January 5, 2018

Yorkshire Electric

New year, new music, new tour, new van! With Santa and his reindeers safely back in Lapland, this years surviving turkeys breathing a sigh of relief… not only that they’ll see another few months before the Bernard Matthews gang get their hands on ’em, but also that if they traipse north of Watford Gap they’ll – Read more


November 16, 2016

FEEL – a song a week #4: Dig Hard

Dig Hard The Song Si: In our original set of demos for this album there was a song which we all agreed had a lovely melody, but not necessarily one we’d want on one of our albums. It was a little too MOR, even for us. It was certainly a strong melody but it just wasn’t – Read more

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September 12, 2016

“Sunrise Laughing” Available NOW!

Our DEBUT Single “Sunrise Laughing” Ladies and Jellyspoons, we are positively brimming with excitement to give you the first taste of our forthcoming album “FEEL”, and our first ever single Sunrise Laughing!!!! For you delicious lovelies, we’re sneaking you an early listen of Sunrise Laughing as an exclusive Bandcamp stream and Free/Pay What You Want – Read more

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August 15, 2016

The Vinyl Countdown

A Way To Blue. . . 12″ Vinyl Wheels are in motion, cogs are whirring and spreadsheets are being filled in here at H&S HQ, readying ourselves to drop our brand spanking new album ‘FEEL‘ on your laps on Monday the 10th of October. It’s all recorded, we’re just at the stage of signing off – Read more

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July 31, 2015

“Difficult Tenth Album” Syndrome

Whoa there Horsie! ————- The good ship H&S has recently returned from a month having THE best fun at 11 shows at Grassington Festival, Oakwell Festival, Durham Brass, Scarborough Seafest and Underneath The Stars. Prior to that, I started this blog-post, to reflect on where we’re at in the making of this next Hope and – Read more

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March 20, 2015

“Connect: Resound” – A Live Lesson on Sound

… from inside your computer!!! This coming Thursday (26th March 2015) from 1:15pm to 2:15pm, schools across the county are tuning in to join Hope and Social (the musical equivalent to the interior designers’ “shabby-chic”) deliver a live lesson in sound and recording via the wondrous interwebz. This is the third event in NYMAZ’s Connect:Resound – Read more

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March 18, 2012

Crypt Covers 1: Ellen and The Escapades

[UPDATE: 23/3/12] Here’s the finished song with video by the awesome Shot by Sodium crew. Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love, with Ellen and The Escapades, suggested by @ScottishPenguin, all completed in one busy busy busy fun fun day! You can also see a load of photos from the Shot by Sodium guys on their – Read more


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January 28, 2010

New Album Sessions (25th & 26th January 2010)

And we’re off. Tuesday we pressed the big red record button and started laying down stuff for the new album. Tentative steps at first working on a little track called Ripples Rock My Boat. Really good day’s work but in some ways a tricky one to start with because we’re trying to get a mixture – Read more


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January 20, 2010

New Album Sessions (19th January 2010)

As Hux said on the last post – great day down the studio, loads of good ideas and tracks. Knackered by the end but started playing this tune just before we left – proof if proof were needed that all roads lead to Bluegrass… Enjoy. More on Friday… [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6HewpYo4XY&hl=en_US&fs=1&] Simon