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Looks like Bandcamp are quickly becoming the good guys of music streaming. We will be collecting our 0.0000003p per thousand plays off Spotify later in the year so we will let you know. But with Bandcamp we get a decent chunk of sales plus it’s nice and neat how you can interact with fans. So give us a follow… then you can hear first hand the minute we release new stuff.

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Music Over Distance

Instead of doing absolutely nothing about the terrible mess our Government has made of distributing PPE to staff in the National Health Service we decided to make a compilation of music recorded in lockdown by musicians working remotely with other musicians. Music Over Distance is the result and so far we have raised over £1500 for the PPE for NHS Crowdfunder

If you’ve not got it yet then other than our contributions (and there’s three The Declining Winter, Western Edges and Great Panoptique Winter there are 19 other really excellent track by artists we love working in unusual circumstances. It’s well worth the £8 we reckon 

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Occupying The Blanks

I realise it has been an age since we updated this website. A quick look at the home page reveals that we were still touting our April and May 2020 shows which of course did not happen.

Instead we’ve been in lockdown during various things including the Music Over Distance compilation which I’ve added details of in a separate post below. I think it is fair to say that any re-arranged shows won’t be happening for a very long time so we’d better forget all about that. 

As you might imagine new music is being made and with everyone twiddling their thumbs, there are lots of collaborations on whatever will become the next The Declining Winter album. It sounds so far like one of those schizophrenic, anything goes LPs but who knows what it will end up like as it’s currently lying in bits and pieces all over the studio floor. In the meantime we made a 4 track sampler on Bandcamp with two new The Declining Winter songs, and one each from Memory Drawings and Western Edges. One of the Declining Winter songs is a rough sketch of something from the next LP, the other Occupying the Blanks is from an 8” lathe cut that was to be sold on the aforementioned tour but instead is stuck somewhere at the pressing plant.  If it ever sees the light of day we’ll try to let you know.

Anyway here you go  -it’s FREE to download and please do follow us on Bandcamp 

Stay safe everyone despite what our Prime Minister says.

Richard / The Declining Winter 

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UK Tour 2020

It didn’t happen in the end.

It’s happening…

30/4  Glasgow                The Old Hairdressers                     Tickets

1/5    Newcastle             Cumberland Arms                           Tickets

2/5    Leeds                     Santiago (with Epic45)                   Tickets

3/5    Birmingham          Hare & Hounds (with Epic45)        Tickets 

In addition our other project Western Edges play the following:

30/5 Leeds Wharf Chambers (with Alice Hubble)    Tickets

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Happy New Year

As the year ends once again and we enter another decade I’d like to thank a few people who kept things going for me in what has been somewhat of a challenging year. The main fun I had musically was working on the UTE 7″ and the Why Clanks CD and Book. They came at at time when I had broken my ankle and was virtually immobile so could at least stumble to the computer each morning to write music that had a purpose rather than stare into space. It gave me time to reflect also on how much I love my part of Yorkshire. The Aire Valley in particularly still gives me shivers and so it was a pleasure to write music that hopefully reflected long walks and days out I’d had there. Therefore big thanks to the UTE team (James Ocklefold, Michael C. Place and Matt Kelly) for getting me involved. Also big thanks to Howard Morrison at Paper Piano Press for keeping me busy in the latter part of the summer. I just loved how this one turned out and it was brilliant to see how it came together working in a pre-internet, cut and paste manner.

George Mastrokostas of Sound In Silence has always given me an outlet for musical endeavours that I may not have released otherwise and so I was excited that he wanted to put a CD out of my Western Edges project. This project came about after I’d moved house and didn’t have my usual recording gear set up and so worked on tracks just using synthetic sounds from the computer. Happily it has now become a project of its own and there is a further album in the works and we even played a gig with a further one planned for 2020! George also re-issued the Memory Drawings ‘Phantom Lights’ album we initially made as a tour CD. I’m glad this album has got another lease of life as its some of my favourite Memory Drawings music.

For more general support and encouragement thank you to Barrie Cummings at Home Assembly Music, my brother Chris and my girlfriend Julie all of whom to different degrees have had to listen to endless babbling about some track or other that I’m battling with that no-one will ever hear.

This unwanted Oscars speech is now almost over but the biggest thanks is to everyone out there who still buys stuff and supports what we do. I feel honoured each time a record comes out and people buy it. God knows what I’d do if that kind of support wasn’t there.

Happy New Year and all the best for 2020

Richard/The Declining Winter

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