After months of Lockdown due to the Corona virus things final opened up in The Channel Island of Guernsey and what better way to celebrate then with a sell out show at St James Concert Hall.
The Infamous musician and entertainer Grant Sharkey, funny, political, and in quaratine.
Talking to Kiya about her most recent music ventures and involvement in The Channel Island Upload Festival.
After a few weeks of lockdown, Guernsey Gigs podding Trio Elliot, Graham and Greg test the software to talk Lockdown, Covid, and a first glance at the music scene since the outbreak.
“The visuals are a perfect accompaniment to the darkness of the song.”
The Recks UK Tour – CANCELLED due to Covid-19
“For obvious reasons we’ve decided to cancel our UK tour in April. We will reschedule at some point later in the year.” The Recks
Unplugged Club Postponed until further notice due to Covid-19
Unfortunately due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic we have had to postpone the monthly unplugged club we hope to resume as soon it is safe to do so.
Photo by Paul Mariess Photography
New Single Coming Soon – The Recks “The Milk’s Gone Bad”
The Recks to release first of 3 singles for 2020 with “The Milk’s Gone Bad” On April the 10th.
The Recks Announce UK Tour April 2020
Returning to the Uk with a series of shows in some of the South of England’s favourite venues. Including support shows for bands such as The Undercover Hippy in the Isle of White and The Andy Quick Band in Exeter.
“It has the power to either crush your soul with dark low-tuned doomy atmospheres or on the contrary lift you up high in the bright sky with delicate melodies. Well done brothers!” – Mr. Fuzz (tanguy dupré)
BBC Music Introducing In The Channel Islands: February 2020 – Magic Moustache and Bubblebrain Records
“First was Guernsey based label Magic Moustache Records, the brain child of Joe Le Long and Gregory Harrison who might be more familiar to you from Lord Vapour (in the case of Joe) and The Recks (in the case of both of them). After releasing Lord Vapour’s music in the past they are now spreading their wings a little wider with the release of the new album from Stone Cold Fiction as a limited vinyl edition, and I also spoke to the three guys from the Brighton based band too.” Tom Girard
“Greg took the chance to play something familiar, then a newer, darker folk sounding one (I wonder if this is from the album he recently recorded and that I can’t wait to hear)” Tom Girard
“taking another step forward as their gamble of shaking up their set paid off terrifically.” Tom Girard
Once upon a time in Bristol, alternative psych-rock met fuzzy blues and heavy vibes. The result is called Strange Times, by Stone Cold Fiction
First Unplugged Club of 2020
New Year’s Eve Bonanza 2019
Finishing of 2019 in style, The Recks alongside fellow friends and band The Honest Crooks sung us into 2020 with Fans, friends and family. The Imperial Hotel 2019.
The Recks support Tantale’s Live Album recording
Supporting the incredible Tantale on their live album recording, The Recks indulged the public with a series of new dark, lush, and tangled songs.
The Podding trio catch up with the wonderful Nessi Gomes and her husband Lino Hermesh.
Guernsey Press – The Recks at Maida Vale
With both guests having played in multiple outfits in both the UK and the channel islands, we go back on their careers and talk about the differences between the music scenes on the mainland and island.
BBC Music Introducing In The Channel Islands: October 2019 – Byzanthian Neckbeard and WaterColour Matchbox
“We also had a preview of The Recks session at Maida Vale as we heard from the band about their experience before the session is broadcast at the beginning of December”.
“The fame of Studio Four comes down to its connection with pioneering radio DJ John Peel and his Peel Sessions as this is where many of those sessions, some of which have themselves entered the stuff of legend, were recorded between 1967 and 2004.” Tom Girard
Per Magnusson – Live At Heart
“Sark must be the epicenter of the earth. The point where all popular musical expressions collide and react with each other. How else do you explain The Reck’s powerful energy and genius”?
Photo of Gregory Harrison with Tom Girard at The Vale Earth Fair 2019
Opening The Big Top at Beautiful Days Festival 2019
Some stages are definite bucket list musts and Beautiful Days Big Top is definitely one of them. Opening this wonderful stage on the Saturday to a jam packed tent with The Recks.
King Nun, Track Not Found, The Recks, Savage Sons and Case On The Base – St James Concert Hall – 13/07/19 – Review (Tom Girard BBC)
Supporting the incredible up and coming King Nun.
Greg and Elliot get deep into conversation with the incredible folk duo, talking about all things music including technique and tunes.
The Recks, Hot Plastic, Ukuladeez and Isle Stone – The Fermain Tavern – 14/06/19 – Review (Tom Girard BBC)
“Back on (sort of) home turf and started exactly how you’d expect with the audience filling the dancefloor for the indie-folk-gyspy-jazz sounds.” Tom Girard
Catching up with the Mike Meinke (probably best known as frontman of Buffalo Huddelston Band) on a return trip to the island from France.
Talking about music and The Recks upcoming UK tour – Bailiwick Express
Pre-Liberation Day Shenanigans with The Recks – Guernsey Press
The Baghdaddies return with support from The Recks
After having such a huge success on the previous show we were back again with the same lineup and more of everything.
The Eleanor Foundation present The Recks, The Cor Damme Lars, Episode 2 and Nick Coleman – The Fermain Tavern – 15/02/19 Review (Tom Girard BBC)
Introducing The Recks new Bassist Joe Le Long
First Unplugged Club of 2019
Numerous faces and different projects from psych trance, to recording choirs with the Strechagon.
A glance into The Monthly Unplugged Club ep.4
As she kicks of what is looking to be a fantastic musical career It was an honour to open up the stage to Kiya for the launch of her debut EP.
Supporting the Baghdaddies at St James Concert Hall
“The Baghdaddies’ exuberant and rampant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska, latin grooves, and sizzling brass.”
Nathan Le Forestier announces final show as the bass player for The Recks
Jade Kershaw talks about her involvement with The Vale Earth Fair, followed by both her and Gemma’s new band The Cor Damme Lars. The female fronted outfit taking the scene by storm.
Playing an acoustic set on the bandstand at Live18. Incredible to have the opportunity to discover all BBC Introducing London Live has to offer.
“They have become a band it’s hard to find fault with, and more than ever it seemed Richey Powers was intent on whipping both band and audience into a frenzy” Tom Girard
Gregory, Elliot, and Graham catch up on a busy summer of musical wonders.
Join Elliot and Graham as they wander around Sark Roots Festival talking to whoever crosses their path.
“a summer of regular gigs both in the islands and beyond has done for the cohesion of their performance” Tom Girard
A taste of the unplugged club.
“Liberate is PROUD to announce THE event of the year” The Channel Islands Liberate
The Recks return to the UK for a series of shows
After a suite of 3 shows in June The Recks return for more London/Bournemouth/Weymouth
The Vale Earth Fair Festival – The House Stage and Bad Weather – Festival review by Tom Girard (BBC)
For the Third year Greg has been running one of the stages at the channel islands longest running festival. Although this year the weather seemed to have given them a fight for the worst people literally piled on the stage. It was then wrapped in tarp and the show went on for the bravest to enjoy.
“Replacing the busking stage during daylight hours and the dance stage after sunset, The House was somewhat bested by the weather during the afternoon making for an intimate performances space” Tom Girard
“The Recks have always been a band who thrive on the edge of chaos, and they trod that line here once again” Tom Girard
The Cosmic tea party is underway with The Ukuladeez and The Podding trio from Guernsey Gigs.
The Recks at Latitude Festival 2018 – BBC Introducing Stage
Crossing land and sea The Recks head to play one of the UK’s biggest festivals on the BBC Introducing stage.
New The Recks Merchandise – I Want To Be A Porcupine Bags and Tees – Available exclusivly at shows
The Legendary Mark le Gallez talks about his multiple bands and long term experience in the international music scene.
Bikers, Misfits, and Music at the infamous Chaos festival Guernsey.
An afternoon of interviews and BBQ’s with the islands’ musical future as we interview its’ youngest bands.
The Recks Updated Shows
A taste of the unplugged club episode 3
The Recks original frontmen talk about their adventures, past and present.
A moment with musician, teacher ,and sound engineer of the Guernsey music scene. Mark Guillou a long standing champion of the Guernsey music scene.
“And so, with the dancefloor already packed in anticipation, The Recks took to the stage ” Tom Girard
David Hepworth was instrumental in the foundation of a number of popular magazines in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. With Mark Ellen turned the 1980s English pop magazine “Smash Hits” into one of the most popular magazines of its era. He was over for The Guernsey Literature Festival so Elliot, Graham and special host Jon Bisson joined him for chat.
Supporting the wonderful Gabrielle Aplin.
A taste of the Guernsey Gigs Unplugged Club.
The Bass Player from Desmond and the tutus the legend behind The Tarantulips, and Alex & Her. Nic Dinnie is also solo artist in his own right. Talking shop and drinking beer.
Currently the new director of St James, he is also one half of the husband and wife team behind SOUND Guernsey, the under 18’s live show charity. He talks to us about music on the island, a fruitful past in the rave scene, and much more.
Blogger, Musician and radio presenter Tom Girard is a pillar in the local music scene and also a fan of wrestling!
The Lead singer of Lord Vapour joins us for our second attempt at this podcast thing. Graham Duerden transforms from guest to new host.
A taste of the Guernsey Gigs Unplugged Club volume 1.
The First Unplugged Club with Guernsey Gigs March 2018
Elliot Mariess and Gregory Harrison try out there first attempt at a new artform “The Podcast” With Drummer/ MC and legend Graham Duerden.
The Recks, Track Not Found, Dolmens and Flexagon – The Fermain Tavern – 01/12/17 – Review (Tom Girard BBC)
France Tour – Oct 2017
Dinan and Nantes Gregory Harrison and Nathan Le Foristier
Sark Roots Festival – Sept 2017
Alderney Week – August 2017
With The Recks
Supporting Hattie Briggs, Fermain Tavern, Guernsey – 14th July 2017
Smuggler’s Inn, Jersey – 29th April 2017
Folk Americana, Fermain Tavern, Guernsey – 25th March 2017
Great gig supporting Will Wood and Great North from New Zealand
BBC Introducing Session – 25th March 2017
Thanks to Tom Girard – studio session and interview (with bassist Nathan Arnaud)
‘Low Life’ Single Launch – 5th November 2016
Loved my first gig with The Recks launching their single, ‘Low Life’.
Sark Roots Festival – September 2016
I enjoyed performing on lovely Sark with Nathan Arnaud, as well as with The Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers at the lovely little Roots Fest.
Vale Earth Fair Festival – August 2016
Sark Folk Festival – July 2016
Amazing weekend at Sark Folk Festival. Playing with Nathan Arnaud, Wondergeist and The Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers.
French (Brittany and Loire) Tour – July 2016
Will be in France with Ten Toe Hobo for gigs in Dinan, Nantes, and Tours. Keep an eye on my Facebook and ‘Gigs’ page for dates.
Alderney Performing Arts Festival – July 2016
Mini French Tour – April 2016
I’m off to France for a few gigs. Catch me if you’re in Dinan or Rennes.
7 April – Moko Vin a Bar, Dinan
8 April – La Trainquette, Rennes
9 April – Bistrot Du Marche, Dinan
Review of the Gregory Harrison EP – 20/03/2016
Featured on BBC Introducing – 27/03/2016
Another feature on BBC Introducing – big thanks to Tom Girard.
Wondergeist – Album Release
Recorded violin for these guys on this fantastic new album. Check it out.
The Vale Earth Fair – August 2015
A successful weekend running the ‘Busking Stage’ at The Vale Earth Fair 2015, Guernsey’s biggest festival. Six stages feature both local and international acts across a variety of musical genres from rock and hip hop to dance and folk. The acts on the Busking Stage went down well, and the tent was busy with appreciative audiences throughout the day. Thanks to all who played and watched!
Featured On BBC Introducing
Recently performed a few tracks on BBC Introducing Guernsey.
The Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers go to France – July 2015
Busking on the streets of Dinan with the lickers …
Album Release with The John Wesley Stone
Playing violin with this cowpunk band on a new album called ‘Blue Gorse’. Live recording.
Chaos Festival – August 2015
Nice review of a solo gig at Chaos Festival 2015 by Tom Girard. Thanks Tom!
With a hugely rich voice, this genuine and modest performer delivered everything from the soul, whether it was original material, or his own take on the work of others, and matched the continued relaxed feel in and around the tent.
Read the full review of the festival here:
Sark Folk Festival – July 2015
Another great Sark Folk Festival playing with The John Wesley Stone, and The Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers.
Read the full review of the festival here:
Sark Folk Festival – July 2014
As well as Hillbill’s antics the real highlight of the set for me came in the form of recently recruited fiddle player English Bob (aka Gregory Harrison) who here had some real opportunities to shine and rock the fiddle like I’ve never really seen anyone do and making some excellent noises with it while imbuing the instrument with some real rock ‘n’ roll emotion.
Read the full review of the festival here:
The Voice France – 2014
Performed on two episodes of the popular TV show, filmed in Paris.