in fact giving a physical copy to them later on.

We will be doing a few dates this year:

  • Sat 4th June - Leeds Cockpit - with the Mission's Simon Hinkler
  • Mon 6th June - Norwich Marquee - with Luxury Stranger (100 tickets only)
  • Fri 10th June - Leipzig Germany WGT festival - headlining the Felsenkeller
  • Sat 16th July - Glasgow Classic Grand - with Luxury Stranger
  • Fri 22nd July - Waregem Belgium Shadow Play Festival
  • Sun 24th July - York DV8 Festival (Headlining) - with Anne Marie Hurst etc

Tickets to UK shows http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/themarchviolets.htm

And we will be releasing the March Violets' first proper LP later this year.

xxxx
Play Loud Play Purple

UK WARM-UP GIGS ANNOUNCED

Posted 12th April 2011   |   Permalink
UK warm-up gigs for 2011:
- Leeds Cockpit, Saturday June 4 - support to be confirmed
- Norwich Marquee, Monday June 6 (Please note: there are only 100 tickets available), Luxury Stranger to support
- Glasgow Classic Grand, Saturday July 16 - Luxury Stranger to support

Festival dates:
- Headlining the Felsenkeller stage at the 20th Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig on Friday June 10
- Shadowplay Festival in Waregem, Belgium on Friday July 22nd
- Headlining DV8 festival in York on Sunday July 24

Tickets:
04.06.11 Leeds (UK) The Cockpit http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk
06.06.11 Norwich (UK) @The Marquee http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk
10.06.11 Leipzig (Ger) WGT 2011 http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de
16.07.11 Glasgow (UK) Classic Grand http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk
22.07.11 Waregem (Belg) Shadowplay Festival http://www.shadowplayfestival.be
24.07.11 York (UK) DV8 Festival http://www.dv8fest.com

The really good news is that your £15 ticket for one of the UK warm-up gigs in Leeds, Norwich or Glasgow gets you a free Violets T-Shirt in your size, a badge and entry to an aftershow party.

Those £15 tickets that come with the free goodies, will be on sale from April 13th on a first come first served basis, available via http://www.musicnonstop.co.uk/ from 13.00hrs.

OFFICIAL MV MERCHANDISE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Posted 04th April 2011   |   Permalink
You can now buy March Violets t-shirts, caps, hoodies and stuff online via their online store:

http://www.freewebstore.org/march-viole ... eid=525325

Get yer violet on.

MARCH VIOLETS TO HEADLINE DV8FEST

Posted 30th March 2011   |   Permalink
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What: The UK's Best Alternative Music Festival
When: 21st - 24th July 2011
Where: York

Who else is playing?
This years line-up offers some amazing treats including the legends of the batcave, SPECIMEN, kings of electro, UTAH SAINTS, the masters of rockabilly, VINCE RAY & THE BONESHAKERS as well as special guests UK DECAY.

Joining them we have NOSFERATU, ANNE-MARIE HURST, DEVILISH PRESLEY, UNINVITED GUEST, DEVIANT UK, SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC, UBERBYTE, DEVILISH PRESLEY, PINK HEARSE, RHOMBUS, LUXURY STRANGER, EUREKA MACHINES, IN ISOLATION, DYONISIS, NO TEARS, ALICE MOVING UNDER SKIES, GLOBAL CITIZEN, RESIST, LAST JULY, as well as the very special reunion of 13 CANDLES, MANDR01D and THE FINGER PUPPETS and the debut performance of VINDICARE

The March Violets are playing on Sunday 24th July at The Duchess, York [Venue Info]

More info & tickets from http://www.dv8fest.com/

ALBUM UPDATE AND WGT DETAILS

Posted 15th February 2011   |   Permalink
Hi there,

Apologies for the lack of contact, have been incredibly busy with song writing and other bits of life that kind of get in the way.

Anyway, we now have some rather excellent new songs that are being prodded into shape and given a good going over.

"Eom Draca Albion" is an epic with Old English lyrics, that starts at 60BPM and builds.... a lot.

The Sea Shanty, provisionally entitled "Barbary Coast" has become a bit of a stomper. And we have finally got "We Are All Gods" down and it is rather hypnotic and features some trippy violin from Jo Violet. The Title track to the Album (soon to be revealed) is classic Violets and should be a big one. We have a smorgasboard of Punky stuff, with "Ape-x" and another as yet unnamed ditty and some twisteddiscodancefloor stuff with "Discoboy Must Die" among others.

I'm just about to do a little birthday jaunt with the Sisters, and will try and use my downtime between partying to get these t-shirt designs finished.

And some of you may have noticed we have confirmed to play at WGT [Wave-Gotik-Treffen - Leipzig Germany]. We are headlining the Felsenkeller on the Friday. Should be fun!

Much post Valentine love to you all
Si

From: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/the ... dates/3427

ALBUM PLEDGE TARGET REACHED!

Posted 19th January 2011   |   Permalink
Huge Purple Thanks and Many of them from The March Violets to All who pledged!!!

We have indeed hit our target and can now get on with the hearty endeavour of constructing an exciting new album. And we must really thank you all for this opportunity to do it our way. You have proved that the independent spirit can survive.

Hopefully the pledging will continue, allowing us to make this album even better, with videos, promotion and above all, some gigs.

And don't forget, as things progress, we will be posting exclusive demos and stuff for pledgers.

Thanks Again

You are Highly Groovy
xxxx
Si Rosie Tom and Jo

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets/
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=363327265608

WE ARE 94% THERE! HOORAH!!

Posted 17th January 2011   |   Permalink
Thanks to all your help, we are within touching distance of our target! Please keep on persuading your friends to Pledge Purple.

Many Thanks
The March Violets

xxxx

Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

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Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

NEW STUFF ON THE VIOLETS PLEDGE SITE

Posted 14th January 2011   |   Permalink
New stuff on the Violets Pledge site: 2 Special Purple VIP AAA tickets to DV8 2011 in York, courtesy of Mr Chris Sherrington-Very-Nice-Man

Or you could always get one of the 3 'something Si doesn't want' that are left, or a Kiss from Rosie... there's bound to be something you'd fancy... go see:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

PLEDGES, T-SHIRTS, ETC

Posted 13th January 2011   |   Permalink
The pledge is now up to 89%, and with just 17 days left we're asking everyone to get behind the final push!

Here's the most recent pledge update:

Si wrote:
Hi there

And Thanks for getting us up to 80% of the target, it is fantastic.
We just need another push, so please ask your friends to join you and pledge… If each of you persuades just one person to pledge we will go well over the target…Pick one friend and get personal!

I must apologise for not having got the t-shirt designs up, and thank you for taking them on faith… they will be good. But because I have been so slack, I think we will be very flexible about the designs, and allow anyone who has pledged for one to swap, even after we hit the target. So I will post a selection of designs at some point and you can decide exactly which one(s) you want. I always think it’s the antici…………….pation that is the fun. Thanks again.

And we are bashing away on new songs, sorry… crafting away, and they are pretty damn good. [top secret bit of info removed - for pledger's eyes only!]

Cheers
Si


Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

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Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

NEW MARCH VIOLETS ALBUM FOR 2011 - PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT

Posted 01st December 2010   |   Permalink
Just re-posting this: :)

Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

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Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

Here is how this works. We have set a target. We will be releasing the album on our own label and this is the money we feel we need in order to do it justice. It will go on recording and mastering the album so that it sounds as good as it can, and then marketing so that it goes as far as it can. It will also help to get us back out onto the road so that we can play it to you around the world.

Take a look at the list on the right hand side of the screen and decide how you would like to get involved with the project and make some pledges.

No money exchanges hands until our target is reached. Simple.

Those of you who pledge will basically be investing in the album, so to make sure you know what you’ve paid for we’ll post ‘pledgers-only’ updates and videos in the ‘Pledgers Only Page’ – our own little site on Pledge – you’ll be able to keep up to date with what’s going on. Demos, rough mixes, videos, blogs and anything else we think you’ll like. We want to do this in a collaborative fashion and really bring you in on the project in a way that just wasn’t possible in the 80’s.

Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

BREAKING NEWS - LEEDS GIGEO ON 25TH NOV

Posted 16th November 2010   |   Permalink
Breaking news - Leeds gigeo on 25th Nov


The March Violets are playing a semi-secret gigeo (a combined gig and video shoot, apparently) in Leeds on the 25th November 2010

There's a Facebook event set up here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175438835806829

The Court of The Dandelion King

We'd love people to dress up for this: Elvis, Spacemen, Cyber Vampyres, Edwardian, Goth etc. The Court of the dandelion King stretches to the 22nd century!!

There will be a bar (maybe even PSYDWR!) and there's a curry house round the corner.

5 quid for pledgers / 10 quid for non pledgers
25 November
19:30 - 22:30

Left Bank Leeds
Cardigan Road
Leeds
United Kingdom
LS6 1LJ (Details and map)

PHOTOS FROM THE O2 GIG

Posted 16th November 2010   |   Permalink
Lots and lots and lots of photos from the O2 gig appearing on Facebook.

Here's a few...

John's photos
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 8505533248

Tim's photos
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3 ... =668080599

Brian 's photos
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=4 ... 0677403145

Glenn's photos
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=4 ... 1629541313

You may need to be logged in to Facebook to view them, depending on each photographer's privacy settings.

Thanks to everyone who took those.

RADIANT BOYS - VIDEO FROM SATURDAY'S O2 GIG

Posted 15th November 2010   |   Permalink
I'm sure there's going to plenty of this kind of footage coming out over the next week or so, but thanks to YouTube member epidemic271 for filming and uploading this clip so quickly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUa162BYLv0

Looking and sounding amazing.

There's lots more footage from epidemic271 here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/epidemic271

For those that couldn't make it, you missed a treat.

SHOW TIMES FOR SATURDAY'S GIG

Posted 11th November 2010   |   Permalink
Just reminding those of you who are coming to this Purple Event that we are on stage very early.

DOORS 6pm
ULTERIOR 7.15pm
MARCH VIOLETS 8.30PM

So be there early to avoid the Crush... Tickets are still available, though on the door you will have to pay cash.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEIR TICKETS, YOU SHOULD BRING PRINTOUTS OF ANY DOCUMENTS AND THE CARD YOU USED TO PAY TO THE BOXOFFICE.

And make sure you keep a ticket stub to use to get you into the Slimelight for free!

2010 PLEDGE T-SHIRTS

Posted 09th November 2010   |   Permalink
Here's a sneak preview of a couple of t-shirt designs that are part of the album pledge project:

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Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

And don't forget the London gig this saturday (13th November):
http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/news.html#id499

NEW MARCH VIOLETS ALBUM - PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT

Posted 01st November 2010   |   Permalink
Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

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Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

Here is how this works. We have set a target. We will be releasing the album on our own label and this is the money we feel we need in order to do it justice. It will go on recording and mastering the album so that it sounds as good as it can, and then marketing so that it goes as far as it can. It will also help to get us back out onto the road so that we can play it to you around the world.

Take a look at the list on the right hand side of the screen and decide how you would like to get involved with the project and make some pledges.

No money exchanges hands until our target is reached. Simple.

Those of you who pledge will basically be investing in the album, so to make sure you know what you’ve paid for we’ll post ‘pledgers-only’ updates and videos in the ‘Pledgers Only Page’ – our own little site on Pledge – you’ll be able to keep up to date with what’s going on. Demos, rough mixes, videos, blogs and anything else we think you’ll like. We want to do this in a collaborative fashion and really bring you in on the project in a way that just wasn’t possible in the 80’s.

Make a pledge:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/themarchviolets

LAUNCH OF PLEDGE FOR MARCH VIOLETS NEW ALBUM

Posted 29th October 2010   |   Permalink
The 1st of November.

We have talked about it for a while and have finally decided to record a new Album, and we need your help.

We will be working with Pledge Music to raise the finances we need to record and launch this new LP next year. This way is as close as we can find to the independent way we did things back in the 80s, only this time you get to be involved.

There will be lots of interesting things that you can Pledge for, this involves a promise to pay for some stuff when enough pledges have been made to reach our target. The most basic pledge is for the download of the LP, and everyone who makes ANY pledge will get a download. Pledges include a nicely twisted range of stuff, from limited edition T-shirts and signed and framed original 80s posters to Cider with Rosie and even the opportunity to be on the Album! If you pledge you will also have unique access to demos of the new songs and videos and the chance to really get involved.

We will also be bringing you a new Violets site at www.radiantlodge.com, the sprawling stately home of the March Violets. You will be able to become a Lodge Member and explore the weird environs of the Lodge.

Coming Soon!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166157016735619

MORE ACTIVITY...

Posted 28th October 2010   |   Permalink
The Radiant Lodge is going to be the place to be for the next few days... Violet Newsflashes and other Nonsense, so dial it in and stay tuned... Or have a chat with Rosie in Whitby, seek that Temptress out, she doesn't Bite.... oh, errm. :)

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=363327265608

NEW ALBUM DETAILS COMING SOON...

Posted 27th October 2010   |   Permalink
Si recently posted this announcement on Facebook:

Remember we asked you about a new Violets LP? We will be revealing a way of investing in the Album on November 1st...

More details can be found over at their Radiant Lodge Facebook group... 8)

VIOLET NEWSFLASH

Posted 07th October 2010   |   Permalink
Back from the dead, the March Violets have reformed for a rare event.

Saturday 13th November at the 02 Islington Academy London, and then straight over the road to the Slimelight for a 3 floor purple Aftershow Party that goes on till 7.30am, and all for £15!

Featuring the original explosive line-up of the Violets, performing a selection of their classic tracks that are still rocking the darker dancefloors and made them a top ten Indie band back in the 80s (when Indie meant Independent). Expect Snakedance, Walk into the Sun, Crow Baby and some new material from the Brand New Album they are currently creating.

To make this a night to remember, The Violets have gathered a suitably chaotic mix of friends and Very Special Guests:

Support at the Academy will be Ulterior, described as Primal Scream meets the Stooges with a drum-machine.

And for The Aftershow Party, Sigue Sigue Sputnik will be getting their Love missile out! Faderhead will be catering to the more electroid. James Ray's Gangwar have agreed to reform and lurk in the darkness and the latest gothic new sensation from Leeds, Black Moth, will be dancing round the lights.

More Aural Pleasure will be provided by DJs Danny IV from Ladytron, Ashley Casselle (Global Underground/Wall of Sound/Paper Recordings), Dead Matty, Heartlander Quiff Boy and Grandmaster of the dark turntables Martin Oldgoth.

To lubricate the party spirit will be the launch of a brand new drink, PSYDWR, somewhat mental Welsh Cider with Wormwood (yep, the Absynthe stuff). The first pressing of the drink "Grooving in Green" will be released at the Aftershow Party in the Slimelight. This has to be a first.

For more details see
www.marchviolets.co.uk or
www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106423339399815

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INTERVIEW WITH ROSIE GARLAND

Posted 15th September 2010   |   Permalink
There's another Violets interview over on the Return To The East blog, this time with Rosie Garland.

http://avicusuk.blogspot.com/2010/09/13 ... sssss.html

As before, a great interview with some fascinating tidbits of info, gossip and Violets trivia. :)

NEW INTERVIEW WITH SIMON D

Posted 14th July 2010   |   Permalink
There's a new interview with Simon D posted over on the Return To The East blog.

http://avicusuk.blogspot.com/2010/07/lu ... ts_13.html

It's a very entertaining read and contains some real insights into the Violets' origins, their original demise, and their plans for the future.

NOVEMBER 2010 GIG UPDATE

Posted 13th May 2010   |   Permalink
NEWS JUST IN

From http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106423339399815

For those of you wondering what to do after the show in the Academy finishes. Fear not. Part 2 of the night is just around the corner, literally. All ticket holders are graciously invited to step into the Slimelight for a continuation of the Purpleness. There will be more guest artists performing live: Faderhead is already confirmed for the more Electroid amongst us, plus gothique karaoke horror, Vjay nonsense and drinkies. There will not be a raffle.

The O2 show starts at 6pm and finishes at 10pm. Free entry to the Slimelight for ticketed folks begins at 10pm and ends at midnight.

The Slimelight closes at 7.30am, perfect time to stagger back to the station for the ride home.

Major Thankyous and Respect to the Lovely Slimelight Crew for this.

Confirmed DJs Quiff Boy and Dead Matty

Tickets cost £15.00 and are on sale now from the venue or via Ticketweb.

Also… Join The Radiant Lodge on the link below to stay posted for more news about this event and our plans for recording the NEW ALBUM (!!) as we flesh them out…

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=363327265608

MARCH VIOLETS 2010 GIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted 16th April 2010   |   Permalink
So: We have confirmed a place and time for the next Violet Event.

London, Islington Academy, Saturday 13th November 2010.

We haven't decided which of our friends will be playing with us yet, but hopefully this one will be as much fun as the last reunion.

We will do our best to make it special, hope you can make it.

Lots of Love
The March Violets

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Stay tuned for more details, including news of a new album.

Oh yes 8)

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=363327265608

MARCH VIOLETS RADIO SESSIONS

Posted 04th April 2010   |   Permalink
We've added a new section to the Discography detailing all known Radio Sessions the Violets' recorded.

http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/discograp ... sions.html

Many thanks to Mark Turrell for the details 8)

JOHN HUGHES DIES AT 59

Posted 07th August 2009   |   Permalink
The US film director and writer, John Hughes, who created some of the most famous comedies of the 1980s and 1990s, has died at the age of 59.

The director died after a heart attack in New York, his spokeswoman said.

Wikipedia wrote:
John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer. He made some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Weird Science; The Breakfast Club; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sixteen Candles; Pretty in Pink; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Uncle Buck; Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Original Wikipedia article here: http://is.gd/26FxW

The March Violets contributed 2 songs to the soundtrack for Some Kind of Wonderful and also had a cameo role in the film.

Hughes' films captured the zeitgeist of a whole generation and he has a place in the heart of many a misunderstood 80s teenager.

More about John Hughes' death from the BBC News:
Breakfast Club creator dies at 59
Hughes' memorable film moments

Farewell John.

MARCH VIOLETS ON SKY TV'S 'SKY PLAYER'

Posted 12th August 2008   |   Permalink
well, kinda ;)

sky tv's "sky player" currently has the john hughes film some kind of wonderful available for download.

the movie still they have chosen for the film's download page is one of the violets' "live" nightclub scenes:

clicky

Image

and in situ:

Image

:notworthy: :lol:

more info here:

http://quiffboy.com/2008/08/12/march-violets-on-sky-tv/

E-TICKETS AND PRE-ORDERED CDS

Posted 06th December 2007   |   Permalink
Latest announcement from The March Violets:

We will be stopping selling E-tickets and pre-ordered CDs at midnight tonight.

Bit short notice I know but it's taking up a lot of time and we're pretty busy at the mo.

No need to panic if you haven't got a ticket yet. Tickets will continue to be on sale at the usual outlets and presumably on the door at the gig. CDs will be available in limited numbers at the merch stall, but when they are gone they are gone.

At about midnight the links to the e-ticket site will stop being valid.

UPLOADED FLYERS FOR THE 2007 HOMECOMING GIG

Posted 20th November 2007   |   Permalink
Front and back scans of a postcard "flyer" for the 2007 Homecoming gig have been uploaded to the Image Gallery.

The back of the flyer has a promo for the "new release" (ltd to 1000).

Image Image

Larger versions are also available by clicking on the thumbnails here:
http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/imagegallery/flyers.php

MARCHVIOLETS.CO.UK WEBSITE MAKEOVER

Posted 19th November 2007   |   Permalink
I've finally managed to get rid of that horrible, clunky JavaScript drop-down navigation and replace it with a more streamlined, friendly (and Search Engine compatible) CSS-based alternative

The front page & news sections have now been merged into a blog-style front page, with the most recent articles appearing on the homepage while the older news drops back to the News Archive, where you can view the complete history of news posts.

That should hopefully make it easier to follow all the breaking March Violets info that seems to be around these days!

I've also upgraded the forum to the latest revision of the software, which is phpBB 2.0.22.

There are no huge changes to the site content as such, but I've added large versions of the 7" single sleeves in the Discography section (Hint: click on the sleeve thumbnails) and I've made some subtle tweaks to overall the design & layout that I've been meaning to do for ages, which should make the site generally easier on the eye.

See y'all in Leeds in a couple of weeks :!: 8)

NEW MV SONG - CUT DOWN PRETTY - MP3 AVAILABLE

Posted 16th November 2007   |   Permalink
From www.myspace.com/officialmarchviolets :

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE HIGH QUALITY MP3 OF NEW TRACK 'CUT DOWN PRETTY' [Pre release]

Due to the high demand on our server could you please right click the link above and choose 'save target as' in order to download the file onto your computer. If you wish to distribute the track via a link, please only link to your downloaded file. Thank you!


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The track is available via their MySpace page and also via our site, to help conserve their bandwidth:
:o :notworthy:

And here's another new photo:
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Looking good, pop kids.

FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR HOMECOMING GIG

Posted 06th November 2007   |   Permalink
Image

Oh my :notworthy:

RAFFLE TO BE DRAWN AT DECEMBER GIG

Posted 06th November 2007   |   Permalink
...with some pretty special prizes!

From the band's official MySpace blog: clicky

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The Raffle:

If you buy a ticket to the see The March Violets Homecoming Gig you are automatically entered into our Raffle... might not sound very exciting, but the prizes are pretty good, especially as there are maximum 1000 tickets and each one can only be drawn once....

- 2 electric guitars
- 1 bass guitar

these are real ones, signed by the bands playing at the Show, and any other famous friends who might be at the gig. You can stick them on your wall, or even go and start your own band.... now there's a thought!

- Some genuine posters from the 1980's
- The first record by the March Violets.. Religious as Hell 7" EP on Merciful Release.
- A cuddly toy
- Some Violets T-shirts
- Another cuddly toy

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ADDED REUNION INFO TO THE FRONT PAGE

Posted 02nd November 2007   |   Permalink
I've added details of the reunion gig and the official 2007 t-shirt to the site's homepage.

It was already on the news page but this way it will get the gig details on google quicker (this site is the top result when you search for most phrases involving March and Violets)

Oh, and here's a nice piccy of The March Violets, 2007 stylee...

Image

8) :notworthy:

MORE DETAILS OF THE REUNION GIG

Posted 30th October 2007   |   Permalink
...and associated festivities:

Official March Violets wrote:
THE MARCH VIOLETS - HOMECOMING -

ONE OFF SHOW - SAT 8TH DEC - 8PM -

After a two and a half decade hiatus, three original members of The March Violets have decided to get back to the source...

Si Denbigh, Rosie Garland and Tom Ashton are preparing a choice feast of classics and new material in order to serve it to you at Leeds Metropolitan University Union on Saturday the 8th of December.

There will be an exclusive cd of new material...only available to ticket buyers, some special guests and some special happenings and also an aftershow party licensed until 3am. We want to celebrate this and we want to do it with all our fans both old and new. Oh, and did we mention that the resulting mess will be filmed for possible future release? We just did.

Tickets will be on sale within the next 24 hours and we will send out an event invite to all our friends here, so keep an eye on your inbox. You will be able to buy tickets directly from this page...which will probably be the cheapest option and also from Leeds Met on their website and other local outlets tba.

Just one more thing for now...if you are female with long black hair and feeling particularly drunk/happy/silly/etc and happen to have a mobile phone with video capabilities [or even, gasp, a video camera] could you please film yourself headbanging to our new track, Long Black Hair. Just download the 45 second snippet of the track on our myspace player, film yourself or get a friend to and send us the results using the link below...the video will be shown at the gig when the band performs said track...mmmm...could be interesting.


x MV'S x
;D


Thanks to Heartland member bananacamel for that tip off 8)

The aftershow DJs are from The Wendy House (Gilly, and possibly Glenn)

WOW! SOMEBODY'S BUSY!

Posted 25th October 2007   |   Permalink
And now I've just spotted these 'live' videos on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TheMarchViolets

Keep on keeping on, boys and girls... :notworthy:

THE SMOKE AND LIGHTS ARE GROWING BRIGHT...

Posted 24th October 2007   |   Permalink
More news on their MySpace site here:

The March Violets – Saturday December 8th 2007

On Saturday December 8th 2007 The March Violets play their first gig since the 1980s, featuring the original line-up of Si Denbigh, Rosie Garland and Tom Ashton.

We deliberately went for a Saturday to make it better for those of you who work or who are thinking of travelling. … see… we still love you!

• Tickets
Tickets will be available very soon.
There are 1000 tickets, no more. They will be initially be available via the Myspace page http://www.myspace.com/officialmarchviolets with other outlets to follow.

• Venue
Leeds Metropolitan University, (known as the Met)
Students' Union,
Calverly Street, Leeds, LS1 3HE
United Kingdom
www.lmusu.org.uk
http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/visiting/inde ... findus.htm


[snip]

The fun never stops! :mrgreen:

THE CONTACTS SPARK AND THE SOUND EXPLODES...

Posted 24th October 2007   |   Permalink
Well, the last few weeks has seen a furry of activity hasn't it? In case you missed it, here's the low down thus far:

1) The March Violets get an official MySpace site here:

http://www.myspace.com/officialmarchviolets

2) Rumours of a reunion gig surface..

3) These rumours are confirmed on their MySpace site, here

Saturday 8th December @ Leeds Metropolitan University

:o

The lineup would appear to be Simon D, Tom & Rosie, plus an as-yet unnamed bass player.

4) A snippet of a new song appears on their MySpace page: Long Black Hair along with an appeal to send in clips of yourself shaking your hair to their song!

http://www.longblackhairvideo.marchviolets.us/

5) That's about all... so far! More info as and when it becomes available.

And breathe....

SHORT INTERVIEW WITH LOZ

Posted 23rd February 2007   |   Permalink
In response to a few Violets-related threads over on The Heartland Forums, Loz Elliott has kindly emailed us with answers to a few of the frequently asked questions surrounding the March Violets and their relationship with Merciful Release, The Sisters of Mercy, and Andrew Eldritch himself: More...

NEW PHOTOS AND SCANS FROM ROSIE

Posted 07th July 2005   |   Permalink
I've finally gotten around to upoloading a handful of scans that Rosie sent a while ago. Apologies for the delay!! CLIPPINGS

They are all at the bottom of the page, and begin with "violets..."

TOM ASHTON'S MULTIVERSE SITE UPDATED

Posted 06th July 2005   |   Permalink
"New site is uploaded. Added final mix of the Western Lullaby instrumental plus some mp3 previews that may be of interest to you March Violets fans out there. Also bunged in some of the press that the MULTIVERSE has received recently."

http://www.themultiverse.org/

"SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL" SCREENGRABS

Posted 02nd July 2005   |   Permalink
Uploaded 3 screengrabs of the Violets in the film "Some Kind Of Wonderful":
  • Some Kind Of Wonderful 001
  • Some Kind Of Wonderful 002
  • Some Kind Of Wonderful 003
See the Image Gallery / Other for more details.

http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/imagegallery/other.php

Many thanks to rob from www.SomeKindOfWonderful.org for providing those...

CHANGES TO THE NEWS PAGE

Posted 26th May 2005   |   Permalink
Just a quick post to let you know that I've made a few changes ot the news page - http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/news.php - to tie it in more with the forum. Also, the URL of the RSS feed has changed to http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/rss.php - please update your browsers and feed readers accordingly.

NEW PHOTOS COMING SOON... HONEST

Posted 10th February 2005   |   Permalink
Digging through some old emails last night we've realised there were quite a few photos that haven't been uploaded to the gallery yet. They're mainly autographed memorabilia, and we'll get onto it sometime next week. Apologies to anyone who has sent stuff in the last couple of months - it hasn't really disappeared into a black hole!
 

AND THEN THE REALLY OLD NEWS:

Before the introduction of the forum as a conveying means of news and information about site updates there was this list, preserved here for the sake of continuity and completeness (most recent entries are at the top):

SITE UPDATE: FORUM ADDED

Thu, 10 Feb 2005 02:27:28 GMT

You ask, we listen, we act. Which is how it should be. Several people have contacted us and have mentioned that it might be a good idea to create something that allows fans to meet, chat, ask each other questions, maybe even with input from ex-band members themselves. And so here it is: The Forum. Enjoy... Oh, and the keen eyed among you will have noticed that the Lyrics link in the menu at the top has moved to inside the Discography section. See March Violets Forum

INTERVIEW WITH TOM ASHTON IN THE LATEST EDITION OF "THE MICK"

Sun, 07 Nov 2004 20:00:36 GMT

An interview with Tom in issue #8 of Mick Mercer's e-magazine. Highlights include a plug for this website and this rather interesting comment:

Rosie, Loz and myself have been talking about the possibility of a reunion. We are all very much up for it. It would have to be the original line up with Simon though. Does anyone know where he is? Oh, what a catharsis if we could get out there and pick up where we left off in 1984... something to see I would think!

See The Mick

REMAINING NEW PHOTOS UPLOADED

Sat, 21 Aug 2004 23:20:36 GMT

The final batch of photos courtesy of Mr Ashton. To make it easier for you these all begin with "Simon...". See Image Gallery

EVEN MORE NEW PHOTOS UPLOADED

Mon, 09 Aug 2004 22:25:34 GMT

Another stack of photos courtesy of Mr Ashton (18 this time!) most of which seem to begin with "Cleo..." or "Lineup...". See Image Gallery

A FEW MORE NEW PHOTOS UPLOADED

Thur, 29 Jul 2004 01:21:18 GMT

A few more images uploaded to the Other Images section of the Image Gallery - band photos, live shots and a couple of photos from their appearence on the Saturday morning children's TV program "Saturday Superstore"!! Yes that is Keith Chegwin you can see. See Image Gallery

SEVERAL NEW PHOTOS AND IMAGES UPLOADED

Mon, 26 Jul 2004 23:10:15 GMT

Several new images uploaded to all sections of the Image Gallery - band photos, artwork, reviews etc. See Image Gallery

TOM@SHTON@HOME - TOM ASHTON'S OLD MV SITE BACK ONLINE

Mon, 26 Jul 2004 22:32:12 GMT

Former-guitarist and founder member of The March Violets, Tom Ashton created this personal website in 2000, and it promised to be a great source of information, photographs and gossip. In 2001 Tom relocated to the States and began his new project The Multiverse (see below) and stopped working on his old site. He has kindly given us a copy of the March Violets section of his old site so we can host an archive here at MarchViolets.co.uk. See Tom@shton@Home

SMALL UPDATES TO THE BIOGRAPHY AND LINKS PAGES

Sun, 18 Jul 2004 11:57:12 GMT

A couple of small updates to the "Where Are They Now?" Biography page and to the "March Violets Links" page to bring them up-to-date with the information we have recently received from ex-band members. See MarchViolets.co.uk

CREATED AN RSS NEWS FEED FOR THE SITE

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 00:10:12 GMT

An RSS news feed is now available. Point your RSS Readers at:

http://www.marchviolets.co.uk/news.rss

The same feed now powers this page, making our job much easier! See RSS News Feed

TOM ASHTON'S NEW WEBSITE IS UP

Wed, 14 Jul 2004 13:15:45 GMT

Not an update as such, more a post to let you know that Tom Ashton's latest project "The Multiverse" has a new website - TheMultiverse.org. You can download tracks and buy the first single, "M I S S I L E". We've paid the site a visit and have heard the new single and strongly suggest that you should all go and buy it. NOW! It's very, very good. Welcome back Tom. See TheMultiverse.org

ADDED ANOTHER TWO NEW IMAGES TO THE GALLERY

Tue, 13 Jul 2004 01:11:25 GMT

A live photo of Tom taken during a gig at the Danceteria, New York 1985, and a great shot of MV fan Craig McDowell's March Violets-inspired tattoo. Craig has asked about the source of that image:

"Anyone wants to drop me a line either fans or members of the Violets, I'd love to hear from you as I do have a question. What or who is behind the design I have on my leg?! Was it penned by someone in the band? Is there a "meaning" to the symbol? Any information you could give me would be great to know."

If anyone has more information for Craig, drop us an email at the usual address and we'll pass on the details. See Image Gallery

ADDED TWO NEW IMAGES TO THE GALLERY

Mon, 05 Jul 2004 18:04:15 GMT

Courtesy of Andy Tolson, we have a frame grab of The March Violets' the appearance in the 1987 John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful, and a snap shot from Los Angeles during the same time period. See Image Gallery

AMENDED DISCOGRAPHY INFORMATION FOR "TURN TO THE SKY"

Sun, 04 Jul 2004 21:35:55 GMT

Fixed a rather obvious (and very sloppy) error to reflect the correct personnel lineup for the recordings. Oops! See Discography

"WALK INTO THE SUN" STICKER - PT II

Sun, 27 Jun 2004 17:52:24 GMT

Managed to find a photo of the aforementioned sticker. See Discography

"WALK INTO THE SUN" STICKER - PT I

Tue, 22 Jun 2004 22:00:00 GMT

Added details about a sticker that came with limited quantities of the Walk Into The Sun 12" single. See Discography

ANDREW TOLSON GETS IN TOUCH

Mon, 21 Jun 2004 22:00:00 GMT

Andy has updated us on his whereabouts and offered to send some of his old photos for the site. See Where Are They Now?

CREATED THIS NEWS PAGE TO KEEP TRACK OF FUTURE UPDATES

Tue, 11 May 2004 22:00:00 GMT

See News & Updates

LAURENCE ELLIOT GETS IN TOUCH

Tue, 11 May 2004 20:00:00 GMT

Laurence has updated us on his whereabouts and offered to provide us with archive material for the site. See Where Are They Now?

ROSIE GARLAND GETS IN TOUCH

Mon, 10 May 2004 22:00:00 GMT

Rosie has updated us on her whereabouts and offered to provide us with archive material for the site. See Where Are They Now?

TOM ASHTON GETS IN TOUCH

Sun, 25 Jan 2004 22:00:00 GMT

Tom has updated us on his whereabouts and offered to provide us with archive material for the site. See Where Are They Now?

A RELATIVE OF TOM ASHTON GETS IN TOUCH

Sat, 25 Jan 2004 22:00:00 GMT

Tom's niece contacts us and offers to let Tom know about the site. See Where Are They Now?