It’s here…

Our first EP, The Demon Gin, is now available for you to purchase!

Our first EP, The Demon Gin, has arrived at the asylum and is now available for you to purchase!

Should you wish to buy a copy for own enjoyment, or if you’d like something to inflict upon your enemies, please check out our Listen page where the EP can be bought via PayPal. Sinead set up the PayPal button thingy all by herself while hungover in Edinburgh, so if you end up purchasing 43 lemon zesters by mistake, please accept our apologies.

Obviously, the best and brightest thing to do would be to come and see us flailing about on stage sometime, and buy your copy then and then from our very selves. We promise not to try and burn you if you do.

Until next time, tiny darlings…

Copy of Final EP The Demon Gin

Sweet music

Our first EP is almost ready! Huzzah! You can have a sneak preview on our Listen page now if you’re very good.

We are now prepping for our five day freak out at Edinburgh Fringe. Lost Horizons Folk Club and some other thoroughly splendid people have given us a mix of gigs in a variety of venues from 17th to 22nd August, so we’re prepping the act and polishing our new material. Busy, drunken times.

We hope to see you soon, and to bring you more tales from our tiny minds…


First gigs & recording adventures

The Demon Gin has been very busy since the three of us decided to stop throwing nuts at squirrels (and vice versa) and make sweet music together.

Waaaay back in April (ah what an age to be alive that was), we played our first public gig at one of our favourite establishments in Canterbury, The Lady Luck, appearing as part of Luke Smith’s Lo-Fi zone.  Well… it was our first proper gig as a trio. Technically, Ben and Sinead had played an impromptu gig a month earlier. In Budapest. While on holiday. But people do crazy things after a lot of goulash.

First night nerves dispensed with and much gin consumed, the trio knuckled down for the next couple of weeks (i between work and other artistic commitments) and polished off a suite of original songs and a choice cover or two fit for what would be their next  show – the hallowed Shedfest in Broadstairs. This gathering is small but ranks highly on the social calendar of many a local music fan. And it really is in a shed. And it was a delight from start to finish, big up to the inimitable Euan Headley for hosting us that night!

Then came the real work. Recording the first EP. For without actual music files to share, few promoters will give you gigs based on your assertions that “it really does sound better than a bag of cats being swung against a wall”. And The DG needs an outlet.

So one sunny Saturday we stocked up on lemon & ginger tea, wholesome nuts and huge amounts of candyfloss stuffed with tacos, and encamped at Squarehead Studios in Newington, Kent,  to lay down (SO street) enough musical mayhem to fashion a four track EP. Ben and Greg are seasoned studio users…which sounds weird, but let’s go with it…and we all agreed the recording space, equipment and engineer James were faultless, and we would be delighted to return again.

After a tiring but exhilarating eight hours of playing banjos, guitars, double bass, piano, pump organs, giant drums, bits of the floor and singing our tits off, we were starting to feel like a real band.

I mean…Ben and Greg have been in a real band for, like, 12  years. But Sinead felt like she was in a real band. But she thinks she’s a fire engine most of the time so…it was a good day all round.

We’ll bring you our finished tunes asap. In the meantime, our next confirmed gig is at Aces and Eights, Tufnell Park in London on Wednesday 29th June and is in aid of the homeless. Please do come by if you can, and donate where possible!

Here are some photos from recent horrific expeditions.

Greg and a big drum that Ben approves of
Greg and banjo, together forever
Ben doing his thing
Sinead at the end of a long day
Greg finds an amp he likes
Dat pretty

So we’re a band now…

So, tiny darlings. Alert the media at once, and open the good gin; things are about to get LOUD.
The Demon Gin music act is happening.
Don’t all faint at once.
Seriously – so sorry, loyal readers (all five of you) that the blog has been on hiatus for so long, but there have been many, many irons in fires and many, many trips to the hospital where doctors tell me “do you know how much money we’ve spent fixing your frigging burnt hands, you pointless bint?”
But the good news is that there will be more news, more banter and more stories to share with you from now on. This is a holding post for now just to keep you and new fans (hello!) updated.
I will go into great detail on how all this music craziness began in my next posts, but for now I have listed everything you need to know below (the About page, Facebook and Twitter accounts have all been updated too).
  1. There’s three of us now. Well, three not counting the voice in my head. And we’re not counting them. SHUT UP, YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE!!!! Sorry…
  2. The band consists of myself as singer/songwriter, Ben Holliday on acoustic guitar and mandolin, and Greg Ireland on mandolin, clarinet, vocals and percussion.
  3. Our musical style is macabre roots, dark folk and grim cabaret, and we play original songs and trad tunes that channel roots, folk, musical theatre, cabaret and vaudeville.
  4. Check the Facebook page for gig details for now, and a gig page will be added to this site shortly
  5. We have JUST started, so stick with us while we sort out things like photos and flyers and and hot tub parties and gambling addictions
  6. A LOT of characters in the songs die or are insane. Or want to kill you. Or are walls.
  7. We are on the prowl for more gigs, so please do message us with suggestions or options. We will have some demo tracks to share soon.
  8. How many hats should I wear for our first few gigs……..maybe 3…4?…..ahhh this is the sort of conflict they warned me to expect in the music industry…

The voices and I will see you very soon.