WE Magpies have been tucking our heads under our wings over the greyest part of winter and thinking up lots of new songs. We've entered the Snowdrop Festival's songwriting competition with one of them "The Ballad of the Milk White Maid" - we'll keep you posted about how we get on :) For a sneak peek, see below...
Plans are afoot for a short tour of the North of England (including Neil's hometown, Sheffield), followed by a tour of Ireland! Watch this space...
What a busy charm of Magpies! We embarked on a mini winter tour with dates at the iconic Frost Fayre in Glastonbury (and the lovely King Arthur), Bristol, Shepton Mallet... for some of these, we supported Australian visitors President Street - double the fun! Take a look at our events page for full details...
New Magpie Amy Bartlett added her luscious harmonies and soaring vocals to the MAGPIE22 sound - AND if you're lucky, you may also catch the velvet tones of Dawn's daughter Eve Sapphire who also sings with the Riff Raff Choir - watch out for new dates...
Back from Nashville, Magpie22 have been trying out new songs for their forthcoming album.. take a peek at the "Live from the Red Room recording below... More songs - and dates - to be added soon!
New recording of our Robert Johnson/Bessie Smith inspired "Crossroads" with producer Pete Ardron in London
Video for next single being planned - would you like to be in it? Message us!!
New songs written in Nashville are getting ready for recording now, including the heartfelt ballad, "Don't Let Go", inspired by the movement to reduce suicides among young people, and "Rainbow's End" , written in the beautiful Land Between the Lakes on the borders of Tennessee and Kentucky, featuring Neil's new shiny resonator guitar 'Lily'... :)
MAGPIE22 Live Showreel -
Dawn Kelly, Neil Bailey, Jack Carver
A tribute to the history of the Native American peoples who walked the Trail of Tears, and to the environmentalists and eco-warriors of today who fight to save our planet.
Here's a sneak peek of 'Lily' the resonator guitar from Nashville and our new song, "Oh Pretty Darling"
Here's a very homegrown live acoustic video of our competition entry for Shepton Mallet's Snowdrop Festival - wish us luck!
As a child, Dawn sang at her Irish parents parties and then went on to front London bands The Wait, Newspeak and Rainbow Nation ,and did session studio work and backing vocals. Now living in Bristol, she has teamed up with Neil Bailey and feels she is writing "the best songs of my life".
Neil has been playing guitar since he was an infant and was gigging by 13. He went on to work as a touring guitarist in support of artists like Sam Brown and King Kurt. Since meeting Dawn he says he's never had such faith in his music or his musical partnerships.
When he's not tutoring the next wave of young musicians, Jack is usually to be found wielding the sticks behind a full drum kit with soul stars Kick the Kat, but he brings a touch of class with his versatile percussion to the MAGPIE22 collective.
Amy is the busiest MAGPIE in this band, with solo performances of popular songs, work as part of a harmony girl group, teaching, kids events... everyone's just glad that that she finds time to share her lush harmonies with MAGPIE22.
Eve sang harmonies with her mother, Dawn, while still a little girl, but in recent years she has moved on to performing with Bristol's Riff Raif choir and leading a children's choir at the primary school where she teaches. Eve's voice has been described as 'velvet' and her performances with MAGPIE22 allow audiences a glimpse of that special mother-daughter closeness and unique vocal harmonies.
Live, raw performance of original song "Nashville" at the Electric Banana's charity event in March 2019.