Return to Mingulay

by Andy John Bradford's Oceans 5

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about

Andy John Bradford's Oceans 5 is a progressive folk rock band fronted by UK singer songwriter and solo artist Andy John Bradford. When you think of Progressive music, you tend not to imagine a 200 year old traditional tune with sea shanty lyrics. However, "prog" is exactly what Andy had in mind when he approached guitarist Colin Tench, with The Mingulay Boat Song. Colin Tench (BunChakeze, Corvus Stone & The Minstrel’s Ghost) to help out.

They assembled an unlikely band, purely to record this one song, and they produced a version of The Mingulay Boat Song unlike any version before. They cared not if anybody actually wanted to hear such a version.

This lineup clearly had great chemistry and despite the fact that they were all busy with their own bands, and they all agreed that this band has something to say. Andy has a great feel for songwriting and Oceans 5 are proving to be rather good at twisting music into a whole new art form, from bouncy sing-along songs to songs with an epic feel.

The debut album "Return to Mingulay" could be considered a progressive folk rock album with an old fashioned crossover style. Nothing too clever or extreme just oceans of melodies, there are 5 core members in Oceans 5 and although they are all influenced by progressive music they all have very different approaches to composition and style. This combination has resulted in songs that really don’t sound like something you’ve heard before. The music owes more to the “anything goes” philosophy of the 70s than the finely tuned precision of 2013. There are clearly echoes of The Strawbs, Pink Floyd and even Thin Lizzy here.

Side Note: Music should never be a perfect science. It should be a conversation with many opinions, unrestricted by language or bias.

REVIEW EXCERPT FROM PROG ARCHIVES

by Gruvan Dahlman
4 Stars

The album is a very cohesive one, with the gentle vocals of Andy John Bradford, accentuated and accompanied by Colin Tench's beautiful guitar playing. The vocals are gentle, almost frail in a beautiful way. The gentleness and the sometime roughness of the guitar creates an aural tapestry that is a mix of several bands and artists from the past. I think of Barclay James Harvest, Camel, Fairport Convention, occasionally Supertramp and Kevin Lamb. Still, the influences are there but hey do manage to retain an identity of their very own. The band is as a whole amazing with details coming my way as I listen. The keyboards are also very sensitively played, giving space and depth to the whole thing.

www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=43093

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released 07 October 2013

The Band and Links:

Andy John Bradford: Vocals & 12 String Guitar (Solo Artist)
www.facebook.com/AndyJohnBradford

Colin Tench: Guitars (Corvus Stone, BunChakeze, The Minstrel's Ghost, CTP)
www.bunchakeze.com/COLIN_TENCH_Projects.php

Stef Flaming: Bass Guitar (Murky Red)
www.murkyred.com

Victor Tassone: Drums & Percussion (Unified Past)
www.unifiedpast.com

Marco Chiappini: Keyboards (The Minstrel’s Ghost, CTP & Gandalf's Project)
www.reverbnation.com/gandalfsproject

Special Guests:
Lorelei McBroom Vocals: (Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones & Rod Stewart)
www.loreleimcbroom.com

Andres Guazzelli): Piano & Orchestration (Solo, Corvus Stone)
www.andresguazzelli.com

Sonia Mota: Artwork
www.soniamota.deviantart.com

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Track Name: The Whitby Smugglers Song
Well I’ve Just had a long, long talk with a Ferrier Captain
sailing down by the old quayside
its hull was full of tobacco
and she smuggled down the estuary side

Chorus
and we say, give me a guinea for your brandy
Make me a profit on the job
and we say, give me a guinea for your brandy
It’s the Kings Excise men that I rob

Well the Ship she came in at Satburn
John Andrews he was the licensee
She came down through the borders of Scotland
After spending 18 months out at sea

Chorus

Well the excise men they made an inspection
The Tobacco was hiding under deck
When they found the haul, they hauled the men to prison
and they slung a noose around John Andrews neck

Still We Say..........
Chorus

So come all you seafarers take warning
Don’t sail the same tide as the Andrews Men
More be a Jet Miner or a Whaler
Because the excise men will get you in the end

Andy we say....
Chorus